Oct 03 2017

News - Axiim announces "WM Series" WiSA speakers

If the idea of a wireless AVR+speaker system from Axiim sounds interesting to you, but were waiting for something a bit grander/larger/towery than what they've had on offer so far... The wait is over, for pre-order anyway with the just announced WM Series. The spec's look interesting and I would expect performance to be a step up from the existing system. Oh, and they come paired with the long awaited Q UHD (which looks to have finally popped up as well).

Head over to the Axiim website to have a look.

Dec 29 2015

News - SVS announces Prime Elevation speaker

Directional speakers aren’t a new concept, they are quite common for in-wall installations, but this is the first “normal” speaker application I’ve seen and I think it’s a fantastic idea. While we would all love to have the perfectly shaped theater room, or even dedicated space and that’s where a directional speaker can make a mountain of difference. If you’re fortunate enough to make it to CES next week they will be demoing it, as well as giving away some of their recently announced accessories.

Dec 17 2015

News - Who is axiim?

For many, a fully* wireless multi-channel home audio solution is the perfect solution. There are a few players in the market, but I've never run across axiim before. Now obviously we can't be covering every bit player that happens to put out a some home audio kit, but there's something really interesting about the set of people who are following this entrant...

Jun 17 2014

News - HTR: How to Pick the Right Amp for Your Speakers

If you've ever wondered how to approach matching up a set of speakers with an amp (or AVR), but didn't know where to start Home Theater Review has a great primer available.

But first, a caveat: this article is intended as a quick primer for beginners. As such, it contains a number of simplifications, many of them bordering on grossness. The goal here isn't to write the definitive treatise on the subject, but rather to give budding audio enthusiasts a foundation of knowledge on which to build. To keep things simple, we'll mostly be focusing on the characteristics of your typical solid-state amplifier and ignoring things like OTL (output transformerless) tube amps. Still, even a simple discussion of the relationship between speakers and amps can get a bit mathy; so, if you're merely looking for a cheat sheet to help you find a new amp for your favorite speakers (or vice versa), you can skip straight to the conclusion.


Sep 26 2013

News - Cambridge Audio Announces Aero Speaker Lineup

Confession time: I'm a sucker for CEDIA PR. The amazing electronics, beautiful speakers, and slick home automation systems are tantalizing but honestly, usually intended for a difference audience. Something is different this year though, because here I am posting two CEDIA announcements in as many days. This time we have an announcement from Cambridge Audio highlighting a new line of "Aero" speakers. Besides the normal (read good) spec's three things stood out for me: price (not bad, especially considering intended audience), the innovative "dual monopole" design of the surround speakers enabling a 7.1 setup in roughly the same install footprint of 5.1, and that they really chose the wrong color to highlight (click through to the website to see the walnut finish). Of course the PR does nothing to prove how good a speaker sounds so if anyone has a chance to listen to the Aero let us know what you think.

We’ve combined radical technology and classic styling to produce a completely new type of speaker design.

After years of research into BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) technology, our engineers recognised how amazing it could be in a more traditional speaker design.
The innovative Aero range is the result: BMR drivers replace traditional tweeters and work beautifully with conventional cone woofers to create fantastically clear, natural and coherent audio.
We’ve built them into classic speaker cabinets that will look good anywhere. And because BMR speakers aren’t fussy about placement, they can be positioned almost anywhere in the room and still sound great. 
Radical, yet classic – the Cambridge Audio Aero range is here. Remove your preconceptions of what speakers sound like, and listen for yourself.

Oct 04 2012

News - Aperion Audio ARIS DLNA/Play To Speaker System - Now Shipping

Aperion Audio Aris

Aperion Audio announced the ARIS a few months back, and I have to admit that the idea of a 100W DLNA speaker system from a company that knows audio was very intriguing. The PR (available after the click) still doesn't note whether DRM laden files are supported (they can be with Windows 8's Play To) or what CODECs are supported out of the box, but it does mention that the device is software upgradeable, so even it it doesn't support your files now it could easily do so in the future.

May 08 2012

News - Aperion Audio Announces ARIS DLNA/Play To Speaker System

Aperion Audio Aris

With six drivers, four amps and Aperion Audio's reputation for quality speakers the ARIS looks like a great way to push music around the house using DLNA. The PR (after the click) does not specify what codec/containers or DRM schemes (if any) are supported though - although the W8 "certification pending" is promising because I've heard that it supports "protected" audio over DLNA - so like most things, we'll have to wait until June to find out how it performs.

Mar 26 2012

News - Atlantic Technology Introduces Five New Ceiling speakers

Atlantic Technology ICTS-6HTBalancing the desire for good home theater against the free standing speakers count in the family can be difficult. My better half is very understanding when it comes to this issue, but even I opted for angled in-ceiling for positions 6/7 to reduce clutter in my new (well technically different Smile) house that wasn't setup for proper home theater use.

Oddly enough reviews are scarce for stealth speakers (maybe because you have to make holes to test them) so being able to buy on brand is more important here than in other, better vetted, areas. So it is great that Atlantic Technology is continuing to advance their lineup of in-ceiling speakers with five new models including one with a 15° angled woofer and independently angled woofer (up to 30°) for more control directing audio toward the "sweet-spot" in the room.

PR after the click.

Feb 28 2012

News - Atlantic Technology Announces Downfiring SB-900DF Subwoofer

Atlantic Technology SB-9000DF

Much to my wife's displeasure (especially as we've house hunting lately) I refuse to live in a place where we can't center the main room around the home theater install. For those with a less permissive spouse, Atlantic Technology's new down-firing might be just the thing to get good room shaking bass into a compromised space - trust me, your neighbors will appreciate it Smile

PR after the click...

Jan 31 2012

News - THX Adds Compact Speaker System Certification to Portfolio

THX COmpact System

I love big speakers. I love the way they look. I love the way they sound. I have never owned big speakers. The closest I ever got was in college when I had a pair '70s-chic Pioneer bookshelf speakers. Instead, my desire for large speakers has been tempered by limited living room space, the strictures of child-rearing, and the bane of a clutter-hating wife. I missed THX's announcement during CES that they now have a Compact Speaker System certification program that should appeal to those, who like me, have found that they have had to sacrifice speaker girth in the process of building their home theaters. There are actually a number of companies such as Atlantic Technology and Mirage that have done a fine job of catering to the high-end compact speaker market without a THX certification logo to throw on their speakers, but that THX has finally developed a certification program for this particular class of speakers does speak to how popular, and how good, compact speaker systems have become over that last several years.

[ED:  Tech of the Hub's below quote is incorrect; it should be 1,000 cubic feet.  Good catch, richard1980.]

THX has introduced a new small speaker certification to help the consumer pick out speakers that not only sound great but also will work well with speakers from different manufacturers. Designed for rooms 1,000 square feet and under, the certification includes a battery of tests to ensure there is low distortion at higher volumes and flat frequency response so you can properly hear dialog.

Tech of the Hub

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