Performance Setup Value PRICE $4,132 as reviewed AT A GLANCE Plus Excellent off-axis light rejection Wide viewing angle maintains color saturation Very good calibration accuracy Minus Cloudy artifacts with camera pans on bright scenes High price THE VERDICT A paradoxical hybrid that blends excellent contrast management for challenging viewing environments with a frustrating callousness about pristine image fidelity. Two years ago, Sound &amp; Vision contemplated how pairing sub-$2K projectors with innovative ALR (ambient light rejecting) screens might compete as similarly priced replacements for large flat panels in multipurpose environments. Compelling, immersive, life-size projected images for the same currency swap as a diminutive, backlit, uh&hellip;TV?
Performance Sound If The Band didn&rsquo;t slow down and get off the road&mdash;and get off the road soon&mdash;they were going to wind up killing themselves, to a man. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a goddamn impossible way of life,&rdquo; says Band leader/guitarist/chief songwriter Robbie Robertson of being stuck on the wheel of a crushing, never-ending tour cycle. That urgent &ldquo;stop the road, I want to get off&rdquo; mentality was one of the main driving forces behind The Band masterminding a farewell concert for the ages at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco during Thanksgiving 1976, dubbed from the get-go-then-get-gone as The Last Waltz.
Performance Sound When the last notes of &ldquo;Trouble No More&rdquo; rang out at The Beacon Theatre in New York in the wee hours of the morning on October 29, 2014&mdash;closing an epic show comprised of three full sets and a two-song encore that had commenced over 4 hours previously on the night of October 28&mdash;most agreed The Allman Brothers Band had capped their long, storied 45-year career by hittin&rsquo; all the right notes. With thousands of performances under their collective belts, the Allmans triumphantly closed out the tab on being one of the most thrilling, adventurous, and aurally exciting live bands of the rock era.
Performance Sound &ldquo;Be cool or be cast out.&rdquo; So goes one of the pivotal lines in &ldquo;Subdivisions,&rdquo; the indelible lead track from Rush&rsquo;s transitional 1982 album Signals, and it&rsquo;s also a statement that aptly describes the band&rsquo;s own fortunes as it navigated a hard-won ascendance from perennial cult favorite to mass acceptance over the course of its five-decades-and-counting career. The band recently completed a triumphant 40th anniversary tour dubbed R40, celebrating its genuine Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame legacy by performing a 23-song set in reverse chronology. (Actually, &ldquo;Reverse Chronology&rdquo; sounds like a lost track from the band&rsquo;s mid-&rsquo;80s synth-centric period.) I saw Rush&rsquo;s late-June stop at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and marveled at the ever-present breadth of the band&rsquo;s sound and how bassist/keyboardist/vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer Neil Peart were able to modernize decades-old material like &ldquo;Jacob&rsquo;s Ladder&rdquo; and &ldquo;Lakeside Park&rdquo; without compromising each track&rsquo;s initial, individual compositional integrity and charm.
Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $249 AT A GLANCE Plus Impressive sound quality for Bluetooth Audiophile-friendly look Pain-free setup Minus Pricey THE VERDICT It might not be high-rez or high end, but Mass Fidelity’s Bluetooth receiver is a great option for casual listening. Bluetooth gets a bad rap in the hi-fi world, and for good reason: In contrast to other wireless audio technologies that let you stream uncompressed CD-quality audio from a PC or portable device, Bluetooth subjects the signal to lossy compression. If you&rsquo;re an audiophile with a reputation to uphold, the story pretty much ends there.
Performance Sound Besides knocking the psychedelic movement off of its puffy cloud at the end of the &rsquo;60s with the seminal roots-based rustic albums Music From Big Pink (1968) and The Band (1969), The Band was also known for being a supernaturally gifted live act, having honed its stagecraft through many arduous but rewarding years on the road. Highlights from a magical four-night stand at New York&rsquo;s Academy of Music were set in stone&mdash;or rather, on wax and disc&mdash;with 1972&rsquo;s Rock of Ages. The album was a critically acclaimed best seller and a triumph in the eyes of everyone it touched. Well, almost everyone.
Performance Sound The potent combo of married co-bandleaders guitarist/vocalist Susan Tedeschi and slide-guitar maestro Derek Trucks and nine (or so) of their closest friends hits its stride on group album number three, Made Up Mind. Mind shows how TTB has finally forged the right blend of improv interplay prowess and gutbucket roots rock.
The iPod just turned 10, and I sure feel sorry for my old standby. It’s still working fine, but I know I’ll never own another one. Since I got my Motorola Droid Pro smartphone, the iPod lives in a drawer.
Victor/Sony Music •••• Sound •••• Guitarist Derek Trucks has long felt suffocated by his Southern heritage and prodigious lineage - and of course, by all t
Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash; Stink; Hootenanny; Let It Be Twin/Tone/Ryko/Rhino