Home Theater

Sony is taking a geeky gamble that soundbars aren’t enough any more

Sony is taking a geeky gamble that soundbars aren’t enough any more

It's fair to say that soundbars upended the home theater market. While their early iterations may have struggled to match the audio performance of a room full of individual speakers, advances in hardware and processing algorithms have made it possible to have effective surround sound from a single source in the room. Suddenly, you didn't need a big amp and seven or more different boxes - all trailing wires - to get that pseudo-theater effect.

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Sony HT-A9 and HT-A7000 take two very different routes to home theater

Sony HT-A9 and HT-A7000 take two very different routes to home theater

Sony is looking to upend home theater audio, with a new HT-A7000 soundbar along with the more unusual Sony HT-A9 home theater system. While the HT-A7000 replaces the old HT-ST5000 with a familiar form-factor and niceties like Dolby Atmos, the HT-A9 takes a different route, with four speakers that use smart auto-optimization so that you can place them anywhere in the room.

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The Matrix 4 and John Wick 4 were supposed to be released today

The Matrix 4 and John Wick 4 were supposed to be released today

The initial release date for The Matrix 4 was supposed to be today. The first announcement about John Wick: Chapter 4, suggested they were aiming for May 21, 2021 for a release date. Today could have been the day where both The Matrix 4 and John Wick 4 were released in theaters, both on the same day. The latest batch of re-scheduled release notes suggests we'll have The Matrix 4 in December of 2021, while John Wick 4 will be released in May of 2022.

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LG confirms 2021 sound bar line pricing and availability details

LG confirms 2021 sound bar line pricing and availability details

LG is known for a wide range of products, including TVs, appliances, and home theater equipment like sound bars. The company has confirmed US pricing and availability for its 2021 lineup of sound bars. LG's line has new models promising a premium audio experience, versatility, and convenient control.

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LG reveals 2021 soundbar line with sustainable designs

LG reveals 2021 soundbar line with sustainable designs

LG has announced the global rollout of its 2021 lineup of soundbars. Some of the models in the line promise a premium audio experience along with versatility and community control while sporting eco-conscious designs and packaging. The entire line is also designed to complement LG's 2021 line of televisions.

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Vizio M-Series 5.1 Soundbar review: Good sound at a solid price

Vizio M-Series 5.1 Soundbar review: Good sound at a solid price

I don’t think it’s controversial to say that watching movies at home can be something of a nightmare when it comes to audio. Back when I was using only my TV speakers, it always seemed like the audio balance was very off - scenes that were primarily dialogue would be whisper quiet while action scenes would be blaringly loud. So, I set out to fix that issue by getting myself a soundbar, which did help quite a bit but didn’t solve it entirely. The quest to fix this issue permanently seems to lie with multi-speaker/surround sound setups, so I was hopeful that Vizio’s new M-Series 5.1 Home Theater Soundbar would do the trick.

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Sonos dual Sub home theater setups are now supported

Sonos dual Sub home theater setups are now supported

Sonos is adding support for two subwoofers in a home theater setup, allowing those wanting maximum bass to wirelessly connect two Sonos Sub to the system. The update will double up the low-end for those with bigger rooms - or just an unstinting appetite for bass in their action movies - while keeping it all wireless still.

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Epson launches four home theater projectors for pandemic movie nights

Epson launches four home theater projectors for pandemic movie nights

If you're craving a theater-like experience but aren't willing to risk a trip to the local cinema, you've likely considered buying a projector. Here with four enticing options is Epson and its new Home Cinema projector models, the 880, 1080, 2200, 2250. All four projectors are relatively inexpensive and designed for home theaters.

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Epson adds to its EpiqVision streaming projector lineup

Epson adds to its EpiqVision streaming projector lineup

More and more people worldwide are cutting the cable and ditching satellite, and traditional cable television services to save money and have more control over their entertainment options. Epson has announced that it is adding new projectors to its EpiqVision line of projectors, including options with integrated Android TV and Yamaha custom sound. The projectors feature advanced laser-array projection technology.

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Sony A8F 4K HDR OLED TV price revealed: preorders now available

Sony A8F 4K HDR OLED TV price revealed: preorders now available

The recently announced Sony A8F 4K HDR OLED television is now available to preorder, and that gives us a price for the model: $2,799.99 USD. That's not cheap, though we didn't expect it to be. There's a lot to like about this TV, not the least of which is its gorgeous, crisp OLED display and X1 Extreme processor. The combination of the two makes it possible to watch high-quality Ultra HD content that features "ultra-detailed pictures," says Sony.

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LG unveils ‘4K’ speaker and more audio devices at CES 2017

LG unveils ‘4K’ speaker and more audio devices at CES 2017

LG is debuting a number of speakers and audio devices at this year's CES 2017 event, including sound bars and speakers designed to offer the best sound from users' TVs. Heading the lineup is the new SJ9 sound bar, which boasts of Dolby Atmos tech, a slim and sleek profile, and even "4K High Resolution Audio," which might be the first time you're hearing of such a feature on a speaker.

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XGIMI H1 4K 3D smart projector throws a 300-inch image

XGIMI H1 4K 3D smart projector throws a 300-inch image

A very cool 3D smart projector made by XGIMI using Harman Kardon audio has hit Indiegogo and it is called the H1. The projector supports 4k resolution and is a 3D smart projector capable of turning 2D films into 3D content. The projector can throw a 300-inch image if your room is big enough.

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