Though many of us watch music videos or listen to digital radio via the living room TV, it's probably not the first home entertainment device that springs to mind when considering music streaming. That's usually the domain of wireless speakers, smartphone apps and services like Spotify or Pandora. But premium service signups and associated costly tariffs, yet more logon details and passwords to remember, and regular app updates across different mobile platforms can be something of a turn off for many music lovers. London-based Electric Jukebox Company is now offering a less complicated way, one that's aimed at changing the way music is played at home forever by leveraging the goggle box as an audio entertainment hub for the family.
YouTube has announced a new paid service called YouTube Red. It will allow users to watch videos without adverts, save videos for watching offline, continue playing videos in the background when viewing other mobile apps and will also feature original YouTube content.
It's safe to say that Bang & Olufsen isn't about to trash its reputation for head-turning, high-end speaker design with the new BeoLab 90. Named in honor of the the Danish company's 90th anniversary, the gargantuan BeoLab 90 stands 4 feet (123.5 cm) tall, weighs in at over 300 pounds (137 kg) and delivers an earthshaking 8,200 watts through a complex array of drivers and amplifiers ... all for just under US$40,000.
Though Roku's new streaming player has a more angular design than its predecessor, the big changes are on the inside, with the device capable of streaming 4K content. The Roku 4 will even help locate a misplaced remote. The announcement comes hot on the heels of both the updated Amazon Fire TV and new Apple TV, both of which are 4K-capable.
On Tuesday, Google announced that it has sold over 20 million Chromecasts the past few years and now hopes to sell more by launching an improved second generation HDMI streaming dongle alongside a streaming audio-only version. The company introduced the new Chromecast and the Chromecast Audio at its big media event alongside new Nexus phones and a new Pixel convertible tablet.
Amazon's new Fire TV is faster, features full Alexa voice support, and is capable of streaming 4K content. It's positioned to compete with the new Apple TV, and will be available next month in both standard and gaming oriented flavors.
Sharp's 8K TV tech was on show at CES 2015 earlier this year, but until now it hasn't been available to buy. From next month, the company will begin taking orders in Japan for the first ever commercially available 8K TV. The panel, which offers a resolution 16 times that of Full HD, will enter the market at an eye-wateringly high price point.
Just over 35 years ago, Bowers & Wilkins hit the right note with the introduction of its now iconic 801 loudspeakers, which quickly became a recording studio standard. The various incarnations of the 800 Series flagships that followed have both visually and sonically impressed industry critics and high-end audio lovers alike. Then in 2005, top of the range models were given some added sparkle with the inclusion of the company's new diamond tweeter, which eventually rolled out to all speakers in 2009 for the launch of the 800 Series Diamond. Now B&W's engineers have been let loose again, with the company insisting that the latest refresh is not so much an update, but rather a legend re-imagined.
Apple just revamped its former "hobby," the Apple TV set top box. The new hardware's improved specs take a backseat to an all new platform with support for apps, along with Siri and a new controller with a touch panel.
Depending on one's personal turf and aesthetic appreciation, a speaker can either take up space or be an integral part of living areas. B&O Play, by Bang & Olufsen, has recently introduced its latest speaker that's designed for the latter, complementing interiors while delivering room-filling sound. The BeoPlay A6 features touch controls, a host of wireless streaming options, and interchangeable fabric covers.