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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

Black Ops III: Do or Die for Call of Duty Sales

Black Ops III: Do or Die for Call of Duty Sales

Last Friday saw the launch of Call of Duty Black Ops III, the latest in one of the best-selling video game franchises in history. So far, the buzz online seems to indicate that Black Ops III is a hit. But will it be enough? This year will be pivotal For Black Ops III sales as publisher Activision and developer Treyarch have invested significantly in reversing the downward sales trend. So, while we're testing new campaign and multiplayer modes, we'll also be keeping on eye on the game within the game.

It's a do-or-die year for Call of Duty sales might be a tad sensational. But, I predict that this could be the beginning of the end for one of the best-selling game franchises in history.

— November 10, 2015 00:00 in AV News

Ex Machina First Blu-ray Title Released in DTS:X Immersive Surround

Ex Machina First Blu-ray Title Released in DTS:X Immersive Surround

DTS has announced its first Blu-ray title in DTS:X which will be available on July 14th, 2015. The stylish, psychological thriller Ex Machina will leave audiences enthralled when it arrives on Blu-ray especially if you've got a DTS:X capable AV receiver or processor to decode the latest immersive surround format. We're not sure exactly when the DTS:X firmware upgrade will come to select Denon/Marantz products but expect hardware announcements to flow in between now and CEDIA this fall.

Ex Machina will be the First Blu-ray Title Released in DTS:X Immersive Surround Sound. This stylish psychological thriller is set to blow your mind with stunning sound once you upgrade to DTS:X.

— May 27, 2015 19:16 in AV News

Audioholics Ranked #1 in Social Media Presence!

Audioholics Ranked #1 in Social Media Presence!

For almost two decades, Audioholics.com has led the industry with the largest audited readership (1 million+ monthly) of any AV magazine online or in print. We have repeated the same success of our editorial site across all the major social media including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. When you consider the fact that Home Theater is such a niche market and that we are able to sustain an audience of 2 million enthusiasts a month across all 6 of our platforms, its quite an accomplishment! We are excited about the growth we've seen with the Audioholics family of websites over the last few years and look forward to a great 2020 and beyond!

Audioholics has the largest audited readership of any AV Magazine (online or print) and we also have the #1 social media presence in the entire industry via Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

— February 13, 2015 09:00 in AV News

PMC Speakers and Auro-3D Demo Immersive Surround for UK Record Producers

PMC Speakers and Auro-3D Demo Immersive Surround for UK Record Producers

Two ground-breaking technologies came together at London's Metropolis Studios last week to deliver a truly immersive 3D experience to some of the UK's most influential record producers. Hosted by the Music Producers Guild, the introduction to Auro-3D® event gave recording professionals an opportunity to learn more about Auro Technologies' 3D audio format, which envelopes audiences in a cocoon of life-like sound. PMC supplied all discrete speakers (no upfiring reflective nonsense) to produce an accurate 3D immersive surround field for all listening seats.

Auro-3D teamed up with PMC speakers to give a 3D Immersive Surround Demo to UK's most influential record producers. All discrete speakers were used for accurate sound across a wide listening area.

— February 02, 2015 11:30 in AV News

Auro-3D Upgrade Is Here for Denon/Marantz Atmos AV Receivers & Pre/Pros

 Auro-3D Upgrade Is Here for Denon/Marantz Atmos AV Receivers & Pre/Pros

A couple months back, Denon and Marantz both announced they would eventually offer an optional upgrade to Auro-3D on certain A/V receiver and pre/pro offerings. Now that promise has been fulfilled, with both companies offering the option on their website. The upgrade is priced at $199, and brings support for native Auro-3D content as well as the Auro-Matic upmixer. Models eligible for the upgrade include the AV7702 pre/pro and SR7009 A/V receiver from Marantz, along with the AVR-X7200W, AVR-X5200W, and AVR-X4100W receivers from Denon.

Auro-3D Upgrade is here on select Denon/Marantz Atmos AV Receivers and Processors. For $199, you get the Auro-3D codec and the Auro-Matic upmixer.

— December 15, 2014 06:00 in AV News

Dolby Atmos Compatibility Issues on Older Blu-ray Players

Dolby Atmos Compatibility Issues on Older Blu-ray Players

While you need at least a pair of height speakers and a new A/V receiver to enjoy the benefits of Dolby Atmos, the theory was that you didn't need to upgrade your Blu-ray player. However, we've found that users of some older model BD players may experience audio dropouts with some TrueHD and Atmos tracks. The issue relates to a feature called Seamless Branching, which was added to Dolby TrueHD after the original spec, (not to mention quite a few Blu-ray players), was released.

Theoretically, Dolby Atmos doesn't require you to upgrade your Blu-ray player. However, users of certain older model BD players may experience audio dropouts with some TrueHD and Atmos tracks.

— December 04, 2014 08:00 in AV News

Sonos Sues D&M over Denon HEOS Wireless Speaker Systems

Sonos Sues D&M over Denon HEOS Wireless Speaker Systems

Back on October 21st, Sonos co-founder and general counsel Craig Shelburne announced the company would be suing D&M Holdings over Denon's new HEOS wireless speakers. The full complaint discusses four patents that Denon violated, and also notes that in some cases, Denon appeared to simply copy/paste much of Sonos' product literature. While D&M has been relatively quiet about the subject, their CEO Jim Caudill has released an official statement.

Industry News: Back on October 21st, Sonos co-founder and general counsel Craig Shelburne announced the company would be suing D&M; Holdings over Denon's new HEOS wireless speaker line.

— November 06, 2014 08:00 in AV News

SVS Now in Magnolia Design Centers

SVS Now in Magnolia Design Centers

Back in February we interviewed SVS CEO Gary Yacoubian on the AV Rant Podcast. He stated that he was pushing to get SVS into more stores. We never would have imagined that he'd be so successful. Today, SVS announced their subwoofers will now be carried by Magnolia Design Centers. Yes, the ones inside Best Buy. All-in-all, this looks to be a great thing for SVS to increase their brand recognition and probably a great draw for Magnolia stores to access customers that usually buy online.

News: Today, SVS announced their subwoofers will now be carried by Magnolia Design Centers. Yes, the ones inside Best Buy.

— September 26, 2014 11:00 in AV News

XTZ's Wireless Cinema System Debuts & WiSA News

XTZ's Wireless Cinema System Debuts & WiSA News

XTZ debuted their wireless Cinema Series home theater at the 2014 CEDIA Expo in Denver. The system is built around WiSA's interoperability standards, and features Summit wireless modules which can transmit up to 96kHz/24 bit resolution. The folks at WiSA also have some news including some new technical wizardry, a new president, and more members. Want to know all the details? Click to keep reading.

XTZ debuted their wireless Cinema Series home theater at the 2014 CEDIA Expo in Denver. The system is built around Summit wireless modules which can transmit audio at 96kHz/24 bit resolution.

— September 25, 2014 19:30 in AV News

Onkyo and Pioneer Finalize Sale

Onkyo and Pioneer Finalize Sale

Recently there were reports that Pioneer would sell its home audio-video arm to Hong Kong-based Baring Private Equity Asia and Pioneer’s Japanese rival Onkyo Corp. Baring was said to acquire 51% of Pioneer with the rest to be divided at a later date. It's now September and new information has been released about the deal. Baring has pulled out of the deal and taken their cash with them. This has resulted in Pioneer selling directly Onkyo in exchange for a 14.95% stake in Onkyo. Both brands will be maintained after the sale, according to the companies. We'll keep an eye on this deal and let you know the details as they emerge.

News: Pioneer is selling its home AV arm to Onkyo in exchange for a 14.95% stake in Onkyo. Both brands will be maintained after the sale, according to the companies.

— September 20, 2014 09:00 in AV News

Panasonic Revives the Technics Brand

Panasonic Revives the Technics Brand

After a short hiatus, Panasonic is bringing back the Technics marque. Announced at the IFA show in Berlin, Panasonic unleashed two new lineups, the R1 Reference series and the C700 Premium series. A full C700 setup will run approximately $5,250, while a R1 system will cost roughly 10X that amount. Panasonic also has some new technology to unveil, including a graphite tweeter capable of extending out to 100kHz as well as an advanced Class D amplifier design. Want to know all the details? Click to keep reading!

After a brief hiatus, Panasonic has revived the Technics marque, announcing two new lineups, the R1 Reference series and the C700 Premium line. Audiophiles rejoice your beloved brand is back!

— September 18, 2014 14:00 in AV News

Pioneer Selling Its Home A/V Electronics Subsidiary

Pioneer Selling Its Home A/V Electronics Subsidiary

On June 24th, Pioneer officially announced they will be selling their home A/V electronics subsidiary. What does that mean for consumers? Not a whole lot at this time. New Pioneer branded A/V receivers and loudspeakers will continue to roll out, including Dolby Atmos compatible models. Moreover, with an alliance between Pioneer and Onkyo , Pioneer Home Electronics should emerge as a stronger, leaner competitor.

Industry News: Pioneer has officially announced they will be selling their home A/V electronics subsidiary in the face of declining sales. Click to read all the details.

— June 26, 2014 19:00 in AV News

Marantz and Denon Announce New A/V Receivers with Dolby Atmos Sound

Marantz and Denon Announce New A/V Receivers with Dolby Atmos Sound

It's official: D&M subsidiaries Marantz and Denon have jumped on the Dolby Atmos train. Between the two companies, three new A/V receivers and one pre/pro have been announced with Atmos support. How many channels of audio are needed to pull this off you ask? The Denon AVR-X4100W and Marantz SR7009 will boast 9.x channels of audio, while the Denon AVR-X5200W and Marantz AV7702 will support up to 11.x channels of sound. Want to know more about the supported configurations? Click to keep reading!

AV News: Denon and Marantz have jumped on the Dolby Atmos wagon with the announcement of new A/V receivers and pre/pros capable of delivering up to 11.1 channels of sound with new height channels.

— June 26, 2014 00:00 in AV News