SV Staff  |  Aug 07, 2018  |  0 comments
Denon today announced the addition of a feature-rich 7.2-channel AVR-X3500H to its X-Series line of AV receivers.
SV Staff  |  Aug 06, 2018  |  10 comments
U.S. Recorded Music Sales Volume by Format, 1983-2017. The orange segments represent CD. Source: Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

When we heard back in February that Best Buy was planning to drop CDs, we weren’t surprised. It’s now official: Best Buy has removed CDs altogether from its website and “de-emphasized” the category in its stores. In other words, CDs have been relegated to those chaotic bargain bins.

SV Staff  |  Aug 06, 2018  |  1 comments
Apple was late to the burgeoning smart speaker space when it launched the HomePod in early February, following a delay that caused it to miss the big holiday season.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Aug 06, 2018  |  0 comments
While everyone and their sister is coming out with wireless earphones (thank you, Apple), clearly there’s a need for companies to give themselves an edge in a very crowded marketplace. The new Edge Pulse earphone from Cleer clearly has an edge over the competition.

Chris Chiarella  |  Aug 03, 2018  |  1 comments
In the 30 years since its debut, Die Hard has been riffed on and ripped off beyond count, and been sequelized no less than four times. This crown jewel of the Fox catalog, unleashed upon audiences with a ferocity, personality, and originality that we never saw coming, will likely never be topped. A very 1980s interpretation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, it finds grouchy New York City police detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) stuck in an under-construction Los Angeles skyscraper on December 24th.
SV Staff  |  Aug 03, 2018  |  1 comments
It’s official: Sonos is now a public company, having made its debut on the Nasdaq stock exchange yesterday under the symbol “SONO.”
SV Staff  |  Aug 03, 2018  |  0 comments
Klipsch has announced a round of updates for its popular Reference Series of speakers that it says improve sound quality and appearance.
Al Griffin  |  Aug 02, 2018  |  2 comments

PRICE $2,799

Excellent color rendition
Deep, detailed-looking blacks
Full-array backlight with local dimming
Potentially confusing screen GUI and remote
Unreliable voice command feature
No Dolby Vision

Quantum dots in Samsung’s near-top-of-line QLED TV allow it to deliver exceptionally rich color. Add in a full-array backlight with local dimming and the QN65Q8FN amounts to a winning proposition from a picture quality standpoint.

Samsung’s QLED—not to be confused with OLED—UHDTVs are the company’s top-of-the-line models. In case you’re wondering, that Q in QLED stands for quantum dot, a backlight technology that provides a more precise method to generate the red, green, and blue light that creates a video image than the process typically used for LCD displays. How does it happen? In a Samsung QLED TV, a blue LED backlight generates the blue component of the image and also stimulates a layer of nanocrystal dots sized to emit a specific wavelength of light —red and green in this case—when energized.

SV Staff  |  Aug 02, 2018  |  0 comments
Dirac Research, the Swedish technology company best known among S&V readers for its Dirac Live speaker setup/room-correction system, has announced that the patented processing is now available for hi-res audio streaming.
SV Staff  |  Aug 02, 2018  |  0 comments
LG has announced the establishment of the LG Electronics AI Research Lab in Canada as part of its effort to define the future of artificial intelligence (AI), which it sees as a key growth engine.