SV Staff  |  Aug 28, 2017  |  0 comments
Back in February rumors circulated that Apple was testing a 4K-capable fifth-generation Apple TV. Multiple sources are now reporting that Apple will introduce an updated 4K version of its streaming media player next month when it introduces the new iPhone and Apple Watch.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Aug 28, 2017  |  4 comments
It seems clear that phones have become the end-all/be-all product for most people. It’s a phone, computer, GPS, camera and music player — an essential part of everyday life. However, one group remained somewhat disconnected, until, perhaps, now. The new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ both have features that many serious music listeners are getting excited about.

SV Staff  |  Aug 25, 2017  |  1 comments
Emotiva Audio will host EmoFest 2017 at its Franklin, TN headquarters and manufacturing facility after a hiatus of four years.
SV Staff  |  Aug 25, 2017  |  0 comments
Nearly Four in 10 (37%) of Internet-connected homes in the U.S. own a Roku streaming media player, according to new research from Dallas-based Parks Associates.
David Vaughn  |  Aug 25, 2017  |  0 comments
When we last saw John Wick, he’d come out of retirement to take out the Russian mobsters who were responsible for stealing his prized muscle car and killing his puppy. In this well-made sequel, we are greeted by an angry Wick who’s still on the hunt for his Mustang Mach 1, which he finds in a local chop shop. Needless to say, Wick dispenses some brutal street justice on the thugs—and he does recover his car.
Brandon A. DuHamel  |  Aug 25, 2017  |  0 comments
Unforgiven marked another turning point for Clint Eastwood and the Western genre. The deconstructed Western stars Eastwood as aged outlaw Bill Munny, who, after years of living a reformed life, is dragged back into his old ways. His wife has passed, and his pig farm is struggling, so an offer to avenge a brutalized prostitute is too much to pass up. He enlists his old running mate, Ned (Morgan Freeman), and they set off with the young “Schofield Kid” to collect the bounty.
Michael Antonoff  |  Aug 25, 2017  |  1 comments
With mobile screens dominating your waking hours, app makers have begun targeting the time you spend sleeping. Curious to see what it's all about, I decided to put an app-based smart pillow to the test.
SV Staff  |  Aug 24, 2017  |  0 comments
Soundcast today announced that for the first time shoppers can demo the Top Pick-designated VG7 outdoor speaker at Magnolia Home Design Centers and Home Theater Showrooms in Best Buy stores around the country.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Aug 24, 2017  |  5 comments
PRICE $6,000

Bright and punchy HDR
Excellent resolution
Stunning color
No Dolby Vision
Edge-lit instead of full-array backlight dimming

Samsung’s new top-of-the-line QLED flagship brings first-rate brightness, brilliant color, and crisp resolution to the Ultra HD party, but enthusiasts might notice its lack of a full-array, local dimming backlight.

Now that we’re awash in high dynamic range (HDR) material on Ultra HD Blu-ray, Samsung is determined to make the most of it with two new TVs, the 65-inch QN65Q9 reviewed here and the 75-inch QN75Q9 for buyers who prefer a bigger (and, at $10,000, pricier) set. Each has a screen that’s flat, not curved.

Al Griffin  |  Aug 24, 2017  |  5 comments
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Q I recently upgraded my TV to an LG 65B7P OLED. My receiver is an older Pioneer model that I'm loathe to give up. I plan on using an Xbox console, either the One S or the forthcoming One X, as my 4K source. Here’s my problem: both Xbox versions provide only a single HDMI output. I know I could use the TV’s HDMI ARC port to route audio back to a receiver, but my Pioneer doesn’t support that feature. Another problem is that HDMI ARC doesn't support the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA lossless audio codecs. Which gets me to my question: Is there some kind of HDMI splitter I can buy that will let me route the Xbox’s output separately to the TV and AVR? —David Becker