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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

Breaking Fad In a move that could have far-reaching implications for home audio, multi-channel goliath DTS has announced an object-based sound system to rival Dolby Atmos (and the largely ignored Auro-3D). Dubbed DTS:X, the technology is somewhat different in that there’s no prescribed number of audio channels or speaker configuration to …
Steve May, 16 Apr 2015
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Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?

Breaking Fad I confess, I came to the home debut of Dolby Atmos spluttering with enthusiasm. Some of the best movie audio I’ve ever heard has been in Dolby Atmos equipped theatres and early demonstrations of the domestic version seemed tantalisingly authentic. My stereocilia positively craved this revolutionary, object-based sound system. …
Steve May, 16 Oct 2014
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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

Breaking Fad Can Dolby Atmos save the beleaguered home cinema business? With sales of AV receivers tanking, makers of multichannel home theatre receivers are banking on the latest in surround sound technology to rekindle interest. Pioneer LaserDisc advertisement Remember the days when two speakers would keep movie buffs happy in the home …
Steve May, 13 Aug 2014
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Sonos turns up volume, slips out new Wi-Fi speaker control app

Streaming Wi-Fi speaker supplier Sonos has updated its speaker app so that it looks a little nicer and does more. Screen appeal on tablets is not so good, however, and it doesn't solve an existing Playbar surround sound issue. This software, known as the Sonos controller (v5.0), runs in iOS v6.0 or higher, as well as on …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2014
Panasonic SC-BTT270 5.1 Blu-ray home theatre

Panasonic SC-BTT270 5.1 Blu-ray home theatre

Review For an all inclusive Blu-ray home cinema, this Panasonic system sure comes in a small box. But everything you need for 21st century surround sound is inside, including satellite speakers and subwoofer, Blu-ray receiver and metres of colour coded bell-wire. Thankfully, the SC-BTT270 sounds somewhat larger than it looks. …
Steve May, 18 Nov 2011
Marantz NR1602 AV receiver

Marantz NR1602 AV receiver with AirPlay

Review With the NR1602, Marantz has nuked the traditional AV receiver. The old template of massive amplification is out. In its place is an emphasis on networking prowess and design. The result is arguably the most forward-thinking receiver we’ll see all year. Marantz NR1602 AV receiver Big sound, slim frame: Marantz's NR1602 AV …
Steve May, 9 Nov 2011
Yamaha RX-V471 AV receiver

Yamaha RX-V471 5.1 AV receiver

Review Yamaha’s RX-V471 is more than just a budget 5.1 AV receiver with 3D-friendly HDMIs. It represents something of a reboot for the celebrated hi-fi brand. Despite having a heritage with AV that can be traced back to the very first surround sound decoder, the past few years have seen the company floundering. For some reason it just …
Steve May, 3 Nov 2011
Orbitsound T12v3 soundbar

Orbitsound T12v3 spatial soundbar

Review The popular Orbitsound T12 soundbar has reached its third version. Retailing for the same price as version two, the new edition looks the same externally but there are various improvements inside, including a better subwoofer speaker, higher quality components for the main speaker drivers and an extended volume range. …
Ian Calcutt, 27 Oct 2011
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Buyer's Guide: Freeview HD TVs

Group Test If you’re replacing an old television set, connectivity is a potential issue that it’s worth considering carefully. Having a decent number of HDMI ports is certainly a good idea, for connecting up Blu-ray and DVD players, and games consoles, and most sets cater for such devices well. If, however, you have older equipment you …
Nigel Whitfield, 10 Jun 2010

Logitech Z Cinema advanced surround sound system

Review Is Logitech’s answer to the demands of a media-centric PC world the next logical step in home entertainment - or just more boxes to knock over or spill stuff on while working at the computer? The basic premise is simple. We are all storing and viewing loads more stuff on the PC: music, film, TV and, of course, games. The …
Lewis Caliburn, 22 May 2008
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Bed maker constructs cot for gadget lovers

If you’re always searching for a reason for 'just an extra five minutes' in the mornings, then here it is: a hi-tech bed that combines all the latest gadgetry. Starry_night_tech_bed_2 The Starry Night Tech Bed The Starry Night Sleep Technology Bed includes wireless internet connectivity, an iPod docking station and a …
James Sherwood, 11 Jan 2008
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Hear the bullets zing with Logitech's gaming speakers

If your wrists crack like an OAP’s and your back aches from hours spent in the chair, then why not go the whole hog and invest in an ear-blistering gaming speaker system. The latest set from Logitech promises to deliver an immersive gaming experience and to even identify the direction of bullet fire. The PC and Mac compatible …
James Sherwood, 22 Aug 2007
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Surround sound... with a single speaker unit?

Being pelted by speakers placed at almost every angle has long been, acoustically speaking, the tried and tested way to gain surround sound. Now, US-based Polk Audio has created a single-bar speaker that it pledges will deliver a 5.1 surround sound experience from one location. SurroundBar2 The SurroundBar 50 raises the …
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2007

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