Leslie Shapiro  |  Nov 16, 2021  |  0 comments

PRICE $599

Convincing DSP-based surround
Excellent sound quality
Compact footprint
Built-in Amazon Alexa
Limited front panel feedback
Requires HEOS app for best results

Denon’s soundbar scores with convincing virtual Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound, along with excellent performance on music playback.

I rarely have very much good to say about soundbars with DSP-based simulated surround. But the Denon Home Sound Bar 550 ($599) instantly impressed me by delivering convincing immersive sound. Add in the built-in HEOS multiroom platform, which lets you stream from music apps over Wi-Fi, and Denon's Sound Bar turns out to be a winning proposition.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Nov 16, 2021  |  4 comments
I wrote about moving cross country back in 2015, but there's always more to say on the subject, particularly as it applies to home theater fans with expensive gear to transport safely. No, I'm not moving again, but what with Covid and other incentives, more folks are moving today than ever — particularly out of a few big and management-challenged states such as New York and California.

Moving from the wilds of Glendale California to the (different) wilds of western Florida in 2015 presented me with a number of challenges. But that was nearly seven years ago. Those challenges are somewhat different now, but the basics haven't changed. Moving remains one of life's more disorienting experiences.

Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 15, 2021  |  1 comments
Monoprice is expanding its Monolith by Monoprice series of affordable high-end audio products yet again — this time with three speakers, ranging in price from $250 to $800/pair.
Mike Mettler  |  Nov 12, 2021  |  1 comments
Considering how much Roxy Music were deemed outliers in the 1970s as a band pioneering the blend of glam jams with progressive elegance, Avalon, their May 1982 masterpiece of rock chic, is truly a musical entity unto itself. Avalon lays bare the aural tenets of the très-cool Roxy aesthetic, taken to their most go-for-baroque extremes—all of it in the most ear-pleasing of ways.
Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 11, 2021  |  0 comments
In this edition of Sound & Vision’s Audio Time Machine, we highlight the Marantz Model 2500, one of the most powerful receivers of the late 1970s.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Nov 10, 2021  |  0 comments

PRICE $1,000

Good image contrast
Crisp picture detail
Affordable price
Limited off-center viewing angle
Limited HDR brightness
Cluttered screen interface

When it comes to TVs, Vizio has always been serious about keeping the quality high and the prices low. That program continues with the company’s new M-Series Quantum, making this set worthy of serious consideration.

Veteran videophiles will recall the days when flat-panel TVs were almost impossibly expensive. But bigscreen set prices have dropped dramatically in recent years. We might "blame" Vizio for that, as it was among the first companies to challenge the status quo. Today it's not the only one offering affordable TVs, but its newest M-Series Quantum models make a strong case for the company's continued design and marketing savvy.

Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 09, 2021  |  1 comments
Mike Baturin is an avowed technology enthusiast and proud owner of a Tesla Model 3, one of his "favorite pieces of tech." As cool as the Tesla is with its cutting-edge all-electric design and ability to rocket to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, it still ranks second behind his most prized possession—a dedicated theater he designed and built from scratch for his new home in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 09, 2021  |  0 comments
Optoma has added a DLP laser projector to its 4K home theater lineup, bringing the number of laser-lit models in the line to four.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Nov 08, 2021  |  1 comments
I hate Covid. You hate Covid. We all hate Covid. But we love home theater. That creates the circumstances for an interesting scenario that economists refer to as “revenge spending.”

Chris Chiarella  |  Nov 05, 2021  |  0 comments
After making Return of the Jedi, Executive producer George Lucas was looking for fresh creative frontiers, and he would embark upon new cinematic collabs with previous and first-time cohorts. One such experiment was his team-up with mastermind Jim Henson for the family-friendly fantasy, Labyrinth. With a playful script by Monty Python alum Terry Jones, the story follows an angry teenager Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) with a fondness for fairy tales.