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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 06, 2017 0 comments
Looking for a compact speaker with built-in phono preamp so that you can plug a turntable directly into it?

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2017 0 comments
NAD is now shipping several products previously announced at CEDIA. Here's a quick rundown.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2017 0 comments
Two new subwoofers from SVS include 16-inch drivers backed with eight-inch voice coils. They definitely moved some air.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2017 0 comments
"When Harman, Datasat, BMW, Volvo, Pioneer, Arcam, Emotiva, Xiaomi, Oppo, and OnePlus want digital audio optimization solutions, they turn to Dirac," boasted a sign at the Dirac exhibit. But the demo was not of the Swedish company's world-beating room correction systems but of a newly developed system to enhance headphone listening for virtual reality and gaming.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2017 0 comments
Among the better Dolby Atmos surround demos at the Venetian was one featuring Arcam and KEF products.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2017 3 comments
Emotiva, the champion of value-packed audio products, will release 37 of them this year. The RMC-1 surround pre-pro is among them.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2017 0 comments
Damson Audio's small and affordable S Series Home Theatre System is one of the few to win THX certification.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2017 0 comments
Bluesound's Pulse soundbar raises an intriguing question: Sub or no sub?

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2017 0 comments
Where wireless options are concerned, Onkyo asks: Why limit yourself?

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 03, 2017 0 comments
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced that it will support Auro-3D in some disc and “digital” titles. Auro-3D is an unusual method of immersive surround encoding that one-ups Dolby Atmos and DTS:X by offering not one, but two, height layers above the floor speakers in a 13.1- or 11.1-channel native mix. Until now it has been scantily supported in software, with just a few dozen Blu-ray releases, but this might be a game changer for the plucky little Belgian company. Auro-3D has also firmed up its hardware support with new (and more mainstream) receivers and pre/pros from Denon, Marantz, and Lyngdorf that support the necessary surround processing. (Note that the Denon and Marantz products require an optional $199 update.) Height-enhanced surround sound may be about to become a three-way horse race.

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