If you're after the most-premium home theater experience, you're going to need one of the best AV receivers. These legacy devices serve as the brains of the system, routing audio data from a source (like, say, a game console or TV) to a speaker system and moving video signal from an external device to your TV. How well it can do this job and how many sources it can handle at once is the main criteria for evaluating which of the many home theater systems is deserving of a spot on our list of the best AV receivers. Importantly, AV receivers (which are also known as AVRs) don’t just power 5.1 and 7.1 speaker setups outside of a soundbar , they improve sound the sound of those inputs as well through advanced digital signal processing (DSP). This is essential, because you should think of the best AV receivers as the central hub that all of your entertainment equipment will connect to and communicate with in order to bring you the best possible experience. While 4K … [Read more...] about Best AV receivers 2022: which home cinema receiver should you buy?
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The best turntables can have a massive impact on how you enjoy music. The top record players of 2022 are vastly different beasts than the clunky and fiddly plate spinners you may have stored away in a cupboard. We've reviewed some of the best vinyl spinners on the market right now and each product found on this list is both versatile and modern – decks that will suit any type of home, budget, or music taste. These days, many of the best record players will also work with the best wireless speakers and the best headphones , boasting the ability to hook up to your other smart home devices while producing high-end audio to transform your music. There are a plethora of styles now too. Whether you like clean and contemporary or the classic, retro stylings of vinyl players from a few decades ago, there's something to suit in this buying guide. The latest turntables come packed with modern features such as Bluetooth connectivity and USB ports as well – a must if you want to rip … [Read more...] about Best turntables 2022: the best record players for any budget
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 is one of the best smartwatches around, but unlike every other Wear OS device, it didn’t have Google Assistant. Now that has finally changed. Samsung revealed earlier this week that Google Assistant was finally rolling out to the Galaxy Watch 4, which has only had Samsung’s Bixby virtual assistant since the watch was released last year. The good news is that it’s showing up on watches automatically without the need to do anything — in my case, the Assistant icon appeared at the bottom of my watch’s app list, and tapping it started the setup process. If you don’t see Google Assistant yet, Droid Life pointed out you can force the installation by opening the Play Store app listing for “Google Assistant for wearables,” and then choosing your watch as the target device. Much easier than the process for installing Google Assistant on Samsung’s older Tizen-powered Galaxy Watches , which was also an unofficial version. By default, holding down the home … [Read more...] about Here’s How to Get Google Assistant on the Galaxy Watch 4
Audio player loading… Apple has responded to recent criticisms from over 100 top film and TV editing professionals over its management of Final Cut Pro (FCP). April saw the publication of an open-letter heaping praise on Apple’s flagship video editing software , going as far as calling it “the biggest leap forward in editing technology since the move to digital”. However, the signatories - including big-hitters on shows like Blood Red Sky and Bridgerton - also said the company isn’t doing enough to “promote Final Cut Pro publicly and add the few remaining features that our industry has consistently stated are needed.” Now, Apple is promising a shake-up to its plans for FCP. Promises, promises Addressed to “the authors of the recent open letter regarding Final Cut Pro in the TV and film industry”, Apple’s response starts by highlighting the “many compelling projects created to date with Final Cut Pro”. Read More > … [Read more...] about Apple promises Final Cut Pro upgrades in response to backlash
Audio player loading… Deus Ex developer Eidos Montréal very nearly made Final Fantasy 15. The studio was put in charge of Square Enix’s flagship JRPG project – until the publisher changed its mind and took it back home. Eidos Montréal worked on Final Fantasy 15 after Deus Ex Mankind Divided , which was its final entry in the series. Development was already underway in Canada when the decision was made, according to former Montréal staffer Jonathan Jacque-Belletête. “Then they decided to bring it back to Japan,” he told TrueAchievements . “Which I think was a big mistake, but it’s still the truth. Ours was really, really cool.” Since then, the Montréal studio has released a Tomb Raider sequel and Guardians of the Galaxy – the latter of which earned four stars from our Vic for its “heartfelt and witty story”. The studio would have been the first ever Western developer to put out a mainline Final Fantasy game. In the event, however, Final Fantasy 15 was … [Read more...] about Taking Final Fantasy 15 away from the Deus Ex studio was ‘a big mistake’
Update: This story now includes updates and corrections based upon responses from Suburban Express and attorney James Long. In a repeat performance that would make even Barbara blush, Illinois bus company owner Dennis Toeppen is pushing the so-called Streisand Effect to its limits by again trying to get reddit to shut up about his company. Once notorious as a domain squatter, Toeppen more recently became notorious for his war with social media users who speak ill of his Suburban Express bus service. Toeppen has now taken it up a notch, moving to revive legal threats and trolling his critics on reddit more ferociously. In this latest round, Toeppen's lawyer, James Long, and sent another legal threat to a redditor over a banner on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign subreddit. The demand was not over the full statement on the banner, as was previously reported, but rather over the phrase "they're likely to sue." The banner on the UIUC subreddit—a discussion area for … [Read more...] about Update: Bus co. threatens redditor yet again, records users’ IP addresses