Sound + Image April - May 2015

SOUND + IMAGE magazine offers a comprehensive package focused on lifestyle home electronic entertainment. It provides easy-to-read information about audio and video equipment and how ordinary consumers can assemble extraordinary systems that look and sound fantastic.

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in this issue

4 min
the habit of streaming

It’s been a big month for streaming in Australia. We now have Netflix finally available, the TV and movie service that absolutely dominates the US market, while in music we have seen (and heard) the launch of two music streaming services, Deezer Elite and Tidal, which deliver not the usual 320k streams but actual full CD quality. All are exciting advances, though each came with a potentially joy-quashing caveat. Netflix, while addictively wonderful, turns out to have a whole lot less in its catalogue than offered by the US Netflix which is widely accessed here via VPN (some estimate as many as 200,000 US Netflix users here). To be fair, Netflix did warn everyone about that in advance, and asked not to be judged purely on its initial offering. We are…

2 min
new-tech ‘15

Occupying the new Hall 5 at the Sydney Show Ground Exhibition Centre, NEW-TECH is a new show featuring interactive exhibits, high-end audio sound lounges, home cinema demonstrations, amd wider technologies including digital photo imaging, satellite navigation, mobile/in-car entertainment, eco-friendly & leisure technologies. The NEW-TECH show is aimed at all the family and for all ages, and is organised by The Chester Group. It also incorporates the Australian Audio & AV Show, which our regular readers will know well. This year’s NEW-TECH will bring the best of that show together with wider areas of technology and a more interactive experience. NextMedia is media partner to the event, and we will be providing more details of exhibitors, events and more in the lead-up to the show. More info: DELAY FOR 4K? A new patent-licensing group called…

1 min
q acoustics up to 3000

Q Acoustics has launched a ‘3000 Series’, the range consisting of five new designs – the 3010 and 3020 ‘bookshelf’ models, the floorstanding 3050 model, a 3070S active subwoofer, and a dedicated 3090C home cinema ‘centre-channel’ speaker. The company’s 2000i Series has enjoyed great success, with accolades including our own Sound+Image Awards for the 2000i 5.1 cinema pack, and for the Concept 20s in our more recent awards. Greg Borrowman wrote in Australian Hi-Fi that he’d not heard “a pair of speakers at the same price that sound anywhere near as good” The new 3000 Series benefits from numerous advanced cabinet features taken from the ‘Concept’ models, including ultra-low resonance cabinets. The new 3000 Series tweeter is a revolutionary ‘2 in1’ Concentric Ring Dome design, mounted into a butyl-rubber resonance-cancelling housing. The…

1 min
arcam soundbar & sub

Arcam has released a full-featured ‘Solo’ soundbar that can be used as a Bluetooth streamer and also wirelessly connects to a matching subwoofer The aluminium chassis of the Arcam Solo Bar contains a total of 100W of onboard amplification for its six drivers — twin 25mm tweeters and four four-inch bass/midrange drivers. The tweeters are angled five degrees to create a greater dispersion of high frequencies into the room. System connections include four CEC-enabled 4K pass-through HDMI terminals, as well as digital coaxial and optical inputs and analogue 3.5mm line inputs. Apt-X Bluetooth is also onboard, and the Solo bar can be controlled from any iOS or Android device using Arcam’s free Solo control app. The Solo Soundbar sells here for $1799, the optional Solo Subwoofer for $1099. More:…

1 min
lg 2015 range

LG’s Home Entertainment launch for 2015 revealed no new OLEDs for Australia yet, but oodles of 4K and a new emphasis on audio. The company’s 4K sets now comprise two-thirds of its available models, topped by the UF950T range in 55, 65 and 79-inch sizes, then the UF850T range in 49, 55, 60 and 65-inch sizes, the UF770T in seven sizes from 43 to 79 inches, and the UG870/880T in 55, 65 and 79-inch sizes. These feature LG’s new six-step upscaling to 4K, and also a ‘ColourPrime’ colour gamut, which extends some 20% outside the gamut delivered by either broadcast or Blu-ray (so one has to wonder from where these new colours will come from). The company’s TV control system, webOS, now moves to version 2.0. All these smart TVs include…

1 min
ruark to share

Ruark Audio has brought multiroom to its R2 mk3 compact music system, which delivers a versatile mix of traditional radio (DAB+/ FM), internet radio, Bluetooth streaming (with aptX available), network streaming via Wi-Fi, and Spotify Connect. The multiroom upgrade allows the same music to be played simultaneously through multiple R2s, controllable from the company’s top-mounted RotoDial controller, and soon from an app for iOS and Android devices. All current R2 mk3 owners will be able to upgrade via an online firmware update. The RRP of the R2 is $799. More info:…