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Panasonic’s New Podcast Takes Listeners Behind the Scenes of Sound Design

Panasonic Automotive podcast series

Those who are looking for their next great listen will be pleased to learn that Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America’s new Panasonic Sound Experience podcast — a four-part program hosted by Maria Rohrer — gives listeners an in-depth look into professional sound design. With guests from Dolby, Atmos, ELS, and Klipsch, the podcast covers automotive sound design, intuitive sound engineering, the rise of vehicles as a “second space” for people during the pandemic and how sound has enhanced this, and the “pursuit of the perfect sound” across genres.

The podcast launches on December 15, and will be available on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, TuneIn, Podcast Addict, Podchaser, Deezer, or Listen Notes

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• Visit the Panasonic Automotive Systems website for additional details
• Check out our Headphone + Accessory Reviews, Streaming Music Service Reviews, and Audio Player Reviews pages to find the perfect service and device to listen with

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On Tuesday, December 15, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America will release the first episode of The Panasonic Sound Experience, a new four-episode podcast that reveals the emerging innovations of immersive sound design in vehicles, and what it takes to build the perfect audio system.

"At Panasonic, we have a long history of developing cutting-edge technology to create a premium in-car audio experience that makes driving both safer and more enjoyable for consumers," said Andrew Poliak, CTO of Panasonic Automotive Systems. "Our fully-integrated solutions are revolutionizing the driving experience from your navigation and head-up display, to infotainment systems and e-cockpit design – and with partners such as ELS, Fender and Klipsch we're able to deliver next-gen audio that delivers the best in-vehicle experience possible."

Produced by Muddhouse Media, a start-up original content podcast network that brings creative minds, intellectual experts and gifted storytellers together.  The first episode of The Panasonic Sound Experience focuses on capturing authenticity, artistry and emotion in automotive sound design and features interviews with Panasonic Automotive Executive Vice President, Allen Kudla, and Grammy Award winning producer, sound engineer Elliot Scheiner and recording producer, Matthew Scheiner.

"Audiophiles will appreciate the complexity and nuances of premium sound, but we wanted to share that deeper knowledge with a wider audience by highlighting the behind-the-scenes innovation in a podcast series," said Allen Kudla. "In each episode, we bring the listener on a journey to discover the magic of technology that enables Panasonic to deliver an in-vehicle sound that's been compared to what you'd hear at concerts by today's greatest artists."

Future episodes of the podcast will cover:

    • A deeper-dive into how engineers create an intuitive audio environment through sound manipulation – noise cancelation, voice enhancement, voice scrubbing, and voice recognition
    • How vehicles have become an essential "second space" for consumers during the pandemic, and why premium audio can elevate the dimensional sound experience with Mark Casavant, Vice President of Sales, Business Development Klipsch Group, and Brett Crockett, Vice President R&D with Dolby Atmos
    • A holiday master class charting the pursuit for perfect sound across multiple genres of music, from rock to classical, with a special iconic audio guest.

Subscribe to The Panasonic Sound Experience on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, TuneIn, Podcast Addict, Podchaser, Deezer, or Listen Notes.

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Amazon Launches Intensive Fire TV Update

Amazon’s Fire TV is getting a new software update, which includes individualized profiles, improved Alexa voice support, a revamped interface, and a “Find” search function that enables viewers to search across multiple streaming platforms. The user profile update enables viewers to create 'kid' profiles that include additional safety restrictions. Devices are being updated gradually, with Amazon announcing that the newer Fire TV Sticks will be the first to receive the new software.

Fire TV Stick offerings include the Fire TV Stick Lite (normally $29.99) for $17.99, the Fire TV Stick (normally $39.99) for $29.99, the Fire TV Stick 4K (normally $49.99) for $39.99, and the Fire TV Cube (normally $119.99) for $99.99.

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• Visit the Amazon Fire TV Shop for additional details and product specs
• Read more about the recent Fire TV releases
• Check out our review of the Fire TV Stick 4K, and visit our Streaming Media Player/App Reviews page to find other streaming devices you may like

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Kickoff Your New Years Fitness Resolution Early with Apple’s Upcoming Release

The stay at home fitness craze is still thriving, and Apple’s Fitness+ is the perfect addition. Centered around Apple Watch, the new program takes fitness metrics from the user’s watch and creates personalized workouts, including high-intensity interval training, yoga, and core. Additionally, users can share their workouts with friends and family, and track their progress against others who have completed the same workout. The program features a variety of Fitness+ trainers, as well as a large selection of music to exercise to. Fitness+ can be accessed on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV for flexibility. Launching on December 14, the subscription will be available for $9.99 per month, or $79.99 per year.

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• Visit the Apple website for additional details and product specs
• Read more about the new AirPods Max
• Here’s another at-home fitness option from Peloton and Roku

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Apple today announced Fitness+, the first fitness experience built around Apple Watch, is launching Monday, December 14. Apple Fitness+ brings studio-style workouts to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, intelligently incorporating workout metrics from Apple Watch for a first-of-its-kind personalized and immersive experience users can complete wherever and whenever is convenient for them. Apple Fitness+ will launch with 10 of the most popular workout types, including High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Strength, Yoga, Dance, Core, Cycling, Treadmill (for running and walking), Rowing, and Mindful Cooldown, led by a phenomenal team of trainers whose approach is welcoming to all. The workouts are fueled by inspiring music from today’s top artists designed to keep users motivated from start to finish. 

“Being more active is one of the most important things we can do for our health, but we know choosing to work out can often be a challenge whether you’re very active or just getting started,” said Jay Blahnik, Apple’s senior director of Fitness Technologies. “We’re excited for Apple Fitness+ to bring together the metrics from Apple Watch, great music, and a diverse and inspiring trainer team — in a uniquely simple, easy-to-access way across Apple devices — to encourage our users to get fit and stay healthy.”

Integration with Apple Watch

Apple Fitness+ dynamically integrates personal metrics from Apple Watch to inspire users, animating them on the screen during key moments in the workout, providing an engaging and immersive experience to help users stay motivated. For example, when the trainer says to check heart rate, the heart rate metrics are spotlighted; during tough intervals, a countdown timer starts to help users get through to the last second; and when they close their Activity rings, a celebration happens right on the workout screen.

For those who enjoy a little competition, HIIT, Treadmill, Cycling, and Rowing workouts have an optional Burn Bar that shows, in real time, how a user’s effort stacks up against anyone who has previously completed the same workout.

Simplicity of Finding Great Workouts

Apple Fitness+ makes getting started with a great workout quick and simple with an intuitive filter that allows users to choose their trainer, time, workout, and music to get to their next workout in seconds. There is also an intelligent recommendation engine that considers workouts previously completed in Fitness+, the Apple Watch Workout app, and favorite third-party fitness apps that integrate with the Health app. Fitness+ recommends workouts that match what the user already enjoys doing so they can jump right in with something familiar, suggests they try something new, helps them discover a new trainer, or proposes a workout to complement their current routine.

Each week, Fitness+ delivers new content across all workout types with a variety of trainers, times, and music. For those who are just starting out, trying something new, or getting back into exercising, several members of the trainer team lead Absolute Beginner workouts that teach the basics of HIIT, Strength, Core, and Yoga, as an option to prepare for the weekly studio workouts. Rowing, Cycling, and Treadmill workouts also feature Getting Started videos that show how to set up the equipment, and introduce proper form and technique.

With Activity Sharing, users can allow friends and family to see Fitness+ workouts completed, and workouts can also be shared to their favorite social media channels.

Fitness for All

Apple Fitness+ features a team of celebrated, charismatic, and passionate trainers who are specialists in their fields, working together to create outstanding fitness content for everyone. The trainers also appear in each others’ workouts, giving users the chance to be inspired by a favorite trainer, while also getting motivation from the rest of the team. Additionally, all workouts include a trainer demonstrating modifications, so users of varying ability levels have someone to follow.

Motivating Music

Music is a central part of the Apple Fitness+ experience, and the trainer team weaves music throughout the design of every workout. Users can choose from nine different styles, including Latest Hits, Chill Vibes, Upbeat Anthems, Pure Dance, Throwback Hits, Everything Rock, Latin Grooves, Hip Hop/R&B, and Top Country, and see the full workout playlist before they start. They can also filter by music to find the right workout to fit their current mood. An Apple Music subscription is not required to enjoy the music in Fitness+, but for those who have one, favorite songs or an entire playlist from Fitness+ workouts can be downloaded to their Apple Music library to listen anytime.

Flexibility to Work Out Anywhere

Apple Fitness+ gives subscribers the option to work out anywhere and at anytime with the screen that best suits them across iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. And regardless of where users begin a workout, personalized recommendations are synced across devices.

Many Fitness+ workouts require no equipment at all or just a set of dumbbells, and Cycling, Treadmill, and Rowing workouts can be done using equipment from any manufacturer. For ultimate flexibility, most workouts range in increments of 10, 20, 30, and 45 minutes.

Getting Started With Apple Fitness+

Apple Fitness+ will be available Monday, December 14, and requires iOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, iPadOS 14.3, and tvOS 14.3. For Apple Watch users, Apple Fitness+ will automatically appear as a new tab in the Fitness app on iPhone; the Fitness app for iPad will be available to download from the App Store; and on Apple TV, the Fitness app will automatically appear once users upgrade to tvOS 14.3.

    • Fitness+ will be available as a subscription service for $9.99 (US) per month or $79.99 (US) per year.1
    • Fitness+ can be shared among up to six family members for the same price, making it easy for other Apple Watch users in the household to enjoy the service. 
    • Three months of Apple Fitness+ are included for customers who purchase Apple Watch Series 3 or later and one month of Fitness+ is included for existing Apple Watch users.2
    • Apple Fitness+ is included in the Apple One Premier plan, which, where available, also gives customers access to Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and 2TB of iCloud storage for $29.95 per month, and can be shared among up to six family members. 
    • Follow the Fitness+ trainer team at instagram.com/applefitnessplus.

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Enclave Audio’s CineSync Program Provides a Streamlined Home Theater Experience

Enclave Audio’s new CineSync program is aimed at providing consumers with a one-stop solution for the setup, calibration, and control of a CineHome system. With Android TV, Apple tvOS, Amazon Fire, and Roku TV Ready support, the new CineSync system is equipped with both Bluetooth and USB connectivity and enables consumers to control preferences and access features directly on-screen, eliminating the need for a mobile app. The new CineSync program is compatible with both the Enclave CineHome II and CineHome PRO system.

Additional Resources
• Visit the Enclave Audio website for additional details and product specs
• Enclave Audio’s CineHome systems are now certified Roku TV Ready
• Visit our Streaming Media Players/App Reviews and HDTV Reviews pages to find your perfect home theater streaming pair

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Enclave Audio, manufacturer of the immersive wireless audio system CineHome portfolio for home entertainment environments, today announces the introduction of the CineSync program for their CineHub-based wireless surround sound systems. Designed to provide consumers with a fast, convenient, and effortless method to setup, calibrate, and control their Enclave Audio CineHome system, the CineSync program enables TVs and streaming appliances to remove the need for the use of a mobile device app and supports full, on-screen TV access to the complete suite of settings available for Enclave CineHome II and CineHome PRO systems via the TV or streaming device remote already in the customer's hands.

Supported via the Android TV, Apple tvOS, Amazon Fire, and Roku TV Ready platforms, the Enclave CineSync program is designed to deliver a single-cable, plug-and-play, high-definition wireless 5.1 channel audio experience to consumers that seamlessly integrates with their existing home entertainment ecosystem.

When combined with any compatible Android TV or Amazon Fire platform TV/streaming device, consumers can choose from Bluetooth or USB connectivity to the Enclave CineHub for complete system integration into their entertainment system with the push of a button. Leveraging Apple’s tvOS supported Bluetooth connectivity, consumers can use their Apple TV streaming appliance to enjoy full on-screen control of their Enclave CineHub-based sound system.

TV panels that are compatible with the CineSync program include Android TV models that are offered by: Sony, Hisense, TCL, Skyworth, Sharp, and Phillips. Additionally, the Amazon Fire TV Edition models and US-based Roku TV’s are also compatible with the program.

Streaming appliances compatible with Enclave’s CineSync program include: Apple TV, AT&T TV, Google Chromecast with Google TV, Amazon Fire Cube, Amazon Fire Stick, Nvidia Shield, TiVo Stream 4K, T-Mobile TVision, Verizon Stream TV, and Xiaomi Mi.

Additionally, projectors and laser TV’s from Epson, Optoma, Hisense, Nebula, Fengmi, Xgimi, and Vava are also Enclave CineSync program compatible.

“While the TV or streaming appliance remote control does most of the daily work for Enclave customers, we designed the CineSync Program to enable consumers to enjoy a more streamlined and convenient method to setup, calibrate, and control their new CineHub-based wireless surround sound system,” said Rob Jones, CTO for Enclave Audio.

“By removing the tether of a mobile device or tablet and transferring the setup process directly to the big screen, the remote and the equipment that customers are already familiar with become the vehicle through which they can access, modify and personalize all the in-depth audio settings the Enclave sound system enables. This program not only makes initial set-up faster and convenient, but provides the most intuitive and natural way for consumers to adjust their settings during day-to-day use.”

For more information on Enclave Audio CineSync, please visit: www.enclaveaudio.com/pages/what-is-enclave-cinesync

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Warner Bros. Will Release Entire 2021 Slate on HBO Max

As 2020 comes to an end and stay-at-home orders are still being issued across the country, it looks as if theaters will most likely remain closed going into 2021. In lieu of this reality, Warner Bros. Pictures is releasing their entire 2021 film slate both on HBO Max and in theaters (those that are still open, of course). With films such as Mortal Kombat, Dune, Matrix 4, and Godzilla vs. Kong expected to be released in the upcoming year, the announcement is a welcome update for those who were worried about missing out on big blockbusters. If you don’t already have an HBO Max subscription or are looking to renew, check out the platform's current subscription deal.

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• Visit the HBO Max website for additional details
• Find your next HBO Max series or film to binge-watch
• Visit our Streaming Media Player/App Reviews page to find the perfect streaming device for you

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Today, the Warner Bros. Pictures Group announced that it has committed to releasing its 2021 film slate via a unique, consumer-focused distribution model in which Warner Bros. will continue to exhibit the films theatrically worldwide, while adding an exclusive one month access period on the HBO Max streaming platform in the U.S. concurrent with the film’s domestic release. The hybrid model was created as a strategic response to the impact of the ongoing global pandemic, particularly in the U.S. Following the one month HBO Max access period domestically, each film will leave the platform and continue theatrically in the U.S. and international territories, with all customary distribution windows applying to the title. All films will be available in 4K Ultra HD and HDR on HBO Max. This announcement was made today by Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group (of which Warner Bros. is part) and Jason Kilar, CEO, WarnerMedia.

Warner Bros. Pictures Group’s 2021 expected* release slate currently includes The Little Things, Judas and the Black Messiah, Tom & Jerry, Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, Those Who Wish Me Dead, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, In The Heights, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, Reminiscence, Malignant, Dune, The Many Saints of Newark, King Richard, Cry Macho and Matrix 4. 

“We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group,” said Sarnoff. “No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021. With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films. We see it as a win-win for film lovers and exhibitors, and we’re extremely grateful to our filmmaking partners for working with us on this innovative response to these circumstances.”

“After considering all available options and the projected state of moviegoing throughout 2021, we came to the conclusion that this was the best way for WarnerMedia’s motion picture business to navigate the next 12 months,” said Kilar. “More importantly, we are planning to bring consumers 17 remarkable movies throughout the year, giving them the choice and the power to decide how they want to enjoy these films. Our content is extremely valuable, unless it’s sitting on a shelf not being seen by anyone. We believe this approach serves our fans, supports exhibitors and filmmakers, and enhances the HBO Max experience, creating value for all.”

“This hybrid exhibition model enables us to best support our films, creative partners and moviegoing in general throughout 2021,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “We have a fantastic, wide ranging slate of titles from talented and visionary filmmakers next year, and we’re excited to be able get these movies in front of audiences around the world. And, as always, we’ll support all of our releases with innovative and robust marketing campaigns for their theatrical debuts, while highlighting this unique opportunity to see our films domestically via HBO Max as well.”

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Hulu’s Watch Party Now Available for All Subscription Tiers

Make socially-distanced movie nights a part of your holiday routine with Hulu’s Watch Party feature, which is now available for all Hulu subscribers. Previously available only to those who paid for the ad-free subscription tier, Watch Party enables up to eight Hulu subscribers to watch content together and interact via the feature's chat function. Watch Party even has a feature that enables members to catch up to whatever part of the show or film the rest of the group is at if they have paused or fallen behind.

 Additional Resources
• Visit the Hulu website for additional details
• Here’s some insight about streaming and holiday buying you may or may not find surprising
• Find a new film or TV show to stream on Hulu and other streaming platforms
• Check out our Streaming Media Player/App Reviews page to find your perfect streaming device

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With many families practicing social distancing this year, it’s more important than ever to find new ways to connect with friends and family this holiday season. Hulu is here to help by offering our viewers the opportunity to enjoy a shared entertainment experience with their loved ones from afar.

Today, we’re officially launching Hulu Watch Party for Hulu and Hulu (No Ads) subscribers on Hulu.com. Viewers can now safely connect with their friends and family from the comfort of their homes to watch thousands of titles from Hulu’s on-demand streaming library. From the new Hulu Original film The Happiest Season to holiday episodes of beloved shows like The Golden GirlsThis is Us, and Family Guy, Hulu is home for the holidays this season. Viewers can also tune into favorites like Pen15 and The Bachelorette, which have been popular titles for Watch Party during our testing period.

After launching Hulu Watch Party through the “Watch Party” icon on each title’s Details page, viewers can share a link with up to seven other Hulu subscribers to join. Viewers must be 18 years of age or older to access the feature. While watching, group members will be able to react in real-time through the chat function and control their own playback.

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Naim Audio Adds HD Radio Stations and Updates Streaming

Naim Audio has added new HD radio channels for its streaming-capable speakers, including Naim Jazz HD and Naim Classical HD stations, and an updated Naim Radio HD. Those who own Naim Mu-so and Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation wireless speakers, Uniti Atom, Star and Nova systems, and ND 5 XS2, NDX 2, ND 555 players will be able to stream the new stations in 44.1kHz/16-bit FLAC quality, and existing stations at resolutions as high as 96kHz/24-bit. Additionally, legacy Naim streaming products have been updated with AAC 320kbps streams.

Additional Resources
• Visit the Naim Audio website for additional details and a full radio streaming guide
• Check out our review of the Naim Mu-So 2nd Generation wireless speaker
• Also, be sure to read our reviews of the Naim Uniti Nova and the Naim Uniti Atom

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Naim Audio, the British specialist with almost 50 years of hi-fi expertise, is delighted to announce new and higher-quality radio options for users of its streaming speakers, systems and separates – all freely available from today.

Dedicated Naim Jazz HD and Naim Classical HD stations will join a revamped Naim Radio HD stream; all three available in up to CD quality. They will join a dedicated HD Radio category to browse and enjoy from the Naim App. This curated collection of the highest-quality radio streams from around the world, including Radio X, Intense Radio, the full Radio Paradise network, Frequence 3 network, NRJ Paris, Rondo Classic and Sector Network.

“The new Naim Radio HD channels are home to the entire, updated Naim Records back catalogue – covering everything from some of the very first classic releases, right up to the electrifying debut tracks from latest signing, Fable ­- truly showcasing our eclectic and exciting roster,” said James Tailby, Naim Records manager.

Users of Naim Mu-so and Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation wireless speakers, Uniti Atom, Star and Nova systems, and ND 5 XS2, NDX 2, ND 555 players will be able to enjoy the three new Naim Radio stations as high-quality, 16bit/44.1kHz FLAC streams, and the HD Radio selection at their native resolutions – some as high as 24bit/96kHz.

Meanwhile, users of legacy Naim streaming products also get a quality upgrade, with AAC 320kbps streams now available, matching the highest-quality output from BBC Radio stations.

The higher-quality radio options will be available via the Naim App from today; no software upgrade required.

For more information on Naim Audio visit www.naimaudio.com.

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HELM Audio’s BOLT DAC/AMP is MQA and THX Certified

HELM Audio’s new portable BOLT DAC/AMP USB adapter is THX Certified and supports MQA, enabling outputs at 88.2 kHz or 96 kHz resolutions, and is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Equipped with both a USB-C input and 3.55mm headphone output, the new DAC/AMP is compatible with all music files, including MP3, MQA, and Hi-Res. The HELM BOLT DAC/AMP retails for $99 and is available now via the HELM Audio website.

Additional Resources
• Visit the HELM site for additional details and product specs
• Read more about a new pair of wireless headphones from HELM
• Here’s another USB DAC from Clarus

Here’s more from HELM:

HELM Audio Ltd., a globally distributed British-American audio innovation company, today announced the launch of the next in its lineup of THX Certified products, the HELM BOLT DAC/AMP mobile USB digital analog converter, which supports MQA technology.  The BOLT DAC/AMP is aimed at elevating sound quality for portable devices and proudly carries the coveted THX Certification for device performance. The BOLT DAC/AMP was premiered during CES 2020 in Las Vegas, where HELM Audio was awarded four CES Innovation Honoree Awards - including one award for the BOLT DAC/AMP.  The BOLT DAC/AMP will retail for $99 and is available on HELM’s website.

HELM Audio, known for combining new technologies to drive innovation in audio hardware, is setting a new standard by providing studio-level quality to our mobile world. The BOLT DAC/AMP comes in a small palm-sized form factor but delivers massive results including MQA support and other high res audio file decoding. The BOLT DAC/AMP adapter supports an unprecedented range of existing high res audio formats and devices, including. MQA (Master Quality Authenticated), a breakthrough British technology which captures and authenticates studio quality sound. The BOLT DAC/AMP has passed many rigorous THX Certification audio quality tests ensuring a flat frequency response, low distortion, low noise and a stable, high output suitable for a wide range of headphones delivering a superior audio experience.

MQA is live on streaming platforms like Tidal, where the BOLT DAC/AMP adapter can allow users to have lossless end-to-end MQA rendering for the ultimate sound experience. Users can enjoy sonic details and fidelity exactly as the artists and sound engineers intended without relying on bulky data-intensive streams.

The BOLT DAC/AMP adapter uses the same digital audio converter (DAC) technology available on some of the finest audiophile gear, and delivers clarity and fidelity in a small and convenient adapter. The BOLT DAC/AMP adapter outputs at 88.2 kHz or 96 kHz resolutions, and for non-MQA content, the BOLT DAC/AMP still provides the highest resolution available for mobile and gaming applications. The BOLT DAC/AMP is nimble enough to deliver power to the most demanding headphones and has an auto-output level adjustment that can match almost any headphones’ impedance. The BOLT DAC/AMP is designed to be plug-and-play with no firmware to download, and is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS and Linux, whilst also providing bit-perfect playback using USB Player Pro, HF Onkyo Player, Audirvana Plus, and more.

“Our partnership with two audio industry innovators in MQA and THX means our users can count on an ultra-premium audio experience,” said Eric Johnson, CEO of HELM Audio.  “We have combined MQA’s award-winning technology with THX performance quality in a carefully curated, compact, durable and affordable product design, democratizing audiophile quality through affordability,” he added.

“Helm Audio’s MQA-enabled BOLT DAC is an exciting and elegant solution for music on the move,” added Mike Jbara, CEO of MQA. “Our mission at MQA is to enable everyone to enjoy original sound quality wherever they listen. Helm Audio shares that vision and stands behind it with the BOLT DAC.”

Learn more about HELM Audio’s new products visit Helmaudio.com or join our Facebook community at Facebook.com/helmaudioltd. 


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Clarus’ New USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier Combines Flexibility and Performance

Clarus’ new CODA USB DAC with a built-in headphone amplifier  provides users with quality audio via its SABRE DAC with Hyperstream II modulation. Compatible with both USB 1.1 and 2.0, the new release supports 384kHz/32-bit PCM playback and up to 5.6MHz DSD, and is built with a class G headphone amp with 2.0Vrms output voltage. Additionally, the CODA’s software can be upgraded once Clarus releases new firmware updates, although it already supports the big features you would expect, such as MQA decoding. Available starting December 1, the CODA retails for $300.

Additional Resources
• Visit the Clarus and MQA websites for additional details and product specs
• Visit our Digital to Analog Converter Reviews page to read about similar products

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TIDAL Boosts its MQA Catalogue with New Update

TIDAL, a well-loved streaming app amongst artists and audiophiles alike, recently added millions of MQA tracks from Warner Music Group to its TIDAL Masters catalogue. This recent update also added ‘Master Edition’ Artist Radio and Track Radio -- enabling listeners to create radio stations that only include Masters tracks -- and a Master Edition section in My New Arrivals, which enables subscribers to find new music that is available in the Masters format.

Additional Resources
• Visit the TIDAL and MQA websites for more info and application details
• Read about TIDAL’s recently-launched “Connect” feature
• Check out our Wireless Speaker Reviews and Headphone + Accessory Reviews pages for products that are compatible with TIDAL

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