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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: May 05, 2017 0 comments
In this clever puzzle game you learn about how electronics work... and it's fun. No, seriously.
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Fred Kaplan Posted: May 05, 2017 0 comments
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Jerry Maguire is the middle work in writer-director Cameron Crowe’s trio of deeply pleasurable movies, flanked by Say Anything and Almost Famous (after which…what happened, man?), and it holds up very well. Tom Cruise plays the title character, a callow sports agent, incapable of alone time or failure, who suffers a brief bout of conscience, bats out a moral manifesto, and loses his job, along with all but one of his clients, as a result. As Crowe explains on the commentary track, it was co-producer James Brooks who came up with the idea of starting the movie where most rom-coms end (selfish go-getter has his wee-hours epiphany), then following our anti-hero’s glide to the bottom before carving a new path of success that enshrines intimacy and commitment as well as ambition. It sounds corny, but Crowe and his ensemble cast (at the time all unknowns, except Cruise) pull it off.
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David Vaughn Posted: May 05, 2017 0 comments
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When industrialist Bartholomew Bogue starts to terrorize and take control of the town of Rose Creek, its concerned citizens pool their money in order to hire a group of mercenaries to drive the villain—and his private army—from the town. The widow of one of Bogue’s victims hits the road and meets Sam Chisholm, who accepts the job and goes about recruiting six other men to the task, all with varying skills that complement one another in order to bring justice to Rose Creek.
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SV Staff Posted: May 05, 2017 1 comments
Earlier this year Holland-based Miniot raised $50,000 on Kickstarter to fund the Wheel, a unique minimalist turntable that works horizontally or vertically (as in hung on a wall).
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 05, 2017 1 comments
Over the past year or two my concertgoing life has accelerated and intensified. I love music, and I live in a great city with a first-class symphony orchestra and several concert halls, yet until recently I've rarely taken advantage of them. Only lately has the desire to attack my classical bucket list taken hold. I mentioned some of this in a previous blog, but never discussed why. So you may be wondering: Why this, why now?

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Steve Guttenberg Posted: May 04, 2017 0 comments
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PRICE $599

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Designed and made in Germany
Concise and clear sound
Extra comfy
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Plastic earcups break the high-end spell

THE VERDICT
The Amiron Home’s open-back design delivers a rich, yet highly detailed sound and the extreme comfort Beyerdynamic’s headphones are known for.

Beyerdynamic is a pretty conservative company, and its sound hasn’t really changed all that much over the last decade. I started to sense something was up in 2015 when I reviewed the flagship T 1 second-generation headphone that took the brightness down a smidge. Now the smoothing trend continues with the Amiron Home open-back, over-the-ear headphone. The look is also fresher, and this headphone definitely has a warmer, sweeter sound than the model it replaces, the T 90. Beyerdynamic is onto something new, and I like it.

SV Staff Posted: May 04, 2017 0 comments
The furniture gurus at Connecticut-based Salamander Designs have come up with a stylish credenza custom made for Sony’s new VPL-VZ1000ES Ultra Short Throw 4K projector, designed to project a 100-inch image when positioned only 6 inches from the wall.
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Mike Mettler Posted: May 04, 2017 2 comments
“It’s just part of our audio culture,” believes Saturday Night Fever director John Badham, who supervised the 4K 1080p print restoration and English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD surround sound updates for the film's Director’s Cut, which was released by Paramount on Blu-ray on May 2 in celebration of the film’s imminent 40th anniversary. Badham, 77, called in from Southern California to discuss how to maintain a gritty look in 4K, matching song tempo to what was being filmed, and the song originally used during the infamous dance-contest rehearsal that had to be replaced at the literal last minute.
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Denon has added Bluetooth streaming capability and upgraded analog circuitry to the latest iteration of its popular CD-based M-Series minisystem.
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Al Griffin Posted: May 04, 2017 1 comments
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