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Hobbit to be Released in Dolby Atmos

Hobbit to be Released in Dolby Atmos

Forget 3D, this year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released with the new Dolby Atmos surround technology. Dolby Atmos is a new immersive sound system that uses two extra arrays of overhead speakers. The idea is that directors and sound designers can send audio specifically to any speaker within a sound system they want. They can sort of do that now, however Atmos amps up the possibilities to even greater proportions. For example, with full range surround speakers and overhead arrays, immersive sound in theaters will have a greater chance of immersing the viewer in the environment. You can get some serious environmental effects in a live room, but with theaters direct sound is really essential due to the amount of absorption that is present. Atmos seeks to put the sound where it's needed.

Forget 3D, this year, The Hobbit will be released with the new Dolby Atmos surround technology. Dolby Atmos is a new immersive sound system that uses 2 extra arrays of overhead "environment" speakers.

— October 25, 2012 13:20 in AV News

CEA Says "Ultra HD" Name to Replace 4K

CEA Says "Ultra HD" Name to Replace 4K

The CEA has released the designation of "Ultra HD" or "Ultra High Definition" to refer to 4k displays. According to research, consumers find the name "Ultra HD" to be more helpful than 4K. This name was established to help avoid consumer confusion as 4K TVs start to roll into big box stores. In order to be labeled as Ultra High-Definition or Ultra HD TVs, the display needs at least eight million active pixels, with at least 3,840 horizontally and at least 2,160 vertically. The display must also have the standard HD aspect ratio of 16:9. At least one input on the display needs to support native 4K without relying on upconversion. We don’t think that this move will avoid all of the confusion, but applaud the CEA for establishing a standard.

The CEA has released the designation of "Ultra HD" or "Ultra High Definition" to refer to 4K displays. According to research, consumers find the name "Ultra HD" to be more helpful than 4K.

— October 21, 2012 21:00 in AV News

DTS Play-Fi Wireless HD Audio Streaming Unveiled

DTS Play-Fi Wireless HD Audio Streaming Unveiled

With Apple Air-Play getting all sorts of recognition and press, it makes sense that other people would want to get in on the action. We expected Android to be involved, but we didn't expect that DTS would have a hand in it as well. Play-Fi is the new audio streaming solution from DTS that promises lossless audio streaming wirelessly from your Android phone/tablet to a compatible speaker/receiver.

Play-Fi is the new audio streaming solution from DTS that promises lossless audio streaming wirelessly from your Android phone/tablet to a compatible speaker/receiver.

— October 01, 2012 09:05 in AV News

WiSA Compliance Test Specifications Released

WiSA Compliance Test Specifications Released

We have been excited about the WiSA (Wireless Speaker & Audio) Association ever since they were established in 2011. They promised high quality sound and interoperability between devices, but details were hard to come by, until now. WiSA has released the industry’s first Compliance Test Specifications (CTS) for products to be WiSA certified. Wireless is coming in a big way to future A/V consumer products thanks to WISA!

We have been excited about the WiSA (Wireless Speaker & Audio) Association ever since they were established in 2011. Now we know the details, and they do not disappoint.

— September 19, 2012 21:15 in AV News

Polk Audio Announces a Free Weekly Music Download

Polk Audio Announces a Free Weekly Music Download

Beginning September 1st, 2012, Polk Audio will offer a free MP3 download on their website every week. This move appears to be part of a major PR campaign for Polk. A new website, a new logo, and now the announcement of a free weekly MP3 download on their website, all help create a clear message that Polk is alive and well in the audio industry. The goal of this weekly download is to embrace the musical passion of Polk Audio’s customers. To download the track, you simply have to go to Polk Audio’s website and enter in your name and email, then click the "Weekly Download" link for the free download. A new download is released every Monday.

Beginning September 1st, 2012, Polk Audio will offer a free MP3 download on their website every week. Wow, a new website, a new logo, and now the announcement of a free weekly MP3 download!

— August 30, 2012 22:00 in AV News

WiSA Releases Industry’s First Compliance Test Specification for Interoperability Between Wireless Speakers & Electronics

WiSA Releases Industry’s First Compliance Test Specification for Interoperability Between Wireless Speakers & Electronics

The Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA™) Association today announced the release of the industry’s first Compliance Test Specification (CTS) for interoperability testing of the wireless link between WiSA-compliant speakers and home theater/consumer electronics devices such as DTVs, set-top-boxes, Blu-ray Disc™ players, and game consoles. Consumers will be able to outfit their home entertainment system with WiSA-certified speakers that scale from 2.0 stereo to 7.4 surround sound and components from any WiSA-compliant manufacturer, with the assurance that the devices will interoperate with each other and provide the highest standard in wireless HD audio. WiSA will be demoing a full 7.1 wireless home theater system at CEDIA September 5th - 8th so be sure to check them out in sound room 6 if you're attending.

WiSA Releases Industry’s First Compliance Test Specification for Interoperability Between Wireless Speakers & Electronics. They will be demoing a full 7.1 wireless system at CEDIA Sept 5-8th, 2012.

— August 28, 2012 20:20 in AV News

Super Hi-Vision 8K TV Standard Approved

Super Hi-Vision 8K TV Standard Approved

OK, just stop it already, will ya? We love technology advancements, but have we not learned anything from the failed "OMG 3D IS SO AWESOME YA GOTZ TA HAZ IT!!!" debacle of the past few years? 3D was pitched to consumers as the latest and greatest thing since HDTV and manufacturers scrambled like wild to get them into their sets. Now, the technology has simply resulted in higher manufacturer costs and a feature that is a throwaway - unused by most consumers. So what's that have to do with 8K? Everything. 4K isn't even out, but a recent editorial at the BBC News states that the United Nations ITU communication standards setting agency has just approved Super Hi-Vision 8K as a standard.

4K isn't even out, but a recent editorial at the BBC News states that the United Nations ITU communication standards setting agency has just approved Super Hi-Vision 8K as a standard.

— August 26, 2012 19:20 in AV News

Genelec SpeakerAngle App for iOS Devices Review

Genelec SpeakerAngle App for iOS Devices Review

With over 500,000 apps for iOS devices, one might think that everything has already been done. Not so. Genelec has just released the only app designed to help users adjust the angle (toe-in) of their speakers. I, for one, was really excited when I received the press release about this app and immediately downloaded it to my iPhone. We all know that the toe-in of a speaker is critical to achieving a wide sound stage while maintaining precise imaging. It is also crucial to ensure that your front speakers are toed-in equally. Although, for the average consumer, speaker toe-in is a set it and forget it procedure, an AV reviewer, installer, or ever tweaking audioholic, toe-in speakers constantly.

With over 500,000 apps for iOS, one might think that everything has already been done. Not so. Genelec has just released the only app designed to help users adjust the angle (toe-in) of their speakers

— August 23, 2012 22:25 in AV News

CEA Harshly Rebukes California Energy Regulations

CEA Harshly Rebukes California Energy Regulations

Yesterday, the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) released a scathing statement in response to the California State Senate appropriation committee’s decision to strike down Assembly Bill (AB) 1850. AB 1850 was a senate bill proposing additional governance over the CEC (California Energy Commission), specifically the CEC’s ability to oversee the energy regulations of consumer electronics. This includes receivers, TVs, refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc… According to a statement by the CEA’s Vice President of Technology Policy, Doug Johnson, California’s energy regulatory process is “broken”, with “unnecessary regulation”, partially because of their continued use of “old data”, by which they set their regulation standards.

Yesterday, the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) released a scathing statement in response to the California State Senate appropriation committee's decision to strike down Assembly Bill (AB) 1850

— August 22, 2012 18:15 in AV News

Is Apple About to Change CableTV and Television Forever?

Is Apple About to Change CableTV and Television Forever?

Apple has been rumored to be developing a television for years now - and we're all waiting to see if that actually becomes a reality, or if it becomes an idea that is soundly shot down by the combined powers of the content and service providers. The excitement elevated when the Steve Jobs biography quoted Apple's then-CEO as saying he had finally "cracked the code" of doing an Apple television. What would an Apple television look like? Certainly it would be far beyond the current AppleTV box, and most definitely it would be incredibly elegant and user-friendly and facilitate streaming media and AirPlay video & audio support. It might incorporate Siri voice recognition and control, or it may feature 4K resolution. We don't know. It would certainly be advanced...

Apple has been rumored to be developing a television for years now - and we're all waiting to see if that actually becomes a reality, or if it becomes an idea that is soundly shot down.

— August 17, 2012 09:25 in AV News

CEDIA Course Learning to Listen Ver. 2.0 Revamped: Register NOW

CEDIA Course Learning to Listen Ver. 2.0 Revamped: Register NOW

While you're checking out the HiPER demo rooms powered by Audioholics.com at CEDIA this year, you may also want to consider registering for their newly revamped "Learning to Listen Ver 2.0" course. This class is has been updated and redesigned to teach you how to use music and soundtracks as tools to determine any multi-channel audio system’s performance, and how to use that same information as an enormously powerful sales tool to showcase your ability to deliver a totally involving entertainment experience. You need this because it is your client’s ears (and the listening experience they produce) that will make the final judgment on your work and close the sale.

Register for the newly revamped CEDIA course "Learning to Listen Ver 2.0". Learn how to use music and soundtracks as tools to determine any multi-channel audio system performance.

— August 07, 2012 23:12 in AV News

Leviton Acquires HAI (Home Automation, Inc)

Leviton Acquires HAI (Home Automation, Inc)

Leviton announced, today, that it had acquired HAI (Home Automation, Inc.). HAI is a well-known player in the area of home automation controls for residential and light commercial applications. Leviton's current home automation offerings are now going to get ramped up immediately with the addition of HAI-based solutions for security, energy management and entertainment controls. From a "bird's eye view" of the situation, what this acquisition does is allow Leviton to benefit from HAI's broad product offerings. HAI currently has hardware and infrastructure to allow homeowners to control anything from automated video surveillance systems to their entire A/V system via IP. You can even remotely control and program your thermostats and activate lighting controls directly from a smart phone.

Leviton announced, today, that it had acquired HAI (Home Automation, Inc.). HAI is a well-known player in the area of home automation controls for residential and light commercial applications.

— August 02, 2012 21:35 in AV News

Enter to Win: Moshi Audio Vortex Pro Headphones!

Enter to Win: Moshi Audio Vortex Pro Headphones!

Moshi Audio is giving away a pair of Vortex Pro Headphones to two (2) lucky entrants! This contest represents a $150 value! From our review: "The Moshi Audio Vortex Pro earbuds have a...sound quality that makes you wonder why everything else you own sounds so bad." All you need to do to win is to answer a question in our forums and meet the rest of the eligibility requirements (see the contest for more information). This contest ends on August 31st, 2012 so enter soon!

Moshi Audio is giving away a pair of Vortex Pro Headphones to two (2) lucky entrants! This contest represents a $150 value! Contest ends August 31st, 2012.

— August 01, 2012 14:20 in AV News

The Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA)

The Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA)

Imagine a world with me, if you will... You buy a set of speakers, plug them into power, and your television or A/V receiver automatically configures them for use. You don't have to lift a finger beyond putting them in the location you want. Or how about this: you buy a soundbar for your TV and it just connects to your TV and works... and then lets you add surround speakers at a later date - all wireless of course. And what if you TV was made by Sharp, and your front speakers were made by Aperion Audio, and your surrounds were made by Polk Audio... and they all just worked. All wireless, all perfectly connected with no delay issues or interoperability problems.

WiSA is the Wireless Speaker and Audio Association. It's an association that specializes in providing secure, reliable wireless high definition audio transmission technology to home theater.

— July 30, 2012 21:35 in AV News