So Long, Lossy, It's Been Dull to Know You

Over the past couple of years, I've raised the bar for new entries to my music library. I've been steadily giving up lossy audio. In other words, file formats like MP3 and iTunes-approved AAC are no longer welcome. It is time for my library to move to the next step. So long, lossy. Quoth the raven, nevermore.

Integra Introduces Network-Ready Stereo Receiver

Offering a preview of what it will show at CEDIA Expo in Dallas in two weeks, Integra has updated the classic stereo receiver with its new DTM 40.7 network-ready stereo receiver.

MQA Music Encoding Tech Gains New Supporters

Mytek Digital and AudioQuest are the latest companies to support the MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology created by Meridian founder Bob Stuart, which enables high-resolution music files to be streamed efficiently without sonic compromise. The technology has been adopted by the streaming service Tidal.

TiVo Bolt, DIY Electronics Kit Debut at NYC's Holiday Spectacular

Nestled among the dozens of gadgets and gizmo’s at the annual Holiday Spectacular press event in New York City were a few products worth mentioning.

Denon to Roll Out Another X Series AV Receiver

Denon announced plans to roll out yet another X Series AV receiver in October, the AVR-X6200W.

What’s the Difference Between Hi-Res and Hi-Fi Audio?

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Q What is the difference between Hi-Res and Hi-Fi? Which is better in your opinion? —Mario Antonio Aburto Calderón / Costa Rica

4 Things to Keep in Mind When Wall Mounting a TV

As a custom installer, meeting with clients building new homes, remodeling, or just looking to upgrade their entertainment systems is a big part of my job. And after 17 years of walking through job sites and looking at blueprints, I pretty quickly hone in on the few key areas that determine the project’s difficulty and cost.

This Is Your Brain on Music

Music services like Pandora generate musical recommendations based on your listening habits. Will the next step be to recommend music based on your brain type? In a study called “Musical Preferences Are Linked to Cognitive Styles,” researchers at the University of Cambridge asked 4,000 participants to fill out questionnaires and rate several pieces of music. Their goal was to classify listeners according to the E-S (empathizingsystemizing) theory.

Bose Goes Wi-Fi and Gets Appy

The demand for mass-market audio products is moving deeper into wireless territory and the smart money is moving with it. Bose, perhaps the epitome of smart money, is moving in that direction too. The key point of yesterday's press event was not so much the introduction of a new product—though there was one—but the development and extension of the Bose wireless strategy.

New Sonos Trueplay Tuning Tech and PLAY:5 Are Stunning

Sonos is already the king of the hill when it comes to “filling your home with music” (a.k.a., wired and/or wireless multi-room streaming audio systems that are convenient, easy-to-use, and sound great). But later this year, when the company rolls out the “all-new” new PLAY:5 and the absolutely stunning room-acoustic-tuning technology, called Trueplay, Sonos is likely to become—like Kleenex®, BAND-AID®, and Xerox®—synonymous with the entire product category it helped create.


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