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Sharp now shipping the Aquos N7000, the first of its 2016 UHD lineup

Sharp has announced that its Aquos N7000 series of HDR TVs is now shipping nationwide, with models priced as low as $500 and as high as $1,500.
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Spotify’s Family Plan just got much better for bigger families

Spotify just got better for big families, with its previously complicated Family Plan getting an update that brings one price for up to six family members.
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Affordable HDR is here: Hisense unleashes its H8 series of televisions

Hisense showed off its 2016 lineup earlier this year at CES, and now many of the models it touted have made their way to store shelves.
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Bye-bye Marvel? Hulu’s new live TV service has Disney CEO rethinking Netflix deals

Disney CEO Bob Iger says he's excited about Hulu's upcoming move into live TV as the user interface is "tremendous" and will keep other providers honest.

Comcast is rolling out its HDR-ready Xi5 set-top box before it rolls out 4K

Comcast plans to launch its HDR-ready Xi5 set-top box on July 4, just in time for NBCUniversal's coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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Looking forward to Starz shows in HDR? Better look online first

Starz continues to focus on its OTT services, saying this is likely where it will debut HDR. It's also bringing its app to Android TV devices this week.
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Charter and Time Warner Cable officially merge as New Charter, Comcast misses out

Charter Communications has merged with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to create America's second-largest cable provider.
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Are your eyeballs ready? Philips’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray hits stores next month

Philips was one of three companies to debut a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player at CES earlier this year, and now it will release its model starting in June.
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Understand languages you’ve never learned with the Pilot translation earpiece

Even those who speak multiple languages likely can't understand everyone, but that could change thanks to a new wearable from the NYC-based Waverly Labs.
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Yamaha unwraps 6 hi-res receivers with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and multiroom sound

Yamaha continues to expand its multiroom offerings with a total of six MusicCast-enabled A/V receivers in its new Aventage RX-A 60 line.
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BitTorrent Live aims to save live-streaming video from lag issues, outages

BitTorrent Live, a new live-streaming video platform, aims to solve the latency and cost problems associated with broadcasting to massive audiences.
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Seeming to hover midair, Meizu’s Gravity is the David Blaine of speakers

Meizu has taken to Indiegogo, and it's not for a phone, but a clever new wireless speaker that takes its name from exactly what it looks to defy: Gravity.
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AT&T buys streaming partner to deliver TV ‘however, whenever, and wherever’

AT&T announced today that it will acquire Quickplay, the company powering its multiple upcoming DirecTV streaming plans.
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The BBC goes after Netflix head-on with aptly named Britflix

The BBC is reportedly working with other networks, including ITV and NBCUniversal, to plan a Netflix competitor under the working title Britflix.
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One of Braven’s most popular speakers gets an update that makes it even better

Braven is already well known for its rugged Bluetooth speakers, and now it's adding another member to the family with the BRV-1M.
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Feniks Audio says it created the world’s best computer speakers, and they might be right

Feniks Audio says its Essence computer speakers are the world's best, and they certainly do pack in some nice components, but they don't come cheap.
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Magic Instruments Rhythm Guitar lets anyone play guitar, regardless of skill

Have you always wanted to play guitar but never managed to pick it up? The Magic Instruments Rhythm Guitar lets anyone play, regardless of musical skill.
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Fender’s pro in-ear monitors are affordable enough for anyone to try

The first entries in the new line of in-ear monitors Fender announced in January are now on sale, with prices ranging from $100 to $500.
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Denon announces two feature-packed new models in its X-series of A/V receivers

Following last month's unveiling of two new models in its S Series of A/V receivers, Denon has announced two new future-ready models in its X Series line.
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Star Trek fan film Axanar may not live long and prosper

While the creators of the Star Trek fan film Axanar have argued against the claims filed against them by CBS and Paramount, the case will indeed proceed.
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ESPN and Verizon reach settlement in FiOS Custom TV lawsuit

ESPN and Verizon have reached a settlement in the lawsuit filed by the former shortly after the launch of its FiOS Custom TV skinny bundles last year.
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Pioneer offers up 4K and HDR on a budget with its new entry-level A/V receiver

Are you looking for an HDR-ready receiver to pair with your new TV but don't have much cash left over? Pioneer's entry-level VSX-531 could be worth a look.
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Spotify’s growing faster than ever, thanks in part to Apple Music

Spotify's rapid growth hasn't been hurt one bit by the launch of Apple Music -- as a matter of fact, the company says it's growing faster than ever.
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Pair this kit with a Raspberry Pi for the DIY headphone amp of your dreams

Looking for a DAC / tube amp combo to power your headphones but don't have a lot of cash to spend? Now all you need is a Raspberry Pi and this $120 kit.
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Isn't this where we came in? Pink Floyd offers entire back catalog on vinyl

Pink Floyd's entire back catalog will be reissued on vinyl, starting this spring with the group's first four albums, with the rest of the catalog to follow.
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Warner Music Group enters deal with MQA to offer hi-res music downloads

Warner has signed a long-term deal with MQA to offer music downloads in the hi-res format, making it the first major record label to do so.
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Apple Music just became the best option for students looking for cheap music

Apple Music just became a more attractive option for cash-strapped students, offering them a subscription for half off the normal fee, bringing to price to just $5 per month.
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Astell & Kern launches a trio of new products for playing and recording hi-res audio

Today Astell & Kern unveiled the AK300 hi-res player, the AK Recorder module, and its new Graphene Cables, the world's first to use the material.
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Could the FCC’s proposed open set-top boxes accidentally encourage piracy?

Two influential lawmakers are warning that the FCC's proposed open set-top boxes could lead to an increase in piracy by making Popcorn Time seem legitimate.
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Watch Netflix on the go? You now have more control over how much data it uses

Earlier this year, Netflix said it would roll out cellular data controls to its mobile apps in May. As promised, these controls are rolling out now.
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YouTube is hopping on the internet TV bandwagon

First Hulu confirmed it is working on a live TV service to complement its current offerings, and now YouTube could be offering its own internet TV service.
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Sony pulls the veil off a ton of high-res and multiroom home audio gear

If you're looking for high-resolution audio gear of just about any flavor, Sony has got you covered with a wide range of new products freshly unveiled.
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Like Apple Music but hate its design? Just hang on until June

Apple Music is reportedly getting a user interface overhaul that will better integrate streaming and downloaded music, just in time for WWDC this June.
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Bowers & Wilkins acquired by ex-Facebook CTO's home automation startup

Bowers & Wilkins has been in the audio business since 1966, but the company was just acquired by the startup EVA Automation, which launched in 2014.