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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

Commercial Skipping Wins Another Round

Commercial Skipping Wins Another Round

Today, the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals unanimously denied Fox Broadcasting Company's petitions to re-open the issue of preventing DISH subscribers from using the PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop features available on the company's Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR. Back in July 2013 Fox attempted to block DISH from allowing its customers to easily record primetime shows on up to each of the four broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox).

Today, the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals unanimously denied Fox Broadcasting Company's petitions to re-open the issue of preventing DISH subscribers from using PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop.

— January 24, 2014 15:35 in AV News

Krell Introduces new iBias Class A Amplifier Line Preview

Krell Introduces new iBias Class A Amplifier Line Preview

Krell announced their new iBias technology to be integrated into their amplifier line at the CES 2014 show. iBias seeks to maintain the dynamics of the Class A design while reducing the size and heat often associated with Class A. The new line includes a monoblock, two stereo, and one each three, five, and seven channel offerings. Ranging from $7500 to $11,500 (price more closely tied to the watts per channel rather than the number of channels), these are actually pretty affordable for Krell offerings. The question is whether then fans will turn off too many potential consumers.

Preview: Krell announced their new iBias technology to be integrated into their amplifier line. iBias seeks to maintain the dynamics of the Class A design while reducing the size and heat.

— January 16, 2014 08:45 in AV News

Audioholics Adds New Muscle: Hires Bestselling Fitness Author Hugo Rivera to Head Up Marketing

Audioholics Adds New Muscle: Hires Bestselling Fitness Author Hugo Rivera to Head Up Marketing

We are proud to apply Hugo’s vast knowledge and expertise in internet marketing into the Audioholics business model. Having a passionate and dedicated expert handle online advertising and marketing efforts will allow us to better focus on our content delivery, including offering Audioholics premium content via a membership service, which is scheduled to launch by the end of Q1, 2014.

Audioholics Adds New Muscle: Hires Bestselling Fitness Author Hugo Rivera to Head Up Marketing

— January 06, 2014 00:00 in AV News

Dolby Atmos: Behind The Scenes Of The Hunger Games Catching Fire

Dolby Atmos: Behind The Scenes Of The Hunger Games Catching Fire

While some might write off Dolby Atmos as a gimmick to help drive ticket sales, a behind the scenes sneak peek from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with director Francis Lawrence and sound designer Jeremy Peirson sheds some light on how the new format is viewed from an insider's perspective. What do these gentlemen think of the potential for this new format, and its potential for an improved movie-going experience? Keep reading (and watching) to find out!

Dolby peek behind the scenes of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with director Francis Lawrence which sheds light on how Dolby Atmos is viewed from inside the industry.

— December 16, 2013 08:00 in AV News

Thonet & Vander to Ship to the US: Classic 2.0, M6 Studio, Soundbar Speakers and more

Thonet & Vander to Ship to the US:  Classic 2.0, M6 Studio, Soundbar Speakers and more

Thonet & Vander, a German loudspeaker manufacture, has announced their plans to start selling their offerings in the U.S. We take a close look at their speaker and headphone line. All of their speakers are self-powered though don't think they are limited themselves to a desktop. They have offerings with multiple drivers, integrated iPod docks, 2.1 configurations, and even a studio monitor. While pricing on these products has yet to be released, we're excited to see how the Thonet & Vander offerings sound.

Thonet & Vander, a German loudspeaker manufacture, has announced their plans to start selling their offerings in the U.S. We take a close look at their speaker and headphone line.

— November 07, 2013 11:00 in AV News

DISH Lends Out iPad 2s for In-Flight Entertainment

DISH Lends Out iPad 2s for In-Flight Entertainment

As I was flying back from a recent event, I was thinking that I had several movies and shows stored up on my DISH Hopper back home. Of course, I could stream that content using the plane's Wi-FI and my laptop, but what about people who don't already have DISH? What if they don't have a Hopper or a means of accessing something good to watch? Have you flown across the country with nothing good to watch? Ugh...boring doesn't begin to describe it.

As I was flying back from an event, I was thinking I had several movies and shows stored up on my DISH Hopper back home. I could stream that content using the plane's Wi-FI, but this is even better.

— November 04, 2013 19:26 in AV News

Audio Precision Brings AP Performance to Loudspeaker Testing

Audio Precision Brings AP Performance to Loudspeaker Testing

Audio Precision announced a new Loudspeaker Production Test suite, offering a new high bar in audio test quality for loudspeaker driver production test and final QA for integrated products such as soundbars, pro-audio powered speakers, smartphones and handsfree devices. We look forward to adding this feature to our trusty APx585 Audio Analyzer to expand out measurement capabilities for loudspeakers.

Audio Precision Brings AP Performance to Loudspeaker Testing. From loudspeaker driver production testing to final QA for integrated products such as soundbars, powered speakers and headphones.

— October 23, 2013 15:03 in AV News

Human Hearing Acuity Shown to be More Accurate Than Standard Linear Models

Human Hearing Acuity Shown to be More Accurate Than Standard Linear Models

While it is well known that human perception of sound wave amplitude, volume, is nonlinear, it has long been assumed that frequency and temporal information are perceived in a linear fashion. New research shows that this assumption is not true and human hearing is far more accurate than previously thought. While the golden-eared audiophile is sometimes a mocked concept, if he or she perhaps is a musician or has musical training, there may be something more to it than we currently understand. What do you think?

Human Hearing Acuity Shown to be More Accurate Than Standard Linear Models. Perhaps there is something to the "golden-ear" some audiophile's claim to be?

— October 23, 2013 12:00 in AV News