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Superbowl to be Streamed Online for FREE

Superbowl to be Streamed Online for FREE

Finally. Each year we throw our annual Super Bowl Party and it's typically a big hit. The thing is, though, we've never been able to get TVs into those little nooks and crannies... like bathrooms and closets because you could never really stream the game online, save for placeshifting it with Sling via Dishonline.com. OK, that's not really a compelling reason to want it streamed online, but it's still cool that after all these years the NFL is finally going to broadcast the big game on the Internet. That's right, 2012 marks the very first time you, or anyone for that matter, can pull up the NFL website and catch the game anywhere you have access to the Internet. And the NFL is even going to throw in some post-season games as well (mainly the Wildcard play-offs and the Pro Bowl) - hopefully to test out the system and work out the kinks before the big game.

Finally. After all these years the NFL is finally going to broadcast the big game on the Internet. That's right, 2012 marks the very first time you can pull up the NFL.com and watch the game online.

— December 22, 2011 06:05 in AV News

Yamaha PDX-11 Portable Speaker Preview

Yamaha PDX-11 Portable Speaker Preview

The PDX-11 is a easy-to-carry, powerful speaker system that frees your iPod/iPhone music for your active lifestyle. Enjoy your entire content library whenever you want, wherever you go. The PDX-11 houses a unique two-way speaker system and a large 4 in. woofer (well large for the enclosure size at least) that ensures adequate bass and solid mid-range, plus a dedicated tweeter for the higher frequencies. Yamaha claims this system was created and tuned by Yamaha professional audio experts, to deliver extremely accurate bass along with crystal clear highs. Remember this statement to use as bragging rights when you show up at a beach party with your PDX and want to impress your friends.

The PDX-11 is a easy-to-carry, powerful speaker system that frees your iPod/iPhone music for your active lifestyle. Enjoy your entire content library whenever you want, wherever you go.

— December 16, 2011 10:55 in AV News

WiSA - Wireless Speaker and Audio Association

WiSA - Wireless Speaker and Audio Association

Wireless speakers aren't typically thought of as high-quality, high-end solutions for home theater and listening spaces. However, what if that thinking were changed - as well as the reality of what could be achieved with wireless technology? WiSA, the Wireless Speaker and Audio Association, is aiming to change all of that. We were able to speak with Jim Venable, President of WiSA LLC, who tells us that the new standard is aiming to truly change the way we think about wireless audio in the consumer and commercial space. But possibly the greater reason we're excited is because the group contains some heavy hitters that makes this more likely to be a true standard - one that goes further than just a "neat idea". Included as Advisory Board Members are such companies as Klipsch, Aperion Audio, Pioneer, Sharp, Polk Audio, Silicon Image, Summit Wireless, and others. That's a solid group that isn't going to be casual about this new specification and the products which result from it.

Possibly the greater reason we're excited about WiSA is because the group contains some heavy hitters that makes this more likely to be a true standard - one that goes further than just a "neat idea".

— December 14, 2011 07:26 in AV News

Verizon to Offer Streaming Netflix Alternative?

Verizon to Offer Streaming Netflix Alternative?

When Verizon launched Fios several years ago, it was one of the newest challenges to traditional cable or satellite TV that had occurred in recent history. Then came the onslaught of streaming media services like Netflix, VUDU, Hulu Plus and others like Amazon Video on Demand. But since then, the cable and satellite companies have been merely presenting Slingbox-style solutions for relocating their existing content to the Internet and mobile universe. With that said, Verizon's announcement of plans to launch a standalone service that would let customers stream content like TV and movies would appear to directly take on the media streaming giants.

When Verizon launched Fios several years ago, it was one of the newest challenges to traditional cable or satellite TV that had occurred in recent history. Then came the onslaught of streaming media.

— December 08, 2011 08:10 in AV News

HDCP Master Key Cracked with $267 Custom Board

HDCP Master Key Cracked with $267 Custom Board

Apparently HDCP has been cracked. Now, Blu-ray content protection has been cracked before. At least, it's been cracked such that you can rip and store the files to hard drive if, you know, you're a glutton for punishment and have enough hard disc space to make this practical. Our thought has been that picking up a Blu-ray Disc jukebox like Sony's BDP-CX7000ES ($750) or the Pioneer DV-F727 ($600) makes a lot more sense, even though it's not as nifty as having a smooth digital interface for all your movies. But "researchers" at the Secure Hardware Group of Ruhr University of Bochum (RUB) in Germany claim to have cracked Intel's HDCP using hardware.

Apparently HDCP has been cracked. Now, Blu-ray content protection has been cracked before. At least, it's been cracked such that you can rip/store the files to hard drive. Now hardware is available.

— December 07, 2011 06:30 in AV News

See Audioholics Favorite Gift Idea's and Win FREE Moshi Headphones

See Audioholics Favorite Gift Idea's and Win FREE Moshi Headphones

Tell us about the best audio/home theater related Holiday gift you have ever received and be entered to win a pair of Moshi headphones! Three (3) participants will be chosen at random to receive one (1) pair of Vortex premium in-ear headphones. Entries accepted until 11:59 pm PST Thursday, December 8th. So Enter NOW! To be eligible to win, you must 1) Be a registered Audioholics forum member 18 years of age of older and 2) Be a resident of the USA.

Enter to Win Free Moshi Headphones, deadline December 8th, 2011.

— December 05, 2011 13:55 in AV News

Microsoft Goes All-in with Kinect on New Xbox 360 Interface

Microsoft Goes All-in with Kinect on New Xbox 360 Interface

Well, I guess Microsoft is serious about Kinect. According to an Associated Press report today, the company is rolling out its newest Xbox 360 interface tomorrow (Tuesday) which will completely integrate the motion-sensing system for navigating music, movies, TV shows and games. Actions will be enabled so that you can simply wave your hand or speak commands in order to navigate the system. While what we've seen is very impressive, we can only hope that the reality of the system yields the "coolness" factor of the hype. Microsoft can be really innovating something new that will bring in the era of voice and motion-control, or it could be jumping the gun on Apple's (or more specifically, Steve Jobs') revelation that it had "cracked the television". You see, Microsoft is absolutely at the forefront of motion-sensing technology, but will it be successful and pull off a new way of browsing its game console - let alone sparking a new way or platform for browsing television and movie content more efficiently?

Well, I guess Microsoft is serious about Kinect. According to an Associated Press report today, the company is rolling out its newest Xbox 360 interface tomorrow - and it's all about the Kinect.

— December 05, 2011 09:55 in AV News

Spotify Announces Platform with AppFinder

Spotify Announces Platform with AppFinder

Spotify is a fast-growing music service that allows you to build radio stations from your favorite artists. Spotify Platform is something new, however, and it gives 3rd party developers the chance to build music apps that take advantage of the Spotify music platform. The free apps are designed to integrate with Spotify, both visually and functionally, and users can use and download the apps via the new App Finder available at www.spotify.com/us/download/previews/. Spotify Platform beta is now live as a preview. For more information about the apps please visit www.spotify.com/apps. The full consumer rollout will take place later this month (December).

Spotify Platform beta is now live as a preview. For more information about the apps please visit www.spotify.com/apps. The full consumer rollout will take place later this month (December).

— December 01, 2011 12:35 in AV News

Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 4 Review

Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 4 Review

The Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 4 is every bit as cool as the BookBook for the MacBook Pro that we reviewed last year. Except that we don't carry that thing around all over the place and use it for holding our license and credit cards. Lately, I've taken to wearing cargo shorts and cargo pants - originally because my Ballistic iPhone 4 case was too stinkin' big to fit in my jeans pocket. Now, however, I've just grown to like them. So if I have the space to store a bulkier case, why not use something like the Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 4? I mean, this way the case offers some protection AND it delivers a simple way to store and retrieve your most commonly-used cards, drivers license, business cards, etc.

The Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 4 is every bit as cool as the BookBook for the MacBook Pro that we reviewed last year. Except that we don't carry that thing around all over the place.

— November 19, 2011 09:00 in AV News

Extreme Makeover: Audiogurus Edition!

Extreme Makeover: Audiogurus Edition!

The guys at Audiogurus have completely redesigned the storefront to take them into the 21st century with a bang. Recent upgrades include not only a complete aesthetic redesign, but a fundamental reworking of the entire infrastructure so that customers can have an easier, and more flexible shopping experience. This new system ties in better with inventory, for real-time data on both warehouse and manufacturer/distributor inventories. It also lets you research and build custom systems that you can store for later purchase.

The guys at Audiogurus have completely redesigned the storefront to take them into the 21st century with a bang. Recent upgrades include a complete aesthetic and infrastructure redesign.

— November 18, 2011 13:35 in AV News

Enter to Win Moshi Premium In-Ear Headphones

Enter to Win Moshi Premium In-Ear Headphones

Moshi is giving away the chance for three (3) eligible forum members to win one (1) pair of Vortex premium in-ear headphones! To enter to win, submit an image of your home theater setup. Along with the picture, please feel free to include a list of the specifics of your system. The top three (3) participants with the most impressive home theater setups will receive one (1) pair of Vortex premium in-ear headphones. Entries will be judged based, not solely on the quality of the equipment used, but also on creativity of use, ambiance created, and overall feel and aesthetics. Entries accepted until 11:59 pm PST Tuesday, November 23rd. To be eligible to win, you must 1) Be a registered Audioholics forum member 18 years of age of older and 2) Be a resident of the USA.

Enter to Win Moshi In-Ear headphones by November 23rd, 2011.

— November 16, 2011 22:29 in AV News

Sony Blaming TV Division for Dwindling Profits?

Sony Blaming TV Division for Dwindling Profits?

The maker of Bravia TVs is feeling the pinch from market and natural forces lately. The Japanese electronics giant just announced its second-quarter earnings and surprised investors that it’s in the midst of a fourth straight year of losses. Sony blames dwindling profit margins for TVs and the strong Yen for its loss. But recent flooding in Thailand hasn’t helped either, forcing work stoppages at some Sony factories. News of Sony’s pain came at an unfortunate time as it just announced to investors that it’s buying-out Swedish communications partner Ericsson's stake in the Sony-Ericsson line of handheld devices. The Ericsson buy-out will cost Sony $1.5 Billion but gives Sony the opportunity to use Ericsson patents to stuff phones into its own network-connected devices. While investors expected reduced profit forecasts for the year, they didn’t anticipate the massive losses Sony has announced.

The maker of Bravia TVs is feeling the pinch from market and natural forces lately. The Japanese electronics giant announced second-quarter earnings and is in the midst of a four year loss.

— November 07, 2011 06:40 in AV News

Sonance Landscape Outdoor Speakers & Subwoofers Preview

Sonance Landscape Outdoor Speakers & Subwoofers Preview

Continuing with the LifeStyles series of products displayed at CEDIA this year, we could not leave out another important part of our homes; the outdoors. The great outdoors are an integral part of family gatherings, hobbies and relaxation, especially for us Floridians. What could be better than some nice alluring tune while you sway and relax in your hammock enjoying the cool breeze? Better yet, enjoying a succulent BBQ with family and friends at the table listening to the Beach Boys tunes with no other worries other than calming an appetite. Sonance has you covered with their Landscape series of outdoor speakers and subwoofers that appear to be top notch in terms of aesthetics and build quality. We are confident they won't disappoint audibly as we hope to test next spring.

Sonance unveiled their new Landscape series of outdoor speakers and subwoofers at CEDIA 2011. Here is a sneak peak at these gems which we feel are a sure bet to sound as good as they look.

— November 04, 2011 21:20 in AV News

Aperion Audio DROPS Price of Intimus Loudspeakers

Aperion Audio DROPS Price of Intimus Loudspeakers

We're used to loudspeaker manufacturers raising the prices of their speakers over time to combat increasing shipping and manufacturing costs. Sometimes manufacturers even begin experimenting with cheaper components in order to cut costs while simultaneously raising prices. But it is a rare day indeed when a manufacturer announces largely cosmetic changes to lower the price of their loudspeakers to make them more affordable. Aperion Audio apparently doesn't mind bucking the trend - and perhaps that;s why the Internet-direct company is wreaking havoc on their direct competition. The company announced this week that their new Aperion Intimus line of home theater speakers will feature a price drop of up to 20 percent across the line.

It's a rare day when a manufacturer announces largely cosmetic changes to lower the price of their loudspeakers to make them more affordable. Aperion Audio apparently doesn't mind bucking the trend.

— November 03, 2011 08:20 in AV News