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Olive 4 Review

December 8, 2009 By Lauren Dragan 45 comments
Olive 4 Review

Olive You So Much: A romance in two parts between a girl and the Olive 4, a sexy young multi-room music server.

At the risk of sounding clichéd, I’ve discovered there is such a thing as love at first sight.

Onkyo Offers World’s First DTS Neo:X Receiver

11.1 semi-spherical sound for complete audio immersion

Onkyo offers new and improved audio system

Oh no, not another audio format. Does this mean we have to buy new receivers or preamps? No worries, Onkyo has you covered with the new TX-NR1009, the first home theater receiver with DTS Neo:X.

DAR.fm: Cloud-Based DVR for Radio

The New York Times is reporting the launch of a new cloud-based audio service that will allow users to remotely record shows from 600 terrestrial radio stations and access these recordings from anywhere. Dar.fm is a service that can be used to record radio shows, store them in the cloud and listen to them on PCs, Android and iOS handhelds, Roku boxes and a variety of other connected devices.  Dar.fm went through a private alpha test with a few select users during the last couple of months, and the site is now live.


Mobi’s AV Monitor Brings Families Together


Security and Peace of Mind for Families Who are Distant from Loved Ones, Near or Far

When combined, two of Mobi Technologies' products, work in tandem to provide families with safety, security and instant contact. The MobiCam ® AV is a compact, 2-piece wireless audio/video camera and monitoring system. Both the camera and the monitor are handheld devices and can be moved to locations within the home such as bedroom, family room, kitchen or outdoor area. With a transmission range of up to 300 ft., automatic see-in-the-dark night vision, and the ability to connect to your TV or other audio-video device, MobiCam®AV provides safety, security and peace of mind by discreet monitoring of your family's loved ones - teens in the pool area, infants, toddlers and senior parents in need of care. Features include:

- The ability to scan between dual video sources
- Monitoring via your TV or computer as well as the MobiCam®AV monitor
- Automatic night vision sees in total darkness

The second offering is the MobiCam® Internet Kit, which allows you to keep a powerful eye on things. The Internet Kit sets up easily in minutes, allowing picture and sound from your MobiCam®AV or most any video monitoring set-up, to be monitored live via Internet browser on a PC or cell phone. Says Bart Greenberg, Mobi Technologies Vice President of Sales: "Mobi's product / webservice combo offers parents and caregivers the capabilities of much more expensive and complex surveillance systems to keep an eye on loved ones and property...anytime...from anywhere...for greater peace of mind." Features include:

- Scheduled or motion-triggered recording to your PC
- Set-up, which creates your own secure access website
- Stream live video & sound from up to 4 cameras
- Motion detection with email or text message alert 
- Up to 3 simultaneous viewers via PC or cell phone
- Adjustable picture quality and size
- Store weeks of recordings for retrieval & playback 
- Eliminates need to configure network & firewalls
MobiCam® AV - $149.99
MobiCam® Internet Kit $59.95


Available online at http://www.getmobi.com/

Pro Audio Technology Expands Affordable Options For Distributed Audio And Media Rooms

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Pro Audio Technology (PRO) has expanded its offering of designer-friendly speakers to include new in-wall, in-ceiling and subwoofer models.  Featuring professional components and DSP optimization, the new models bring PRO's unique high-output performance to a lower price point than previously available.


If you've never heard of Pro Audio, it's probably because they are only available through custom Audio/Video dudes, as the installation requires the services of a pro.
The SCRS-5iw in-wall loudspeaker joins a ¾-inch compression driver to a PRO-designed elliptical horn for broad dispersion of high frequency energy. This is code in the trade for Loud! Its 5-inch woofer employs a powerful ferrite magnet with an oversized voice-coil, resulting in a high-sensitivity design capable of output levels of 110dB and a dynamic range typically associated with larger floor standing loudspeakers.   The SCRS-5iw installs easily in a standard 2 x 4 stud bay.

New Russound Digital Media Streamer Delivers Network-Based Digital Music To Multiroom Systems


DMS-3.1 Enables Listening To Four Simultaneous Audio Signals from Internet, Storage Devices or Built-In AM/FM Tuner

Multiroom audio stalwart Russound, has announced a versatile new addition to its C-Series line of multiroom audio products that provides audio streams from networked-based digital music sources for any room in a home. The new Russound DMS-3.1 Digital Media Streamer delivers up to three simultaneous stereo digital audio streams for distribution around the house. The sources for these three audio signals may be from the Internet or from music files on connected storage devices. A fourth simultaneous signal is available from the DMS-3.1's built-in AM/FM stereo tuner.

Crestron’s New Intermedia System Delivers Double the Content at Half the Price

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Crestron, a leader in home control has introduced its new ADMS Intermedia Delivery System, which provides more new Internet TV content from your favorite sites including ESPN, CNN, ABC News, NFL, NBA, Fox News and MSN. This is in addition to the existing natively-hosted ADMS media, including Netflix®, HuluTM, Metacafe®, iTunes®, VimeoTM, YouTubeTM, Comedy Central and many other online sources. Did we mention the previously built-in Blu-ray player has been removed and the price slashed in half?

Atlantic Technology Debuts Wireless Audio Solutions for Subwoofers and Remote Zones

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Atlantic Technology has introduced its WA-50 Wireless Audio System, which can transmit a full-range stereo signal wirelessly up to 150 feet, or 300 feet line-of-sight, and with no time delay or interference. The WA-50 system can accommodate three zones and eliminates the need for long runs of RCA cable for powered subwoofers or remote amplified speaker systems.

"Said Steve Feinstein, Director of Marketing and Product Development: "Installers and end users alike are always looking for a way to eliminate those unsightly long runs of RCA cables. Now they have a quality solution. The WA-50 also has applications for rear surround channels, remote Zones, and outdoor speakers."

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