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Sound & Vision

October/November 2020

Sound & Vision is at the forefront of the ever-changing, always dynamic world of electronic entertainment. Authoritative and accessible, written with insight and humor, Sound & Vision is the preeminent source for consumers of home theater, audio, video, and multimedia products.

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10 Issues

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9 min.

Audio Above Everything My Sound & Vision finally arrived—I sure missed your magazine! It’s one of the few I subscribe to, extending way back to the days of Stereo Review. (When Cindy and I got married, she wanted to get me a subscription to Playboy, but I told her I’d rather have Stereo Review!) As Al Griffin discussed in his September issue Track One column, Covid-19 has given me more time to do things that I previously never took time out to do. Lots of social distancing with the Harley, and I actually started buying vinyl again. I didn’t have one LP in the house before this summer, but I dusted off the turntable and started re-collecting albums I had cherished the most, ranging from Isaac Hayes to the early Beatles.…

6 min.
cedia expo virtual 2020 preview

The new VPL-VW915ES SXRD projector from Sony ($20,000, available October 2020) is a native 4K-resolution (4,096 x 2,160) model that uses a Z-Phosphor laser light source capable of operating for up to 20,000 hours. The projector is specified at 2,000 ANSI lumens brightness. Dynamic Laser Control and Advanced Iris features work to deliver increased contrast, while a Dynamic HDR Enhancer provides scene-by-scene processing to optimize HDR performance. The VPL-VW915ES also features Sony’s new “X1 for projector” picture processing and Super Resolution Reality Creation to enhance lower-res images. The Invisa Home Theater Reference 7000 from GoldenEar Technology ($599 each) is designed for use as a ceiling-mounted left-, right-, or center-channel speaker, or as a side or rear surround. It can also serve as height-channel speaker in many home theater installations. A flat,…

4 min.
the rolls royce of playlists

In my last column in the September issue (also on soundandvision.com), we considered the playlist used to tune the bespoke sound system in the Rolls Royce Phantom, a car that sells for a tidy $500,000. We discussed playlists generally and why they are so important. But is the Rolls Royce Phantom playlist a good one, and truly worthy of the marque? When a carmaker develops a new vehicle, audio engineers use reference music (as well as high-powered analytical software) to optimize sound quality. In a car, unlike home systems, the sound system is integral and unchanging in the listening space; engineers can precisely tune the system, dialing in its parameters to achieve incredible results. But that’s only possible if the playlist is up to snuff. Although it’s highly unlikely, if a tuning…

4 min.
high-res how-to

Q I’ve always been interested in streaming high-resolution audio through my Denon AVR-X4300H receiver, but don’t know if that’s possible. Although I mainly listen to music on Spotify and Pandora, I tried Tidal and Amazon Music HD but couldn’t figure out how to stream the tracks in highresolution. What options do I have, if any? MARK LEVESQUE / VIA EMAIL A First up, let’s clarify what highresolution audio is. For audio, the term “high-res” is generally taken to mean digital music files with a higher than 16-bit audio bit depth and a greater than 44.1 kHz audio sample rate—typically 24-bit/96kHz or 24-bit/192kHz. Streaming services that offer music in high-res format include Tidal, Amazon Music HD, and Qobuz. Spotify and Pandora—your go-to music sources—both stream audio using lossy compressed formats, and do not…

9 min.
victorian meets modern tech

ENTERING THE oak-paneled foyer of this Victorian manor in Toronto’s prestigious Rosedale neighborhood is like stepping back into the early 20th century. Built in 1901, the expansive estate has been meticulously restored to evoke the grandeur of the period—with a fantastic secret. Hiding behind the magnificent historical façade is a fully automated state-of-the-art smart home created by Moonshot Automation (moonshotautomation.com, formerly Custom Sound and Vision) in nearby Mississauga. “The home was acquired by our clients in 2014 and underwent an extensive renovation in an effort to modernize it to suit the family’s busy lifestyle while preserving the original feel of the residence,” explains Carmine Malatesta, Moonshot founder and president. The company was commissioned to discreetly deploy technology throughout the 10,000-square-foot estate that would provide effortless control over lighting, heating and cooling,…

14 min.
products of the year

EISA, or the Expert Imaging and Sound Association, is an organization representing 61 special interest magazines from 29 countries across the globe that cover Hi-Fi, Home Theater Video, Home Theater Audio, Photography, Mobile Devices, and In-Car Electronics. Each year, EISA expert group members, including editors from Sound & Vision and its sister publications Stereophile and Shutterbug, receive previews of the latest products, typically in-person, but for 2020-2021 via online presentations due to international travel restrictions and safety concerns. This extended process culminates in a vote on which products are worthy of the prestigious EISA award. The following award-winning products, some of which have been previously reviewed by S&V such as the LG OLED65GX Ultra HDTV, Zappiti Pro 4K HDR media player, and SVS SB-2000 Pro subwoofer, represent the state-of-art for…