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Tidal Waves

Streaming giant Tidal continues upping its sound quality game. But can the company stem the tide of its many hi-res challengers?

4 mins read
Sound & Vision
April - May 2022

Bigscreen Sound

My listening room has seen components from three different South Korean audio manufacturers over the past year, and in each case the performance, build quality, and aesthetics of the product have been uniformly superb. But what really impressed me about them is the extent to which each used software and/or circuitry developed in-house rather than purchased off-the-shelf. Call me slow, but I think something special is going on south of the 38th parallel.

10 mins read
Sound & Vision
April - May 2022

To Trinitron and Beyond

Man, oh, man. Can this really be happening? Over these many years, I have purchased all manner of excellent Sony products: radios, televisions, tape recorders, receivers, amplifiers, turntables, Betamax, CD, DVD, Blu-ray, Mini-disc, headphones, boomboxes, speakers, soundbars, videogame consoles, phones, camcorders, cameras—you name it. But will my next Sony purchase be...a car?

3 mins read
Sound & Vision
April - May 2022

A Modern Classic

The loudspeaker landscape is dotted with so-called classics. Legends like the Klipschorn, the Quad ESL, and the JBL L100 have remained in production for decades or enjoyed successful reboots not just because they appeal to our nostalgia, but because they remain bonafide audiophile-grade products.

9 mins read
Sound & Vision
April - May 2022

MEDIA ROOM INSIDER: SEDONA PARADISE

An open-plan viewing/ listening space grows in the Arizona desert, with equipment choices guided by Sound & Vision reviews

9 mins read
Sound & Vision
April - May 2022

Feature Presentation

THE ARRIVAL of yet another A/V receiver doesn't usually engender much excitement here at S&V's currently sub-arctic regional headquarters in New England. But Onkyo's new TX-NR7100 is not just another" receiver.

10+ mins read
Sound & Vision
April - May 2022

Concealed Screens

The Connected Life

4 mins read
Sound & Vision
April - May 2022

4K All the Way

Sony's Projector

10+ mins read
Sound & Vision
April - May 2022

Big-Time Bass

JVC RS2000 4K projector

8 mins read
Sound & Vision
April - May 2022

TV Trends of CES 2022

After going fully online in 2021 due to the global pandemic, CES 2022 was an in-person event, with both manufacturers and attendees required to provide proof of vaccination and don masks prior to entering the show floor.

8 mins read
Sound & Vision
April - May 2022

Technics EAH-AZ60 Noise-Canceling True Wireless Earbuds

My first stereo system was a full-on Technics rig, right down to the turntable and cassette deck, so I've always harbored a fondness for the brand. And while the recent comeback of Technics to the hi-fi scene has had a decidedly high-end spin—its SU-R1000 Digital Integrated Amplifier costs $9,499—they've also branched out into accessible gear like wireless all-in-one speakers and headphones.

3 mins read
Sound & Vision
April - May 2022

Sonos Beam Gen 2 Soundbar - Beam Me Up

BOTH THE original Sonos Beam and the company's new Beam Gen 2 soundbar use beamforming, a technology that combines an array of drivers with advanced signal processing, to create an enveloping audio experience without need for multiple speakers. With the Beam Gen 2 ($449), Sonos builds upon the virtual surround sound capabilities of the original by adding Dolby Atmos processing and side-firing drivers, a combination that ups the sense of immersion it can create. And the cost for this upgrade: a mere $50 premium over the original Beam soundbar's $399 price.

10 mins read
Sound & Vision
February - March 2022

BENQ V7050i 4K DLP Laser TV Projector - In Living Color

Is there a projector maker that hasn’t yet come out with an ultra short throw (UST) model aimed at viewers who want a theater-size image in their living room, but without the usual ceiling-mount and dark room baggage that accompanies it? If you asked me that question one year ago, I would have replied “BenQ.” But now, with its V7050i 4K DLP Laser TV, BenQ has joined the UST projector fold, adding its name to the ranks of Sony, Epson, Optoma, Vava, Hisense, LG, Samsung, and others.

10+ mins read
Sound & Vision
February - March 2022

We're Not in Kansas Anymore

"Many years ago, I would ride my bicycle to the neighborhood record store, lean it against the window (no need to padlock), spend an enjoyable hour flipping through LPs, pick one out, and buy it (cash, of course). I would then slip it into my backpack and ride home, put the needle in the groove, and enjoy the sound of my purchase. Oh, how times have changed. In particular, the cool kids are now buying music as non-fungible tokens (NFT)."

3 mins read
Sound & Vision
February - March 2022

Fluance Ai41 Bluetooth Speaker System

"Two Speakers Better Than One"

6 mins read
Sound & Vision
February - March 2022

Canton Chrono 70 Loudspeaker - It's Chrono Time

Canton may be a speaker brand that’s relatively unknown in North America—no doubt due to the company’s products not being available in these parts for the past decade—but the German outfit has been doing business for almost 50 years. Headquartered about 25 miles north of Frankfurt, Canton is one of Germany’s largest loudspeaker manufacturers, offering a truly breathtaking spread of models across several product ranges.

6 mins read
Sound & Vision
February - March 2022

2021 Top Picks of The Year

Looking back on 2021, I can honestly state that it represented an improvement over 2020, though it didn’t end up being the full-scale return-to-normal everybody was looking for. A/V consumer and trade shows such as CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis were gutted. Supply chain logjams delayed the arrival of new gear, particularly in core categories like speakers and A/V receivers, both of which ended up underrepresented in our 2021 Top Picks of the Year list compared with previous years. But even with all the challenges, the wheels of industry continued to grind, with much fantastic gear coming in for us to test and recommend.

10+ mins read
Sound & Vision
February - March 2022

JVC DLA-NZ9 8K D-ILA PROJECTOR - The Future Looks Bright

GIVEN THE current uncertain state of the world, I was truly surprised when JVC announced not one but three new projectors prior to the kickoff of CEDIA Expo 2021, an event that ended up being a pale shade of its regular self. The new JVC trio largely replaces the company’s current projector lineup, offering a list of new features including a next-gen BLU- Escent laser light engine, HDMI 2.1 connectivity with full 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video input support, and HDR10+ high dynamic range.

10+ mins read
Sound & Vision
February - March 2022

MEDIA ROOM INSIDER: APARTMENT THEATER

This Tel Aviv penthouse apartment fits a no-compromise 7.4.4 Dolby Atmos system into a cozy 10 x 18-foot space

10+ mins read
Sound & Vision
February - March 2022

MONOLITH BY MONOPRICE ENCORE T6 SPEAKER SYSTEM - Monolithic Value

THE STORY of how Monoprice parlayed its success as a humble purveyor of computer peripherals into its current status as a direct-toconsumer A/V gear powerhouse will have to wait for another day, mostly because I don’t know it. But I do know this much: the torrent of ultra-high-value speakers and electronics, desktop audio, and even pro audio designs that have bubbled up from the Monoprice spring over the past few years is all but unprecedented in my decades in the audio/video world.

10 mins read
Sound & Vision
February - March 2022

OSD BLACK TREVOCE 12 EQ DSP SUBWOOFER - Triple Threat

OSD AUDIO is a maker of many audiorelated things, its extensive product line covering most bases for custom residential and commercial installations. But the company also has a fair number of consumer offerings, including a sizeable range of subwoofers.

7 mins read
Sound & Vision
February - March 2022

Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 1980-1985 - Deluxe Edition

Discussing the merits of Bob Dylan’s ’80s output is a lightning rod for even his most ardent fans.

4 mins read
Sound & Vision
December 2021 - January 2022

Blue Heaven

Bluesound Node Streaming Dac

7 mins read
Sound & Vision
December 2021 - January 2022

The Green Knight

The Green Knight, director David Lowery's film adaptation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, an anonymous 14th century poem, is a fantastical, visually intoxicating take on Arthurian legend.

3 mins read
Sound & Vision
December 2021 - January 2022

Beethoven, Regolith, and You

WIDE ANGLE SIGNALS

3 mins read
Sound & Vision
December 2021 - January 2022

Qobuz Redux

Three years ago, French upstarts Qobuz made quite a splash upon entering the U.S. streaming market. What has happened with the high-res service in the interim?

3 mins read
Sound & Vision
December 2021 - January 2022

Troubleshoot Your Network Like a Boss

Given the proliferation of internet-connected devices in the home, the most common system problems can often be boiled down to network issues. Whether it is slow Wi-Fi, choppy streaming quality, or a total inability to connect, if something is amiss with your home’s network, there will be a cascade of glitches.

4 mins read
Sound & Vision
December 2021 - January 2022

Qobuz Redux

Three years ago, French upstarts Qobuz made quite a splash upon entering the U.S. streaming market. What has happened with the high-res service in the interim?

3 mins read
Sound & Vision
December 2021 - January 2022

Beethoven, Regolith, and You

The year is 1969. I am sitting in front of my family's TV watching live black-and-white video from the moon. High-definition TV is still science fiction, but in the blurry picture I can see Neil Armstrong descend the ladder and step onto the lunar surface.

3 mins read
Sound & Vision
December 2021 - January 2022

Just Add Music

Q ACOUSTICS Q ACTIVE 200 LOUDSPEAKER

10 mins read
Sound & Vision
December 2021 - January 2022

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