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Home audio systems can be simple stereos, Bluetooth wireless speakers, home theater surround sound systems, wireless speakers and whole-house music systems. The best home music systems and speakers play back the music you want in the best possible format, including MP3, vinyl records, Internet streaming and high-resolution music downloads.

Apple Music Set to Bring Streaming & Downloaded Audio Together


By Jordan O’Brien
Apple Music is reportedly set to get a major overhaul at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), taking place June 13-17, with the new user interface set to bring streaming and downloaded music closer together.
According to sources speaking to Bloomberg and 9to5Mac, Apple is looking to leverage the iTunes music service to bolster

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Dynaudio Redesigns Contour Series of Loudspeakers


Within the audiophile community Dynaudio has established a reputation as one of the top loudspeaker manufacturers in the consumer audio business. The Danish company built this reputation through its use of its own driver and cabinet designs, and it reinforced its popularity through the professional and automotive audio markets.

Updating a product line that has

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Denon Adds Two Networked Receivers to Line-Up


One of the annual passages of spring in the consumer electronics industry is the introduction of new A/V receivers. Earlier this spring Denon announced the first wave of its 2016 A/V receivers, and now roughly a month later Denon has announced more receivers with the latest additions to its X Series of networked receivers.


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Speakers That Do Dolby Atmos and DTS:X


Back in the 1990s bipolar loudspeakers were the speaker technology of choice for many Gen Xers. Today in a much more competitive technology environment manufacturers have had to step their game up in order to maintain the loyalty of those consumers, as well as grow their businesses with new consumers, and few biploar manufacturers have

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Hi-Res Music Initiative Now Includes Streaming Services

Hi-Res MUSIC logo

Music streaming is officially going high resolution. The industry’s official logo mark for Hi-Res MUSIC – previously applicable primarily to high-quality digital download services – will soon be available for adoption by music streaming services as well, according to an announcement from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and its member companies Universal Music

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Sony Announces Line of New Audio Products

The SRS-ZR5 from Sony plays streaming music from your mobile phone.

Sony’s latest lineup of audio products is designed to support a more immersive listening experience and give homeowners the opportunity to combine a variety of products to fit their unique entertainment needs. Most of the products are available now through Amazon, BestBuy and other dealers nationwide. The new products include:

HT-NT5 TV Sound Bar
The HT-NT5 with

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Monitor Audio Architectural Loudspeaker Sets a High Bar


Several years ago Monitor Audio introduced its Platinum in-room loudspeakers to raise the performance level of its entire product line. Since this initial product release, the British audio company had gone on to update the Platinum line with the newly introduced Platinum II series.
Now, Monitor Audio is adding to the Platinum II series with its

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Klipsch R-15PM Speakers Feature Bluetooth


Over the past several years through the growing trend of people using their computers as music listening devices, the sales of active or “powered” speakers have increased. This past fall the popular A/V manufacturer Klipsch announced itsR-15PM powered monitor loudspeakers, which build upon the basic premise of active speakers by including features that aren’t typically

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New Denon AV Receivers Include 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X

denon receiver

Looking past the high-profile choices that sit at the top of the A/V receiver category, there are a growing amount of value-minded solutions that offer users tons of performance for a minimal investment.

The latest of these value-minded receivers to hit the market comes from the popular A/V manufacturer Denon. Replacing its AVR-S710W and AVR-S910W

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Yamaha Enhances Wireless MusicCast System with New Amp and Preamp

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In August Yamaha announced its MusicCast wireless whole-house audio technology platform. Enhancing the platform, which is available in a growing number of Yamaha A/V receivers, soundbars, wireless speakers, and other components, the large audio manufacturer has announced two new MusicCast products: the WXA-50 Amplifier ($500) and the WXC-50 Preamplifier ($350).

“Yamaha fully appreciates that

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Product Review: Paradigm Wireless Amplifier with DTS Play-Fi Support


The Canadian audio company Paradigm is well known and highly respected in consumer audio circles. For decades the company has balanced cost friendliness and advanced design concepts to provide audiophiles with some of the best sounding and most affordable speakers ever produced.

Jumping into a new category, the Toronto-based company entered the wireless whole-house audio market

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Apple Watch Addition to Bluesound Music System

bluesound apple watch

Bluesound is upping the ante on cool ways to control a wireless home audio system with its recent launch of BluOS 2.0, an upgrade for BluOS-enabled wireless hi-res music systems. The release includes a major update to its mobile controller apps for iOS and Android. Version 2.0 is Bluesound’s first phase in a fresh new

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Yamaha Receiver Boasts 4K and Bluetooth Support


Yamaha has announced a new 5.1-channel A/V receiver, the RX-V381, that boasts built-in Bluetooth for wireless music playback and full 4K Ultra HD support, offering home theater enthusiasts an elevated cinema experience. The $299.95 unit is the first in Yamaha’s RX-V 81 Series receiver line, and it is also HDCP 2.2 compliant and features high

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Onkyo Announces 2016 Line of A/V Receivers

Onkyo TXNR757 receiver

Recent developments in the home theater market have fueled a renewed interest in surround sound. Dolby’s introduction of its Atmos object-based surround sound format, and the impending mass-market release of DTS’ object-based surround sound format DTS:X are driving a new era of home theater that now enables homeowners to enjoy a commercial theater audio experience

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Outdoor Speakers to Plant in Your Backyard


Origin Acoustics, maker of higher-end architectural and outdoor speakers, is rolling out a more affordable line of outdoor audio under the new AcoustaScape brand. AcoustaScape is “an efficient entry-level system designed to give medium-sized outdoor environments wide dispersion sound coverage,” says Origin CEO Jeremy Burkhardt.
Burkhardt explains that AcoustaScape’s “building-block approach” to outside music is “unique

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