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  1. Home Theater In A Box
    I have just ordered a Yamaha YHT 4940 (which in Amazon it's said to be an RX v483 + NS P40 speakers). I see in the Yamaha web site that it supports AirPlay and DLNA. Is Google Cast (the protocol used by the Chromecast) supported as well? If not, does Yamaha plan to add it? I ask because the DTS...
  2. Speakers
    High-end headphone manufacturers Master & Dynamic have introduced a new, networked, wireless speaker system that uses Chromecast —the MA770 ($1800). Its innovative for at least two reasons: Each speaker is made out of concrete and weighs 35 pounds, and it's the first Chromecast speaker that...
  3. Soundbars
    Sonos deserves credit for creating the multi-room, networked lifestyle-audio category. Its innovative approach to sound prioritizes network stability and playback reliability above all other factors. This ethos led to enormous success for the company among consumers looking for attractive, easy...
  4. 2-Channel Audio
    The NAD C 338 ($650) is part of the company's Classic Series of affordable high-performance DAC/amplifiers. It has the distinction of being the first Hi-Fi DAC/amp to include Chromecast built-in. This two-channel class-D design offers 50 watts per channel of continuous power (150 watts...
  5. Speakers
    Vizio has a reputation for designing products that offer comparatively high performance for the dollar, especially when it comes to flat-panel displays and soundbars. The company recently expanded its product offerings with two networked lifestyle audio speakers: the Crave 360 ($250) and Crave...
  6. Latest Industry News
    Soundbars come in quite a variety of shapes, sizes, and price points. At CEDIA 2016, Pioneer introduced its Elite FS–EB70 Dolby Atmos 3.1.2-channel soundbar with DTS:X. The new model takes a rather unusual approach in that the processing and amplification is housed in external unit, which allows...
  7. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Wireless speakers with multi-room streaming capabilities are part of a rapidly expanding category of lifestyle audio. To the forest of available options, you can now add Vizio's Crave 360 and Crave Pro SmartCast speakers, which leverage the Google Cast wireless ecosystem. These new speakers...
  8. Soundbars
    While it's certainly no secret that Vizio's 2016 soundbars feature SmartCast, today is the day the company officially announced immediate availability and pricing for it lineup of nine different models. The 2016 soundbars range from a $180 38" 3.0 system to a 45" 5.1 "slim" soundbar system that...
  9. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    On occasion, a product comes along that is truly disruptive within its product category. In the world of networked multi-room audio, Sonos was the first company to disrupt the market with its wireless, easy-to-use hardware and intuitive software, though it's fairly expensive. Now, Google's...
  10. Latest Industry News
    2016 marked my third trip to the techno-carnival known as CES. Despite knowing what to expect this time around, I was still taken aback by the sheer immensity of the show. I spent the majority of my time hopping from suite to suite at The Venetian, where a lot of audio-centric exhibitors had...
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