Audio News for February 14, 2017

Dolby Atmos Soundbars – Since a vast majority of households are thining of home theater in terms of a TV display plus a soundbar, the era of Dolby Atmos soundbars is upon us. Systems from LG, Sony, Onkyo, Samsung, Yamaha, Pioneer, Philips and Creative create a choice for consumers. Some of them support DTS:X as well. It can be remarkable what reflected sound can do for a soundbar. For example, the Yamaha YSP models reflect beams of sound off the walls to create surround efffects. Samsung’s K950 soundbar is the only soundbar to provide 5.1.4 Atmos experience using wireless surround speakers. The systems’ satellites feature integrated Amos-enabled upfiring capability. It turns out that height effects add ambience and a sense of space to make up for the lack of traditional surround sound. The PC gaming audio X-Fi Sonic Carrier boasts 1000 watts of power into an 11.2.4 speaker configuration compatible with Dolby Atmos; plus you can add wireless subwoofers for more bass.

Home Audio Market Future Analysis for 2019 – Customers buy home entertainment products mainly due to  the rise in disposable incomes of families and better quality products. Systems that can perform AV switching and play and stream audio stored on computer and internet radio stations are expected to the home audio equipment market. However, fear of hearing loss is the major restraint for this market. Blu-ray decks are among the most popular products in this market, which includes TVs, HTiBs, speakers, subwoofers, and mics. There is a growing popularity of music applications and streaming capabilities. In 2012, Europe held the largest market share, because Europeans are early adopters of technologically-advanced entertainment products such as smartphones, Blu-ray players and TVs. The Asia Pacific region is expected to be the fastest growing market.

Are Your Home Electronics Spying On You? –  Cellphones and other devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home keep audio recordings in the iCloud when they are activated. They can store data that can be used in court. An attorney said “You think you are being careful, but you never really know until it comes up on the news.”

Lease-to-Own Programs – Watch Out! – Consumer Reports says they could end up costing you two or three times more that outright buying. They are intended to target customers with little cash or poor credit who want to leave the store with the merchandise that day. It might be best to steer

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