SV Staff  |  Sep 25, 2017  |  0 comments
Fans of Hollywood’s famous demonic doll are in for another blood-spattered adventure as Chucky continues his reign of terror behind the locked doors of an insane asylum in Cult of Chucky, due on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on demand October 3.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Sep 25, 2017  |  4 comments
Picture your dream living room. We close our eyes and listen to the subtle nuances of our favorite recording. Luxurious speakers line the walls, a subwoofer discretely positioned in the sonically perfect corner. There’s nothing better than leaning back in a comfortable chair, spending hours listening to music. But the sad reality is that we don’t.

Al Griffin  |  Sep 25, 2017  |  0 comments
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David Vaughn  |  Sep 22, 2017  |  1 comments
It’s been several years since Xander Cage has been on the scene, but he’s brought back into the fold when a device called Pandora’s Box falls into the wrong hands. It has the ability to bring down any satellite and turn it into a weapon of mass destruction as it crashes down on the planet. One of his conditions for coming back to the CIA was that of recruiting his own team so he can ensure their absolute trust and his own personal safety.
Josef Krebs  |  Sep 22, 2017  |  0 comments
Michael Mann is a thief—a damned good one. In telling this bigger-than-life tale of a career-criminal takedown crew and their nemesis, the writer-director robs from the best, especially for his brilliant set pieces. He steals heavily from crime-caper master, Jean-Pierre Melville; the overnight break-in on a precious metals storage facility has all the precision and intense silences of Le Cercle Rouge, and the wham-bam bank holdup takes the look and military precision of Un Flic. Mann’s grand, operatic airfield finale is snatched straight from the end of Bullitt, while others scenes echo The Godfather or Goodfellas, and he even jacks himself by reworking Thief.
John Sciacca  |  Sep 22, 2017  |  1 comments
Beyond designing and installing new AV systems, one of the things my installation company does is perform service calls on existing systems. Whether it has been installed by the homeowner themselves, a trusted friend/family member, or some other “professional,” we routinely run across the same kinds of installation issues when we pull open the rack or cabinet and start digging into the guts of the gear.
SV Staff  |  Sep 22, 2017  |  0 comments
CEDIA has announced that CEDIA Certification exams will now be available through Kryterion Global Testing Solutions, which has more than 1,000 testing centers worldwide.
SV Staff  |  Sep 22, 2017  |  0 comments
Hisense, the Chinese electronics brand that holds a top-three ranking in worldwide TV market share, has started shipping its new three-model line of Roku-enabled 4K/Ultra HD smart TVs.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 21, 2017  |  0 comments

Build Quality
PRICE $2,000 pr

Superb sound
Punches well above its price
Upscale construction and cosmetics
A touch more top-end air would be welcome

With this impressive redesign of the Concerta line, Revel is more than ready to give its competition sleepless nights.

Revel’s new Concerta2 loudspeaker range consists of five models. The M16 bookshelves, C25 center, S16 surrounds, and B10 subwoofer are covered in a separate review due out shortly. There are also two tower models in the group; the F35 employs three 5-inch woofers, while the larger F36, reviewed alone here, uses three 6.5-inch low-frequency drivers. Apart from the woofer and cabinet sizes, the F35 and F36 are similar in concept.

SV Staff  |  Sep 21, 2017  |  1 comments
Twenty years ago this week, Microsoft introduced a new and improved WebTV, the interactive TV service it had purchased from internet TV pioneer Steve Perlman a few months earlier.