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Best Gear of Fall 2020

Sound and Vision - Thu, 10/29/2020 - 9:01am
As we get ready to close out October and look forward to a (hopefully) scary good time of trick-or-treating with a little malevolent merry-making thrown in for good measure, we pause to consider eight product that have made Sound & Vision Top Pick status in as many weeks. Our mid-fall additions reveal an interesting split between everyday audio such as the impressive entry-level speaker from Magnepan and upscale gear like Kaleidescape’s state-of-the-art movie server and Sony’s latest 4K laser projector. And then there’s the surprise $4,000 preamp/surround processor from Monoprice (of all brands), which delivers a level of performance and flexibility usually reserved for cost-no-object pre/pros. Read on to see which of these remarkable products capture your imagination.
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Hands-On: Roku Streambar 

Sound and Vision - Wed, 10/28/2020 - 1:50pm
For those who have limited space but want better sound than their TV speakers, the Roku Streambar may be the solution. This device would not be what you are looking for in your main home theater, but it has its place in the market.
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Focal Chora 826-D Speaker System Review

Sound and Vision - Wed, 10/28/2020 - 1:34pm

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PRICE $8,360 (as tested)

Great overall sound with movies and music
Integrated Atmos Elevation speakers
Impressive clarity from center speaker
Pricey sub with limited features
Boxy design for Focal speakers

Focal's 5.1.4 Chora system delivers impressive performance for the price and is equally adept at movies and music.

Some may see France's Focal as a maker of $100,000-plus speakers and $4,000 headphones. But while the company does maintain a high profile in the high-end through products like its Utopia towers, the reality is that Focal makes speakers—and headphones—that cover a wide range of price points. It's been nearly ten years since Sound & Vision reviewed a full-scale Focal home theater speaker system—a $25,000 rig with Beryllium tweeters. This time out we're looking at the company's affordable new Chora series, a lineup that notably includes speakers with upfiring drivers to handle Dolby Atmos and other immersive audio formats.

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