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Mark Henninger  |  Aug 12, 2023  |  0 comments
I love a great 2.1 system like this pair of Solano tower speaker and a Varro DS1000 12-inch dual-opposed subwoofer. Just a couple of good towers and a powerful, precise sub, along with transparent, competent electronics doing their job. And that's what I found in this all-ELAC rig at Audio Advice Live 2023.

What a fantastic time it is to be an audio enthusiast, that we have this capacity to create true full-range audio delivering an audiophile listing experience with gear that looks great and fits comfortably in a living room environment.

Mark Henninger  |  Sep 24, 2023  |  1 comments
While at the CEDIA 2023 Expo in Denver, I had the opportunity to visit Victrola's new headquarters and discuss the future of turntables and audio technology with Don Inmon, the head of product and brand at Victrola. The conversation offered a first look at Victrola's new Hi-Res variants of its two turntables, the Onyx and the Carbon, and explored the shift toward wireless, high-quality audio experiences.
Mark Henninger  |  Aug 14, 2023  |  2 comments
At Audio Advice Live 2023, the regional AV show held last week in Raleigh, North Carolina, I encountered a unique application for UST (ultra short throw) projectors I had never seen before. As a gamer who enjoys racing and flight simulators, this demonstration resonated with me as much as the massive 9.4.4 or 9.4.6 Atmos home theater systems also found at the show.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 11, 2024  |  0 comments
Focal, the highly regarded French speaker company, has unveiled a follow-up to the popular Aria 900 speaker range it introduced a decade ago.
Bob Ankosko  |  Aug 31, 2023  |  1 comments
Killer home theater demonstrations touting the latest AV technologies are the staple of any consumer or trade show and CEDIA Expo 2023 that opens in Denver a week from today is no exception. Watch these pages for our coverage.
SV Staff  |  Aug 07, 2023  |  1 comments
The Audio Advice Live home entertainment show that ended yesterday in Raleigh, North Carolina was a resounding success. Some of the event’s biggest moments were documented by S&V editor Mark Henninger. Let’s take a look…
Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 09, 2024  |  0 comments
Hisense, the Chinese brand best known in AV circles for its ultra-short-throw “laser TV” video-projection systems, is trumpeting a pair of ultra-big-screen televisions at CES 2024.
SV Staff  |  Sep 11, 2023  |  2 comments
Doug Kern, group marketing director for Hisense USA, walked S&V’s Mark Henninger through the highlights of the company’s new 100-inch 4K TV at CEDIA Expo 2023, which wrapped up over the weekend.
Mark Henninger  |  Jan 15, 2024  |  0 comments
With over four decades of innovation, Focal has continually set the bar for sound fidelity and speaker design. Today, we're diving into their latest creation, the Aria Evo X, and exploring how Focal's approach to developing and marketing audio technology has evolved and led to this exciting new update to the popular, but decade-old Aria speaker line.

Joining me are Cedrick Boutonet—CEO of Vervent Audio Group, overseeing both Focal and Naim, and Arnaud Hendoux—managing director for Americas at Vervent Audio Group. We discuss the strategic importance of in-house speaker development and manufacturing, a cornerstone of Focal's identity and success.

Mark Henninger  |  Aug 11, 2023  |  4 comments
At the recent Audio Advice Live 2023 show in Raleigh, NC, I stopped by the Harman/JBL/Samsung demo areas and saw a 140-inch micro-LED display outfitted with a JBL synthesis sound system, JBL Classic Series electronics (making their U.S. debut), and other cool gear.
Mark Henninger  |  Aug 13, 2023  |  0 comments
Large, powered, wireless party speakers have been around for some time, but 2023 marked the first year I truly took notice. I recently reviewed a Sony party speaker, and this year seems to indeed be the year of the party speaker. At Audio Advice Live in Raleigh, North Carolina, I entered a room in the Sheraton and instead of the typical two-channel high-end system or home theater setups, what I found was a dance floor just waiting for a party to get started. This included disco lights, a DJ rig, and a pair of full-size JBL Partybox 710 speakers handling the PA duties.
Mark Henninger  |  Aug 11, 2023  |  0 comments
JVC is renowned for the quality of its D-ILA projectors. They offer some of the highest native contrast that you'll see in a projector that doesn't cost as much as a house. And in this show demo, the company pulled off its usual spectacular exhibition of its projectors' capabilities. In this case, the range-topping DLA-NZ9 ($26,000) took care of business with its 3000-lumen output that filled the screen with convincing HDR.

Meanwhile, GoldenEar is known for its high-performance home theater-friendly speakers, many of which feature integrated subwoofers. All of the company's speaker designs use AMT (folded-ribbon) tweeters.

Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 10, 2024  |  1 comments
Klipsch is previewing the first audio products in its new “powered by Onkyo” series and its first portable party speakers at CES 2024.
SV Staff  |  Jan 12, 2024  |  1 comments
Video from our booth tours at XGIMI, Harman, and Victrola plus a live demo of LG’s Signature OLED T, the world’s first disappearing television and the only TV that can morph into a fish tank.
Dennis Young  |  Apr 25, 2024  |  6 comments
The Audio Expo North America showcases the biggest and best that the audio world has to offer, with products coming from all over the world to display. The 2024 show had a record turnout, notably a doubling of Gen Z/age 15-26 participants, an encouraging trend for our hobby. I enjoyed rolling around the various exhibits and checking out the best of the best, but what can be found there that is of interest to the Sound & Vision crowd?