I browsed through my local Best Buy and found the Samsung HW-MS650, which is sold at an MSRP of $600. It caught my eye for being very attractive, with no-nonsense, industrial rectangular sculpting. Add to that the brushed finish on the top, and the industrial-style grille over the speakers, and everything harmonized together beautifully. So I brought it home with me.
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CEDIA Expo 2017, the trade show for the custom integration and automation segment, is underway in San Diego, CA. And already several products and technologies are stand-outs. Here are our picks for some of the most enticing ones.
Having a tool with the ability to create cinema designs to industry standards and the latest formats, and have technically accurate drawings that can be dropped into CAD, is incredibly useful.
For people who travel a lot like me, always having the appropriate chargers for various mobile devices is crucial. Foolishly, after overnight charging, I have, on occasion, forgotten my chargers either back home, in the hotel room, or even at the airport, resulting in the need to buy expensive replacements.
Streaming seems to be a magic word lately. It's convenient, and we are promised by the studios that streaming video has the capability to deliver HD and UHD quality. But in my opinion, it's all a big marketing gimmick because UHD is not only about 4K resolution, but also 10-bit video, Wide Colour Gamut and High Dynamic Range. UHD streaming only provides the 4K pixel count.
Everybody knows I use Sonos quite extensively in my house. The ease-of-use coupled with very good sound quality has made me a fan of their products. However, they don't quite meet my needs for unique design that stands out. Not to mention that the Playbar's speaker grille is a dust magnet.
Continuing from Part 1, this second article delves deeper into what you need to know about THX, and answers the most asked question I received from readers.
After nearly a year of rumours, a CEDIA sneak peak and a CES mock-up, Sony Canada finally released its highly-anticipated UBP-X800 universal disc player which is, as the name implies, truly universal. So I was excited to take it for a spin.
The THX system is not a recording technology and it does not specify a sound recording format: all sound formats, whether digital (Dolby Digital, SDDS) or analog (Dolby Stereo, Ultra-Stereo), can be "shown in THX." THX is mainly a quality assurance system.
When I lived in Australia, Cyrus was one of my dream brands to own. Cyrus Audio is a well-known British specialist audio company with a solid research and development team leading the charge toward the manufacturing of precision hi-fi equipment.
Playing music on vinyl has remained popular among music lovers, especially within the audiophile community, but for the average customer as well. Vinyl is prized for its warm sound and faithful reproduction, and choosing to listen to music on vinyl means building a stereo system designed for the medium.