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Is surround sound for music and home theater on its way out?

Music surround formats never really caught on, and now the appeal of listening to five or more speakers for movies is fading fast.

By February 9, 2014


A new high in high-end headphone amplifier design

If you already own a great set of full-size headphones, the Fosgate Signature Headphone Amplifier will make them sound better than ever.

By March 10, 2013


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


An amazing 3D sound game for children

Brett Paine Murphy's amazing audio board game allows children as young as 5 to play with 3D sound.

By October 9, 2011


Why did SACD, DVD-A, and Blu-ray fail as music surround formats?

SACD and DVD-A pinned their futures to the hope that there was a market for 5.1-channel music, and flopped. Now Blu-ray is making an even feebler attempt.

By June 25, 2011


Extinct audio format gets a museum

The 8-track cartridge will be honored with its own museum in Dallas on Monday.

By February 11, 2011


Surround-sound music format flops

Stereo is well over 50 years old, so why has the public rejected every music-surround format to come down the pike?

By January 27, 2011


Are SACD and DVD-Audio dead yet?

Ten years ago SACD and DVD-Audio were hailed as the next big things. Everyone thought multichannel music would soon replace stereo, but stereo's still here and 5.1 music is nearly extinct.

By July 16, 2009


Marantz CD player is as pretty as a disco ball

System is expensive but worth the nostalgic trip.

By October 26, 2007


MP3 system is a towering inferno

Bigger is better with this surround-sound setup

By November 17, 2006