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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 17, 2015 0 comments
If you haven’t heard, DTS Play-Fi is a housewide wireless audio streaming solution making a heavy play to take a bite out of the Sonos’ pie. Play-Fi's technology has been licensed by many partners including Definitive Technology, Polk Audio, MartinLogan, Paradigm, Anthem, McIntosh and more. However, because the Play-Fi system is so reliant on the smart device - iOS or Android, phone or tablet - that is currently controlling it, there has been no way to integrate any of the Play-Fi products with third party control. Until now.

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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 16, 2015 Published: Oct 17, 2015 0 comments
While the best Dolby Atmos systems arguably feature speakers placed in or on the ceiling over the listening position, sometimes that isn’t possible. Whether it is due to wiring issues or ceiling construction, if you can’t place speakers over your listening position, that doesn’t mean that you are out of luck when it comes to enjoying Dolby Atmos. And for MartinLogan speaker owners, the new Motion AFX Atmos Enabled Speaker lets them simply place the module on top of their existing speakers to still enjoy the benefits of this next generation, immersive surround audio format.

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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 17, 2015 0 comments
What do you do if you want to have a terrific sound system, the low bass impact of a subwoofer, access to all the modern sources, full control and power management, and see absolutely nothing except the video display on the wall? The answer very well may be, “You use Millson Custom Solutions’ new CinemaFrame.”

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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 16, 2015 0 comments
Anthem Electronics announced three new receivers at CEDIA, ranging from the entry-level MRX 520 at $1,399, to the MRX 720 at $2499, to the flagship MRX 1120 at $3,499. The new models feature many improvements over the previous generations, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (via free firmware update) for the top two, 720 and 1120 models. All models will feature network connectivity for control via a variety of automation partners such as Control4, Crestron, RTI, and URC.

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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 15, 2015 0 comments
DISH continues to expand the Hopper ecosystem with its new 4K Joey, expected to arrive by November. The new player features an ultra-slim form-factor that can slip behind a wall-mounted flat panel TV and will cost DISH subscribers only $50 to upgrade and carry the same monthly fee as current Joeys, so there is no reason for DISH subscribers not to grab one!

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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 15, 2015 0 comments
Kaleidescape, the company that literally invented the movie server category, is looking to remain on top with the launch of a new product line called Encore. This new line-up of movie players and servers will target aggressive price points designed to attract new customers as well as feature cutting-edge, industry leading performance in the new Strato Movie Player; the world’s first 4K Ultra HD, HDR player for the home to cement the company’s position at the top of the luxury home cinema market.

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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 15, 2015 0 comments
Movie server giant, Kaleidescape, looks to definitively answer the question, “How do I get content for my new 4K TV?!?” with the launch of the company’s third-generation movie store which will feature the largest selection of full-resolution, 4K Ultra HD titles for download and viewing on the company’s new line of Encore players and servers.

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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 14, 2015 0 comments
Part of the expense of many distributed audio systems is the proprietary hardware required to make them work. Simpfony is looking to turn this model upside down by leveraging standard hardware for other companies to deliver flexibility, affordability and ease of use while still delivering a terrific user experience.

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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 14, 2015 2 comments
In a recent blog I dealt with some of the big-picture infrastructure items when planning a video installation. Beyond the brand and size of TV you’ll be getting, the big four preinstallation items requiring attention are power, sources, audio, and control.
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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 14, 2015 0 comments
Russound expands its XStream whole-house wireless audio systems with the introduction of the XZone4 four-stream/four-zone audio system, XSource streaming audio player, and XTS color in-wall touchscreen controller. All of these new components are designed to expand the capabilities of Russound’s XStream wireless audio systems.

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