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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NEW DELHI: Oppo launched its latest Reno 8 series of smartphones at an event in China. Along with the new smartphone series, the company has also launched its latest pair of true wireless earbuds -- Oppo Enco R. The true wireless earbuds come with Bluetooth 5.2 support and 13.4mm dynamic driver unit. The device also promises to offer 20 hours of total battery backup. The company has priced the Oppo Enco R true wireless earbuds at 299 yuan (Rs 3,480). The earbuds come in Ice White colour options. The device will go on sale in China starting May 31. The company has not yet revealed any details about the global rollout of the earbuds. Oppo Enco R features Oppo Enco R features a 13.4mm dynamic driver unit which promises to offer an immersive audio experience. The earbuds come with Bluetooth v5.2 support for AAC audio codec. The true wireless earbuds also come with 94ms low latency gaming mode. Oppo Enco R features dual microphones with an AI call noise reduction … [Read more...] about Oppo Enco R true wireless earbuds with 13.4mm drivers, water-resistant design launched
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… Sonos has launched its latest soundbar – and it comes with a budget-friendly price that’s uncharacteristic of the high-end multiroom audio brand. The new Sonos Ray is a compact soundbar that’s designed to boost your TV’s audio, and it’ll be available to buy on June 7 for just $279 / £179 / AU$399. That’s far cheaper than any other Sonos soundbar to date. Until now, the best option for those on a budget was the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) , which costs $399 / £339 / AU699. Meanwhile, the brand’s flagship Sonos Arc soundbar , costs an eye-watering $899. / £899 / AU$1,499. Sonos speakers have never been cheap, but the new soundbar is part of the company’s mission to bring better audio to more home cinema setups. Speaking to TechRadar’s own Matt Bolton , Sonos’ Product Creation Leader Brandon Holley told us that “nine out of 10 TVs in the world still rely on built-in TV speakers”, which he described as “pretty rough”. A soundbar (with a … [Read more...] about Sonos Ray is a compact soundbar with an unbelievably cheap price
Audio player loading… Updates are currently being tested for the Steam Deck, Valve's handheld PC gaming console, which includes improvements to the current fan curve and audio enhancements that can elevate the system's max volume. The patch notes were published on the Steam blog (opens in new tab) , with Valve designer Lawrence Yang (opens in new tab) also tweeting the news, stating "As a reminder, these changes are in beta for testing, so please let us know if you have feedback!". We’ve also just shipped an update to the SteamOS Beta channel for Steam Deck, with an updated fan controller, audio improvements, and more. As a reminder, these changes are in beta for testing, so please let us know if you have feedback! Details here: https://t.co/mMXM6MFIuG pic.twitter.com/2qgLEV7yyc May 20, 2022 See more These updates are a part of the SteamOS 3.2 Beta that started on April 25, with this latest batch of changes updated on May 19. We don't yet have a full … [Read more...] about The new Steam Deck update makes the console cooler and louder