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Kicker Chasing Tails With New Portable Speaker
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 22:11:03 +0000
Kicker, the brand founded in 1973 by Steve Irby in Stillwater, Oklahoma (and still run by him today), best known for its car aftermarket subwoofers and other products, is after a decidedly different target with its new Bullfrog Jump wireless portable speaker.
TiO Home Automation System
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:28:28 +0000
$2,979 as reviewed
AT A GLANCE
Easy retrofit replacement of wired volume controls
Dedicated router creates private TiO Wi-Fi network
Exceptional level of user customization
Limited direct IP control of third-party components
Few streaming services supported—but more coming
With TiO’s unique approach to home automation, systems are a breeze to design and install, quick to configure, and intuitively natural to use—with the bonus of being highly configurable by the user without the need for a return service call from the dealer.
The folks at TiO (short for “Turn it On”) claim they’re taking “an entirely fresh approach to home automation” with a philosophy that considers the user to be the most important part of a TiO system. In other words, if a home automation system were a round hole and the user a square peg, the manufacturer should re-engineer the hardware hole into a square rather than force the user to become a round peg. Of course, making things truly and honest-to-goodness-ly easy for the user is way, way simpler to pontificate about than it is to accomplish.
Onkyo, Pioneer AVRs Do Tidal
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:26:58 +0000
Tidal music streaming and FireConnect wireless multi-room connectivity are coming to AV receivers from Onkyo and Pioneer...
BenQ Unveils i500 Smart Projector
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:09:47 +0000
BenQ says its about-to-be-released i500 mini DLP projector offers a new way to wirelessly stream â€ślarger-than-life images in limited spaces, all without the hassle of connecting cables, media boxes, dongles, or portable devices.â€ť
Apple Doesn't Know Jack, Part 1
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:09:59 +0000
It is summer. Soon it will be fall. That means Apple will introduce a new iPhone. Reportedly, the new phone will be thinner, more water resistant, have a better camera, have more memory, and not have a headphone jack. Wait. What?
Jam On: The Story Behind Live Music Service Nugs.net
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:45:23 +0000
Nugs.net. Ever heard of â€™em? I hadnâ€™t but was intrigued when I saw the press release: â€śLive Music Pioneers nugs.net Launch Streaming Service.â€ť Turns out the company has been making professional recordings of concert performances available to fans of jam bands for years—something followers of Govâ€™t Mule, Phish, and Widespread Panic probably already know. To learn more about this unique service, I reached out to founder Brad Serling.
NAD Firmware Update Adds MQA Support
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 19:19:32 +0000
NAD Electronics has announced a firmware update that brings MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) support to a handful of its Masters Series components with more to follow in the future.
Nativ Adds CD Ripper to High-Res Audio Lineup on Indiegogo
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:56:18 +0000
High-resolution audio has a new champion. This past April we reported
that Nativ had launched an Indiegogo campaign
to bring a premium high-resolution wireless touchscreen music player and DAC to production. It easily surpassed its funding goal by 316%—thatâ€™s $344,000 from its initial goal of $100,000. Well, to sweeten the ask, Nativ just announced theyâ€™re adding the Nativ Disc powered by Gracenote, a new CD ripping unit that continues their â€śbit-perfectâ€ť streak. Think no one cares about high-resolution audio? The 356 Indiegogo backers certainly care.