Sonos adds high-resolution audio through Deezer partnership

Audio for the past decade has been more about portability, convenience and choice rather than audio quality. There are signs that the equation is changing. To wit: One of the biggest names in audio these days, Sonos, today announced that it is bringing high-resolution audio (HRA) to its eponymous wireless home audio streaming system.

JBL cinema base, soundbar speakers available for preorder

When it comes to upgrading home entertainment experiences, a brand new TV isn’t the only answer. Sure, if you own a clunker that would do better in the garage or guest bedroom, new TV it is. But if you already own a great flat panel unit, then it’s going to be either furniture and/or audio more »

Hollywood hops on the Dolby Atmos home theater train

Dolby Atmos is a new home theater audio technology that takes surround sound to the next level, with sounds coming from overhead in addition to all sides. We’ve seen numerous manufacturers introduce Dolby Atmos speakers and receivers over the last couple months. Now comes word that Dolby Atmos content is on the way to play on them.

Harman Kardon introduces Omni HD Wireless Audio System

The Wi-Fi-based system features two wireless loudspeakers — the $199.95 Omni 10 and the $299.95 Omni 20 — along with the $129.95 Harman Kardon Adapt wireless adapter, which upgrades an existing home stereo system to be usable with the wireless music system.

Showcased at CES, Soundfreaq Double Spot now available

Soundfreaq has (finally) announced the availability of its Double Spot Bluetooth wireless speaker. I had been wondering about this one ever since I had the hands-on opportunity to check it out at CES 2014. It’s the design that drew me in – it could draw you in as well. When you’re a portable Bluetooth speaker, more »

Monster gets comfy, moves in homes with 3 hi-res speakers

Portable Bluetooth speakers are quite popular right now. Maybe too popular, as it seems that more are announced every other week. It is a pretty saturated market. So it makes sense for big audio companies to flex their strength and savvy, focusing more on audio and less on portable. Pound-for-pound, a home system will best more »


TechnologyTell Review: Pyle PDA5BU Bluetooth Stereo Amplifier

A lot of consumer attention has been focused on portable, wireless speakers. But what about the rest of us who prefer to jam to tunes blasted from bigger boxes? Thankfully, manufacturers haven’t forgotten about the home audio segment. In fact, they may be gearing up for an audio revolution, releasing new products to cater toward more »

Monster celebrates 35th anniversary with new products, including SoundStage wireless music system

Monster celebrated its 35th anniversary in style at this month’s IFA show in Berlin, with several new product announcements.

Definitive Technology and Polk Audio introduce Play-Fi wireless audio systems

Sister companies Definitive Technology and Polk Audio today introduced wireless whole-home audio systems featuring DTS Play-Fi technology, which brings lossless music anywhere in the home over a Wi-Fi network.

Panasonic revives Technics brand for its audio products

If you’re of a certain age, the Technics brand probably means something to you. For example, I still have a Technics turntable I bought back in the 1990s. Technics products first appeared way back in 1965. Now the revered brand, owned by Panasonic and retired in 2010, is back.

Yamaha claims its new TV speaker base is first to offer “true” 5.1-channel surround sound

The “sound platform” category continues to grow. These are products that act as a base for your TV and provide much meatier sound than your average, smaller soundbars. For its part, Yamaha calls this kind of product a “TV speaker base.” And now it’s introduced the SRT-1000, which it claims is the first such product to offer “true” 5.1-channel surround sound.

Sonos software update removes a hardware requirement

Sonos has a great selection of wireless-enabled speakers to fit in any room in any home. Whether you’re a casual listener or hardcore audiophile, you can appreciate being able to move music freely without having to fuss with wires. Those who own and use Sonos speakers should already be familiar with this, except that doing more »