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I’M AL GRIF­FIN, the new edi­tor of Sound & Vi­sion. The above quote, from the poet T.S. Eliot, is one that ap­plies in par­tic­u­lar to my sit­u­a­tion. Back in 1998, I was work­ing as a staffer at Video mag­a­zine when it was an­nounced that we would join forces with Stereo Re­view, our sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion down the hall. The re­sult of that merger was Sound & Vi­sion.

It was a heady time for the con­sumer AV in­dus­try when our first is­sue launched in 1999. Af­ter a long pe­riod of devel­op­ment, dig­i­tal high-def­i­ni­tion TV broad­casts were fi­nally hit­ting the air­waves. Net­flix had just been birthed and was start­ing to mail out red en­velopes packed with DVDS. The Su­per Au­dio CD for­mat was in­tro­duced, soon to be fol­lowed by a com­pet­ing high-res, sur­round-ca­pa­ble mu­sic for­mat, Dvd-au­dio.

There seemed to be no end to the rush of tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tion, and the mag­a­zine ea­gerly cov­ered all of it.

Al­most two decades have passed since we pub­lished that first is­sue, and plenty more has hap­pened in the in­terim. Stream­ing has be­come com­mon­place, let­ting us in­stantly con­sume al­most any movie, TV pro­gram, or mu­sic with lit­tle, if any, loss of qual­ity. High-def­i­ni­tion video has given way to ul­tra high-def­i­ni­tion video, with en­hance­ments in­clud­ing 10-bit color depth and high dy­namic range. Movie sound­tracks have be­come ob­ject-based, ex­pand­ing the im­mer­sive po­ten­tial of the sound­field through the ad­di­tion of 3D over­head ef­fects. Sound & Vi­sion, of course, has been there to re­port on and re­view each of these new de­vel­op­ments, same as when we started back in 1999.

What can read­ers ex­pect with me at the helm? For the most part, more of the same com­pre­hen­sive re­port­ing and test­ing that my pre­de­ces­sor, Rob Sabin, over­saw dur­ing his ten­ure as edi­tor. I also plan to aug­ment the mag­a­zine’s re­views of sur­round sound com­po­nents with cov­er­age of mu­sic stream­ing and two-chan­nel au­dio prod­ucts. One man­i­fes­ta­tion of that change is a new col­umn, Stream On, writ­ten by S&V’S mu­sic edi­tor Mike Met­tler. Another is the re­views you’ll find in this is­sue of Elac’s im­pres­sive Adante AS- 61 speaker and Micromega’s M-150 stereo in­te­grated amplifier. Stream­ing might be tak­ing over, but AV en­thu­si­asts still love pack­aged me­dia. To that end, I’ve in­tro­duced a new feature called Remaster Class that tracks the re­lease his­tory of an iconic mu­sic or movie ti­tle. For this is­sue, we’ll ex­plore 1982’s Toto IV.

To wrap up, I’m happy to be home. That’s be­cause Sound & Vi­sion al­ways has been my home, the place where I started out, and the place where I feel most com­fort­able. Feel free to email me at edi­[email protected] soun­dand­vi­sion.com to let me know your thoughts about this is­sue, and if we’re de­liv­er­ing what you ex­pect from Sound & Vi­sion.

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