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Fraunhofer's Sascha Dick demos the prototype MPEG-H system at IFA 2014 (Photo: Chris Wood/...

TV picture quality has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years, with most manufacturers currently bringing Ultra High Definition beauties to market when only a short while ago HD seemed more than sufficient. Meanwhile, say researchers from Fraunhofer IIS, advances in audio playback have not been so awe-inspiring. Gizmag got the opportunity to sample a promising system under development that's based on the MPEG-H standards, which will offer listeners greater control over what they hear during TV broadcasts.  Read More

The Les Paul Reference Series will come in three flavors when released later this year (Ph...

Other than being known as a virtuoso guitarist and constant tinkerer, Les Paul also had a consuming passion for sonic excellence. Of course, his name graces the headstock of a certain iconic guitar that's carved its way into the rock history books, too. Gibson brought pre-production versions of some new high-end speakers to IFA 2014 that sport the great man's signature, and Gizmag stopped by for a look and listen.  Read More

The Woburn features vintage-inspired grille cloth with the immediately recognizable Marsha...

Marshall Headphones brought four new products to IFA in Berlin this year. The Woburn and Acton join the Hanwell home audio thrower launched two years ago, which has now reached the end of its production run, and the current Stanmore model. Meanwhile, the new Mode EQ and Mode earphones team up with the Major, Minor and Monitor headphones.  Read More

The Reference Class system ready for a listening demo (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

Technics is back. Panasonic has unveiled the first new hi-fi products from the highly-regarded brand in 6 years. The first two premium ranges out of the starting gate are the Reference Class R1 Series and the Premium Class C700 Series. Both ranges including a stereo amplifier, a network audio streamer and speakers (and the C700 also gets a CD player).  Read More

Samsung's just-announced Curved Soundbar

Samsung certainly made some waves last year, when it released its Curved OLED TV. What good is a curved TV, though, if the sound is still coming from a flat speaker? With that in mind, Samsung has now introduced the Curved Soundbar. It was recently unveiled at IFA 2104, along with the company's new M3 Wireless Audio Multiroom speaker.  Read More

The Openmix mini music mixer

Budding DJs grooving on the move who are looking for a much less bulky crossfader for impromptu portable parties on the patio than the likes of the iRig MIX may soon have their wishes granted. The Openmix is billed as the world's smallest audio mixer, and crams a miniature audio crossfader into a plastic or aluminum case not much bigger than an iPod shuffle. It puts an end to the abrupt stops and starts of fixed, pre-prepared playlists by allowing anyone to smoothly mix tracks from any pair of audio source devices sporting output jacks, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops or MP3 players.  Read More

The new Mo-Fi headphones from Blue Microphones are aimed at audiophiles

New headphones that promise great sound quality are released regularly. Blue Microphones is looking to attract the attention of audiophiles with the release of its Mo-Fi headphones. The company says the high-end built-in amp provides up to six times more power than typical devices while high-end drivers deliver high levels of detail and accuracy.  Read More

LG has begun presales for its 4K OLED TV

Having beaten rival Samsung to market with its Full HD Curved OLED TV last year, LG has again gone one up on its countrymate by commencing presales of the first OLED TV with 4K resolution. Launching in 65-inch and 77-inch models, the UltraHD display boasts 33 million sub-pixels across a curved screen, flagging the company's intentions for the next generation of display technology.  Read More

Roku TVs will be available in a range of sizes from 32 to 55 inches

If you’re a fan of top media streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, then you’re also likely aware of Roku, a company that specializes in low-cost streaming boxes that let you throw that content up onto the big screen. The company has announced partnerships with TV manufacturers Hisense and TCL to produce Roku TV, a range of smart TVs that make media streaming more convenient without breaking the bank.  Read More

The all-new Marantz SR7009 is the company's first Atmos-capable receiver

A couple of months ago, Dolby announced that its Atmos surround sound format was making the move from cinemas to home theaters. Marantz introduces one of the first home theater receivers to support the format, paving the road to the future of surround sound.  Read More

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