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  1. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Say hi to Bluesound's total revamp of its lineup. Gen 2i brings new capabilities and upgraded hardware to the table and runs on the new BluOS 3.0 platform. Bluesound carved itself a niche in the burgeoning market for lifestyle-friendly, wireless, multiroom streaming audio devices. The...
  2. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    BluOS is a wireless multi-room streaming audio platform that focuses on fidelity. Now it's taking on voice command while expanding to multiple brands. At CEDIA 2018, Lenbrook showed the latest iteration of its wireless multiroom streaming music platform, BluOS 3.0 and I was there to discuss it...
  3. Soundbars
    Some soundbars are merely designed as a way to get serviceable sound out of a TV. However, Bluesound's Pulse Soundbar ($999) aims a lot higher than that; it seeks to deliver an audiophile-quality listening experience while also providing highly flexible multi-room audio capabilities. And while...
  4. Speakers
    There's a fierce competition among multi-room networked audio systems, with Sonos sitting on top. But significant competition from the likes of Google, Amazon, Apple, DTS, and Bluesound has emerged. Now, Google has introduced a premium speaker, the Google Home Max ( $399 ), that promises to...
  5. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Hi Guys, I have a Pioneer VSX-53 in my living room that on Zone 1 is 5.1 from the following sources: PS2 AppleTV (upgrading to 4th gen without optical out) Tivo (comcast) iPad For the speaker pairs in the kitchen, living room and deck, I am running audio out using the Rear Surround Back outputs...
  6. Speakers
    2017 is surely the year of Amazon Alexa. The instantly recognizable voice assistant achieved ubiquity, at least in terms of media presence. Now we're seeing the first speakers from manufacturers other than Amazon that feature Alexa Voice Control. Among these is the Phorus PS10, which has the...
  7. Speakers
    Sonos , the leader in wireless multiroom lifestyle audio systems, today announced its all new smart speaker, the Sonos One ($199). This is the first speaker of its kind to not only support Amazon's Alexa (when it ships on October 24) but also Google Assistant in an update coming next year...
  8. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    The various articles that I have written about CEDIA 2017 in San Diego collectively do not capture what was surely the biggest news at the show: The complete embrace of Amazon Alexa as the voice assistant of choice, and the Echo Dot as the physical device of choice, for controlling anything and...
  9. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Bluesound was an early entrant in the networked lifestyle audio category. It has carved a niche for itself as the high-fidelity alternative to Sonos, with support for 24-bit/192 kHz hi-res music in a multi-room system. But great sound is about more than file formats; it's about the quality of...
  10. 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...
  11. Home A/V Distribution
    Hi everyone, I've been a member for 8 years and never posted, I wonder if that's a record? With an upcoming house purchase/remodel I'm thinking about adding in-ceiling speakers in some parts of the house. My previous house had a system comprising Rotel RMB-1506 amps and Bowers & Wilkins CCM665...
  12. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Q: My wife and I are looking for a multi-room wireless sound system on a budget—for a smaller home—and we’re wondering what you would recommend. We looked at the Sonos Play:5 but were disappointed that it doesn't have Bluetooth or AirPlay. Our listening habits include streaming CBC radio...
  13. AVS Forum® Articles
    Wireless multi-room audio is all the rage. What just a couple years ago seemed to be nascent competition for category creator Sonos is now clearly one of the fastest-growing categories of consumer-oriented audio. For Black Friday, Denon is making it affordable to equip your home with HEOS 1...
  14. Latest Industry News
    Amazon's world-domination is nearly complete, and in the waning days of this pre-artificial intelligence era, humans of the planet Earth can rejoice in the upcoming utopian period where they will have near-unlimited access to music anywhere, anytime. In other words, DTS Flay-Fi is adding the...
  15. 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...
  16. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Networked, multi-room audio is undeniably on the rise. While there are numerous proprietary systems out there that only work with one manufacturer's products, DTS Play-Fi encompases well over a dozen brands and support for it is growing. Now, two more major AV equipment manufacturers are...
  17. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    My setup today: Marantz SR7000 is the heart of my theater and multi-room audio system. In the theater room, I have a Bryston 4B to power the 2 front speakers with the SR7000 handling center and L/R rear. The Marantz also feed 4 other rooms for audio off the 2 front channels when I'm just...
  18. Home A/V Distribution
    My friend asked me to help him with his multi-room audio setup. Since I have very limited experience in this area, I am turning to you guys for some expert guidance. :) He currently has an Onkyo TX-NR900 receiver that is running a full 7.1 setup in his main home theater. He has three more zones...
  19. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    I'm in desperate need of help from some experts in home audio. I bought a new house last year that was pre-wired for audio in just about every room in the house. The guy that lived there before me was clearly an expert in audio, but I'm not so I've been struggling with what to buy. It breaks...
  20. Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat
    Hi, I purchased a home with 12 Speakercraft speakers built into the ceiling and I was curious on what equipment I'll need to run everything. I currently don't own any standalone audio equipment, like receivers or amps. Six of the speakers are in the living room; three along the front by the TV...
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