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Sound United to Oversee Polk, Definitive Technologies and BOOM

Sound United to Oversee Polk, Definitive Technologies and BOOM

Polk Audio and Definitive Technologies ('Def Tech' to its fans) are brands that most audiophiles and audioholics alike are familiar with. So when parent company DEI Holdings formed a new division, that united the brands under a more visible roof, we thought, "That's some pretty significant news." And it is. Sound United is the new division and it will oversee Polk Audio, Definitive Technology and also BOOM. While the three brands will stay separate and maintain their own identities and development teams, Sound United allows the diversity of the brands to be brought together so that each can serve the same consumer in different ways. It's not that DEI wasn't already doing this, but now they have a name by which to supply solutions for all of the various areas.

Polk Audio, Definitive Technologies and BOOM are now underneath Sound United, a unified division that centralizes design and aesthetic development for all three audio brands.

— April 08, 2013 06:05 in AV News

Contest: Review and WIN a pair of SVS Ultra Tower Speakers!

Contest: Review and WIN a pair of SVS Ultra Tower Speakers!

That's right, SVS and Audioholics are teaming up once again to allow YOU to enter and win a pair of SVS Ultra Tower Speakers. All you have to do is answer a few questions telling us why YOU should be one of three people to review the new tower speakers and, if selected, SVS will ship you and two other lucky contestants a pair of the new Ultra Tower speakers. Then, you'll review them and post your review online in our forums. Our forum members will vote on the best written, most useful, and most comprehensive review. The winner gets to keep their speakers!

That's right, SVS and Audioholics are teaming up once again to allow YOU to enter and win a pair of SVS Ultra Tower Speakers. You have until April 8th to tell us why YOU should be one of three chosen!

— March 25, 2013 06:00 in AV News

Ten Go In... Only Two Come Out in SVS Sub Review Show-Down!

Ten Go In... Only Two Come Out in SVS Sub Review Show-Down!

10 lucky contestants were given the opportunity to write reviews on two brand new SVS subwoofers. Five wrote reviews on the SVS SB-1000 sub, and the other five on the PB-1000 sub. Well the reviews are IN! Vote for your favorite (best-written, most thorough, schnazziest, etc) review in the poll above and make any comments to substantiate your vote (and perhaps sway others) in the corresponding thread. Check out the links to the reviews below, which are in the same order as the polls.

10 lucky contestants were given the opportunity to write reviews on two brand new SVS subwoofers. Five wrote reviews on the SVS SB-1000 sub, and the other five on the PB-1000 sub. Vote for the winner!

— February 01, 2013 14:45 in AV News

Mount Your TV-Think of the Children!

Mount Your TV-Think of the Children!

Sanus has an interesting PR campaign going on this week. The company is exposing a little-known safety concern with flat panel TVs: They can fall on your kids. Flat Panel TVs are cool, but when your toddler of yesteryear used the ole' 32" CRT o pull himself up into a standing position there was no danger of the thing falling on top of him... it weighed 150 pounds (and wouldn't budge). Not so with today's flat panels, which can tend to be tipsy and, on average, weigh anywhere from 30-60 pounds (or more, of course) depending on the size.

Sanus has an interesting PR campaign going on this week. The company is exposing a little-known safety concern with flat panel TVs: They can fall on your kids.

— January 29, 2013 06:00 in AV News

Japan to Broadcast in 4K in 2014?

Japan to Broadcast in 4K in 2014?

What do you do when you want to sell a lot of 4K televisions but there's no content? Simple. You just have the government mandate 4K broadcasts. At least, that seems to be Japan's solution. The Japanese government has scheduled July 14th as the date is will produce the worlds first 4K TV broadcast. While that may seem like a long way off (it doesn't to us) it's actually a full 2 years ahead of schedule. Japan has a high stake in the success of the new 4K televisions as it represents a potential for increased consumer demand and, unlike the 3D bombstravaganza, may be a legitimate reason for existing HDTV owners to upgrade. The news about the ultra high-definition broadcast comes, unfortunately, from a Japanese newspaper that didn't cite any specific sources.

What do you do when you want to sell a lot of 4K televisions but there's no content? Simple. You just have the government mandate 4K broadcasts. At least, that seems to be Japan's solution.

— January 27, 2013 19:10 in AV News

Shake Rattle & Slam into the New Year with an Free Outlaw Audio Subwoofer!

Shake Rattle & Slam into the New Year with an Free Outlaw Audio Subwoofer!

Our friends at Outlaw Audio are gonna help you Shake Rattle & Slam into the New Year by entering to win a brand new Outlaw LFM-1EX Subwoofer. All you need to do is be a registered forum member, meet the eligibility requirements, and answer a few questions in the contest thread on our forums. What you could win: The LFM-1 EX continues the tradition of maximum output, linear response and deep authoritative bass at a value oriented price. Now, you can achieve output to 16 Hz in large listening rooms without emptying your wallet. If you have never experienced truly deep bass, or felt you could never achieve chest pounding bass reproduction in your larger listening room you owe it to your theater to audition the LFM-1 EX. This contest ends with the beginning of the New Year so be sure ENTER by 11:59pm (EST) December 31st for your chance to win!

Our friends at Outlaw Audio are gonna help you Shake Rattle & Slam into the New Year by entering to win a brand new Outlaw LFM-1EX Subwoofer. See our forum for details.

— December 30, 2012 10:00 in AV News

SVS and Audioholics Partner to Let YOU Review (and WIN) a 1000 Series Subwoofer!

SVS and Audioholics Partner to Let YOU Review (and WIN) a 1000 Series Subwoofer!

This is insanely cool. SVS is partnering with Audioholics to allow 10 lucky people to review a 1000 Series subwoofer and tell the world what you think about it. All you have to do is enter your name and some basic information (tell them about your home theater and how connected you are in the A/V "community") and then select whether you're interested in the PB-1000 or SB-1000. Those who are selected get to try out the sub for 2 weeks and then post their thoughts on the Audioholics Forums for all to see. Then the fun part begins—the community votes on the top two reviews and the winners get to keep their subs! Note: This isn't a vote for the two most favorable reviews, it's a vote for the most thorough, enjoyable, readable, or otherwise engaging reviews. If you've wanted to try your hand at reviewing a home theater product, this is your big chance!

If you've wanted to try your hand at reviewing a home theater product, this is your big chance! SVS is partnering with Audioholics to allow 10 lucky people to review a 1000 Series subwoofer.

— December 18, 2012 15:20 in AV News

Kaleidescape Signs Deal with Warner Bros. for Blu-ray Quality Downloads

Kaleidescape Signs Deal with Warner Bros. for Blu-ray Quality Downloads

Kaleidescape, purveyors of high end movie servers, has penned a deal with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution to provide bit for bit downloads of their Blu-ray and DVD catalog. This multi-year agreement has led to Kaleidescape to open their own online store. The new Kaleidescape service will only work within the Kaleidescape ecosystem meaning you'll need to purchase a Kaleidescape system (which can cost into the five figures) in order to partake. Warner Bros. will be providing 3,000 premium films and over 8,000 television episodes for the service. In addition, Kaleidescape has also licensed UltraViolet rights for includion with the purchase of most titles. This will allow users to view their purchased titles with their mobile devices.

Kaleidescape, purveyors of high end movie servers, has penned a deal with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution to provide bit for bit downloads of their Blu-ray and DVD catalog.

— December 12, 2012 21:15 in AV News

Would You Pay $500 to Watch First-run Movies at Home?

Would You Pay $500 to Watch First-run Movies at Home?

Would you pay $35k + $500/movie to watch first-run movies at home? Prima Cinema seems to think there is a market for that - and we'd have to agree. No, not for you and me, but there are certainly an elite group pf people who will pay the money simply for the potential to be able to do such a thing. Now, it seems, Prima's plan, which they began talking about a full two years ago, is finally coming to fruition. So what IS the plan? Well, there is the hardware component, a BMW-built chassis (their U.S. design team in California handles the manufacturing apparently) and streaming media server that runs $35,000 and streams 1080p movies and full surround audio at a quality the company declares will top Blu-ray.

Would you pay $35k + $500/movie to watch first-run movies at home? Prima Cinema seems to think there is a market for that - and we'd have to agree. No, not for you and me, but there are some who would

— November 30, 2012 14:00 in AV News

2014 Acura RLX To Feature Krell Audio System

2014 Acura RLX To Feature Krell Audio System

Acura and Krell have partnered together to design a high-end sound system for the 2014 Acura RLX. Although the Krell name badge is on the side of the speaker grilles and the amp contains some parts used in Krell's home theater amps, it remains unclear how much of this system is actually designed by the high-end audio manufacturer. We fear this may just be another attempt to slap a name on the system, read on to see why we have some reservations.

Acura and Krell have partnered together to design a high-end sound system for the 2014 Acura RLX.

— November 30, 2012 07:20 in AV News

THIEL Audio Aquired By Private Equity Firm

THIEL Audio Aquired By Private Equity Firm

In what seems like a growing trend among A/V manufacturers, THIEL Audio is being acquired by a private equity firm. The firm intends to expand THIEL's engineering department and keep most existing employees in place. They will push to improve product development and marketing processes and expand product lineup. THIEL will continue to produce high-end products, but also focus on distributed audio and architectural speakers.

Hi-end audio manufacturer, THIEL, is being acquired by a private equity firm based out of Nashville, TN.

— November 29, 2012 11:00 in AV News

DISH Adds What's Hot Feature and Bluetooth

DISH Adds What's Hot Feature and Bluetooth

DISH recently added a What’s Hot feature to the Hopper/Joey DVR system which we reviewed earlier this year. This new update displays the popular programs people are currently watching in their local market and also nationally. Then, social media highlights which shows are trending based on viewer posts. What that means is that DISH's "What’s Hot" feature actually shows you what viewers are really watching... unfortunately, it's apparently still reality TV... Oh well. In either case, to see which TV shows, movies and sports are popular, you just select 'What’s Hot' from the Main Menu.

DISH recently added a What’s Hot feature to the Hopper/Joey DVR system which we reviewed earlier this year. This new update displays the popular programs people are currently watching.

— November 26, 2012 14:15 in AV News

Enter to Win: Moshi Audio Keramo Earphones!

Enter to Win: Moshi Audio Keramo Earphones!

Moshi Audio is giving away a pair of Keramo Headphones to two (2) lucky entrants! This contest represents a $120 value! Here's what you could be taking home: Keramo is a brand new pair of in-ear headphones from Moshi.Keramo is an ideal headset for discerning listeners looking for an accurate IEM that delivers clean, unadulterated acoustics without any treble or bass boost. All you need to do is visit our forum and answer a question to enter.

Moshi Audio is giving away a pair of Keramo Headphones to two (2) lucky entrants! All you need to do is visit our forum and answer a question to enter.

— November 01, 2012 21:36 in AV News

Walt Disney Acquires Star Wars (LucasFilm Ltd) - Star Wars Episode 7 Announced!

Walt Disney Acquires Star Wars (LucasFilm Ltd) - Star Wars Episode 7 Announced!

The Walt Disney Company has just agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm, as most people know, is actually owned solely by George Lucas, who founded the company back when studios still made mistakes that big. The estimated deal is worth just over $4 billion, half of which is a cash deal. Obviously, this deal includes the Star Wars franchise, and Disney acquires ownership of Lucasfilm in its entirety. That means they get the ownership and rights to live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production (yes, they actually get Industrial Light & Magic [ILM] as well). Disney has no plans to consolidate or move any of the current employees of any of these divisions - at least not yet. And Star Wars Episode 7 is already in the works.

The Walt Disney Company has just agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Disney now owns Star Wars, Pixar and Marvel.

— October 30, 2012 15:21 in AV News