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Introducing Google Play Music All Access

Google has recently introduced a competitive service to the music market. With Google Play Music All Access, at just 10 dollars a month, users have access to a wide variety of songs to stream from the cloud. Through a feature called scan and match, Google Play Music can scan through music...

Solution Idea: In-Wall and Ceiling Speakers

[caption id="attachment_7410" align="alignright" width="300"] Front and Back of an Invisible Speaker[/caption] There's a lot of talk these days about invisible speakers that are hidden behind walls yet somehow still fully functional. You might be wondering how they work and whether or not...

HDMI 2.0: A New Resolution

It has been 11 years since development began on the HDMI format. Nowadays, HDMI has become a standard household item for High-Definition entertainment. Anything recent, audio and video related, is more than likely to contain a form of the HDMI connector whether it is an A, B, C, D, or E type of...

Dolby Atmos

There is a good possibility that you haven’t quite yet been able to experience movies to the fullest.  With Dolby’s most recent sound processing engine, Dolby Atmos, you can begin to fully experience the thoughts and visions of directors.  There are currently only a handful of theaters...

Google Chromecast vs. Apple AirPlay

Showtime Showdown "Everyone loves their phones, tablets, and laptops," said Google. "Unlike other solutions, we will not force you to have the same operating system on all your devices." Google is throwing a punch at Apple with their new Google Chromecast, a tiny $35 dongle that lets anyone...

Apple seals deal with HBO, ESPN for Apple TV

The Cupertino-based tech giant sealed a deal with HBO and ESPN to bring the HBOGo and WatchESPN apps to Apple TV. The product, which uses iTunes to deliver purchased and rented media, has sold over 1.1 million television shows and movies combined. [caption id="attachment_6427"...

Hands On Review: Onkyo HT-RC370 Receiver

We used to call these things surround sound receivers or home theater receivers, but it seems that as the technology evolves the home theater is only a portion of what they’re all about. (more…)...

IP Making Home Music Distribution Easier

The complex job of bringing music and control to every room of your house is now being made much simpler, thanks to IP-based distribution systems. This relatively recent method is revolutionizing home entertainment systems, and can send audio and even video throughout your house with a minimum...

Comparing TV Technologies

Shopping for the perfect TV can easily become a frustrating experience. In the old days (well, not that old) we had one choice: CRT. Now TVs come in a variety of technologies, and even within each technology there are some slight, but important, variations.  We’ll guide you through the basics ...

Tech Tips: Evaluating Speaker Specifications

A reader wrote in to our Ask-a-Pro forum for help with understanding speaker specifications. The reader asked: “What are the best spec’s to look at when buying surround sound speakers. If a speaker’s frequency response is 47hz - 30khz and another is 58hz - 30khz which is better and why?”Our ...

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