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Philips and Sony TV Business - Up in Smoke

Philips and Sony TV Business - Up in Smoke

Two electronics companies, two different approaches to dealing with failing TV divisions… Philips, the Dutch manufacturer that still makes the TVs seen in America under the name Funai, has decided to fold and step back from televisions in favor of more profitable business. While Sony has decided to double-down to try and restore the TV division to its former glory with a secret ingredient Sony hopes to unify all of its devices into one powerhouse content-sharing service PlayMemories Online.

Two different approaches to dealing with failing TV divisions: Philips sells while Sony doubles-down to try and restore the TV division to its former glory.

— April 05, 2012 06:10 in AV News

SVS and Audioholics Team Up to Bring You a Free PC12-NSD Subwoofer!

SVS and Audioholics Team Up to Bring You a Free PC12-NSD Subwoofer!

SV Sound and Audioholics are giving away a PC12-NSD Subwoofer to one (1) lucky entrant! You've heard about them, you've read about them, you've probably drooled over them. Now it's time to take a stab at getting an SVS sub for free! All you need do is answer a few questions in the contest thread in our forums and cross your fingers that your answer is the one randomly selected to win this great sub! The original SVS subwoofer was a cylinder design, and this unique and elegant form factor has since become an iconic symbol of SVS performance heritage. The PC12-NSD is SVS’s most affordable powered cylinder, but after experiencing its performance, no one would dare call it 'entry level'. Every component reflects SVS performance pedigree, and the PC12-NSD obliterates over-priced and under-performing brick & mortar subwoofers, even at twice the price. Prepare to be pleasantly shocked at what the PC12-NSD will bring to your music and home theater system – bass so accurate, detailed, dynamic, and deep that after one listen your old 'subwoofer' will be kicked to the curb. Good luck!

SV Sound and Audioholics are giving away a PC12-NSD Subwoofer to one lucky entrant! You've heard about them, you've read about them, you've probably drooled over them. Now's your chance to win one!

— April 02, 2012 21:09 in AV News

The Spotify Facebook Timeline - A History of Music

The Spotify Facebook Timeline - A History of Music

Following the launch of Facebook’s new Timeline feature to fan pages, Spotify has today launched its own Timeline – A History Of Music. The Timeline dates back to 900AD and turns the Spotify Facebook fan page into a destination where fans can discover, share and listen to the history of music. Music lovers will be able to learn when Frank Sinatra released his first album, what year Monteverdi was born, relive the vibrant 60s and 70s and, if they're masochistic, remind themselves of when Britney released her devastating… Baby One More Time.

Spotify has today launched its own Timeline – A History Of Music. The Timeline dates back to 900AD and turns the Spotify Facebook fan page into a destination where fans can discover, share and listen.

— March 30, 2012 16:10 in AV News

Spotify Adds New Record Label Apps

Spotify Adds New Record Label Apps

Today Spotify announced 12 new apps from record labels and distributors that include Universal, Sony, Warner, EMI, Def Jam, Domino, Matador, [PIAS] and X5. The apps do a lot, from letting you check out complete album booklets directly in Spotify to personalizing playlists based on your Facebook likes. You can also explore more of the history of legendary artists and listen to the most popular Spotify songs that are hash-tagged on Twitter? It's a pretty cool line-up that extends an already-amazing app even further. Spotify is fast turning into a truly integrated, community-driven application - what we would have expected to have come out of MySpace just a few years ago.

Today Spotify announced 12 new apps from record labels and distributors that include Universal, Sony, Warner, EMI, Def Jam, Domino, Matador, [PIAS] and X5. The apps do a lot and this is just the start

— March 22, 2012 08:48 in AV News

DISH Debuts Family-friendly Heartland Package

DISH Debuts Family-friendly Heartland Package

DISH Network just announced the availability of its new Heartland Package, a specialty television programming package designed for the entire family. It includes movies, classic TV series, inspirational concert specials, rural lifestyle content and more. The new package features Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movie Channel, GMC TV, PixL, RFD-TV and, starting later this week, RURAL TV. DISH customers looking for a wider selection of family entertainment can add the Heartland Package to their existing subscription for $5 a month.

DISH Network just announced the availability of its new Heartland Package, a specialty television programming package designed for the entire family. It includes movies, classic TV series and more.

— March 15, 2012 04:25 in AV News

Axiom Audio LFR1100 Omni-Directional DSP Loudspeaker System Sneak Peek

Axiom Audio LFR1100 Omni-Directional DSP Loudspeaker System Sneak Peek

Axiom Audio just threw up some pics of their new flagship LFR1100 OmniDirectional DSP Loudspeaker on their facebook page and forums. They will be demoing this speaker at the Salon Son & Image show later this month in Montreal Canada. The Axiom M100v3 employs both front and rear firing drivers and uses outboard DSP to make the entire system work in unison. Details are sketchy but we elaborated a bit on what is already known on our dedicated forum thread and have also placed a picture with the grilles off for those voyeuristic audiophiles that like to see these beauties in the nude.

This is a sneak peek at the new $2790 Axiom Audio LFR1100 Omni-directional DSP loudspeaker system to be demoed at the hifi show in Montreal later this month.

— March 14, 2012 10:10 in AV News

SRS Labs MDA Multi-Dimensional Audio - the Future-Proof Audio Platform?

SRS Labs MDA Multi-Dimensional Audio - the Future-Proof Audio Platform?

SRS Labs demonstrated a new end-to-end "Multi-Dimensional Audio" (MDA) platform earlier this year at CES 2012. But what exactly is it, and why is it "revolutionary" as the company exclaims vigorously in its many press releases. Well, MDA basically allows engineers to map all of the surround sound signal into 3D space, storing all of the spatial information of each sound element as metadata. That's completely different than, say, dedicating certain elements to specific channels - as in a 5.1 or 7.1 surround mix. Mixing audio with MDA as opposed to other surround sound platforms, allows a soundtrack to maintain the exact spatial characteristics of the audio as intended by the mixer. In addition, it practically future-proofs the soundtrack, making it compatible with any type of legacy speaker configuration or future platforms. Since the sound is mapped to 3D space - it's up to the DSP to place it into the room regardless of how many speakers there are. We have to admit - this system sounds intriguing.

SRS Labs demonstrated a new end-to-end "Multi-Dimensional Audio" (MDA) platform that allows engineers to map surround sound signals to 3D space, storing all of the spatial information as metadata.

— March 12, 2012 06:25 in AV News

WiGig Wireless to Crowd Out WiDi & HDMI?

WiGig Wireless to Crowd Out WiDi & HDMI?

I know, I know... that's a lot of Wi-letters. Suffice it to say that the real news here is that WiDi, or Wireless HD in the 60Hz band hasn't exactly taken off in spades even though WiDi 2.0 is present in all Intel Sandy-bridge laptops with support for 1080p video playback. But word on the street is that Intel, not content with the limitations of WiDi, could well be looking at replacing it with WiGig. In particular, WiDi is more or less designed simply to transmit HDMI. And, as we've seen before, the idea is content, not the proprietary, troublesome connector it's replacing. With truly advanced wireless networking technology as the redefined, or at least self-defined, goal, WiGig seems to be the way to go.

I know, I know... that's a lot of Wi-letters. Suffice it to say that the real news here is that WiDi, or Wireless HD in the 60Hz band hasn't exactly taken off in spades even though WiDi 2.0 is present

— March 09, 2012 07:00 in AV News

Enter to Win: Wireless Bravus IIa 8D Powered Subwoofer from Aperion Audio!

Enter to Win: Wireless Bravus IIa 8D Powered Subwoofer from Aperion Audio!

We love to bring our readers great contests and giveaways and this month is no different. Until the end of the month, you can enter to win a Wireless Bravus IIa 8D Powered Subwoofer from Aperion Audio! This sub comes complete with the Zona Home Audio Link wireless kit for true wireless performance. The Bravus IIa 8D features a downfiring 8" driver and two side-firing passive radiators. Pair that with a 300 watt amp and 3/4" HDF enclosure and you've got a lot of bass for just answering a few questions in our forums.

Visit the Audioholics forums for a chance to win a Bravus IIa 8D Powered Subwoofer from Aperion Audio with Zona Home Audio Link for wireless performance.

— March 06, 2012 04:10 in AV News

Spotify Upgrade Adds Gapless Playback, Crossfade

Spotify Upgrade Adds Gapless Playback, Crossfade

We like Spotify. Ever since the overseas music service came to the US, it's been steadily gaining market share and working its way into A/V hardware from receivers to Internet radios. This week, Spotify announced the launch of new gapless playback and crossfade features. Gapless playback lets songs flow seamlessly, one to the next, without any silent spaces in-between. While you may not care much about this for traditional album streaming, it's rather nice for dance and classical music, live recordings and also concept albums (though Pink Floyd remains elusive on the service as well as every other streaming media app we've encountered).

This week, Spotify announced the launch of new gapless playback and crossfade features. Gapless playback lets songs flow seamlessly, one to the next, without any silent spaces in-between.

— March 02, 2012 06:45 in AV News

Comcast Streampix, No Threat To Netflix

Comcast Streampix, No Threat To Netflix

Comcast has announced the launch of a streaming media service called Xfinity Streampix that's positioned to compete directly with Netflix. Streampix will be priced at just $5 per-month compared to Netflix's $8 service – borrowing a page from the book of Microsoftian tactics, many Comcast customers will get Streampix for free when bundled with other services. While armchair analysts predict a Netflix demise, its stock has declined for the past two days on news that it has a new heavy-hitting competitor. But we’ll boldly predict Netflix isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and here’s why…

Comcast has announced the launch of a streaming media service called Xfinity Streampix that's positioned to compete directly with Netflix.

— February 24, 2012 07:20 in AV News

Enter to Win FREE Moshi Headphones by Showing off your Music Collection!

Enter to Win FREE Moshi Headphones by Showing off your Music Collection!

We know that CDs and the like are quickly becoming a thing of the past, but we thought it would be fun to see the kind of collections that have been built up over the years! Post a comment and show us your music collection, whether it be CDs, Records, 8-Track Tapes or a combination for a chance to win one (1) of three (3) pairs of Vortex earphones from Moshi! Let us know about any of your favorite or noteworthy albums! Entries accepted until 11:59 pm on Thursday, February 23rd.

Show off your music collection for a chance of winning a FREE pair of Moshi Vortex headphones.

— February 16, 2012 21:19 in AV News

MonoPrice RedMere Active HDMI Cables Preview

MonoPrice RedMere Active HDMI Cables Preview

In the past the best way to combat signal loss in long HDMI cable runs was to use large gauge cable. These cables are unwieldy and result in a lot of problems due to insufficient strain relief and the inability they have to take corners or bend away from the ever-increasingly thin electronics they connect. Now, thanks to RedMere’s microchip active-HDMI technology the cable now operates off the power supplied by the sink device to provide more signal strength amplification than traditional in-line amplifiers. The active amplification provided by the RedMere chip, the full 10.2 Gbps HDMI data throughput can be maintained up to 20 meters (65 feet) and at 6.75 Gbps throughput, which is sufficient for 3D video, is possible up to 30 meters.

MonoPrice's new cables are using the active amplification provided by RedMere for 10.2 Gbps HDMI data throughput up to 20 meters (65 feet) and at 6.75 Gbps, which is sufficient for 3D video and more.

— February 10, 2012 22:40 in AV News

Google Making Android Home Entertainment System

Google Making Android Home Entertainment System

What is Google up to? We've reviewed GoogleTV, even taking a look at several different iterations, including the Logitech Revue GoogleTV and the Sony Google. But apparently that's not the end of where the software giant is going. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal cited sources that were unnamed who claimed Google will be branding its own home entertainment system (read: hardware) and that it will come out this year. Can this be in response to Apple bleeding rumors about an Apple-branded TV? Could Google actually beat the company to the punch? And, more importantly, will it actually be something consumers want to use?

What is Google up to? We've reviewed GoogleTV, even taking a look at several different iterations, including the Logitech Revue GoogleTV and the Sony Google. But apparently that's not the end.

— February 10, 2012 08:07 in AV News