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Dolby brings Atmos surround sound to your living room

Dolby brings Atmos surround sound to your living room

Dolby has brought its fancy new surround technology first to the cinemas and then to mobile devices. Now the audio experts are bringing Atmos back to a bigger screen again, but this time, the kind that fits in your living room. You heard that right, pun unintended. Dolby is bringing Atmos to your home so that you can enjoy all the audio goodness that the technology has to offer, right from the comfort of your couch.

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Philips Fidelio HLT9100 soundbar with pull-off satellite speakers hits stores

Philips Fidelio HLT9100 soundbar with pull-off satellite speakers hits stores

Philips' Fidelio HTL9100 soundbar, the speaker system which can offer both virtual and true 5.1 surround sound thanks to detachable speakers, has finally made it to store shelves. Landing in the UK at £699 ($1,077), the HLT9100 looks at first glance like a regular soundbar, and indeed operates normally in either stereo or virtual-surround modes; however, the end sections can also be detached and positioned behind your sofa or chair, with the Fidelio system automatically kicking into true surround mode.

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VIZIO S4251w 5.1 Sound Bar Review

VIZIO S4251w 5.1 Sound Bar Review

This week we've had a peek at the soon-to-market VIZIO S4251w 5.1 Sound Bar, a speaker unit that comes packaged with a wireless subwoofer, two satellite speakers, and the ability to connect wirelessly (or wired) to your HDTV. While several different wired connections are available, the main sound bar connects with the subwoofer using Bluetooth - and you're able to connect to your television using this system as well.

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Sonos PLAYBAR hands-on: Your TV audio gets clever

Sonos PLAYBAR hands-on: Your TV audio gets clever

Streaming music specialist Sonos has been hinting at home theater expansion for years now, but it's taken until today for the fruits of that ambition to arrive: the Sonos PLAYBAR, aiming for a spot under your TV. Promising the traditional Sonos ease of setup and use, but with a dual-personality catering both for TV and movie audio, and for music, the PLAYBAR hooks up as another zone in your home entertainment network and packs nine speakers as well as playing nicely with other PLAY models. We caught up with Sonos to find out why the PLAYBAR was special.

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Turtle Beach reveals new 2012 gaming headphones

Turtle Beach reveals new 2012 gaming headphones

Audio accessories maker Turtle Beach has unveiled its new lineup of gaming headsets ahead of their debut at CES 2012. The new headsets include the Ear Force X42 and the Ear Force X32, both designed for the Xbox 360, as well as the Ear Force Z11 designed for PC gamers. Additionally, the company announced a sound processor and a slew of headsets for mobile devices.

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Samsung reveals wireless Home Theater kit

Samsung reveals wireless Home Theater kit

Samsung's AirPlay-toting Audio Docks aren't the only home entertainment kit the company has for CES; there's also a three-strong line-up of home cinema speaker systems, ranging from 7.1-channel lounge-dominators to a slimline 2.1 speaker-bar setup. The Samsung HT-E6730W 7.1 Channel Blu-ray 3D Home Theater System is the most complex, packing 1,330W, a couple of towering column speakers with tilting cones to "vertically cascade" audio down on the listener, and integrated WiFi.

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