Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 04, 2023  |  0 comments
Retro is shaping to be one of the CES themes at Harman Luxury Audio Group, which today offered a preview of several products it will unveil when the show opens tomorrow, including four additions to its stylish Classic Series — an integrated amplifier, streaming media player, CD player, and turntable — all featuring elegant machined-aluminum faceplates.
SV Staff  |  Jan 04, 2023  |  0 comments
LG made a splash this morning with its pre-show announcement of a stunning 97-inch OLED TV. As beautiful and minimalist as the display is, connectivity is the story here. Instead of delivering audio and video via HDMI, the TV includes the Zero Connect wireless transmitter that sends audio and video to the TV wirelessly in real-time at up to 4K 120Hz.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 04, 2023  |  0 comments
On the eve of 2023 CES, Roku announced plans to expand its A/V hardware offerings to include for the first time Roku-branded TVs.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 04, 2023  |  0 comments
JVC will kick off 2023 CES with a new projector targeting gamers looking for an edge and home theater enthusiasts with rooms subject to ambient light.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 03, 2023  |  0 comments
The 2023 edition of CES opens its doors in Las Vegas on Thursday, January 5, making a full return to the in-person format upon which the world’s largest technology show was built over more than half a century. Here’s a quick preview of a few A/V products slated for introduction at 2023 CES.
Mark Henninger  |  Jan 03, 2023  |  0 comments
We live in a remarkable era where home entertainment delivers experiences with convenience and quality that was the stuff of science fiction not long ago. The past year yielded a lot of interesting new gear, including the first quantum-dot OLED TVs from Samsung and Sony. It's a year where Sony updated its 4K home theater projector lineup and went all-in with laser light sources. Meanwhile, Epson raised the bar on what to expect from an ultra-short-throw (UST) projector with the wall-hugging LS800, while LG made its popular OLEDs bigger and brighter than ever.
Chris Chiarella  |  Dec 31, 2022  |  0 comments
Reservoir Dogs, 99 mins.
Pulp Fiction, 155 mins.
When an immensely talented young screenwriter with something to prove fights to make his movie his way—and wins—every once in a while, we get a Reservoir Dogs. Quentin Tarantino's auspicious directorial debut is rough and raw and all the better for it, the story of a heist gone wrong and the rat in the criminals' midst, with copious amounts of blood spilling and bodies piling up as plans spin wildly out of control.
Mike Mettler  |  Dec 30, 2022  |  0 comments

Where did all the time go? Time, flowing like a river. Time is on my side (yes it is). Time to play B-sides. Are you eye-rolling at all my lyrically borrowed time comments yet? Anyway, it’s high time to take stock of what we’ve heard and what we’ve learned this past calendar year, seeing how a) time flies, and how b) time is indeed all around us—just like the best Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos mixes are, in fact.

With all this time sensitivity in mind, it seems to be the exact right time (last one, I promise) to comprise my Top Ten list of the best immersive audio tracks of this past year. As always, I’ve thoroughly spec’ed and checked all of the tracks I’ve selected here by way of my personal deep-dive listening sessions on both my home system and headphones alike. You’ll find each and every one of them amidst the cavalcade of Made for Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos tracks within the ever-expanding immersive audio libraries on Apple Music Unlimited, Amazon Music, and Tidal.

Enough with all the time-wasting—here are my choices for the ten best, thoroughly immersive audio tracks of 2022, which are, in reverse order from 10 to 1. . .

Thomas J. Norton  |  Dec 29, 2022  |  0 comments

Build Quality
PRICE $1800/pair

Tight, crisp bass
Detailed, dynamic sound
Looks suffer with grilles removed
Needs a subwoofer for bass-heavy films
Vintage style might not appeal to all

It might not be at its best in a large room without a subwoofer or two, but the dynamic, open, and detailed sound of the KLH Model 3s can otherwise equal or exceed the performance of many far more expensive loudspeakers.

In the early 1950s Edgar Villchur, Henry Kloss, Malcolm S. Low, and Josef Anton Hofmann founded the Acoustic Research and Development Corporation. Of the four founders, Henry Kloss may be the name best recognized by audiophiles with a bit of mileage on their wheels. Kloss later left AR (along with Low and Hoffman) and founded KLH. Kloss later founded two other loudspeaker companies, Advent and Cambridge Audio.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 28, 2022  |  0 comments
As we look back at streaming in 2022, there have been few innovative new services or products. Instead, streaming is showing signs of its maturity. Both streaming providers and streaming player manufacturers are playing catch-up with the competition.