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Al Griffin  |  Jan 12, 2017  |  0 comments
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Q I have a question about playing 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on a 5.1 speaker system. I understand that my receiver will mix the back rear channels into the surround channels, but will that cause the playback to lose the lossless quality DTS-HD Master Audio was designed to deliver? —Len Shift

Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2017  |  0 comments
The PW Soundbar, the latest addition to Paradigm’s PW (Power Wireless) portfolio, is a svelte, 9-driver, 3-channel model that uses the DTS Play-Fi platform to stream music from sources ranging from Tidal, Spotify, and TuneIn Radio to high-res music files stored on a computer or NAS drive. With Play-Fi’s latest update, it can also serve as the hub of a wireless 5.1 channel surround system.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2017  |  0 comments
Based on ELAC’s Uni-Fi, which Mark Fleischmann liked when he reviewed it in 2016, ELAC’s Discovery Z3 Zone Music Player places that speaker’s core design in a compact box that connects wirelessly to your home’s Wi-Fi network.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
Onkyo is not one to miss out on audio trends. Any time that Dolby or DTS dreams up a new innovation — holographic, object-based, bone-induction surround, for example — you know that Onkyo will be the first to feature it in their AV receivers.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
Riva Audio introduced a line of wireless multiroom speakers designed to deliver larger-than-life, live concert-style sound at its coming out party at CEDIA 2016 . Two of those speakers, the $249 Arena and $499 Festival, should be shipping in March. A new product the company has on display here at CES is the Theaterbar soundbar.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
The Beoplay M5 is a new wireless multiroom speaker from B&O Play, the fun, affordable, and even more lifestyle-oriented wing of Denmark’s Bang & Olufsen.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments
Audiophiles have many portable playback options, including compact high-performance DACs and serious headphones, to choose from. But what about high-quality video on a phone?
Al Griffin  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  1 comments
The first few Ultra HD Blu-ray players to arrive in 2016 had one thing in common: no support for the Dolby Vision high dynamic range format. No surprise there, since Dolby Vision-format movies aren’t yet available on Ultra HD Blu-ray disc.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
Best known for its affordable TVs with built-in Roku streaming capability, TCL is showing three new UHDTV lineups at CES, including the company’s top-of-the-line P Series sets.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 04, 2017  |  Published: Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
The pre-CES buzz surrounding Sony was that the company would introduce OLED. Turned out the buzz was correct: The main product the company unveiled at its CES 2017 press conference was its new XBR-A1E Series BRAVIA OLED TVs.