SV Staff  |  Feb 13, 2019  |  0 comments
In advance of this weekend’s CanJam NYC 2019 show, France’s Focal has announced its entry into the amp/DAC (digital-to-analog converter) space and introduced new high-end headphones to fill the gap between its $4,000 flagship Utopia and $1,500 Clear models, both Sound & Vision Top Picks.
Michael Trei  |  Feb 13, 2019  |  3 comments

PRICE $8,250

Class-A sound with improved efficiency
Exceptional transparency and control
Not the most powerful amp on the block
Display unnecessary for most users

Krell returns to form with an exceptionally capable amplifier for well-heeled home theaters where quality takes precedence over quantity.

It's hard to overstate the importance of Krell Industries in the history of high-end audio. Founded by Dan and Rondi D'Agostino in 1980, Krell was the audio equivalent of Lamborghini—an audacious riposte to more Ferrari-like rivals such as Mark Levinson and Audio Research. For almost three decades, Krell went from strength to strength, introducing a stream of ever more ambitious products that tested the depth of their customers' pockets, along with the strength of their audio equipment shelving. Then, starting around a decade ago, the brand slowly slipped off the radar screens of most audiophiles.

Mike Mettler  |  Feb 13, 2019  |  0 comments
Guitar maestro Eric Schenkman (of Spin Doctors fame) called us from his homebase in Toronto to discuss the creative process behind his new blues-tastic solo album Who Shot John?, his inherent audiophile tendencies when it comes to vinyl playback, and where he currently fits in on the “totem pole” of visionary musicianship.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Feb 12, 2019  |  0 comments
Whether you live in a McMansion, a hovel, or something in between, the most influential component in your audio or home theater system is the room. A look at how it affects performance and what you can do to ensure the best possible sound.
SV Staff  |  Feb 12, 2019  |  0 comments
Jaybird is targeting athletes with wireless earbuds designed to withstand sweat and adverse weather.
SV Staff  |  Feb 12, 2019  |  2 comments
EPI has announced the addition of two high-performance LCD monitors to the Philips E Series lineup.
SV Staff  |  Feb 11, 2019  |  9 comments
Samsung today announced that its 2019 QLED 8K and 4K TVs in screen sizes ranging from 43 to 85 inches are now available for pre-order or purchase.
SV Staff  |  Feb 11, 2019  |  0 comments
A couple weeks ago New York City’s Stereo Exchange expanded its operation to include used audio gear bought, reconditioned, and resold under the “certified pre-owned” label by NJ-based SkyFi Audio.
SV Staff  |  Feb 11, 2019  |  0 comments
2019 is a milestone year for projection specialist Elite Screens as it marks the company’s 15th anniversary.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Feb 11, 2019  |  0 comments
It’s quite tragic; a Stradivarius violin creates arguably the most beautiful musical sounds created by man, but it’s only a limited time before the instrument goes to sleep, to be silenced forever. After producing brilliant sounds and melodies for centuries, the tone of the violin changes and it becomes too fragile and delicate to play; effectively the instrument is silenced in deep slumber. Fortunately, phase one of an ambitious project has just wrapped up in an attempt to save the sound of a precious few of these string instruments for generations to come.