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To combat piracy, giant screen TVs, surround sound setups and a wealth of streaming movies available at home, movie theatres have been pulling out all the stops to entice people back to the cinema. 3D failed miserably, but vibrating seats have gained some traction. Unfortunately for theatres, Tremor FX has now created a home version of their force feedback seats, giving people yet another reason to skip going out.
You may have spent a small fortune on the impressive home theatre setup in your living room, but when you’re watching TV in bed, are you really going to settle for the crappy sound coming from its tiny speakers? Of course not. But skip the redundant bedroom surround sound setup and go with these SoftSound pillows which feature a wireless set of stereo speakers built right in.
It’s a strange feeling to spend the night in a hotel when you’re looking out over your own city. But there I was listening to the new digital audio line-up that Samsung first previewed at CES in January. The HT-F9750W 7.1 channel home theatre system; the HW-F751 vacuum tube Sound Bar; and the $299 DA-F61 portable Bluetooth speaker. Updated industrial design, warm sound and a distinct lack of wires are this year’s audio hooks. Here’s why that’s fine by me…
As a 50 year old high-end Japanese brand synonymous with high-end AV gear, it’s great to see Rotel take its highly regarded components to new heights — and commit to pricing and connectivity perfect for audio buffs on a budget. Real home sound goes beyond the dock and speaker. It begins with the right components. Here’s what you need to know.
If you love watching movies but hate the unwashed masses — and happen to have giant heaping truckloads of money — designers and interior architects can offer a simple solution: your very own deluxe in-home movie theatre. Here are some of the most amazing in the world, inspired by everything from Star Wars and Star Trek, to Paris and Egypt, to, well, OK a little more Star Trek.
Controlling your home theatre system used to be easy — you simply told your kid to turn the knob. But today’s home theatre packed with feature-rich TVs, cable boxes, AV receivers and streaming boxes — and all demanding their own remotes — there’s no way the little guy can keep up. It’s time to replace your pile of remotes with an app that does everything they can do and more.
Sound bars don’t immediately benefit from Wi-Fi connectivity the way music systems do, because you usually use them with your TV, and your TV isn’t something you need to put in your pocket and walk around with. But that doesn’t mean that Sonos’ wireless music features don’t benefit from its first sound bar. Just the opposite, in fact.