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Audio News for March 29, 2013

PlayOn Supports Redbox Instant; MartinLogan Expands Bezel-Less Speaker Designs; Communications Biggies Don’t Care About Coming Quake; Yamaha Adds Mobile HD Link to Receiver-Based HTiBs

Published on March 29, 2013

PlayOn Supports Redbox Instant – Viewers are now able to access Redbox Instant to leverage the on-demand video rental service with devices beyond the Xbox 360. They can watch Redbox Instant on their TV using Roku, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, Apple TV (via AirPlay) and other devices, without the need of an Xbox 360. PlayOn is an easy-to-use, low-cost software delivering Internet content to TV screens, smartphones and tablets. All that is required is a  Windows PC and a DLNA-compliant display device. The charge is $49.99 for a lifetime license. If you are already a Redbox Instant subscriber, you can try PlayOn risk-free with the software’s 30-day money-back guarantee. The content is accessed via the Redbox Instant Channel, An $8 monthly service charge provides subscribers with unlimited instant streaming movie access and four DVDs per month from traditional Redbox kiosks. The intent is that people will no longer be restricted on the type of device they use to access Redbox Instant.

MartinLogan Expands Bezel-Less Speaker Designs – The Helos 12 & 22 in-ceiling speakers from MartinLogan expand the firm’s  line of custom-installed bezel-less speakers. Priced at $299 and $399 each, the drivers deliver the same performance as their predecessors but add low-profile paintable mico-perforated grilles with no visible bezel for a less obtrusive appearance. Grilles are magnet-mounted. The same neodymium soft-dome tweeters, high-rigidity aluminum-cone woofers and proprietary crossover topology are featured. Vojtko crossover topology delivers “vanishingly low: distortion and “seamless” driver integration.

Communications Biggies Don’t Care About Coming Quake – Portland’s Mercury did a feature on the preparedness of the major communications corporations on the eventual coming earthquake for the Northwest area. None of the companies’ older buildings in Portland, where connections are made for the entire network and communications facilities, have been earthquake-protected, and when they were left voicemails for comments, none of the companies called back.

Yamaha Adds Mobile HD Link to Receiver-Based HTiBs – Yamaha is bringing mobile Hi-Def Link (MHL) connections to its home theater receiver/speaker packages for the first time, and extending discrete amplification to all models. Most models have a Bluetooth adapter add-on for the first time, which connects to the HDMI ports of the lineup’s networked HTiBs. Four of the five models, starting at $649, will feature MHL 2.0 connectivity, enabling MHL-equipped mobile devices to send 1080p video and 7.1-channel audio over a wired connection to home theater systems. The connections also charges the device and enables control of the device’s content playback thru the remote control of the home theater system. Discrete-component amps, rather than IC amps, will be available in all models of the 2013 lineup.




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