Daniel Kumin  |  Mar 25, 2020  |  0 comments

PRICE $1,195

Generous power from a super-slim chassis
Bypass input for surround system integration
Flexible, analog-domain subwoofer filtering
Full-size, backlighted remote control
Digital conversion limited to 24/96 via USB
No built-in Bluetooth or other wireless features

An affordable integrated amplifier-DAC with substantial power, high-quality conversion, flexible inputs and outputs, and full-function remote. Bravo.

I like simple. Simple is good. Simple works. Simple makes my job easier and helps me sleep at night.

Parasound, a Bay Area maker with a half-century of success walking the parapet between high end audiophilia and value-engineering design, apparently concurs. The company's new NewClassic 200 Integrated is, as you might well guess, an integrated amplifier, with a high-quality onboard digital-to-analog converter section. The 200 Integrated was in fact derived by the simple expedient of sliding a class-D stereo power amp sourced from Danish class-D amp-module stalwart Pascal Audio into its otherwise-identical preamp stablemate. This slim, two-channel module delivers a claimed 110 watts per channel into either 4-ohm or 8-ohm loads with typical class-D efficiency, pulling only a modest 50 watts from the wall.

SV Staff  |  Mar 24, 2020  |  9 comments
In his new blog, AV veteran Tom Norton shares some of the AV entertainment-related things he’s been doing to occupy his “mandated free time.” In a world that’s been shaken to its core by the coronavirus pandemic, we all have something in common as we contemplate how to make the best of a situation over which we have no control. When your garage, basement, and closets are all nice and tidy, then what? Which brings us to our poll question: What’s your go-to form of home entertainment during these stay-at-home days? Pick the response that best describes your top choice. And, as always, leave a comment to elaborate on your selection or tell us what we missed.
Poll: What’s Your Go-To Form of Home Entertainment?
Watching movies and TV shows on disc (ideally 4K Blu-ray)
27% (288 votes)
Watching movies and TV shows on disc (any format)
8% (86 votes)
Online video gaming
3% (28 votes)
Console video gaming
6% (68 votes)
Streaming 4K movies and TV shows on a single service (Netflix, Amazon Prime video, Disney+, etc.)
7% (79 votes)
Streaming movies and TV shows on a single service (any format)
4% (42 votes)
Streaming 4K movies and TV shows on several services
12% (126 votes)
Streaming movies and TV shows on several services (any format)
17% (180 votes)
Streaming music in hi-res on a single service (Tidal, Qobuz, etc.)
4% (38 votes)
Streaming music in different formats on several services
3% (31 votes)
Spinning Compact Discs on my CD player
5% (58 votes)
Spinning vinyl LPs on my turntable
5% (53 votes)
Livestream music performances on social media
0% (2 votes)
Total votes: 1079
Thomas J. Norton  |  Mar 24, 2020  |  9 comments
As you settle into a new routine during these unprecedented times, here are few things you can in your (mandated) free time.
SV Staff  |  Mar 24, 2020  |  0 comments
Atlantic Technology is now shipping and offering an introductory discount on one of several headphones it previewed late last year.
SV Staff  |  Mar 23, 2020  |  0 comments
Sound United today announced that a slew of AV receivers and other products from Denon and Marantz have been certified as “Roon Tested,” which enables them to seamlessly integrate with the subscription-based Roon music management system.
SV Staff  |  Mar 23, 2020  |  2 comments
You’re probably asking the same question we asked when we saw this tantalizing video wall: How’s it work?
Chris Chiarella  |  Mar 20, 2020  |  3 comments
The true story of sports car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles' partnership with the Ford Motor Company to challenge legendary Ferrari and perhaps win racing's ultimate test of endurance, the 24 hours of Le Mans, is can't-miss Hollywood gold. While not quite a David v Goliath tale—we learn that cash-strapped Ferrari was something of an underdog—the results here are a heartfelt ode to cars, speed, second chances and next chapters, and good old American ingenuity.
SV Staff  |  Mar 20, 2020  |  0 comments
Wireless speaker pioneer Sonos has announced plans to a release a new operating system (OS) and app in June that will enable hi-res audio and other new features on all but a handful of its oldest products.
SV Staff  |  Mar 20, 2020  |  0 comments
Hours before California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the state’s 40 million residents to stay home to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, Garden Grove-based Elite Screens announced a giveaway to “keep your spirits high through these hectic times.”
SV Staff  |  Mar 20, 2020  |  0 comments
In the wake of the public entertainment shutdown, Fandango’s online ticketing operation is busy processing refunds and offering at-home streaming credits.