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  1. Latest Industry News
    Debates over whether you can hear the difference between 256 kbps or 320 kbps lossy compression and uncompressed CD quality (or hi-res) will likely go on forever, with plenty of AB/X test evidence to indicate it makes no real difference for most music and most listeners, nevertheless Wednesday...
  2. Media Codes
    Hi all, I have the following extra codes from the 4k/HD blu-rays, the codes are UV and are redeemable via ITUNES ONLY. All are NET prices and I can offer discounts if buying more than 4. World War Z (HD) - $5 Spartacus complete series (HD) = $15 I will update the listing as codes are sold...
  3. Video Download Services & Hardware
    Hi guys, I've been long gone from "AV Life" some years now, and came back to build rebuild my HT and get updated. The thing is, as always want the best quality possible in sound and image, also would like to not have to fill a cabinet with movies. So question is, I see a lot of you guys buying...
  4. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    The past few years have seen tremendous growth for streaming video. Now, you can enjoy 4K UHD with HDR from multiple sites including heavy-hitters like Apple, Google, Amazon, Netflix and Vudu. The result is that streaming movies finally look good, even on big screens. However, Ultra HD Blu-ray...
  5. Great Found Deals
    Looking for a new Apple iPad? Take advantage of a rarely-seen sale on these popular multimedia capable tablets on Amazon. Hopping out of category for a moment here*, but everyone loves a deal when it comes to Apple devices as they aren't frequently discounted. Spotted just recently...
  6. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Hi there, New member... For the last 5 years I've been using an Airport Express Base Station to listen to iTunes over my home stereo speakers. The Base Station is plugged directly into one of the inputs on my stereo receiver - iTunes connects with the Airport Express Base Station via wifi...
  7. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    Samsung is  accepting preorders for the 8K QLED TVs it is showing now at CES 2019. These TVs offer vastly improved viewing angles as well as high-performance HDR with AI upscaling. The new 8K QLEDs from Samsung are here . As seen at CES 2019, these TVs feature vastly improved viewing angles...
  8. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    Apple strikes a deal with Samsung to put iTunes on 2019 QLED TVs. No more need for an Apple TV box to tap into the company's vast streaming content library. Here's a piece of news that I honestly did not expect from CES 2019. Apple iTunes is coming to 2019 Samsung Smart TVs in the form of an...
  9. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Disc or Stream? Sure, 4K UHD Blu-ray is the highest quality format out there, but what about UHD streaming versus good ole' HD Blu-ray? It was just a couple years ago that I was comparing HD Blu-ray quality to various streaming services offering 1080p, including Amazon prime, iTunes...
  10. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Amazon Prime Video is about to get a major upgrade to include Dolby Atmos immersive-audio soundtracks. Watch for flying objects! Dolby Atmos is one of the most important upgrades to movie sound since 5.1 surround. It allows soundtrack mixers to place sound-emitting objects anywhere in a 3D...
  11. Headphones
    It's fair to say that Apple is a heavy-hitter in the consumer electronics space. When the company tackles a product category, it aims to deliver a consumer experience that stays true to the vision of the company's founder, Steve Jobs. And while the company's track record may not be perfect...
  12. Media Codes
    LAST UPDATED: 12/16/20 at 10:38 EST Welcome! these are my digital codes from my UHD Blu-rays (and a few from 3D or HD blu below), so you get the full code (a pic of the insert will be emailed to your PayPal email address upon payment); price drops in Orange, recently added in Green, new...
  13. AVS Forum® Articles
    The VPL-VW885ES is Sony's gift to home theater enthusiasts seeking a projection solution that delivers exceptional picture quality on medium-size screens. It combines Sony's lauded three-chip SXRD projection technology with a laser diode light source that Sony calls Z-phosphor, which offers...
  14. High Dynamic Range (HDR) & Wide Color Gamut (WCG)
    It's been almost a full year since Sony announced that Dolby Vision would come to some of its TVs through a firmware update. Now, the company says it will deliver a firmware update that implements the feature to the U.S. in mid-to-late January 2018. Europe will follow close behind the U.S. but...
  15. Speakers
    Apple's HomePod ($349) is a new, wireless speaker from the tech giant that disrupted the entire music industry with its iPod music player. HomePod offers 360-degree sound and comes equipped with a microphone array that allows users to interact with Siri, Apple's digital assistant. It also marks...
  16. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    The competition among subscription music streaming services is fierce. In this race, Spotify and iTunes are the acknowledged leaders and Tidal gets quite a bit of press. Typically, Google Play Music does not get the same amount of attention, but that is about to change. Effectively...
  17. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Among the various subscription-based streaming music services, Jay-Z's Tidal stands out for both the quality of its exclusives (Price, Kanye, Rihanna, Beyonce) and the fact it offers lossless streaming. Appealing to audiophiles has been part of Tidal's pitch since it debuted at CES 2015, and the...
  18. Home Theater Computers
    Hi all - TLDR: I have an HTPC using optical out to a surround receiver. Dolby 5.1 works perfectly to produce surround sound out of both Netflix Win8 app and WMC. However, in iTunes if I select the AC3 track for an HD movie I get no sound at all. The default track does work but obviously is...
  19. AVS Forum® Articles
    Digital denizens who live in the cloud already partake in the cornucopia of musical content that is available for virtual consumption. And even fans of physical media may appreciate the potential for discovering new music offered by cloud-based streaming and download services. Audiophiles can...
  20. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Interstellar provides a perfect platform for performing picture quality comparisons. Director Christopher Nolan shot the movie with Imax 70mm film, which is a super-high-resolution format—promotional material touted it as possessing "almost ten times the resolution of standard projection...
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