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The Fight is Over: YouTube Returns to Fire TV, Prime Video to Chromecast

Sound and Vision - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 10:35pm
Peace between Amazon and Google means that the YouTube app will return to Fire TVs and Amazon Prime Video will be available to cast to Google Chromecast.
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SVS SB-3000 Subwoofer Review

Sound and Vision - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 1:16pm

Performance
Features
Build Quality
Value
PRICE Price: $1,099 (piano gloss black), $999 (black ash)

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Outstanding performance for price
Excellent iOS/Android control app
Compact form factor
Minus
Lacks auto-calibration/room EQ

THE VERDICT
SVS continues its tradition of providing more than ample bass for your buck, this time in a relatively compact subwoofer accompanied by a useful setup and control app.

Over the past 15 years I've reviewed more A/V products than I can count, but the ones I most look forward to watching the FedEx guy hoist off the delivery truck are subwoofers. That's mainly because I love hearing bass—the more the better. Also, the reviewing process gives me an opportunity to revisit some of my favorite movie bass torture-test scenes to see if the latest, greatest subwoofer is up to snuff.

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SiriusXM’s New Streaming-Only Plan Costs $8/Month

Sound and Vision - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 9:50am
Satellite radio pioneer SiriusXM is rolling out a streaming-only plan offering access to a diverse lineup of more than 300 entertainment channels for $8/month.
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Savant’s New Self-Powered Network Speakers Mount in Ceiling

Sound and Vision - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 8:10am
Smart-home specialist Savant today introduced a line of self-powered network speakers that mimic recessed lighting.
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Fluance Ai40 Powered Bookshelf Speakers Review

Sound and Vision - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:40am

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $200

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Impressive sound and build quality for price
Good looks
Easy to set up
Minus
Limited connection options
Analog input can be noisy

THE VERDICT
The Fluance Ai40 delivers great sound and easy setup at a stunningly low price.

The Fluance Ai40 is a good-looking and reasonably compact powered speaker system that's equally at home on the desktop and in the living room. With aptX Bluetooth and stereo RCA inputs and not much else, it's easy to set up for streaming and vinyl or CD playback. At $200, the Ai40 is also a notably affordable given the performance level it provides.

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AXPONA 2019: A Guide to the Best Sound

Sound and Vision - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:18am
The annual Audio Expo North America (AXPONA) show in Chicago has exploded into the biggest audio show in North America. 2019 was my first experience there, and it lived up to its reputation. The only show that’s now bigger, based on the number of exhibitors (though I understand it’s heavy on static displays), is May’s Munich show in Germany.
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Logitech's Alexa-Powered Harmony Express: A Remote You Can Live With

Sound and Vision - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:17am
Once upon a time, when you wanted to change channels on your TV, you had to actually get up, walk across the room, and twist a dial. While you were there, savvy users also wiggled the rabbit ears a little bit, and for good measure, whacked the side of the (wood) cabinet. Times have changed.

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EPV Introduces ISF-Certified Projection Screens

Sound and Vision - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 9:27am
EPV Screens has introduced a series of reference-grade-white projection screens that have been certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) to provide reference-grade picture quality
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Marantz’s Hi-Res Network Receiver Plays CDs

Sound and Vision - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 7:56am
Marantz has introduced a hi-res-capable network receiver that provides access to half a dozen music streaming services, supports whole-house wireless streaming, and plays CDs — all from a compact chassis that can fit almost anywhere.
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Sony Sets Pricing, Availability for Master Series 4K and 8K TVs

Sound and Vision - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 7:17pm
Sony today announced pricing and availability for its flagship Masters Series TVs and other LCD and OLED models previewed at CES 2019 in January.
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Bowers & Wilkins Launches Wireless Products 3 Years in the Making

Sound and Vision - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 4:01pm
When Silicon Valley startup EVA Automation acquired the iconic speaker brand Bowers & Wilkins (a.k.a. B&W) in 2016, founder Gideon Yu described the mission as “reimagining the audio/video experience by making products that will change how people interact and think about the home.”
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Peloton Sued for Not Licensing Workout Music

Sound and Vision - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 7:57am
There’s no denying that a killer song makes any workout better. Music is an integral part of most workouts — nobody prefers working out in silence. But, at what price? Peloton Interactive, leader of the upscale indoor cycling fad sweeping the nation is finding out that nothing in life is free, especially music. The biggest appeal of Peloton might be their large selection of online video classes that feature fabulous soundtracks. Too bad they (allegedly) aren’t paying for the music.

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