Most people will be familiar with the massive speakers that fill dancefloors worldwide and while they might be big and impressive, the wall of sound they produce isn't exactly intricate - just very, very loud.A collaboration with Dolby has seen it add a further 60 speakers to its existing custom sound system to create the world's first Dolby Atmos surround sound dancefloor.The system works by offering DJs up to 22 channels of sound which they can then place anywhere on the dancefloor.Currently Atmos is used mainly in cinemas to offer a cinematic surround sound experience.Because of the intricacy of the system, artists have to pull apart their existing tracks and remix them for the system in a process that takes around an hour per song.To get more of an understanding, TechRadar donned the Day-Glo and went access all areas, speaking to the top bods at Ministry of Sound, Dolby and Dj Doorly.
The OLED55C6V is the first TV we ve seen from LG s 2016 OLED range.Costing £3,000, it's a 55-inch model with a curved screen, and it arrives packing new support for Dolby Vision s high dynamic range technology as well as – according to LG – a significantly improved picture performance compared with LG s already classy 2015 OLED models.The curve is fairly shallow as such things go, but it s there and it can, as usual, lead to some distortions and onscreen reflections if you have a bright light source opposite the screen.Connections on the OLED55C6V are effective rather than exemplary, on account of including only three HDMIs when ideally there would be four.The company has also greatly increased the brightness it can achieve in its 2016 OLED TVs – critical when it comes to delivering HDR – while simultaneously claiming to have reduced the issues with light "banding" and sudden black-level loss suffered by many of its 2015 models.Personally, I'd also avoid the HDR Effect mode LG provides to try to convert standard dynamic range content into HDR, since it doesn t represent colours convincingly – and the set does superbly with SDR content in its native form.
Now that TVs offering HDR High Dynamic Range and A/V receivers featuring support for object-based surround sound — also known as 3D surround sound — are making their way into consumers homes, there is a need for content that actually takes advantage of these technologies.Dolby Atmos sound is beginning to pick up steam already, but HDR content is still fairly limited.On Thursday, Lionsgate announced that it had partnered with Dolby Laboratories to bring its films into viewer s homes featuring both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.We remain committed to being at the forefront of expanding and enriching the home entertainment experience for our audiences by incorporating state-of-the-art technologies, Lionsgate president Ron Schwartz said in a statement.Dolby Vision not only offers a wider range of colors than standard HD or 4K displays, but is capable of displaying brighter colors as well.Neither of these are the only options for their respective technologies — HDR10 is another popular HDR standard, while DTS:X object-based surround will be supported in many existing A/V receivers via firmware updates this summer.
This is why it makes sense for the South Korean manufacturer to also provide some more affordable, non-OLED alternatives.In my experience, the previous version of webOS would occasionally get stuck while switching between content sources, requiring the TV to be switched off and on again in order to go back to normal.PerformanceDolby Vision material was the very first thing we tested on LG's Super UHD set, with a range of colourful movie clips that showcased the TV's dazzlingly wide colour range.Having extensively tested standard HDR content in the past, including a range of Ultra HD Blu-rays, we can attest to Dolby Vision being the more immediately arresting format based on the admittedly limited footage provided.Another Dolby Vision scene, this time from the film Jupiter Ascending, was so impressive, it almost made me consider giving that ridiculous film a second chance hey, I said almost .This led me to the realisation that the lack of Dolby Vision content is currently the format's biggest stumbling block.
Having already impressed Australians with last year s stunning EG960T 4K OLED TV, LG has returned with its new G6T Signature and E6T series of OLED televisions.According to LG, its new sets are the most impressive LG OLED TVs ever seen, boasting the infinite contrast ratios that OLED technology is known for, as well as HDR10 and Dolby Vision support across its 4K models.Colour us impressedJust like the recently released LG Super UHD UH950T TV, the G6T and E6T series sets run off LG s updated webOS 3.0 smart TV platform, allowing you to watch 4K HDR and Dolby Vision content like Marvel s Daredevil and Marco Polo via its Netflix app.Televisions in the G6T and E6T ranges also pack built-in soundbars with sound designed by the audio engineers at Harman Kardon – the G6T s soundbar is forward facing and folds back when wall mounted, while the E6T s soundbar is integrated into its stand.As you d expect with top end panels like these, they do carry hefty price tags – the 65-inch G6T model is priced at $10,999, while the E6T will set you back $9,499.Alternatively, you can pick up the 55-inch E6T for $6,499.
Ground-breaking contrastGorgeous, ultra-thin designExcellent smart TV interfaceSpectacularly rich coloursCurved screen exaggerates reflectionsVarious picture noise issuesBright area detail lossSome motion issuesWhile there's always been a lot of excitement around OLED technology, it seems to have reached fever pitch this year, and it's easy to see why.The first of these potential OLED dazzlers to come our way is the OLED55C6V: a 55-inch curved-screen model boasting a native Ultra HD Resolution and support for both high dynamic range HDR and 3D playback.Online optionsThis online content includes such key services as the 4K and HDR-capable versions of Netflix and Amazon Video; the Now TV service; and, for the first time on an LG smart TV, all of the 'big four' UK catch up TV services: BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5.That said, LG still has a few bits and bobs to sort out before OLED becomes 100% irresistible.This is caused, presumably, by the OLED55C6V still not delivering enough brightness to cover the full brightness range of HDR content its light output peaks at between 600 and 650 nits using any sensible picture settings, versus the 1000 nits most UHD Blu-rays are currently mastered to .Let's not forget, either, that it wasn't all that long ago when you couldn't get an OLED TV for less than eight grand.
Dolby Vision-enabled movies include The Smurfs 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Pineapple Express, and Men In Black 3Amazon is now offering content in Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range, a first for the service.Amazon has teamed up with Dolby Laboratories to ensure Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range supports Amazon s own HDR content.Jim Freeman, VP of Amazon Video, said: We re thrilled that starting today customers have access to titles, including our binge-worthy Amazon Original Series, in Dolby Vision HDR.We will continue to expand our selection, adding more movies and TV series for our customers to watch and enjoy in the premium picture quality of HDR.If you ve got a Dolby Vision TV, here are some of Amazon Video s supporting shows:BoschThe Smurfs 2After EarthMen In Black 3HancockSaltPineapple ExpressFuryThe Amazing Spider-Man 2ChappieElysiumDolby Vision offers two key things: high dynamic range and a wide colour gamut.Curt Behlmer, SVP, Content Solutions at Dolby, said: The Dolby Vision ecosystem is garnering momentum, affirming that the best way to enjoy stunning content with expanded dynamic range and ultra-vivid colours is with Dolby Vision.
Last year, Amazon Video began offering some of its content in High Dynamic Range HDR , beating many other services – including Netflix – to the punch.Now users of any HDR TV — no matter which HDR technology it uses — will be able to view select movies and series with the improved contrast and wider color gamut of HDR.We re thrilled that starting today customers have access to titles, including our binge-worthy Amazon Original Series, in Dolby Vision HDR, vice president of Amazon Video Jim Freeman said in a statement.We will continue to expand our selection, adding more movies and TV series for our customers to watch and enjoy in the premium picture quality of HDR.By the end of the year, Amazon plans to offer more than 150 hours of HDR content across both formats.While Amazon has yet to reveal any other titles from its originals library, it has made available a few movies from Sony Home Entertainment: After Earth, Men in Black 3, Hancock, Salt, Pineapple Express, Fury, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Chappie, and Elysium are all available for rent or purchase in Dolby Vision HDR.
This new support joins Amazon s previously launched UHD high dynamic range content, though depending on who you re talking to, the Dolby Vision content is usually favored for having higher quality.AdChoicesAd covers the pageReport this adThanks for the feedback!RepetitiveIrrelevantInappropriateThanks for the feedback!Closing ad: %1$dAmazon has announced the first roster of Dolby Vision content, the likes of which include the second season of Amazon s Bosch original show, a well as some well known movies like Pineapple Express, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, After Earth, Hancock, Men in Black 3, Elysium, Fury, Chappie, and The Smurfs 2.Users will notice things like better contrast, brighter but not overblown highlights, and, according to Amazon, colors never before seen on TV."With the increased number of Dolby Vision enabled TVs now in market, Amazon s commitment to deliver Dolby Vision content to consumers marks another leap forward in providing viewers around the world with access to exceptional movies and original content that come to life on screen.
If you re looking for entry into the wonderful world of HDR High Dynamic Range , you re not going to find a cheaper ticket than the Vizio P-Series displays.There s no over-the-air tuner, only limited media playback from USB mass storage, there are no apps on board, and there's no on-screen user interface beyond basics such as volume, input switching, and aspect ratio.Note that you can also download and install the SmartCast app on your existing Android or iOS device and ditch or re-task the included tablet.Note the lack of a co-ax connector.Our model featured five HDMI ports: Four of these are HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 support and one is HDMI 1.4.You can play files from USB media, but it s all automatic upon insertion with no pause, play, or skip controls.
Last year s Sony TVs were thick and wedge-shaped, some with huge speaker systems tacked onto the sides.But they were big for good reason: full array LED backlights provide superior picture quality and the large speakers produced some of the best sound we ve heard from a TV without a sound bar tacked on.Sony claims its Slim Backlight Drive delivers the same capabilities in a thinner package, but we dismissed it as snake oil it until we saw it the first time in person.LED TVs needed more uniform brightness, better black levels, less halo effect, and less edge light bleeding, and Sony manages to deliver that with the X930D, in spite of its super-thin profile.Toss in excellent processing with HDR and Wide Color Gamut capabilities, and you have one of the most desirable 4K TVs Sony has produced, and for way less than OLED.The X930D is a super-slim stunner of a TV – up top, at least.
What is the Panasonic TX-58DX802?The 58-inch TX-58DX802 sits towards the top of Panasonic s 2016 TV range, and is nothing if not different.It's because the screen arrives already hanging within a unique easel-type stand that attaches to roughly the centre of the TV s left and right sides.The distinct design is sure to divide opinion, but personally, I like it.I can even see it giving Panasonic a shot of attracting the sort of design-led buyer who might usually plump for a TV from Loewe or Bang & Olufsen.They include four HDMIs capable of handling external 4K and HDR although not Dolby Vision HDR sources up to 60 frames a second; a trio of USB ports for multimedia playback from USB storage devices or for recording from the TV s Freeview HD tuner to USB HDDs ; and both Wi-Fi and Ethernet network options.
High dynamic range HDR TV is here and it looks great.It s not lack of detail, insufficient pixels, or 1080p resolution in general that s been the major issue with TVs for the last few years.It s been the lack of contrast and washed-out colors caused by the adoption of thin-enabling, energy-saving, but color-challenged LED backlighting.HDR and the technologies that enable it—less leaky LCDs, better backlighting, improved LED/phosphor combinations, quantum dots, to name a few—take contrast to historically high levels, provide an unprecedented level of detail in both dark and bright areas, and as a corollary effect, restore the color we once had with CRTs and LED panels backlit by CCFLs cold cathode fluorescent lamps .LED/LCD TVs need to increase peak brightness significantly to achieve the HDR effect.To give you an idea of the difference, several HDR/non-HDR comparison shots are scattered about this article these were provided by Dolby .
Dolby has announced its Dolby Atmos surround-sound technology is making the leap from the movie theatre to virtual reality headsets.The awesome 3D audio technology, which has been used in a number of recent blockbusters, will be part of the Littlstar VR application available on all of the major VR headsets.Littlstar is available on iOS and Android for use with Cardboard headsets too.The first VR experiences to feature the groundbreaking spatial audio tech will include Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension 360, Rapid Fire: A Brief History of Flight and finally Bob s Burgers 360-Dancin .Other developers will also be able to get involved via the Dolby Atmos for VR Applications SDK, which includes the VR-specific Dolby Atmos decoder and headphone renderer.This will enable devs to place audio objects and move sound anywhere within a scene.
The world of home theater is no stranger to format wars — see VHS vs.Beta or Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD — but recently, we re seeing a more subtle, digital type of format war with two competing standards for HDR High Dynamic Range : Dolby Vision and HDR10.Vizio s new P-Series and M-Series TVs launched earlier this year with HDR support, but only supported Dolby Vision out of the box, meaning UHD Blu-ray players from Samsung and Philips weren t supported on the TVs.Fortunately, that is beginning to change with the rollout of a new firmware update, Vizio announced on Wednesday.When we launched the Vizio SmartCast P-Series and M-Series Ultra HD HDR display collections, it was always our intent to accommodate the HDR10 standard in addition to our support for Dolby Vision, Vizio chief technology officer Matt McRae said in a statement.While Dolby Vision offers consumers excellent picture quality, it was important to us to give consumers options.
Vizio has announced a new update that is ready for users of certain Ultra HD HDR home theater monitors.The update brings support for the new HDR10 format to the Vizio SmartCast P-Series and M-Series Ultra HD HDR home theater displays.Both of those monitor series launched with Dolby Vision content support and adding HDR10 support expands the compatibility of the devices for more content.Once the update is applied, the displays will support HDR discs played on existing UHD Blu-ray players from Samsung and Philips.Vizio says that it is working to bring support for other Blu-ray players to market in the future.Along with the update for HDR10, Vizio also has given owners of these displays access to more content to watch in HDR with new Dolby vision HDR titles available in the VUDU library.
Rolling back the clock two years, the image of Finland s Nokia was sufficiently battered that most executives could have been forgiven for steering well clear of it.But not Ramzi Haidamus, who was then enjoying a successful run at Dolby Laboratories.Haidamus was approached by Nokia to take the helm of a tantalizing new initiative: Nokia Technologies.Essentially, it would be a startup within Nokia, but based in Silicon Valley.While much of the outside world may have been focused on Nokia s failings at that moment, Haidamus saw an unusual opportunity to create a new company with the kind of resources few entrepreneurs could imagine.and in the process, just maybe have a global impact that could eventually chart a new future for the 150-year-old parent company.To understand why Haidamus made the leap in 2014, it helps to remember what was happening to Nokia at the time, and how Nokia Technologies fits into the broader corporation called Nokia Group.Nokia had once been the unquestioned leader in sales and design of digital mobile phones.It was a significantly smaller company with less than half the annual revenues after the deal.
TV manufacturers always look for the next leap in picture quality that will make watching TV feel like you re looking through a crystal-clear window.Here s everything you need to know about how it works, and why you may want to consider it when you buy your next TV.HDR stands for high dynamic range, and while it shares a name with the photo technology on your smartphone s camera, they actually aren t related at all.HDR TVs are designed to create a more realistic picture by representing colors in a more lifelike way.If you were to go from, say, black to white, a standard 1080p or 4K TV could have around 10 different shades of gray in between the two.HDR TVs would have closer to 1,000.
Combining Sennheiser headphone and microphone engineering with Dolby Laboratory 7.1 surround sound techhologies takes gaming to another dimension.Sennheiser's technology angles the drivers in the ear cups channeling the sound directly into your ears.This improves sonic detail, definition and dynamics.Dolby's 7.1 technology comes via a USB sound card providing headphone control and remarkable spacial effects letting you accurately pin point sounds with 3D like dimensionality.Averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon read reviews , the list price of $299.95 has been reduced a significant 50% to just $149.95.See the discounted Sennheiser PC 363D surround sound gaming headset now on Amazon.
Combining Sennheiser headphone and microphone engineering with Dolby Laboratory 7.1 surround sound techhologies takes gaming to another dimension.Sennheiser's technology angles the drivers in the ear cups channeling the sound directly into your ears.This improves sonic detail, definition and dynamics.Dolby's 7.1 technology comes via a USB sound card providing headphone control and remarkable spacial effects letting you accurately pin point sounds with 3D like dimensionality.Averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon read reviews , the list price of $299.95 has been reduced a significant 50% to just $149.95.See the discounted Sennheiser PC 363D surround sound gaming headset now on Amazon.
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