Sound & Vision July - August 2016

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virtually real

This being our annual outdoor/portable A/V-themed issue, we had fun with some categories we don’t normally follow closely. Along the more conventional product lines, yours truly finally got curious enough about so-called pico projectors to call in a few for a test. Our survey, starting on page 36, includes two remarkable projectors that actually slip into your breast pocket, and two “minibeamers” that resemble the big-boy home theater projectors we test year round, just shrunk way, way down. I didn’t have particularly high expectations going in, but, as you’ll read, I was pleasantly surprised. On the audio front, along with reviews of some very high-performing headphones and a new hi-res music player, you’ll find Geoff Morrison’s roundup of some compact and super-affordable tube-driven headphone amps he found on Amazon. With a…

9 min

E-mail them to note: Questions about the features and functions of a particular product are best directed to the manufacturer. Questions about what product you should buy are best directed to a dealer who knows all the details of your system, your preferences, and your personal habits. All submissions are considered the exclusive property of Sound & Vision magazine and TEN: The Enthusiast Network. We reserve the right to edit letters for brevity. Due to the volume of mail that we receive, we regret that we cannot respond to every letter. Take Me to the River The River is, undoubtedly, a great album, but the recording of the original version was awful. I often wondered who was the... who approved the final mix/sound to be sent to the stores. No matter…

5 min
jam on Ever heard of ’em? I hadn’t but was intrigued when I saw the press release: “Live Music Pioneers Launch Streaming Service.” Turns out the company has been making professional recordings of concert performances available to fans of jam bands for years—something followers of Gov’t Mule, Phish, and Widespread Panic probably already know. To learn more about this unique service, I reached out to founder Brad Serling.—Bob Ankosko S&V: Can you tell us a bit about the history of the company—how and why you started it and the story behind the name? BS: I actually launched the site in 1997, so we’re approaching 20 years. Back then, the idea was to make it easier to trade my tape collection with other tapers. I had started recording the Grateful Dead in…

4 min
this just in...

Tom DeVesto, cofounder of Cambridge SoundWorks and Tivoli Audio, has launched a new Boston-based company called Como Audio. The first products, due in fall, will be different from Tivoli’s, but still small and user friendly... Ultra HDTVs Occupied 40 percent of U.S. retail shelf space in late 2015, according to Quixel Research—although picture-improving HDR and other technologies are still developing. Shelf share of 1080p TVs dropped to 46 percent, from 71 percent 18 months before... Netflix in HDR is on the way. Check out the first season of Marco Polo and the second season of Daredevil... Vudu’s Ultra HD offerings have increased to 33 with The Intern and In the Heart of the Sea. The latter streams in Dolby Atmos... Amazon’s First Non-Prime original series is the third season of Fashion Fund. Does the…

3 min
cardas a8 ear speakers

Open Your Ears PRICE $299 CARDAS AUDIO IS BEST KNOWN as a manufacturer of audiophile cables, but the Bandon, Oregon– based company jumped into headphones a few years ago with its EM 5813 Ear Speakers. Their sound was big and bold, but comfort issues limited my listening times to short bursts because the earpieces were heavy and the cables unwieldy. Now Cardas is back with new in-ears, the A8 Ear Speakers. I’ve known George Cardas for decades, and he’s normally a soft-spoken dude, but he’s really jazzed about what’s going on with headphones. They’re keeping hope alive for the future of high-end audio for the next generation. Ask him about the A8, and he’ll give you an earful—he’s a man on a mission. The A8 is lighter and more comfortable than the EM…

5 min
getting to the core

PRICE $599 MY WIFE THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY as I walked into the kitchen cradling a speaker while singing along with the Boz Scaggs classic “Look What You’ve Done to Me.” It’s not uncommon for me to serenade the family, but doing so with a “live” speaker in tow, well, that’s unusual even for (the goofball in) me. But that’s one of the things I love about Mass Fidelity’s remarkable Core: It’s so easy to move around. And then there’s the sound—we’ll get to that in a minute. Before I delve into the Core’s other endearing qualities, a word about its unique design. Four small custom-designed drivers project sound from the front and sides of a stylish cube with a black acrylic top and slotted chrome base with feet that elevate the…