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Marantz Intros SR5009, Dolby Atmos Products

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Marantz updates its network AV receiver lineup with the SR5009, a home theatre receiver including both wifi and Bluetooth, and announces its first Dolby Atmos-compatible AVR and preamp/processor.

MarantzBluetooth and wifi connectivity allow the SR5009 to access media on PCs or external storage units, with a built-in media player taking care of playback duties. It handles MP3, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, WAV 192/24, AAC, gapless, DSD and AIFF formats, and also streams via Apple AirPlay, web radio and Spotify Connect.

It features 7 channels, each with 180W, and even supports 4K/UHD and 3D, with 8 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs. Further features include Audyssey MultiEQ XT room connection, 4 Smart Select buttons, FM/AM tuner and support for the Marantz Remote mobile device app.


Wifi, Bluetooth for Denon AVR Trio

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Denon launches the AVR-X1100W, AVR-X2100W and AVR-X3100W-- a trio of AV receivers equipped with wifi, Bluetooth aptX and Apple Airplay connectivity as well as the latest Denon surround sound and HDMI specification.

Denon AVRThe AVR-X1100W is the more basic model, being a 7.2-channel with built-in wifi and USB port allowing connection to Spotify, iDevices (via Airplay), users' music libraries and DLNA-compatible devices.

It also includes 5 HDMI inputs (2 HDMI 2.0 4K ready), 1 HDMI output and a power rating at 80W (8 ohm 20-20kHz 0.08%) per channel.

The AVR-X2100W builds on the AVR-X1100W with a power amplifier pushing 95W per channel (8 ohm 20-20kHz 0.085), 8 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs and a video processor allowing the unit to upscale standard and HD video up to 4K.


PS Vita TV Makes it to Europe

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Remember the Playstation Vita TV, the Sony Japan-only micro console? Only scratch that last bit-- at E3 2014 the company announces the devices is making to European markets as the Playstation TV.

Playstation TVIn way of refresher, the Playstation TV is basically a PS Vita handheld console reworked into a small (6.4 x 10.5cm) STB. It connects to TVs via HDMI and plays select downloadable PS Vita, PSP and PS One games using up to two Dualshock wireless controllers.

In addition it also supports PS4 Remote play (ie game streaming from PS4 consoles) and PS3 games through the forthcoming Playstation Now service.


HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2 for Integra Receiver Duo

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The DTR-30.6 and DTR-40.6 are the first Integra A/V receivers featuring HDMI 2.0 support for 4K/60Hz video, the latest HDCP 2.2 copy protection and "excellent" compatibility with multi-room and home automation systems.

Integra AVRThe two receivers provider 7 channels of power at 95 and 110W respectively. The DTR-30.6 carries 7 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs, and the DTR-40.6 also includes HDBaseT connectivity (together with 7 in/2 out HDMI ports) for up to 100m of wired connectivity via CAT5e/6 cable.

Networking features provide a wide selection of audio streaming sources, including Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM and Tine In, while phono input proves support for legacy digital and analog sources. The DTR-30.6 also includes built-in wifi and Bluetooth for wireless streaming from home networks and mobile devices.


Further European Expansion for Netflix

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Netflix announces "significant" expansion into 6 European countries-- Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg will get access to the video-on-demand service sometime later this year.

NetflixThe above mentioned countries will join the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands in access to subscription-based on-demand programming on multiple devices. Little else is known, since the company says it will provide "further details, including pricing, programming and supported devices at a later date."

Currently Netflix has 48 million subscribers in over 40 countries, and says it serves over 1 billion hours of programming per month. In Europe it will get to compete against the likes of Sky Deutschland's Snap, Vivendi's Watchever, ProSiebenSat.1's MaxDome and Amazon Instant Video.


The Curve Changes Everything

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Samsung's Ultra HD Curved TV

Fast Company magazine shares this news: "A new campaign for Samsung's Ultra HD curved TV stitches together moments from iconic films into one giant reaction shot."

Created by the ad agency 72andSunny, "The Curve Changes Everything" campaign uses outakes from Back to the Future, Jaws, Zoolander, Gravity, Field of Dreams and other films.

The agency worked with director Rian Johnson (Looper and Breaking Bad) and Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda (The Life of Pi) to create the spot.

Samsung itself says curvy screens "allows for a more uniform distance from the eye to the entire surface of the screen, so it perceptually widens the field of view, enveloping you into the content you love."


Sony, Samsung Home Theatre at Best Buy

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In the US Best Buy is pushing the "home theatre experience" with an expansion of the store-in-a-store concept-- Sony gets pop-up stores in 350 Best Buy locations, while Samsung adds 500 outlets to its previously established presence.

Samsung Sony Within the Best Buy outlets the two companies will be selling their biggest and loudest home entertainment products, namely UHD/4K TVs and the audio systems.

The stores-in-a-store also get staff in the shape of "knowledgable and friendly" Blue Shirts and company experts.

Outside the Sony/Samsung areas Best Buy is also tweaking its home theatre sections with large screen TV showcase areas, grab'n'go shopping for small- and mid-size TVs and soundbar listening stations.