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Introducing Denon's New Flagship Network Receiver: The AVR-X7200W
Nov 25, 2014 - 3:23 PM - by Todd Anderson
Saving the best for last, Denon recently completed its 2014 rollout of new AVR gear with the announcement of its AVR-X7200W Atmos Network A/V Receiver. Loaded with tantalizing features such as 9-channels, 3 zones, Dolby Atmos, a beefy power section, MultEQ XT32, and 4K 50/60Hz upscaling, the X7200W looks to be a world-beater and will surely find itself on the shortlist for enthusiasts targeting a new receiver in the coming year.

Denon's Flagship AVR: The X7200W

Headlining the X7200W’s list of features is news that Denon is shipping their top unit with Dolby’s latest decoding technology. Atmos has been stealing headlines for several months and early indications seem to suggest that this latest codec has a real chance of sticking. In addition, Denon is including Auro3D, an Atmos-like technology that allows for additional height and top channels to create an immersive multi-layered sound effect. Auro3D, however, is not installed...

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Old News Turns Into Good News: Plasma Sell-Off Means Great Deals Are Here
Nov 21, 2014 - 1:15 PM - by Todd Anderson
It would appear that reality has finally set-in. Cinephiles, hang your heads. Plasma is officially dead. We’ve known this day has been coming. We’ve known there’s no turning back. Manufactures have been digging its grave for years, and retailers are now delivering the casket. I get it…but it’s still hard to accept.

Perhaps the home theater junkie in me is brazenly supercilious, but this death feels far too premature. It’s hard to understand how manufacturers could shun plasma’s superlatives: Seemingly limitless off-axis viewing angles, superior contrast, seductive black levels, sensational color, and supreme motion reproduction. And it’s harder to understand why the masses didn’t show the technology more love, pushing demand and forcing plasma’s survival. Admittedly, this last bit of confusion is a bit short sighted…the industry most likely would have ushered plasma to the door no matter what...

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Pendulumic Stance S1 Wireless Headphone, Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver, Miccus Mini-jack TX4 Bluetooth Music Transmitter
Nov 19, 2014 - 2:49 PM - by AudiocRaver
Three Bluetooth Device Review - Pendulumic Stance S1 Wireless Headphone, Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver, Miccus Mini-jack TX4 Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Music Transmitter

Pendulumic Stance S1 Headphone: $199
Audioengine B1 Receiver: $189
Miccus Mini-jack TX4 Transmitter: $65

by Wayne Myers


Wireless technology has been edging its way into the world of high fidelity audio more and more in recent years. Bluetooth, with its recent aptX extensions, appears destined to take its place as a truly hi-fi wireless option. And when one has tripped over and stepped on as many wires and cables as I...

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Amazon's Hip New Portable Speaker, with a Tech Twist
Nov 19, 2014 - 1:58 PM - by Todd Anderson
Amazon recently popped a surprise with the announcement of a new Wi-Fi device that fills your portable audio needs while bumping Apple’s mobile assistant “Siri” out of the picture. Meet Echo, a cylindrical portable speaker smart device. While Sonos, Apple AirPlay, and other portable audio options have their place in home deployment, what they can’t do is tell you if it will rain tomorrow. Nor can they tell you if your favorite team won their big game. Apparently Echo can, along with performing multiple other daily living tasks, making it an enticing option for a portable audio solution...and a nifty holiday gift idea.

Topside view of Amazon's sleek new smart speaker, Echo.

Apple’s introduction of Siri brought the power of a personal assistant to the masses. When she works, it’s a fantastic experience and cleverly simple. But much like grabbing and clicking with a mouse, Siri still requires that a user is in contact with a smartphone...

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DirectTV Strikes First; First 4K TV Service Officially Launches
Nov 14, 2014 - 7:28 AM - by Todd Anderson
DirectTV customers are waking-up to a new Hi-Definition world, as Direct TV is officially launching its new 4K TV service today. Approximately 19 titles from Paramount Pictures and Havoc will be available through the provider's Video On Demand (VOD) service, with Star Trek (2009) and Transformers: Age of Extinction headlining the offerings. DirectTV says these relatively limited initial titles will quickly be padded by more options soon.

Samsung and DirectTV are making a splash with the first-ever 4K TV service.

With every new rollout, there’s always a catch. In DirectTV’s case, users tapping into the service's new 4K universe will need specific hardware, including a supporting 2014 Samsung UHD TV (branded DirectTV 4K Ready) and DirectTV’s Genie HD DVR. Users without this equipment will be on the outside looking in.

According to ...

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Budding Kickstarter that Might be Good for Your Ears
Nov 12, 2014 - 5:38 PM - by Todd Anderson
Sensitivity might be an important number on a loudspeaker’s spec sheet, but it’s also an inherent part of an audiophile’s most crucial piece of gear: the human ear. Like it or not, those two audiological sensory units on either side of your head aren’t designed to handle loud sound. Prolonged exposure to loud music can lead to permanent damage and a maddening ringing sound called tinnitus. According to the American Osteopathic Association, 1 out of every 5 teens has some form of hearing loss. This ratio is growing (about 30% larger than it was just 20 years ago), and some studies suggest that one of the biggest culprits is an increased use of headphones. With the introduction of MP3 players during that period (and, now, the widespread adoption of handheld mobile devices), logic says that these studies probably aren't too far off the mark.

The obvious preventative remedy is to turn down the sound, but most headphone users will be quick to admit that this isn’t as easy...

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The Axiom Audio M100 Floorstanding Speaker Giveaway Announcement
Nov 10, 2014 - 3:53 PM - by Todd Anderson
The Axiom Audio M100 Floorstanding Speaker Giveaway Announcement

We here at Home Theater Shack value our amazing Member base and are thrilled to continue the tradition of fabulous Giveaways. We've had a lot of great ones over the years, and we're pleased to report that the pipeline for future Giveaways is stocked with some great surprises! So, without further delay, we present you with our newest featured Giveaway!

This time, Axiom Audio and HTS have joined forces for an incredible Speaker Giveaway! As featured in our $3,000 Speaker Evaluation Event, we present to you Axiom Audio's high performance M100 v4 Floor Standing Speakers. These gorgeous triple woofer towers are as easy on the eyes as they

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Sharp to Showcase First Hi-Res Wireless Player and New THX Certified UHDTV at Value Electronics
Nov 09, 2014 - 11:43 AM - by Todd Anderson
Sharp’s new 70-inch 4K Ultra HDTV and Hi-Res Audio player are the focus of Value Electronics’ next big in-store event. Beginning at 4PM this coming Thursday (November 13, 2014), Robert Zohn and his staff will use Sharp’s new gear to deliver an entertainment experience that is sure to ignite the senses.

The two featured products, Sharp’s SD-WH1000U and LC-70UD27U, and Sharp’s highly skilled audio and video demonstration experts will arrive at the store through a launch partnership that has Value Electronics buzzing.

Sharp's WH1000U Hi-Res Audio Player will be featured at Value Electronics.

The SD-WH1000U is Sharp’s new Hi-Resolution Blu-Ray/SACD player and the industry’s first Hi-Res Wireless solution. Using WISA (Wireless Speaker and Audio Association), the WH1000U is capable of streaming FLAC, WAV and DSD files (24-bit/96 KHz) sound to eight different WISA compliant speakers (for 7.1 sound), in addition to 1080p video...

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