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What is Audio Return Channel (ARC)?

Audio Return Channel is a useful feature, in certain situations, built into TVs, receivers, and soundbars. It lets you send audio from a TV back down to a soundbar or receiver. Here's why you might want it, and why you might not.

By August 8, 2014

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Dolby adds a new dimension to sound

Coming later this year, Dolby takes its professional Atmos theater sound technology to the home theater market.

By June 28, 2014

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20 TVs tested: Which sets can pass surround sound to a sound bar?

We tested 20 televisions to see if they could output surround sound via their optical output when fed a signal from an external source.

By December 13, 2013

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Streaming-audio app Play-Fi takes on Sonos and AirPlay

Play-Fi is the newest home streaming standard and could give Sonos and AirPlay a run for their money, promising wider manufacturer support and hi-res playback.

By September 24, 2013

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Onkyo to offer Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel music downloads

Music-only surround formats have failed again and again; is Onkyo's new high-resolution download scheme doomed from the start?

By May 16, 2012

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PSB Image T6: A high-end tower speaker at an affordable price

PSB Speakers' big T6 tower is a seriously powerful performer, equally accomplished with music and home theater sound.

By May 8, 2013

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A powerhouse bookshelf speaker from Monitor Audio

Monitor Audio's Silver RX1 may be just 12 inches high, but it sounds like a much bigger speaker.

By March 27, 2013

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Oppo BDP-105: Not your average Blu-ray player

Oppo's new player not only sounds great; for some buyers it eliminates the need for an AV receiver.

By January 26, 2013

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The Audiophiliac's favorite music Blu-rays, DVDs, and CDs

This latest batch of releases is loaded with gems.

By December 2, 2012

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With AV receivers is sound quality more important than features?

Cambridge Audio has the chutzpah to make a high-end AV receiver that's light on features, and put the money into the sound.

By August 19, 2012