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New Lenbrook HDtracks Streaming Service to Offer Choice of FLAC or MQA

— June 19, 2024 00:00

New Lenbrook HDtracks Streaming Service to Offer Choice of FLAC or MQA

Lenbrook is partnering with HDtracks to launch a new streaming service this year, offering customers a choice between FLAC files or MQA-encoded audio for scalable lossless quality across platforms.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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Harman Buys Roon, But Why?

— January 29, 2024 10:30

Harman Buys Roon, But Why?

Harman acquired Roon, the music management software company with a passionate audiophile following. Roon will retain its team and operate as an independent business within Harman. So why the acquisition?

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New ‘Lenbrook Media Group’ Formed with Focus On Content Delivery

— January 29, 2024 00:50

New ‘Lenbrook Media Group’ Formed with Focus On Content Delivery

The Lenbrook Group of Companies has formed Lenbrook Media Group to commercialize BluOS, MQA, and SCL6 across the digital audio supply chain. This new entity will be led by Mike Jbara. Read on.

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IsoAcoustics Mobile App and Product Selector Now Available in 7 Languages

— January 27, 2024 00:30

IsoAcoustics Mobile App and Product Selector Now Available in 7 Languages

IsoAcoustics has expanded the global reach of its Product Selector tool and mobile app with support for 6 additional languages. It’s easier than ever to find the right isolation products for your speakers.

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DALI’s New Grand Vokal Center Speaker Boasts High Output, NOT High Price

— January 23, 2024 08:00

DALI’s New Grand Vokal Center Speaker Boasts High Output, NOT High Price

DALI’s new Grand Vokal ($1,000) is designed for large rooms, offering more output (111dB SPL) and higher power handling. It should be a perfect match for DALI’s Oberon tower speakers.

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Wilson Audio WASAE Center Speaker Saves Space at a BIG Price

— January 22, 2024 00:00

Wilson Audio WASAE Center Speaker Saves Space at a BIG Price

The Wilson Audio WASAE Center speaker ($9,500) is a space saver for a premium price. It uses the same 5.75" mid-woofer and 1" soft-dome Convergent Synergy MK5 tweeter as larger Wilsons. Read on.

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New Scalable AURO‑CX Audio Codec Demoed at CES 2024

— January 18, 2024 00:00

New Scalable AURO-CX Audio Codec Demoed at CES 2024

AURO is back with a new, next-gen audio codec called AURO-CX. The folks behind AURO-3D say that AURO-CX delivers scalable quality, channel count, sample rate, and objects, in one powerful bitstream.

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New Firmware for PAC AVRs Adds Roon, Auro 3D, Improved Dirac & More

— January 17, 2024 00:00

New Firmware for PAC AVRs Adds Roon, Auro 3D, Improved Dirac & More

The Integra DRX-8.4, Onkyo TX-RZ70, and Pioneer Elite VSX-LX805 are now Roon Ready, and support Auro 3D. Dirac Live also gets an upgrade and you can stream Spatial Audio directly to your AVR!

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Apple Music To Offer Dolby Atmos Incentive To Artists, Record Labels

— January 12, 2024 00:35

Apple Music To Offer Dolby Atmos Incentive To Artists, Record Labels

Apple Music will reportedly pay higher royalties for streams of songs offered in Dolby Atmos. This incentive could encourage more artists and record labels to embrace the format.