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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

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