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Audio News for March 13, 2017

Wolf Cinema Announces Series of 4K Video Projectors for the Home –  This maker of high-performance home cinema projectors has announced the release of four 4K imaging home projectors. Three use the sixth-generation three-chip D-ILA light engine technologies; plus there is a flagship laser/phosphor 4K/UHD projector. All may stand alone or by mated with two Wolf Cinema eternal 4K video processors. They start at under $10,000 and the first three are traditional lamp-based editions, plus the high-output Blu-escent laser/phosphor flagship projector. Each model delivers the imaging prowess the company has become known for, on home theater screens up to 18 ft. in width. They all have full 18Gbps Ultra HD HDMI 2.0 inputs with HDCP 2.2 compatibility and increases in peak white performance up to 3200 ANSI lumens. The series delivers some of the most revealing black level performances in its class, full HDR10 imaging compatibility, multiple aspect ratio memories, custom factory gamut and gamma calibrations, and an all-metal chassis for improved thermal coefficients.

Battery-Powered Speaker for Echo Dot Launches –  Ninety7, a technology lifestyle company, has launched a unit to elevate Dot’s home automation capabilities. The VAUX allows second-generation Dot owners to set their Dot free and enjoy portability and better audio quality in modern and stylish design. Users can connect their mobile devices or tablets via a 3.5mm jack and use VAUX to upgrade their Dot. VAUX creates a home-command center as portable as your cell phone, and provides an easy and affordable way to make the Amazon Dot even more powerful and ubiquitous in the home. It is $49 on pre-order at the Ninety7Life.com web site.

Ten Home Theater Tips – 1. Don’t get a display whose size overwhelms the room; 2. Plan budget; 3. Consider building your theater in the garage; 4. Pay attention to the lighting; 5. A windowless room is the best for home theater; 6. Sound is next on the upgrade list – at least six speakers for surround sound; 7. Hide all wires and distractions; 8. Make the room feel like a real theater; 9. Consider adding on a room to the house; 10. Protect your expensive equipment from lightning and electrical surges.

Sonos Debuts New Speaker for Home Theater –  The “Playbase” is a thin and powerful speaker that sits under a TV display. It is just 58mm tall and includes ten drivers for great sound. It is meant to meld into a home’s decor, and is designed for TVs sitting on furniture rather than those that are wall-mounted. It is a major improvement over speakers built into displays. It connects with two cords to other Sonos speakers for a whole house sound solution and can be used with 80 streaming services. Coming in either white or black, it is $700 and may currently be pre-ordered.

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