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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

Apple Acquires Beats & Proposes New Headphone Standard

Apple Acquires Beats & Proposes New Headphone Standard

Back on May 28th, Apple put out an official notice they would be buying Beats Music & Beats Electronics for the tidy sum of 3 billion dollars. Now it looks like the Cupertino based company has more news: a new headphone connector standard based on the Lightning port currently used to transfer data and charge iDevices. Apple touts several advantages of this new standard, including improved audio quality and being able to eliminate the current 3.5mm headphone jack to reclaim internal space. Surely the ability to lock out third party headphone manufacturers or charge exorbitant licensing fees never crossed their minds, right? Click to read all the details.

Industry News: Apple recently acquired Beats, maker of the fashionable headphones currently taking the market by storm; now they've got a new headphone connector in the pipeline. Click to read more.

— June 10, 2014 07:00 in AV News

Home Theater Set Up and Buying Guide E-Books Membership Program!

Home Theater Set Up and Buying Guide E-Books Membership Program!

Are you looking for help in deciding on the best new AV equipment for your home theater? Or do you need set up tips and advice? If so, the Audioholics E-Book Membership Program is your answer! Our Buying Guide E-Books will arm you with the necessary knowledge to make an informed purchasing decision new AV equipment While our Set Up Guide E-Books will provide you concise instructions on how to properly set up and configure your new AV gear to achieve maximum performance. For one low price you get ALL 10 of our E-Books and our Exclusive Membership access to our special forum area to get support from Audioholics staff and fellow members.

Home Theater Set Up & Buying Guide Ebooks: Are you looking buying or Set Up help? The Audioholics Ebook Membership Program is your answer. Get all 10 Ebooks and special forum access for one low price.

— May 27, 2014 20:00 in AV News

MuxLab Joins the HDBaseT Alliance

MuxLab Joins the HDBaseT Alliance

The HDBaseT Alliance added a new member on April 7th, Canadian A/V distribution hardware manufacturer MuxLab Inc. For those unfamiliar with HDBaseT, it is a standard for passing HD audio / video content, Ethernet, and up to 100W of power over a single CAT5e or CAT6 cable. Joining the Alliance brings useful benefits to MuxLab, not the least of which is ensuring product compatibility with other manufacturers. Curious to know more? Click to read the whole scoop.

A/V News: MuxLab Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of A/V distribution equipment joined the HDBaseT Alliance.

— April 18, 2014 00:00 in AV News

DISH Super Joey DVR Client Announced

DISH Super Joey DVR Client Announced

Unlike most cable companies, hardware seems to be an area of innovation for DISH. This week, they announced an add-on to the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR platform which increases the tuner capacity of the Hopper experience. Specifically, the Super Joey adds two more network tuners to the Hopper’s three native tuners, allowing you to now record up to eight shows simultaneously. This, combined with the Prime Time Anywhere feature all but eliminates channel conflicts and lets you record just about anything anywhere.

Unlike most cable companies, hardware seems to be an area of innovation for DISH. This week, they announced the Super Joey which increases tuner capacity up to 8 channels at once.

— March 14, 2014 08:00 in AV News

DISH Anywhere Expands to Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Tablets

DISH Anywhere Expands to Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Tablets

DISH announced this week that its recently upgraded DISH Anywhere app can now be downloaded for free for the Kindle Fire HDX tablet. Of course the app continues to be available on Android and iOS devices, but now DISH customer have even more options for watching content when away from home.

DISH announced this week that its recently upgraded DISH Anywhere app can now be downloaded for free for the Kindle Fire HDX tablet in addition to being available on Android and Apple's iOS.

— March 11, 2014 08:00 in AV News

Yamaha Offers FREE Spotify Firmware Upgrade to its 2013 Network AV Receiver Lineup

Yamaha Offers FREE Spotify Firmware Upgrade to its 2013 Network AV Receiver Lineup

Yamaha is pleased to announce that Spotify Connect firmware is now available for its 2013 network AV receivers and their flagship CX-A5000 AV processor. With Spotify offering superior audio sampling rates, along with Yamaha’s legendary Natural Sound, users can expect to get the highest-quality audio playback from their AV receivers.

Yamaha is pleased to announce that Spotify Connect firmware is now available for its 2013 network AV receivers.

— January 26, 2014 21:00 in AV News