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  1. Home A/V Distribution
    I've recently moved into a new home that has in-ceiling speakers in a few spots, and I'm looking for the most cost-effective way of sourcing them. My setup: 2 speakers in the living room, 2 speakers in the kitchen, 4 speakers outside split into zones of 2 speakers each Each pair of speakers is...
  2. 2-Channel Audio
    I can't for the life of me figure out why Denon did not include a coaxial output on the DNP-800ne Hi-Res network audio player. Why did the omit a Coaxial digital output and include Toslink? Toslink isn't hi-res, just 16/44. At least that's the spec's Denon stands by, and even points out on...
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    Did you know that King Harald Bluetooth, the medieval king who united the Viking tribes and ruled Denmark and Norway, is the inspiration for naming modern Bluetooth wireless technology? To understand how this came to be, we need to travel back to 1994—the year Bluetooth was introduced...
  4. 2-Channel Audio
    Breaking: SoundCloud, the artist-friendly audio distribution and streaming platform started in 2008, has been saved from bankruptcy thanks to an emergency infusion of investment capital totaling $169.5 million. It's actually the largest round of investment capital in SoundCloud history, but...
  5. 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...
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    The Verge reports that the leader in subscription-based streaming music, Spotify , plans to take on Tidal —the current king of lossless streaming—with its own high-fidelity option. In the article , author Micah Singleton says the news that Spotify Hi-Fi is on the way was confirmed by multiple...
  7. Blu-ray Players
    Dolby Vision: No support announced from Sony at this time. Firmware / Service info: Service update Released April 28th. New apps added: Mubi, Sirius XM, Slacker Radio and Berlin Philharmonic -- Firmware M36.R.0173 Released April 26th 2017 (USA/CA) Adds supports for additional network...
  8. Dedicated Theater Design & Construction
    I'm a volunteer at a non-profit, no-kill dog shelter in California (http://www.petsinneed.org/). We host about 30+ dogs at a given time and would like to be able to play music for our animals. Our setup & requirements: 1. Total of 20 dog rooms. Unlike typical cages, our dog rooms are...
  9. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Yesterday, on his Facebook page, Neil Young announced, "Streaming is the worst audio in history." In a rant that claimed analog cassettes, 8-tracks, and even AM radio sound better than streaming, he said he's already begun the process of removing his music "from all streaming services."...
  10. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    I'm looking for a receiver that can stream Pandora as well as music from my computer. Ideally, this receiver would be able to support 4 pairs of 8ohm speakers (2 pairs on A and 2 pairs on B). I will be powering 1 pair of outdoor speakers and 3 pairs of in-ceiling speakers. I would likely never...
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