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Tidal Delivers True Dolby Atmos Music To Your Home Theater

Subscribers to Tidal’s $20/month HiFi tier can now stream Dolby Atmos Music to their Atmos-capable AV receivers or sound-bars, bringing

Tidal Delivers True Dolby Atmos Music To Your Home Theater
Dolby Eliminates Key Feature for Enhancing 2CH Music

When Dolby released Atmos, it was done in concert with their surround upmixer which does a great job enhancing 2CH music thanks to a key feature

Dolby Eliminates Key Feature for Enhancing 2CH Music
Sound United Brings Roon Compatibility to 68 Denon and Marantz Products

Sound United LLC announced that 68 Denon and Marantz products received Roon Tested accreditation. Want to know what Roon is and why Sound United

Sound United Brings Roon Compatibility to 68 Denon and Marantz Products

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Tidal Delivers True Dolby Atmos Music To Your Home Theater

Tidal Delivers True Dolby Atmos Music To Your Home Theater

After launching a limited, mobile-only Dolby Atmos Music experience last December, Tidal is now offering the real deal. Subscribers to Tidal’s $20/month HiFi tier can now stream Dolby Atmos Music to their Atmos-capable AV receivers or sound-bars, bringing immersive music into the living room and home theater environments. So far, only a handful of third-party streaming devices are compatible, but more are expected. Read on to learn more.

Subscribers to Tidal’s $20/month HiFi tier can now stream Dolby Atmos Music to their Atmos-capable AV receivers or sound-bars, bringing immersive music into their home theaters. but there are caveats.

— June 11, 2020 07:00 in Audio Technologies

Dolby Eliminates Key Feature for Enhancing 2CH Music

Dolby Eliminates Key Feature for Enhancing 2CH Music

When Dolby released Atmos, it was done in concert with their surround upmixer which does a great job enhancing 2CH music thanks to a key feature Dolby is now removing from new products. We don't understand why "center spread' is being eliminated but implore you to voice your concerns to Dolby and your favorite receiver manufacturer if you feel this to be an important feature for your music playback enjoyment . Perhaps we can all be part of a collective voice to persuade Dolby to reverse this decision so we can all enjoy the benefits of our multi-channel speaker system for our 2CH music sources.

When Dolby released Atmos, it was done in concert with their surround upmixer which does a great job enhancing 2CH music thanks to a key feature Dolby is now removing from new products. Let's get it back!

— May 24, 2020 08:00 in Audio Technologies

Sound United Brings Roon Compatibility to 68 Denon and Marantz Products

Sound United Brings Roon Compatibility to 68 Denon and Marantz Products

Sound United LLC announced that several Denon and Marantz products received Roon Tested accreditation. This certification enables music lovers to seamlessly stream music from a Roon server or Roon Core devices to 68 Denon and Marantz products for a visually rich, and easy-to-use listening experience. To see what we think of these new additions read on...

Sound United LLC announced that 68 Denon and Marantz products received Roon Tested accreditation. Want to know what Roon is and why Sound United is all in? Read on to find out.

— March 31, 2020 06:00 in Audio Technologies

What the Apollo Masters Fire Really Means for Vinyl

What the Apollo Masters Fire Really Means for Vinyl

The vinyl record industry may experience shortages of new releases after the plant that made some 75% of the world’s blank lacquers burned to the ground. But it won’t be the apocalyptic “vinylgeddon” suggested by some. Delayed new releases on vinyl may begin sometime in the next year, but the real long-term tragedy could be a permanent loss of some homegrown American record manufacturing. Will Vinyl media adapt and survive? Read on to find out.

The vinyl record industry may experience shortages of new releases after the plant that made some 75% of the world’s blank lacquers burned to the ground. What does this mean for future pressings?

— March 20, 2020 06:00 in Audio Technologies

Predictions of Dolby Atmos Success or Failure Five Years Later

Predictions of Dolby Atmos Success or Failure Five Years Later

Not long after Dolby announced the Home Atmos format, Audioholics ran some competing predictions about its potential for success and failure. Now, more than five years later, we take stock of how Home Atmos has panned out and which predictions were right and which were also wrong. Read our assessment of where Dolby Atmos stands today relating to the home theater environment.

5 Years ago Audioholics made some predictions about Dolby Atmos. Today we look at how Atmos has panned out and what predictions were right and what was also wrong. Read on to see how we did.

— January 28, 2020 08:00 in Audio Technologies

Dirac Research and miniDSP Deliver Dirac Live Processing For Aftermarket Car Audio

Dirac Research and miniDSP Deliver Dirac Live Processing For Aftermarket Car Audio

Dirac Research and China’s miniDSP have collaborated to deliver Dirac Live processing for cars via an $899 digital processor called the miniDSP C-DSP 8x12 DL. The C-DSP is the first aftermarket solution to provide Dirac’s advanced loudspeaker and room-correction system for car audio. But it’s not Dirac’s first foray into automotive sound. Dirac has been working with luxury car manufacturers for over a decade to improve the sound of their factory-installed audio systems. Read on to learn more.

Dirac Research and China’s miniDSP have collaborated to deliver Dirac Live processing for cars via an $899 digital processor called the miniDSP C-DSP 8x12 DL. Read on to find out more.

— January 06, 2020 14:00 in Audio Technologies

Sony Object-Based ‘360 Reality Audio’ Format Aims To Create New Music Ecosystem

Sony Object-Based ‘360 Reality Audio’ Format Aims To Create New Music Ecosystem

Sony’s object-based “360 Reality Audio” format will soon launch on Tidal, Amazon Music HD, Deezer, and the live-performance streaming service nugs.net. Sony hopes to “usher in a major music milestone” with the new format, which will work on any iOS/Android mobile device, and any brand of headphones. But Sony’s new format faces direct competition from Dolby Atmos Music. Will either contender emerge victorious, or will this be the next SACD vs DVD-Audio format war head to the streaming front? Read on to learn more.

Sony’s object-based “360 Reality Audio” format will soon launch on Tidal, Amazon Music HD, Deezer, and the live-performance streaming service nugs.net. Will Dolby Atmos Music win out? Read on...

— December 01, 2019 23:50 in Audio Technologies

Tidal VS Qobuz: Battle of the Hi-Res Streaming Services!

Tidal VS Qobuz: Battle of the Hi-Res Streaming Services!

When it comes to streaming services, we have the big players like Apple, Amazon, and Spotify. Now we can add Qobuz to the list of boutique brands like Tidal that cater to audiophiles. Given that Tidal seems to be struggling, we wondered if there was in fact a need for yet another niche streaming service. We extensively tested the two Hi-Res streaming services for the last SIX MONTHS! See what our conclusions were between the two services in our article and which one sounded best. Be sure to watch our recently added YouTube discussion.

We extensively tested Tidal and new comer Qobuz for the last six months to see who is the indisputable king of Hi-Res streaming! Read on to find out which service won and sounded best.

— October 23, 2019 01:00 in Audio Technologies

Dolby Withdraws Upmixing Restrictions: A Win for Consumers?

Dolby Withdraws Upmixing Restrictions: A Win for Consumers?

Last year we reported on Dolby restricting upmixing of non-native content through their DSU or crossmixing their formats with other upmixers. This had the potential of restricting consumer choices for upmixing content through competitor upmixers such as DTS Neural:X or Auro-matic. Apparently enough backlash was felt from licensee partners and consumers causing Dolby to withdraw this restriction on new Atmos enabled AV products. Read on to find out the implications and what to expect going forward.

Last year we reported on Dolby restricting upmixing of non-native content through their DSU. Due to backlash, Dolby has withdrawn this restriction on Atmos enabled AV products going forward.

— August 27, 2019 00:05 in Audio Technologies

Dirac Live Bass Management System To Debut at CEDIA Promising Perfect Bass

Dirac Live Bass Management System To Debut at CEDIA Promising Perfect Bass

The new Dirac Live Bass Management protocol debuts at CEDIA this September and promises perfect bass for your home theater. Their long awaited bass management software is said to analyze the bass in your room from each subwoofer and speaker and put them in perfect phase alignment with each other while also smoothing out the response. Will this open up more placement options and make it easier to integrate your subwoofers? Read on to find out.

The new Dirac Live Bass Management protocol debuts at CEDIA this September and promises perfect bass for your home theater making multi-sub placement easier to integrate and setup in your room.

— August 22, 2019 19:00 in Audio Technologies

Turntables—A Short History and Explanation

Turntables—A Short History and Explanation

Turntables are getting very popular again. People are rediscovering the romance and appeal of vinyl, plus there is the now-solidly-entrenched faction that simply believes that analog-produced music sounds better than digitally-produced music. Today, $3000 turntables are commonplace. But how did we get here? Let’s take a step back and look at the history and development of the modern turntable to see why things are as they are.

People are rediscovering the romance and appeal of vinyl. With the popularity of turntables on the rise we decided to take a look at the history and development of the modern turntable to see why.

— October 26, 2018 00:00 in Audio Technologies

IMAX Enhanced Certification: What Are You Really Getting?

IMAX Enhanced Certification: What Are You Really Getting?

IMAX has been a staple in the movie theaters as the best in sound and video for over a decade. Now they want to bring that experience into the home theater realm but it's going to involve 3 things: IMAX Enhanced hardware, and content. OK that's 2 things. Ironically the new standard that they're attempting to set mentions nothing about the room acoustics or speaker dispersion or output requirements. Perhaps in the near future that will be revised but let's go with what we know so far to determine if IMAX Enhanced is a must have in your home theater.

IMAX has been a staple in the movie theaters as the best in sound and video for over a decade and now they want to recreate that experience in your home with IMAX Enhanced hardware and movie content.

— October 19, 2018 17:00 in Audio Technologies

Dirac’s New ‘Panorama Sound’ Technology Makes Mobile Audio More Immersive

Dirac’s New ‘Panorama Sound’ Technology Makes Mobile Audio More Immersive

Dirac Panorama Sound is a new mobile audio solution designed to improve the relatively unsatisfying experience of watching content and playing games on portable devices with small, closely-positioned speakers. Like the company’s state-of-the-art room correction software, Dirac’s mobile tech optimizes both impulse and frequency response to improve sound quality and create the impression of a wider soundstage. Does Dirac Panorama Sound have the edge over competing solutions from Dolby and DTS?

Dirac Panorama Sound is a new mobile audio solution designed to improve the unsatisfying audio experience of watching content and playing games on portable devices with small closely spaced speakers.

— July 09, 2018 00:00 in Audio Technologies

Dolby to Restrict Non-Native Upmixing on Atmos Based Products

Dolby to Restrict Non-Native Upmixing on Atmos Based Products

Variety is said to be the spice of life. Why only eat cherry Starbursts when you can sample orange, watermelon, lemon, etc? The same applies to multi-channel surround sound upmixers. But the folks at Dolby® apparently want you to eat ONLY one flavor. Their flavor. Dolby recently issued a mandate to ALL of their Atmos licensee partners to restrict usage of 3rd party upmixers with ANY Dolby signals including 5.1/7.1 DD, DD+, TrueHD and Atmos. What implications will this have in your system? Read on to find out and be sure to watch our related YouTube video discussion too.

Dolby recently issued a mandate to ALL of their Atmos licensee partners to restrict usage of 3rd party upmixers with ANY Dolby signals. What impacts will this have on your system? Read on to find out.

— May 30, 2018 17:00 in Audio Technologies