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Turntables—A Short History and Explanation

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Turntables are getting very popular again. People are rediscovering the romance and appeal of vinyl, plus there is the now-solidly-entrenched faction that simply believes that analog-produced music sounds better than digitally-produced music. So, this is probably a good time to take a step back and look at the history and development of the modern turntable and what the major design considerations were. There are two main types of turntables in use today—belt-drive and direct-drive—so we’ll explore how they work, what the thought is behind each one, and what the pluses and minuses are of the two types.… Read the full article

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IMAX Enhanced Certification: What Are You Really Getting?

By | October 19th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

IMAX has been a staple in the movie theaters as the best in sound and video for over a decade. Now they want to bring that experience into the home theater realm but it’s going to involve 3 things: IMAX Enhanced hardware, and content. OK that’s 2 things. Ironically the new standard that they’re attempting to set mentions nothing about the room acoustics or speaker dispersion or output requirements. Perhaps in the near future that will be revised but let’s go with what we know so far to determine if IMAX Enhanced is a must have in your home theater.… Read the full article

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Dirac’s New ‘Panorama Sound’ Technology Makes Mobile Audio More Immersive

By | July 9th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

by Jacob GreenJuly 09, 2018

Dirac Panorama Sound

Dirac Panorama Sound

The Swedish audio technology company Dirac provides an advanced, dsp-based room correction solution for some of the best home theater gear on the market. Arcam, NAD, Emotiva, and ATI are among the growing number of electronics manufacturers that employ Dirac’s digital sound optimization technology in their receivers and surround processors. Now Dirac is directing its expertise toward improving the relatively unsatisfying audio experience of watching content and playing games on portable devices such as smartphones and tablets.

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Dolby to Restrict Non-Native Upmixing on Atmos Based Products

By | May 30th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Variety is said to be the spice of life. Why only eat cherry Starbursts when you can sample orange, watermelon, lemon, etc? The same applies to multi-channel surround sound upmixers. But the folks at Dolby® apparently want you to eat ONLY one flavor. Their flavor.  We recently got wind of a new Dolby mandate that restricts how you will be able to upmix native Dolby content that will take effect on all NEW Atmos-based products (ie. receivers, processors and soundbars) coming in 2019 and current 2018 products that are able to receive firmware updates.

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Three Methods for Immersive 3D Audio

By | July 7th, 2017|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

I recently had the opportunity to explore the first inaugural LA Audio
Show held the first weekend in June at the LAX Sheraton Gateway Hotel. As a
strong advocate for surround sound — especially immersive 5.1 music — I was on
the hunt for vendors demonstrating state-of-the-art 3D audio reproduction. If
you’ve had the chance to walk the ballrooms and hotel suites of a high-end
audio show, you know that 99% of the rooms feature two-channel stereo playback.
It’s a rare occasion when an audio supplier decides to go with a multi-channel
setup at a high-end audio show.… Read the full article

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AV Receiver Surroud Sound Formats Comparison

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

We all enjoy the enveloping effect a good surround system provides both in the cinema and a personal home theater.  Surround formats have evolved over the years and with all of the different ones available, it’s often confusing to the neophytes on what the differences are.  Ever look at a new AV receiver and notice the plethora of logos on the front panel?  This YouTube video and supplementary editorial discusses those logos and provides a brief comparison of the major consumer surround formats and how they’ve changed over the years.

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Surround Sound for Stereo Music…Sacrilege??

By | August 19th, 2016|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Surround
sound processing for stereo music has been around since the early ‘70s and it
even survived the quadraphonic era. With surround sound decoding technologies like DTS:X and Dolby Atmos today’s 3D sound technologies are, putting it mildly, spectacular! If you
have recently upgraded your system, this might be a good time for you to try
some of your stereo recordings in surround sound…

Recently
I was reading a white paper on surround sound, because, let’s face it, I have
no life.

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PRO Audio Technology / Trinnov 23-Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS:X Demo Experience

By | May 30th, 2016|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

PRO
Audio Technology or Professional Home Cinema LLC, was
founded in 2004 through the collaboration of Paul Hales (creator of the
Transcendence 8 floorstanding speakers) and Larry Reagan.  According to PRO, the principle of the
company was and still is to combine audio engineering technology from consumer
and professional audio fields to produce the most accurate, robust, and
aurally-exciting audio products for installed residential systems available
anywhere.  All this comes at a price, of
course, but like a lot of high quality products, “You get what you pay
for.”  This system is definitely no
exception. 

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