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Near Field Audio Technology Overview

Near Field Audio Technology Overview

There are a few products on the market sporting Near Field Audio technology - one from Voxx (formally AudioVox) and one from ifrogz (disappointingly not shaped at all like a frog). These two products basically look and operate exactly the same. They are platforms upon which you set your smartphone or portable media player (no wires needed). When you do, the box "magically" (this is their word, not ours) picks up the sound from the phone or player and amplifies it through its internal speakers. The devices are battery powered though they can be connected to the wall, are portable, and work with most phones or players. A truly manufacturer agnostic wireless playback dock? Now that's what we call interesting.

Near Field Audio wirelessly connects to your smartphone or portable media player (any manufacturer) to "magically" pick up the sound from the phone or player and amplify it through internal speakers.

— May 30, 2013 12:05 in AV News

SVS Ultra Tower Speakers Contest—VOTE NOW!!!

 SVS Ultra Tower Speakers Contest—VOTE NOW!!!

For those of you that forgot, we held a contest a while back to get a chance to review and KEEP a pair of SVS Ultra Tower Speakers. Now it is up to you to tell us which review you like the best. Not only do you win by getting three, unbiased reviews from consumers just like you, but you get to help one of them potentially win. How? Read the three reviews in our forum and vote in our forum poll for the one you like best. The reviewer with the most votes gets to KEEP the pair of SVS Ultra Towers speakers! Polls close on June 14th, so please vote NOW!

Read the three reviews of the SVS Ultra Tower Speakers and vote in our forum poll for the one you like best. The reviewer with the most votes gets to KEEP the pair of SVS Ultra Towers speakers!

— May 29, 2013 15:00 in AV News

Subscribe to DISH, Get an iPad

Subscribe to DISH, Get an iPad

We've heard of new subscriber deals before, but this week DISH announced that it's offering new subscribers the choice of an Apple iPad 2 instead of first year programming discounts. This is for customers who sign up for the Hopper with Sling Whole-Home HD DVR and a qualified programming package. New customers can then use the iPad to get DISH Anywhere service. Combined with the Hopper entertainment platform, customers can use their iPad (or an iPhone for that natter) to watch live TV, DVR recordings and/or On Demand shows. The Hopper with Sling and iPad offer begins on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 and runs until September 18, 2013.

We've heard of new subscriber deals before, but this week DISH announced it's offering new subscribers the choice of an Apple iPad 2 instead of first year programming discounts.

— May 19, 2013 08:00 in AV News

IMAX Private Theater for your Home

IMAX Private Theater for your Home

Do you want a theater modeled on the one used by Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, and JJ Abrams to view their movies? IMAX will build you your own Private Theater - in your own home. While the price hasn't been announced, if you have to ask, we're pretty sure you can't afford it. With custom speakers, a system that does daily speaker calibrations, a floor to ceiling, wall to wall curved screen, and dual 4k projectors, this is the theater of your dreams. Right now, IMAX is waiting to start designing your Private Theater. Will we see an IMAX certification program like THX does? Time will tell.

Do you want your own IMAX Private Theater modeled on the one used by Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, and JJ Abrams to view their movies? IMAX will build it for you - in your own home.

— April 24, 2013 20:45 in AV News

Emotiva Audio to Acquire Bob Carver LLC

Emotiva Audio to Acquire Bob Carver LLC

Sorry if you had your brains explode all over your monitor, but it happened to us too. As revealed in this week's Emotiva Podcast, Emotiva has acquired Bob Carver LLC. Emotiva, long known to the Audioholics of the world as the go-to manufacturer for Internet Direct amplifiers, has a history of providing solid-state amplifiers at a fraction of the price of the brick and mortar competition. Bob Carver, a literal giant in the field of amplifiers, has a long history in the world of high-end audio through his companies which include the well-respected Sunfire. To top it all off, Bob Carver will now be working with Emotiva on R&D. The implications are mind-boggling.

Revealed in this week's Emotiva Podcast, Emotiva Audio has acquired Bob Carver LLC. To top it all off, Bob Carver will now be working with Emotiva on R&D. The implications are mind-boggling.

— April 17, 2013 02:25 in AV News

DTS-HD Layered Audio Technology

DTS-HD Layered Audio Technology

DTS announced something recently that didn't get much play. The company launched its new DTS-HD Layered Audio technology. What this is, is a way to allow online media services to stream (on-demand) adaptive bit-rate files from a single encode. DTS-HD Layered Audio takes the best stuff from the DTS-HD codec and uses it to create and store adaptive bit-rate audio streams—all from a single encode. So if you're streaming to a mobile product that isn't running at blazing 4G speeds yet, you can have them pull from a lower bitrate encoded stream. At the same time broadcast quality streaming is possible for those on higher bandwidth connections. DTS demoed the technology at NAB this year and it works as advertised.

DTS launched its new DTS-HD Layered Audio technology. This is a way to allow online media services to stream content from a source that was encoded once for multiple streaming formats.

— April 16, 2013 00:05 in AV News

Will Aereo's Subscription Antenna TV Service Change Television?

Will Aereo's Subscription Antenna TV Service Change Television?

The battle for television is on...in fact, it HAS been on for years now. It's been in motion ever since streaming media services like Hulu, Netflix and iTunes started infiltrated their once-protected airspace. Now, a new company, Aereo, threatens the admittedly untenable status quo. Aereo isn't a mispronounced new sandwich cookie, it's a service that, similar to PlayLater, Ivi.tv and FilmOn, justifies its existence through legal technicalities, but which nevertheless faces an uphill battle. But Aereo has some serious backing from IAC and its Chairman and Senior Executive, Barry Diller—and that's good for something. Aereo's service is based on providing an individual antenna for every subscriber, thus creating (in it's definition) a "private transmission" to the user. At that point, Aereo allows for DVR recording and playback services and, of course, access to the live antenna broadcasts available.

Aereo threatens the status quo of cable companies and is a streaming service that, similar to PlayLater, Ivi.tv and FilmOn, justifies itself through legal technicalities. It faces an uphill battle.

— April 11, 2013 14:00 in AV News

Audiogurus.com Review – Audioholics is NOT affiliated with Audiogurus.com

Audiogurus.com Review – Audioholics is NOT affiliated with Audiogurus.com

For a brief time we licensed our name to an online store. While it continued to grow throughout the years, the owners of the store did not meet their contractual obligations with Audioholics.com. In addition, the presence of the online store negatively affected our reputation, traffic and SEO so we ended the partnership amicably and asked them to move to a different domain. Hence Audiogurus was born. However, Audiogurus continues to use our name without our consent despite us issuing a cease and desist. Please be warned we have no affiliation with Audiogurus whatsoever and Audioholics does NOT sell any products other than our informational E-books.

Audioholics has NO affiliation with Audiogurus.com or Audiogurus Reviews. They're using our name without consent, promising Audioholics reward points to their customers.

staff — April 10, 2013 21:00 in AV News

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