SV Staff  |  Nov 27, 2017  |  0 comments
Attention online shoppers! Your big day has arrived, and our own Shop:Sound & Vision portal has done your homework for you. Click here for one-stop access to all the hot Cyber Monday deals offered by our retail partners including Amazon, Crutchfield, Best Buy, Wal-mart, and others. You can easily search by product category, brand, or retailer to identify just the right holiday gift!

Al Griffin  |  Nov 27, 2017  |  3 comments
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A I’m interested in buying a new Ultra HD Blu-ray player but don’t yet own a 4K TV due to budget constraints. Can an Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc be played on a regular HDTV? What quality issues would I run into? —Billy Keener / via e-mail

SV Staff  |  Nov 24, 2017  |  First Published: Nov 22, 2017  |  0 comments
Along with a variety of manufacturer-direct offers being served up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, our own Sound & Vision shopping portal has identified a ton of attractive online deals from our retailer partners including Amazon, Crutchfield, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and others. Click here to drill down by product category, brand, or retailer for all the hot bargains.

SV Staff  |  Nov 24, 2017  |  First Published: Nov 22, 2017  |  0 comments
Are you ready for the Big Sale Day? Or are you planning to skip the whole kerfuffle and go to the movies or play a round of Top Golf? If you are, indeed, a BF shopper here are a few of the manufacturer-sponsored deals we’ve been alerted to in recent days. And don't miss the great online deals identified by Sound & Vision's own shopping portal from its retailing partners Amazon, Crutchfield, Best Buy, Wal-mart, and others.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 22, 2017  |  4 comments
The new Xbox One X launched in early November so I have had a couple weeks to test it. With streaming 4K HDR capabilities, 4K HDR gaming, and a built-in 4K/Ultra HD player, this game console has all the 4K content you could want in one device. However, Microsoft is pushing gaming at the expense of simplified streaming and movie/TV/video playback.
SV Staff  |  Nov 22, 2017  |  0 comments
'Tis the season to start driving yourself crazy trying to figure out what the heck to get friends and family members for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa (insert your holiday here). The 2017 Holiday Rush is fast approaching, soon to be top of mind—unless you’re Scrooge or just really good at procrastinating. Me? I fall into the latter camp, so the rush won’t start until a week before December 25th. Same- and next-day delivery has spoiled us and made it exceedingly easy to perfect the art of...well, you know.
Mike Mettler  |  Nov 22, 2017  |  0 comments
Is there a more hallowed Thanksgiving tradition than the annual spinning of Arlo Guthrie's magical 18-minute tale about one fateful Thanksgiving Day encounter that's also celebrating its 50th birthday this year, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree”? Guthrie and I discuss the song’s sonic origins, what had to be done to ensure it fit perfectly onto one album side, and the Guthrie family’s storied annual holiday tradition of playing Carnegie Hall in New York.
Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 22, 2017  |  0 comments
15 Minutes with Origin Acoustics CEO Jeremy Burkhardt

Spend a few minutes on Jeremy Burkhardt’s LinkedIn page and you quickly gain an appreciation of his passion for custom installation and desire to create products that simplify installation and push the boundaries of performance — to “innovate,” as he would say. You also find an executive who is anything but your typical corporate CEO — a man who talks about breaking “all the corporate rules” in describing his work history as CEO for SpeakerCraft, the pioneering custom-installation company he helped build before leaving in 2012. Today, Burkhardt is at the helm of Origin Acoustics, the architectural speaker company he founded in 2014, and his desire for innovation is as strong as ever. Origin was the talk of CEDIA 2017 with the launch of its Valet amplifier, which provides an ingenious way to integrate voice control into a whole-house music system. We caught up with Burkhardt to learn more about the system and get his take on the future of voice control.

Rob Sabin  |  Nov 21, 2017  |  0 comments

Arena Wireless Speaker

Festival Wireless Speaker
PRICE Festival, $499; Arena, $249

Excellent build and sound quality
Chromecast, AirPlay, Bluetooth built-in
Away mode and optional battery for portability
Chromecast multiroom interface

Riva Audio continues a tradition of excellent sound quality with the WAND series, the company’s first wireless multiroom speakers.

I first met Riva Audio founder Rikki Farr and chief engineer (now also president) Don North in the fall of 2014 when they marched into Sound & Vision’s New York City conference room to demo their first product, a Bluetooth speaker called the Turbo X. North was a youthful, glasses-wearing geek who had just enough of the right credentials and tech swagger to suggest he really knew what he was doing.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Nov 21, 2017  |  0 comments
New proposed Energy Star requirements for TVs are designed to insure viewers are aware of which picture modes/settings meet the Energy Star certification. But that's not all...