It’s crunch time now to get your special someone a gift for the holidays—and what better gift can you give than the gift of technology? In this holiday gift guide, we take you through every room of the house and offer ideas for high-tech gear and gadgets that will make your home that much more entertaining, fun, cozy, smart, green, cool, and convenient.
If you don’t have the option, or don’t want the option, of installing a full-blown stereo system near your TV — an AV receiver, at least two speakers, all of the cabling that goes with them — this device is a very fine compromise.
Adding to custom installers’ options for configuring wireless multiroom music systems, NuVo Technologies launched today a new high-power, rack-mounted, three-zone audio player for the IP-based NuVo Wireless Audio System.
We’ve all been in a club at some point or another, and as enthusiasts we know just how bad the sound is in these venues. Poor channel isolation, reflections all over the place, and, dear god, the system is half subwoofers and playing the stuff those kids who won’t get off my lawn listen to more »
The first reviews are in on Microsoft’s new Xbox One console and its ambitious attempt to become the hub of your living room. While we’ll be doing our own investigation tomorrow night, early reports can be summed up as “promising, but not quite ready for prime time” as the home theater motherbrain. But a lot more »
Dolby rules the roost when it comes to codecs for streaming media. Virtually every platform from Vudu to Netflix uses Dolby’s codec for their streaming offerings, but maybe that’s about to change, with a new version of the DTS-HD Master Audio decoder that’s optimized for both streaming and optical disc streams. And this new version is more »
If Meridian’s new G65 Surround Controller looks (and sounds) familiar, there’s good reason for that. It may be an all-new design, but the G65 hearkens back in many ways to the Meridian 565 — the legendary digital sound controller than put Meridian on the high-end surround sound map back in 1994. It also borrows technology more »
In suburban Chicago, the Carnevil haunted house is using home automation technology from Elan Home Systems to enhance the fear. Elan’s g! automation system precisely controls LED lights, music, sound effects, surveillance cams, speakers and subwoofers in the 15,000-square-foot area to freak visitors out. Control interfaces using Elan’s g! Mobile app are provided on numerous iPads more »
The relationship between the commercial cinema and home movie-watching (and later home theater) experience has been a Red Queen’s race for decades now. Widescreen movies were Hollywood’s first attempt to offer something in cinemas that couldn’t be replicated in the living room. Then came 3D, surround sound, 3D again… you get the picture. But one cinematic more »
Integra has launched its latest receivers, featuring the latest codecs, technologies, and other features that, as expected, keep pace with Onkyo’s new offerings, but in a more custom-installation oriented package: The Integra DTR-40.5 and DTR-50.5 add several important new features for 2013. These include full support for the new Ultra HD high definition video format, more »
When I wrote about the Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association at last year’s CEDIA Expo, I said, “The goal here isn’t just to make wireless speaker transmission and setup to work well; the eventual goal is to have their broad-reaching wireless audio standard embedded in a whole host of consumer electronics devices, from TVs more »
Update: The app is now available. See below. When I first wrote about the inclusion of the DTS Headphone:X version of Hans Zimmer’s Man of Steel soundtrack, which comes with the , details were a little thin on the ground about exactly how the download process would work. Would the Headphone: X version be delivered as pre-encoded more »