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Audioholics have our eyes and ears on the industry. We always provide you the latest audio or video related product scoop and bring it to you first. Stay glued to this section of the site for up to date product announcements or industry gossip.

AV News

Lenbrook Introduces MQA Labs With 3 New Audio Technologies

— June 18, 2024 00:00

Lenbrook Introduces MQA Labs With 3 New Audio Technologies

What happened to MQA since Lenbrook, the parent company to PSB, NAD, and Bluesound, purchased the company last autumn. The new MQA Labs unveiled three new technologies: AIRIA, FOQUS, and QRONO.

AV News

Sonos Botches App Refresh, Long‑Awaited ‘Ace’ Headphones!

— June 11, 2024 00:25

Sonos Botches App Refresh, Long-Awaited ‘Ace’ Headphones!

The Sonos Ace NC headphones offer Spatial audio with Dolby Atmos and dynamic head-tracking, but doesn’t offer Wi-Fi connectivity to integrate into an existing Sonos system. Was this a BIG misstep?

Editorials

Rabbit R1 & AI Pin: Future of Smartphones or Tech Dead‑End?

— June 06, 2024 00:00

Rabbit R1 & AI Pin: Future of Smartphones or Tech Dead-End?

Humane AI Pin & Rabbit R1, talking AI devices launch with a sputter. New AI Siri and Google Assistant expected and a conversational ChatGPT 4o. Do we really have to talk to the Internet now?

AV News

Elac Debut ConneX Designer Series: Powered Speakers with Style

— May 23, 2024 00:15

Elac Debut ConneX Designer Series: Powered Speakers with Style

Elac has teamed up with the fashion label Adsum to give the company’s small powered speakers a makeover. The $650 Debut ConneX Designer Series are lovely to behold, and sound just as good.

AV News

LG’s Smart TV Platform First to Support Dolby Atmos Via Apple Music App

— May 21, 2024 00:00

LG’s Smart TV Platform First to Support Dolby Atmos Via Apple Music App

Owners of LG TVs can now listen to Dolby Atmos via Apple Music. The latest update to the app added support for the immersive sound format. The update covers TVs going back to 2018 models. Read on.

Editorials

Disney+ And IMAX Bring DTS:X Into The Streaming Era

— May 16, 2024 00:00

Disney+ And IMAX Bring DTS:X Into The Streaming Era

As of May 15th, 2024, Disney+ will offer IMAX Enhanced sound for select AV Hardware. This is the first time that DTS:X immersive audio will be available via a major streaming service but with caveats.

AV News

PMC And Steven Wilson Bring Atmos Music to Munich High End

— May 07, 2024 00:00

PMC And Steven Wilson Bring Atmos Music to Munich High End

Loudspeaker manufacturer PMC and musician Steven Wilson are staging a British Invasion at High End Munich. Together they will be showcasing immersive audio with a massive Dolby Atmos system. Read on.

AV News

Sonos Launches ‘Reimagined’ App with Customizable Home Screen

— May 04, 2024 12:05

Sonos Launches ‘Reimagined’ App with Customizable Home Screen

Sonos launched a new mobile app, merging content and controls on a customizable home screen, providing users a faster, better, personalized experience.

AV News

Netflix and Meta Use Hologram Tech to Promote New Releases

— April 29, 2024 14:00

Netflix and Meta Use Hologram Tech to Promote New Releases

Big companies like Netflix, Meta, and even Nescafé are increasingly relying on high-tech launch events to create buzz for new releases. Does it work and is it worth the money? Read on to learn more.

Trade Show Coverage

The Best & Most Unusual Loudspeakers of AXPONA 2024

— April 26, 2024 00:00

The Best & Most Unusual Loudspeakers of AXPONA 2024

Axpona 2024 was an avalanche of high-end loudspeakers and we saw some of the best systems from the best manufacturers. Here's a few of the loudspeaker highlights for us in our coverage of Axpona 2024.

Editorials

RIP Steve Feinstein 1954‑2024

— April 24, 2024 12:00

RIP Steve Feinstein 1954-2024

It is with great sadness to inform you our dear friend and industry veteran Steve Feinstein has passed away on 4/19/24. His unique perspective and contributions to Audioholics will be greatly missed.

AV News

Hulu Begins Its Password Crackdown

— April 22, 2024 02:00

Hulu Begins Its Password Crackdown

As of March 14th, 2024, Hulu has banned the sharing of account login information to friends and family outside the account-holder’s household. Rule breakers risk having their accounts suspended!

AV News

7 Incredible Hi‑Fi Giveaways ‑ One LiveStream: Audioholics 25‑Years Celebration!

— April 15, 2024 00:30

7 Incredible Hi-Fi Giveaways - One LiveStream: Audioholics 25-Years Celebration!

Audioholics Massive Giveaway Contest featuring 7 awesome prizes by Definitive Technology, SVS, RBH, Focal, Cambridge Audio & RSL. Celebrate 25-Years on one HUGE LiveStream w guests!

AV News

Planned Las Vegas Stadium to Feature Largest LED Screen in Baseball

— April 11, 2024 11:30

Planned Las Vegas Stadium to Feature Largest LED Screen in Baseball

A new ballpark for the Oakland A’s is scheduled to open in Las Vegas in 2028. The stadium is to feature an 18,000-square-foot video wall and an eye-catching design. Read on.

Editorials

Denon/Marantz/B&W: Is Masimo Poised to Sell its Audio Brands?

— April 08, 2024 00:00

Denon/Marantz/B&W: Is Masimo Poised to Sell its Audio Brands?

Masimo Consumer to be a spin-off company from Masimo and will include audio brands like Denon, Marantz and B&W.; Is the move forced by investors just sound book-keeping or a signal of future sale?

AV News

Samsung’s 2024 TV Lineup Available Pre‑Order with Free TV Promo Deal

— April 07, 2024 00:10

Samsung’s 2024 TV Lineup Available Pre-Order with Free TV Promo Deal

Samsung announced pricing for its 2024 TVs, and a FREE TV promotion expiring April 11th. The 77-inch S95D QD-OLED will likely be the biggest draw for videophiles along with the new Tizen OS redesign.

Editorials

Audioholics Celebrates 25 Years Online ‑ Giveaway & Livestream Event

— April 02, 2024 14:00

Audioholics Celebrates 25 Years Online - Giveaway & Livestream Event

On April 18th, 2024, Audioholics celebrates 25 years of “pursuing the truth” in audio publishing excellence as we are joined by our review staff and close channel partners with must have prize giveaways.

Editorials

Cutting‑Edge Audio Gear We Recommend For Summer 2024

— April 01, 2024 00:00

Cutting-Edge Audio Gear We Recommend For Summer 2024

Looking for the newest, coolest audiovisual products for summer? Check our our annual cutting-edge gear list we recommend for summer. These products will be all the rage so get the NOW.

AV News

Tidal’s Hi‑Res Streaming Gets Cheaper!

— March 28, 2024 00:00

Tidal’s Hi-Res Streaming Gets Cheaper!

Tidal charges a hefty premium for high-res music. Starting on April 10th, 2024, Tidal will be discontinuing its tiered offerings and consolidating everything into a single service at $10.99/month!

AV News

A Return to Blu‑ray as Streaming Value Evaporates

— March 22, 2024 00:00

A Return to Blu-ray as Streaming Value Evaporates

The SVoD market has found its ceiling as streaming services continue to chip away value for consumers, it only gets worse from here. There's no better time for a return to physical media!

AV News

ESPN, Fox, Warner Bros. Discovery Plan New Sports Streaming Service

— March 11, 2024 11:00

ESPN, Fox, Warner Bros. Discovery Plan New Sports Streaming Service

ESPN, Fox, and Warner Bros. Discovery are teaming up to create a new streaming service for sports fans. The joint venture will combine live TV with on-demand content, covering all major sports.

Editorials

Are Aging Baby Boomers Spelling the Demise of Hi‑Fi Audio?

— March 05, 2024 10:00

Are Aging Baby Boomers Spelling the Demise of Hi-Fi Audio?

During COVID people spent money like water, but did audio companies learn anything from the post-pandemic AV recession? Will aging Baby Boomers embrace new technologies designed for younger consumers?

AV News

EU Regulation to KILL Lamp Projectors for Mercury Hazards

— February 29, 2024 00:00

EU Regulation to KILL Lamp Projectors for Mercury Hazards

An EU regulation will begin the decline of lamp-based projectors worldwide and toxic heavy metal, mercury inside the bulbs are to blame. Get ready to see growth in LED and Laser projector technology!

AV News

Sony 360 Reality Audio Vs. Dolby Atmos Music: The New Format Wars

— February 26, 2024 00:00

Sony 360 Reality Audio Vs. Dolby Atmos Music: The New Format Wars

Sony 360 Reality Audio vs. Dolby Atmos Music may seem like a kinder, gentler format war. But it's part of a broader competition involving MPEG-H 3D Audio for the music & digital broadcast TV markets.

AV News

JBL Synthesis and ARCAM Now ‘Certified for Envy’ By madVR Labs

— February 22, 2024 00:00

JBL Synthesis and ARCAM Now ‘Certified for Envy’ By madVR Labs

Harman Luxury Audio Group and madVR Labs have announced that several AVRs and processors from Harman brands have achieved “Certified for Envy” status from madVR Labs. Read on.

AV News

Prime Video Removes Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos Unless You Pay More

— February 13, 2024 13:30

Prime Video Removes Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos Unless You Pay More

Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service began running ads AND stripped off Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos! If you want them back, you have to pay for the ad-free tier which is an additional $2.99/month.

AV News

‘LG Labs’ Exhibition Focused on Innovation at CES 2024

— February 06, 2024 00:00

‘LG Labs’ Exhibition Focused on Innovation at CES 2024

At CES 2024, the “LG Labs” exhibition inside the LG Electronics booth showcased a vacuum tube OLED jukebox called the DukeBox, a high-tech camper, and a tiny 4K projector called the CineBeam Qube.