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Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jun 05, 2018  |  6 comments
You probably saw the news story last week. Unbeknownst to them, a couple's Alexa Echo recorded their conversation, then emailed it to someone in their contact list. Creepy. Here's how you can determine what Alexa has recorded in your house, and edit the archive and delete files.

SV Staff  |  Jun 05, 2018  |  0 comments
LG has announced that the CineBeam HU80KA portable 4K laser projector it previewed in January at CES 2018 will start rolling out to “select retailers” this week.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jun 04, 2018  |  0 comments
In honor of its upcoming 35th anniversary, THX hit Twitter with a post that sent music and movie fans alike into a tizzy. THX just released the written musical score of the THX logo theme, satisfying fans and showing us all how wonderfully simple, yet brilliant the piece is. 35 years ago, in time for the premiere of “Return of the Jedi,” Dr. James “Andy” Moorer created the THX musical icon, and it became one of the most recognizable scores in movie history. Now, we can finally see what they were talking about.

SV Staff  |  Jun 04, 2018  |  0 comments
The latest research from Dallas-based Parks Associates reveals that almost 40 percent of internet-connected U.S. households now have a streaming media player.

SV Staff  |  Jun 04, 2018  |  0 comments
NAD Electronics has introduced a performance-oriented CD player “engineered for musicality, simplicity and value” at a time when many brands have abandoned the category that dominated music playback for more than three decades.
SV Staff  |  Jun 01, 2018  |  0 comments
What’s not to like about an $800 THX-certified subwoofer? Or how about a set of comfy planar-magnetic headphones that get the job done and then some for only 500 bucks? Add to this an integrated amplifier for the 21st Century, a great sounding home theater speaker system that trades cosmetics for performance, plus a faux-4K projector that’ll convince you you’re watching true 4K, and you have a far-flung batch of exemplary gear that screams for attention. Read on and, please, try not to drool.
Mike Mettler  |  Jun 01, 2018  |  2 comments
Performance
Sound
INXS were riding high as the calendar got deeper and deeper into 1987. The alt-rocking Australian sextet had truly come into their own following the wider international penetration of 1985’s Listen Like Thieves. They were also burgeoning MTV darlings, mainly thanks to the magnetic presence of poster-boy frontman Michael Hutchence. That said, the band had enough musical acumen to override their video-centric image, best exemplified by the churning, layered groove of Thieves’ big hit, “What You Need,” itself born of the interlocked songwriting axis of lyricist/vocalist Hutchence and keyboardist/guitarist Andrew Farriss.

Al Griffin  |  Jun 01, 2018  |  12 comments
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) convention in Antwerp, Belgium. At this annual event, magazine editors from around the globe are given the chance to preview new audio, video, and digital photography products, many of which are yet to hit the market. For me, a highlight of the event was a demo of Panasonic’s DP-UB9000, a flagship Ultra HD Blu-ray player designed for high-performance video and audio playback.
SV Staff  |  Jun 01, 2018  |  0 comments
Integra yesterday unveiled its upgraded “.2” series of AV receivers featuring three Sonos-compatible 9.2-channel models.
SV Staff  |  May 31, 2018  |  0 comments
McIntosh MCT500 SACD/CD Transport
Audiophiles with to-die-for disc collections will appreciate McIntosh’s latest audio marvel: a high-performance SACD/CD transport that plays “all common disc types” as well as audio files stored on a disc or USB drive. Supported file formats include AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV (up to 192 kHz/24 bit), and WMA. Of course, the MCT500 is a transport—not a player—so it must be connected to a preamp, receiver, or integrated amplifier with digital inputs and a digital-to-analog converter (DAC).

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