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James Unveils Unique Modular Home Theater
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:51:08 +0000
The speaker specialists at Napa, CA-based James Loudspeaker have come up with an innovative way to deliver surround sound to any environment in a high-performance, fully custom freestanding form factor.
Teac Turntable Combines Best of Old and New
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:42:37 +0000
Teac says its new TN-400S turntable ($400) offers âeverything you loved about classic, old-school turntables, along with the advantages of digital technology and attractive, contemporary design.â
Why A/B Testing Is Harder Than You Think
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:26:27 +0000
While popular among readers, direct A/B tests comparing one audio or video component with a competing model are far more difficult to do properly than you might imagine. Iâve conducted or participated in numerous such tests over the years, going back to speaker shootouts when I wrote exclusively for Stereophile back in the â90s. I also set up or participated in several shootouts of video displays for Home Theater.
Sony XBR-65Z9D LCD Ultra HDTV Review
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:55:07 +0000
AT A GLANCE
State-of-the-art local dimming
Class-leading HDR brightness
Above average off-center viewing
With the top manufacturers jostling for a view from the top of the Ultra HD pyramid, Sony has taken an express elevator and is racing fast for the checkered flag. But enough with the mixed metaphors. If this TV isn’t today’s best LCD UHD/HDR set (and perhaps the best of any type), it’s not for lack of trying. Sony has given us their best technology here, and it shows.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2016, Sony demonstrated a prototype of a future LCD TV design incorporating what the company called Backlight Master Drive. We found it dazzling, as did most of the show-goers with whom we spoke. Nevertheless, we all looked at it as a “show car”—something that might appear in a store near you in a couple of years, if ever.
Feeling Nostalgic? Check Out This Retro TV
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:03:36 +0000
If you yearn for a simpler time when changing the channel meant leaving the couch and turning a knob to click your way through TV channels, youâll appreciate the Vintage Taste TV.
Roostâs RSA-400 Smart Smoke Alarm Stops Chirps, Sniffs Methane, and Saves Lives
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:10:31 +0000
I wish smoke alarms were sexier. Most of them are dull, white pucks that try to look as unobtrusive as possible. Even the squarish Nest Protect
with the swirling perforation pattern on the cover isnât something that most people will want to highlight as it hangs on the wall or ceiling. But thereâs no doubt that smoke/carbon monoxide alarms save lives. The American Red Cross says that the organizationâs Home Fire Campaign
, which has âa goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25% by 2020â by getting more smoke alarms installed in more homes, has already demonstrably saved 111 lives in the short time since the program began in 2014. And since itâs recommended that you should check the working status of the smoke alarms in your home on the days when Daylight Saving Time begins and ends every year, itâs a good time to take a brief look at Roostâs
brand new andâat $80 MSRPânicely affordable RSA-400 Smart Smoke Alarm...