Just over a year ago, Wilson Audio began production on its new flagship WAMM Master Chronosonic, the largest, most complex, and most expensive speaker in the company’s history. The new WAMM speakers stand 7 feet tall, include 9 drivers per side, and cost a whopping $685,000 per pair. Go big or go home, right? Not so fast. At the 2018 Munich High-End Show, Wilson unveiled a new speaker called the TuneTot. Not only is it the most compact speaker Wilson Audio has ever built, it’s also by far the least expensive in the current Wilson lineup.… Read the full article
In the audio world, Monoprice has long been known for being an electronics accessories supplier. Recently, however, they have been pushing that image aside with their Monolith product line, where they have brought some heavy-duty audio products to the marketplace. We reviewed their Monolith Air Motion speakers and Monolith 7-channel amplifier last year and can attest to the seriousness with which Monoprice is pursuing the higher-end of the audio world. Monolith continues this trend here where we will be looking at a couple of their new THX subwoofers, the Monolith 10” THX Select and the Monolith 12” THX Ultra.… Read the full article
Onkyo Corp and Onkyo USA today announced that its network receiver models are now certified and compatible with the Sonos® platform, earning the ‘Works with Sonos’ badge. This enables users to seamlessly stream music from their Sonos app to their receiver allowing them to enjoy music anywhere including their home theater. Products featuring the new ‘Works with Sonos’ capability will include select network AV and stereo receivers and processors from Onkyo, Integra, Pioneer and Pioneer Elite. The company will announce specific models when the firmware update is available in early June.… Read the full article
Tidal has become the go-to music streaming service for audiophiles, mainly because it was among the first to offer a large catalog of lossless, CD-quality files for on-demand listening both at home and on the go. Now with the promise of easily streamable high-resolution music via MQA, Tidal’s position as top dog in the audiophile community remains unchallenged. But loyalty among audio enthusiasts was never going to be enough for Tidal to make it in the long run. Tidal has struggled to gain momentum with mainstream listeners who are perfectly happy with the lossy compression served up by the Goliaths of the streaming world, Spotify and Apple Music.… Read the full article
LG Electronics has been on a sound-quality crusade of late, first by teaming up with British high-end audio specialist Meridian to create mass-market products (such as the SK10Y high-res sound bar and WK7 smart speaker) in which sound quality is more than an afterthought. These are spaces currently dominated by products that focus on features and affordability over performance, but LG is betting that the average consumer is craving better sound. In September of 2017, LG released its flagship V30 smartphone, which features a 32-bit ESS Technology ES9218p Sabre DAC with user-accessible digital filters, and the ability to perform full hardware decoding and rendering of MQA files.… Read the full article
Polk Audio is very hush hush about the features of their new smart speaker that will be available just in time for summer for $199. With an announcement of their new smart speaker only a month away from the shipping date everything better be ready to go! The new smart speaker will be called the Polk Assist and will feature the Google Assistant built in for hands-free help around the house, music streaming and control of your smart home devices. The Polk Assist will also have Chromecast built in so you can group multiple Chromecast-enabled speakers and sound bars for multiroom playback from compatible audio apps including Pandora, TuneI, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, NPR and Spotify.… Read the full article
Star Trek fans, today may be a day to rejoice as one of your favorite techs just got one step closer to becoming a reality. The research hits home as it stems from our own passion, relating to audio. Researcher Amanda D. Hanford at Pennsylvania State University has taken the introductory steps to making acoustic ground cloaks. The materials used in this experiment redirect approaching waves around an object without scattering the wave energy, concealing the object from the sound waves thus making it invisible to some sensing techniques.… Read the full article
When Onkyo sent me information on their TX-NR787 receiver I honestly thought it was a mistake. Like a big budget movie coming out in October, new receivers with all the latest bells and whistles don’t come out in late spring AND go on sale. Maybe Onkyo has something to prove. Maybe they’re trying to corner the market on receivers with just about everything but a price. In any case, whatever the cause, it’s good for the consumer. To put it bluntly, try and find a THX certified select 9.2 receiver with all the latest 4K video technology, Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X for under $1,000.… Read the full article
For years, the THX certification process was nebulous to the end user. What did their standards mean?
When we attempted to pry information from them, they weren’t very forthcoming, claiming it to be IP (intellectual property). So, unless you were a licensing partner, you never really knew what was involved in their certification process and what specifications they used to govern them.
“With the launch of the THX Standard website, we give you data-driven comparisons of popular electronics to make informed purchase decisions unbiased by an editorial perspective.”
Their focus seems to “objectively” compare products for various categories, including HDTVs, Amplifiers, and Powered Speakers.… Read the full article
Speaker manufacturer Monitor Audio new super slim line up of in-wall speakers appears thin in profile but BIG on sound. Dubbed the WSS speakers, Monitor Audio has given the consumer a choice of three models all which share the same footprint and pre-construction bracket. The WSS speaker range features a three-driver layout that helps keep the frontal profile slender, yet according to Monito Audio “Provides a similar surface area and performance to a typical 6 1/2″ driver”. At just 2″ deep it does open up a wide variety of installation scenarios helping to provide huge flexibility when it comes to placement of the speakers.… Read the full article