THE WORLD OF RAISED BY WOLVES
A behind-the-scenes look at director Ridley’s Scott’s HBO Max sci-fi series
The Sound of Silver
THERE ARE quite literally hundreds of small, two-way loudspeakers you can buy priced from under $100 to well north of $10,000 per pair.
THE ROLLING STONES: GOATS HEAD SOUP SUPER DELUXE EDITION
Show of hands, please—how many of you rate August 1973’s Goats Head Soup as your favorite Rolling Stones album? Anyone? No? Can’t say I blame you.
Qello seeks to corner the market on streaming concerts and music documentaries. Do they have enough diverse material in their coffers to satisfy our consumptive hunger for content?
New Bronze Age
BRITAIN-BASED Monitor Audio offers a wide range of loudspeakers at prices spanning from the bargain basement up to the penthouse that are cleverly named for a variety of metals: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze.
Buy Once, Cry Once
PART 2. In my previous column (Buy Once, Cry Once), I considered areas in your A/V budget where you should consider splurging when building a system The categories I listed—projection screens, amplifiers, speakers—are ones that can provide years of enjoyment, but don’t see regular or major upgrades. I also covered categories like subwoofers that have a real impact on a system’s overall performance, and ones like pre-wiring that can strongly affect a system’s future serviceability.
Fractured Fairy Tales
Okay, children! Time for a bedtime story! Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks. While walking through the forest, she came upon a quaint little village. In that village, there were three ways to watch movies.
REMEMBER THE rear-projection TV (RPTV)? RPTVs were big, boxy contraptions housing a projector that beamed an image at the rear of a screen mounted on the set’s front surface.
Whether you fall into the “all well-designed amps sound the same when used within their limits” camp or the “amp selection is critical” army of true believers, it’s arguable that prior to the turn of the millennium amps designed for high-performance audio had fallen into a rut.
The Next Generation
The big car companies refresh their lineups on a pretty regular schedule. Honda, for example, brings out all-new versions of its models every four to five years, and it makes smaller upgrades and improvements in the years between the big changes.
Meet the New Boss
VPL-VW885ES, a 4K LCOS projector with a laser light engine
JVC Projector Theater Optimizer Function
JVC announced a firmware update for its native 4K D-ILA projectors that delivered true frame adaptive HDR tone mapping to the lineup.
HIGH END- PROJECTORS
Turn It up To 11.2
DENON AVR-X6700H 11.2-CHANNEL A/V RECEIVER
The Road to Utopia
FOCAL CHORA 826-D SPEAKER SYSTEM
The Rapture of the Rumble
Because everything must be controversial, I am going to be controversial. This column discusses God, politics, climate change, and Enzo Ferrari. Furthermore, if it causes lightning to strike you, so be it.
With large-scale live events still in a holding pattern, attending VR and AR concerts online could be the next best bet for diehard concertgoers.
DISTRICT 9 - ULTRA HD BLU-RAY
DISTRICT 9 rises above its disparate components—there are multiple strong influences, everything from Alien Nation to the faux-documentary feel of The Office—to deliver a socially resonant story that’s even more relevant a decade after its release.
GHOST IN THE SHELL - ULTRA HD BLU-RAY
MAMORO OSHII’S beautiful and unsettling anime film, Ghost in the Shell, has been released on Ultra HD Blu-ray to celebrate its 25 th anniversary.
The 300 Spartans - Ultra HD Blu-ray
Inspired by the 1962 Cinemascope epic The 300 Spartans that he saw as a lad, writer/artist Frank Miller would go on to create the five-issue graphic novel 300, a wildly stylized, heavily fictionalized account of the Battle of Thermopylae.
John Lennon Reimagined
The Making of Gimme Some Truth. The Ultimate Mixes
Buy Once, Cry Once
Buy once, cry once. You might be familiar with that old adage, which is used to describe the purchase of a high-cost item that entails upfront financial “pain,” but with no need to buy again in the future due to the superior craftsmanship and build quality. It’s often associated with tools and watches but works quite well for A/V gear.
HISENSE 65H8G QUANTUM LCD ULTRA HDTV
The A/V Strato-Sphere
KALEIDESCAPE STRATO S MOVIE PLAYER
The XBR-65A8H rests on legs positioned 40 inches apart for a tabletop setup, allowing it to sit securely on any solid piece of furniture you might reasonably choose for a 65-inch diagonal (57-inch wide) television.
VAVA VA-LT002 4K LASER DLP PROJECTOR
PRODUCTS OF THE YEAR
2020-2021 HOME THEATER VIDEO+AUDIO
Klipsch The Fives Powered Speaker System
I’m all about simplicity so I welcomed The Fives with open arms.
VICTORIAN MEETS MODERN TECH
A Toronto manor gets outfitted with state-of-the-art automation, multiroom A/V, and a high-end home cinema
LG SN8YG 3.1.2 Atmos Soundbar
Atmos Made Easy