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OPPO Adds Dolby Vision Support to Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

OPPO Adds Dolby Vision Support to Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

OPPO Digital announced that its UDP-203/UDP-205 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players can now receive a firmware upgrade that enables the Dolby Vision™ feature. This makes them the worlds first HD Blu-ray players to support this new feature. See what this offers the videophile. If your currently on the fence about getting one of these players, now may be the right time.

OPPO Digital announced that its UDP-203/UDP-205 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players can now receive a firmware upgrade that enables the Dolby Vision™ feature. See what this feature offers the videophile.

— June 08, 2017 00:00 in AV News

Sound United Acquires D&M Group (Denon,Marantz, Boston)

Sound United Acquires D&M Group (Denon,Marantz, Boston)

Sound United LLC, parent company to Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, and Polk BOOM, today announced it has completed the acquisition of the D+M Group, owner of the Denon, HEOS by Denon, Marantz, and Boston Acoustics brands. The D+M Group is the largest supplier of audio/video receivers worldwide and a leader in wireless multi-room audio. Sound United is the largest supplier of loudspeakers in North America and a leading supplier of sound bars and wireless music systems. For now, no immediate changes are planned for the brands, but what direction will this eventually take them? Only time or a lucky person with access to a DeLorean with flux capactitors can tell.

Sound United announced it has completed the acquisition of the D+M Group, owner of the Denon, HEOS by Denon, Marantz, and Boston Acoustics brands. What does this mean for the future of the brands?

— March 01, 2017 16:45 in AV News

Control4 Acquires Triad Speakers

Control4 Acquires Triad Speakers

Control4 Corporation, a leading global provider of smart home solutions, today announced the acquisition of Triad Speakers, Inc., a leader in advanced audio technology with best-in-class, customizable speaker-solutions. Nearly the entire Triad team will be joining Control4, including founder Larry Pexton, as well as the Triad’s R&D, manufacturing, and custom-services employees, all of whom will continue operating from Triad’s existing facility in Portland, Oregon. What does this mean for Triad? Read on to find out.

Control4 Corporation, a leading global provider of smart home solutions, today announced the acquisition of Triad Speakers. What direction will this take the speaker company? Read on to find out.

— February 28, 2017 14:06 in AV News

SVS PB-2000 Subwoofer Giveaway!

SVS PB-2000 Subwoofer Giveaway!

To show some love to our loyal Audioholics readers, we’re partnering with SVS to give away a PB-2000, 500 Watt DSP Controlled, 12” Ported Subwoofer! The award-winning SVS PB-2000 Subwoofer adapts technology from the legendary Ultra Series to take the title as best ported subwoofer under $1,000. To enter, simply register to receive the SVS email newsletter and why you want to win it in our forum thread. Then respond using that same address if you are contacted as the winner. It’s just that easy. Enter now before Feb 5th for your change to win!

SVS is giving away a brand new PB-2000, 500w DSP Controlled, 12” Ported Subwoofer! To enter, all you have to do is register for their newsletter and post in our forum thread why you want to win it.

— January 16, 2017 00:24 in AV News

HDMI Forum Announces Version 2.1 Of the HDMI Specification

HDMI Forum Announces Version 2.1 Of the HDMI Specification

HDMI Forum, Inc announced the upcoming release of Version 2.1 of the HDMI specification that supports higher video resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, Dynamic HDR, and increased bandwidth with a new 48G cable. Backwards compatibility is supported with earlier versions of the HDMI specification. The new spec will be available to all HDMI 2.0 Adopters by Q2 2017. See what other benefits HDMI 2.0 provides by reading on...

HDMI Forum, announced the upcoming release of Version 2.1 of the HDMI specification that supports higher video resolutions & refresh rates, Dynamic HDR, and increased bandwidth with a new 48G cable.

— January 04, 2017 23:25 in AV News

Samsung Galaxy Phones Drop Headphone Jack: Harman Audio to the Rescue!

Samsung Galaxy Phones Drop Headphone Jack: Harman Audio to the Rescue!

Samsung is rumoured to have dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack from its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone. It’s not an unexpected omission considering Apple has done the same thing to make way for ever-skinnier designs. Considering Samsung’s upcoming purchase of Harman, the door is open to Harman and its many audio companies to come to the rescue with supporting peripherals like wireless headphones and digital-to-analog audio adapters.

Samsung is rumored to have dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack from its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone. It’s not an unexpected omission considering Apple has done the same. We ponder how Harman fits in.

— December 08, 2016 10:00 in AV News

Netflix Offline Viewing - Just Short of Awesome

Netflix Offline Viewing - Just Short of Awesome

Netflix subscribers – rejoice! The feature you’ve been waiting for is finally here. The streaming video service has been dropping hints that it was coming for the past six months, but the wait is now truly over. Netflix finally lets you download err... some of your favourite movies and TV shows. But, of course some conditions apply. Read on to find out what.

Netflix subscribers – rejoice! The feature you’ve been waiting for is finally here. The streaming video service has been dropping hints that it was coming for the past 6 months but there are caveats.

— December 03, 2016 00:00 in AV News

Samsung Buys Harman - Connected Car Biz or Hi-Fi Pride?

Samsung Buys Harman - Connected Car Biz or Hi-Fi Pride?

As soon as Samsung announced that it would buy Harman in an $8-billion cash deal. Analysts have been playing up the business implications of a wireless, cell phone and semiconductor company buying a top connected car technology provider. Brilliant move. But the business-side of the story could simply be the financial justification for the real reason Samsung wanted Harman – acoustic pride! Is Samsung positioning itself to go up against Apple and Google? Read on to find out...

Samsung Electronics announced this week that it is buying Harman International in an $8-billion deal that should be finalized by the middle of 2017. Is Samsung going up against Apple and Google?

— November 18, 2016 10:00 in AV News

100 Years Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

100 Years Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) turns 100 years old in 2016. The organization that has overseen and set the standards for the most important technical advances in movies and TV over the last century isn't getting old, it's getting more relevant to an industry that is in the midst of so many changes. The SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition has a lot of ground to cover this October 25th through 27th and will hit all biggest topics from new digital broadcast technology, visual enhancements in movies and TV and even virtual reality.

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(SMPTE)turns 100 years old in 2016. The organization that has overseen and set the standards for the most important technical advances in movies.

— August 29, 2016 09:00 in AV News

Sound Partnership: Synth-Maker Roland Buys Headphone-Maker V-MODA

Sound Partnership: Synth-Maker Roland Buys Headphone-Maker V-MODA

Today August 8, the day fans of electronica informally declared #808Day after the legendary Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, V-MODA has announced its partnership with Roland. Roland has purchased a 70% share of V-MODA. The investment by a music industry giant like Roland is a significant endorsement for V-MODA. We can't help buy wonder what future products will sprout from the union of these two companies.

The day fans of electronica informally declared #808Day after the legendary Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, V-MODA has announced its partnership with Roland. Roland has purchased a 70% share of V-MODA.

— August 08, 2016 20:00 in AV News

B&W Purchased by Silicon Valley Startup: Cheers or Tears?

B&W Purchased by Silicon Valley Startup: Cheers or Tears?

It's one of the most lopsided company acquisitions in recent history. An historic hi-fi speaker manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins with over 1000 employees was bought by a Silicon Valley startup with barely a website to its name. What's going on... is this a sign of coming hi-fidelity apocalypse? Or is the legendary British speaker manufacturer simply adapting and about to prosper in a rapidly changing economic climate?

It's one of the most lopsided company acquisitions in recent history. An historic hi-fi speaker manufacturer B&W; with over 1000 employees was bought by a Silicon Valley startup with barely a website.

— May 03, 2016 20:00 in AV News

SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 Speaker Contest Giveaway, Last Chance to Enter!

SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 Speaker Contest Giveaway, Last Chance to Enter!

To show some love to our loyal Audioholics readers, we’re partnering with SVS to give away a Prime Satellite 5.1 Speaker Package ($1,199 value)! The SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 Package has been widely hailed as one of the best sounding compact speaker systems available. Today (March 31st) is your LAST chance to ENTER and WIN a complete 5.1 speaker package (sub included) from SVS. All you have to do is register to our newsletter and answer the prequalifier question in our related forum thread. It's that simple. Remember, you've got to be in it to win it!

To show some love to our loyal Audioholics readers, we’re partnering with SVS to give away a Prime Satellite 5.1 Speaker Package ($1,199 value)! Enter to win NOW!

— March 31, 2016 00:00 in AV News

A Tribute to Roy F. Allison (1927-2016)

A Tribute to Roy F. Allison (1927-2016)

Through the years, Mr. Roy Allison was highly regarded in the audio industry and characterized by a kind, soft-spoken and self-effacing demeanor—always thoughtful and generous. He put the customer first, always, and will be missed in the high-fidelity loudspeaker industry as one of the premiere designers of the formative audio years. This editorial is a small tribute to the life of Roy F. Allison and his contributions to loudspeakers.

Through the years, Mr. Roy Allison was highly regarded in his field and will be missed in the high-fidelity loudspeaker industry as one of the premiere designers of the formative audio years.

Tom Tyson — March 08, 2016 13:00 in AV News

UHD Alliance Premium Certification and What it Means for You

UHD Alliance Premium Certification and What it Means for You

Confused by HDR, wide color gamut, and resolution with next generation UHD displays and content? The UHD Alliance has announced The Ultra HD Premium logo, which will be reserved for products and services to guarantee that any product bearing that logo will give you a premium, next generation UltraHD entertainment experience. We go in depth on the UHD Alliance's announcement and what it means for you and the next generation of UHD gear.

We discuss the implications of the Ultra HD Premium logo for products and services and compliance with various performance metrics for resolution color gamut, HDR, etc to ensure a true UHD experience.

— January 26, 2016 14:00 in AV News