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VIZIO Dolby Atmos Home Theater Systems bring sound form above

VIZIO Dolby Atmos Home Theater Systems bring sound form above

In the past, it was enough for “surround sound” to come from front and sides, sometimes also from the back if you have enough speakers. Sound, however, doesn’t just travel sideways, it can also come from up high and sometimes even from below. You can’t, however, easily and safely screw in a vibrating device on your ceiling. Vizio’s new Dolby Atmos-enhanced Home Theater Sound Systems offer the next best thing: upward-facing speakers that bounce sound on the ceiling instead, creating an audio net that better mimic what the real world sounds like.

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Samsung’s new Dolby Atmos soundbars tap Harman Kardon tuning

Samsung’s new Dolby Atmos soundbars tap Harman Kardon tuning

Samsung and Harman Kardon have a pair of new soundbars, packaging Dolby Atmos and DTS:X into a simple home theater upgrade. The HW-N950 and HW-N850 are the first co-branded speakers to be released since Samsung acquired Harman back in March 2017.

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Vizio’s new Dolby Atmos sound bars promise ridiculously easy setup

Vizio’s new Dolby Atmos sound bars promise ridiculously easy setup

Vizio has carved a niche for itself in sound bars, and its new 2018 Home Theater Sound Systems might well be the gateway for a whole lot of people into Dolby Atmos. Announced alongside the company's 2018 4K HD TV line-up, the three sound bars promise all the surround sound fun from Atmos but without demanding you hand over your entire living room to speakers.

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Audeze Mobius gaming headphones promise smarter 3D sound

Audeze Mobius gaming headphones promise smarter 3D sound

Audeze has revealed a new set of gaming headphones, with its new Mobius set promising 3D sound that bakes in head tracking for a more convincing surround effect. The company is better known for its audiophile-friendly headphones for music, with these new Mobius headphones the first time it has specifically targeted gamers.

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Damson S-Series makes Dolby Atmos wireless: Hands-on

Damson S-Series makes Dolby Atmos wireless: Hands-on

Home cinema fans want Dolby Atmos, but they generally don't want a room full of speakers and cables: enter Damson's confusingly small, wireless Atmos surround sound system. The British company has cooked up the first wireless modular home cinema system to support Atmos sound, promising ridiculously easy setup and performance that punches above its scale. I picked up some popcorn to find out if that could be true.

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Sonos PLAYBASE Review: A flat soundbar with big sound

Sonos PLAYBASE Review: A flat soundbar with big sound

Sonos is the first to admit it made a mistake. The PLAYBAR, its home entertainment-focused soundbar speaker, was an audio marvel back in 2013 when it was first announced, but the ergonomics didn't live up to the sound. Turns out, Sonos belatedly realized, that while the PLAYBAR works best when wall-mounted, only the minority of people actually wall-mount their TVs. Enter the Sonos PLAYBASE, completely redesigned to slip right underneath your flatscreen.

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Review: Logitech Z337 Bold Sound with Bluetooth 2.1 Speaker System

Review: Logitech Z337 Bold Sound with Bluetooth 2.1 Speaker System

Consumers have two primary options for high-quality home audio: sound bars and surround sound speaker systems. Sound bars have their place, but tend to be television-centric with a highly directional design. Surround sound systems are the opposite, shedding the directional limitation by dispersing the audio across multiple speakers commonly placed on different sides of a room. One of the latest consumer-level sound systems to hit the market is Logitech's Z337 Bold Sound with Bluetooth speaker system, but is it worthy of your entertainment (or computer) room?

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Google Cardboard adds spatial sound for more immersive VR

Google Cardboard adds spatial sound for more immersive VR

Google's virtual reality Cardboard platform is getting even more immersive, with support for spatial sound. The latest addition to the Cardboard API, spatial sound will allow developers to position audio in 3D space around the viewer, even though they're only using a regular pair of headphones.

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Dysonics touts 3D audio with RAPPR app, RondoMotion sensor

Dysonics touts 3D audio with RAPPR app, RondoMotion sensor

Since it seems that mobile display technology is starting to slow down a bit, with 2K screens on smartphones these days, developers, manufacturers, and even users are starting to turn their attention to the next area of immersive multiimedia experience: audio. Some, like Sony, are already banking on what is being billed hi-res quality, but sometimes higher quality just isn't enough on mobile. There is still that distinct lack of "spatial audio" that you experience out in the open. And that is exactly the problem that Dysonics is trying to address with its RAPPR software and RondoMotion headphone sensor duo.

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DTS teases DTS:X for home theaters, available in 2015

DTS teases DTS:X for home theaters, available in 2015

DTS makes things you can hear, but not touch. Though you may not realize it straight away, that great sound coming from your smartphone, tablet, or home theater system may be due to DTS. The Lamborghini Tauri phone is the latest to have DTS, signaling their high-end engagement with customers. Now, DTS is teasing something new for us, though details are a bit tight. DTS:X is a new, object-based codec for use in various hardware components, and will come out in March 2015.

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Watch and listen: Sounds of Street View precedes Google’s next step

Watch and listen: Sounds of Street View precedes Google’s next step

You must assume that Google’s next update to Street View will be in the sound realm. Until they get enough mini-drones to travel the globe for us live, they’ll be relying on still images. But more than that - as proven here by hearing aid company Amplifon - they may well be moving to sound next.

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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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