The Home Connectivity Alliance (HCA), which was created to promote safe and secure interoperability across appliances and long-lasting systems within the connected home ecosystem, will exhibit its first demonstration of cloud-to-cloud connectivity at IFA 2022 in Berlin, Germany.
The demo is seen as a step forward in the joint efforts of multiple app brands to control multiple brands of appliances, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and TVs. HCA should reach this milestone in no time — the alliance was only launched in January 2022.
The purpose of Home Connectivity Alliance (opens in new tab) is to enable safe, long-term interoperability between heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and TVs within a connected, multi-vendor ecosystem. It will basically show you how home appliances from various companies can be controlled with one system.
Samsung takes the lead
It would now be possible to operate a wide range of devices from 13 alliance members, including Beko, Samsung, Grundig, LG, Electrolux Group, Haier, GE Appliances and Trane Technologies through the cloud using apps from multiple manufacturers.
The interoperability of smart home devices and long-lasting appliances gives consumers more choices and choices within their connected home environment. For example, older appliances can work with newer appliances – from all manufacturers – and save more energy and money at the same time.
“The aim of the HCA is to equip consumers with more features for their connected home applications through C2C interoperability, affecting new and existing devices from leading global participating brands,” Yoon Ho Choi, President of Home Connectivity Alliance and Global Head of Planning & Partnerships, Home IoT Business by Samsung Electronics.
It turns out that Samsung appears to be leading the 13-member group. Samsung SmartThings’ integrated home appliance solution is to make consumer electronics and mobile apps interoperable under the standard provided by the Home Connectivity Alliance, through an upgrade of Samsung’s smart home solution next year.
The upgrade will allow users of HCA member brands to control more than 40 functions across 15 white goods categories designed for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and entertainment. SmartThings will also be able to connect more than 300 brands of third-party devices to build a smart home ecosystem, considering the scalability of the SmartThings system.
The Home Connectivity Alliance also focuses on sustainability aspects as key appliances and HVAC systems are expected to work together to save energy in the home. Thanks to the alliance, data, including on energy consumption and how to optimize it, can be visualized. HCA plans to work with key forces in the energy management industry to create solutions that deliver holistic energy solutions for the home.
The long-awaited demonstration with the participation of HCA member companies will take place from Friday to Monday during IFA 2022 in Berlin.
Graphics card sales dropped sharply – in terms of discrete (standalone) and integrated (built-in processors) GPUs – in the second quarter, and Nvidia’s lineup took a particularly sharp defeat according to the latest from a firm of analysts.
As Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab) reports, Jon Peddie Research (JPR) has produced figures for the second quarter of 2022 that show that overall GPU sales are down 14.9% compared to the previous quarter, due to demand for PCs decreasing – with the cost of living rising. , no doubt starting to play a bigger part in this.
Shipments of standalone graphics cards dropped more than integrated graphics, down 22.6%, and Nvidia was the hardest hit, with a 25.7% drop in sales in the second quarter. This clearly contrasts with a much less impactful drop for AMD of 7.6% compared to the previous quarter.
Intel dropped 9.8% as integrated GPUs also dropped, with the number of PC processors being shipped down 7% from the previous quarter (and 34% year-over-year, a pretty surprising number as well).
These are some worrying drops, particularly for Nvidia, and the overall future of the GPU industry looks shaky as JPR notes, writing that: the jitters these events create have put Europe’s economy down; the UK is in recession with high inflation.
“Forecasting has never been more challenging, and as a result, our forecast and others will be revised frequently as new data emerges.”
Analysis: A claustrophobic and difficult time for Nvidia?
The falling graphics card sales underscore what we’ve been hearing for a while – that lack of supply is no longer the problem, but waning demand, particularly for Nvidia’s GPUs. The Green team made it clear enough after the company’s recent fiscal results that too many GeForce graphics cards were made, and now there’s a problem with oversupply.
The really thorny part regarding this overshooting with the manufacturing of current-gen RTX 3000 GPUs is that the cost of living and inflation crisis are becoming more felt as time goes on, in addition to the release of high-end graphics cards. (RTX 4000, and RDNA 3 for AMD) is getting pretty close. So it’s increasingly likely that people will want to wait for the big leaps in performance that high-end products bring, rather than buying now – unless the price really is right.
Given all that, these numbers – and this particularly dramatic drop for Nvidia – aren’t surprising, and they confirm the recent rumor claim that Team Green will implement much greater price reduction measures than the reductions we’ve made. seen. In fact, we hear this is an imminent move – in September – from two reports now.
AMD is also discounting its current-gen RX 6000 cards even further, but it’s Nvidia in particular that suffers the biggest sales drops as we see here, with Team Green stuck in a nasty situation where the gap between current and next generation GPUs are rapidly shrinking, creating a seriously claustrophobic environment with little wiggle room.
That said, the theory is that big price cuts aren’t the only possible solution – Nvidia said it could look elsewhere to offload GPU oversupply, such as data centers for cloud services – but in reality, we hope a higher GPU price cuts to cards on the shelves soon, one way or another.
And with numbers coming in like this latest report from JPR, it seems more likely that Nvidia will take action on the pricing front – either that, or it will face the delayed launch of the next-gen Lovelace, which is another possibility here. A staggered release with larger gaps between the RTX 4090 (supposedly out of the gate first) and other RTX 4000 models could ensue, to leave more room to free up excess RTX 3000 stock, possibly in combination with price drops for the latter.
Whatever the case, it looks increasingly like Nvidia needs to take some firmer actions to help navigate the GPU waters that are getting increasingly choppy as 2022 progresses.
Bang & Olufsen makes some of the most beautiful hi-fi and audio-visual products out there, so it stands to reason that the high-end Danish specialist can certainly create one of the best soundbars on the planet if they put their mind to it – and that’s what apparently occurred.
The Beosound Theater has just launched in Berlin, just steps away from the massive tech show known as IFA 2022 – and we’re here to see (and hear) it.
The Beosound Theater is billed as “an innovative and meticulously crafted next-generation soundbar”, bringing with it great promise – the power of a multi-product home theater setup in a single product. Additionally, B&O tells us that their brand new ‘bar is “created with the ambition to be the most powerful and immersive soundbar in the world” as as well as making a visually stunning addition to your living room.
What’s it like to deliver a cinematic experience from a ‘bar? Beosound Theater comes with 12 speaker drivers, including two custom 6.5-inch long-throw woofers and 800 watts of amplification power, providing a sound pressure level of up to 112 dB.
Speech clarity is managed by a custom center channel, where the tweeter is mounted directly in front of the midrange. Aligning these drivers ensures, says B&O, better sound distribution, thus elevating the quality of the audio experience for everyone in the room, while directivity is designed to optimize speech quality.
This isn’t B&O’s first foray into TV sound. Based on the Beam Width and Beam Direction Control developed for Bang & Olufsen’s Beolab 90 speakers (and who could forget the stunning Beovision Harmony TV and sound system in one, or the opulent Beosound Edge?) and released at IFA , the Beosound Theater features a new three-dimensional sound directivity thanks to the patent-pending combination of direct, side and up-firing speakers.
That means all the speaker drivers are working together not just to produce sound, but to control the beam’s width and direction – essentially, it’s B&O’s answer to Dolby Atmos in an individual product that sits under your TV. .
“We originally developed the Beam Width and Beam Directivity Control for the Beolab 90 to reduce the effect of sidewall reflections in the listening position – basically, to make the walls disappear,” said Jakob Dyreby, Senior Technology Specialist at B&O, adding: “At Beosound Theatre, we are using technology to direct the sound away from the listener, which increases the perception of amplitude and provides a much more immersive experience.”
At the same time, the Beosound Theater was built to last for decades due to its modular design, which allows it to be upgraded rather than replaced.
Review: A high-quality B&O TV audio experience for virtually any screen size – as long as you can afford it
Bang & Olufsen is known for its unique approach to craftsmanship and design, but this product certainly has substance under the hood as well.
While we suggest one of the best OLED TVs as a starting point for partnering with this particular ‘bar, the Beosound Theater is based on B&O’s core modularity principle, so customers can turn the soundbar into a complete soundbar. wall-mounted or floor-mounted The Bang & Olufsen TV home theater experience too – budget permitting.
This modular design thinking also applies to the TV screens and soundbar cover, both of which are replaceable. The aluminum “wings” are also extendable for customers whose TV screens grow as they’re upgraded – although it’s available in three sizes (they all look bigger and more impressive than our photos convey).
Mads Kogsgaard Hansen, Head of Product Circularity at B&O, explains: “The Beosound Theater is modularly designed to outlast many TVs in its lifetime. that can evolve with you over time,” adding, “Beosound Theater’s interface support gives you the ability to fit virtually any screen to the soundbar.”
This interface stand is motorized and forms a seamless connection between the stand and the TV screen, deftly hiding any clutter and presenting the TV as an integrated design. The stand also includes a compartment to fit smart TV boxes and hide excess cables from view – no one needs messy cables to spoil the aesthetics.
In terms of compatibility and connectivity, the Beosound Theater has seven outputs and can support up to 16 external speakers to become the heart of a complete Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 surround setup. In this configuration, the Beosound Theater would function as a center speaker that blends Dolby Atmos decoding and custom post-processing with Bang & Olufsen’s proprietary True Image algorithm, to maximize the capabilities of all Bang & Olufsen speakers. So you can buy the Beosound Theater as a soundbar and then add a pair of rear speakers like the Beolab 28 in a triangular configuration if you like.
Plus, the Beosound Theater comes with a new bass management system that the company says is “unlike anything else” – and since it’s B&O speaking here, we’re inclined to believe it. While other systems simply send bass to the strongest speaker (usually the subwoofer), B&O says the Beosound Theater uses all the Bang & Olufsen speakers in the system to work together as a single unit. Not only does this deliver the full potential of the entire system, but it also helps control resonance in your listening room, making sure the multiple speakers work with each other, not against each other.
And just look at that solid oak and polished aluminum design! The company says it was created “to reflect the effortless grace of sailboats”, with a keel-like aesthetic that makes it “feel like it’s resting on a sheet of aluminum, floating in the air like a fluid form”.
And it’s not just about looks – the software is also excellent. The Beosound Theater comes with Bang & Olufsen’s new setup technology called Roomsense. By placing the external microphone in the listening position, Beosound Theater will work with the Bang & Olufsen app to measure the distance from the viewer to the soundbar. But more than that, it will also assign a “role” to each speaker based on the different placements, perform sound compensation for each speaker (whether standing, against a wall or in a corner), as well as the overall room compensation to avoid unwanted resonance.
But that is not all. The soundbar also comes with Bang & Olufsen’s own proprietary software platform called Mozart, which B&O tells us has ensured the Beosound Theater can seamlessly connect with B&O products since 1986, creating a cross-generation home audio setup. .
And in addition to respecting the past, the Mozart platform also anticipates the future; the platform is packed with processing power and memory, so Bang & Olufsen can introduce new features, capabilities and connectivity over time to ensure an equally seamless experience for years to come – it’s almost as if the company reads our tips on how to get the best out of your Dolby Atmos soundbar.
prices? It is clear. Get ready. The Beosound Theater is available in a premium wood or fabric finish. MSRP starts at €6,490 EUR / £5,590 GBP / 49,400 DKK, which equates to around $6,549 or AU$9,445. We did say premium…
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If Wordle isn’t scratching his puzzle itch anymore, there may be a solution from an unlikely source: celebrated actor and director Tom Hanks.
Hanks is collaborating with indie game developer BlueLine Studios to create Hanx 101 Trivia, a new quiz game released exclusively on Apple Arcade on September 2nd.
Don’t worry if you’re not a Tom Hanks fan and can’t separate your Woodys from your Wilsons. Despite the name, Hanx 101 Trivia will cover a variety of topics such as history, food, art, and technology. Tom Hanks will still appear in the game, utilizing his sweet tones as the narrator.
While Hanx 101 Trivia is the first game Tom Hanks created, it’s not his first rodeo on the App Store. In 2014, he launched Hanx Writer, a typewriter app inspired by his love for the mechanical writing device.
If you want to play Hanx 101 Trivia when it launches, all you need is one of the best iPhones, best iPads, best Macbooks, or an Apple TV 4K, plus an Apple Arcade subscription. A subscription is just $5/£5/AU$8 a month, so even if you’re only interested in trying out Hanks’ game, there’s not much to spend for the opportunity to play it for 30 days.
And if you can’t wait until September 2nd, here are the best Apple Arcade games you can play right now.
If you’re a content creator, you can use automatic captioning services to help serve hearing-impaired users. But there may be times when those subtitles aren’t accurate, potentially causing more harm than good, and that’s where a new app for iOS and iPadOS comes in.
Called Captionist (opens in new tab)developed by Montana Floss (opens in new tab) team and led by Marc Palmer (opens in new tab)lets you add subtitles to any video you have and then post it wherever you want.
It is available as a free download (opens in new tab)with a monthly subscription for $4.49 / £4.99 / AU$5.99 and an annual subscription for $21.99 / £19.99 / AU$23.99, which unlocks more features and removes a d’mark Water.
While it’s useful for those who make videos on YouTube and TikTok, during my time with Captionista I can’t help but think that the big win here will be accessibility in the videos.
Accessibility is key
Using Captionist is a simple matter where you can add videos by pressing the button + icon, and you can add subtitles in an instant. There are a bunch of colors and designs you can use to better suit the video in question, as well as being able to type in the subtitles and make them appear at the right times.
Testing some videos I made on vacation in Greece, I was able to add subtitles and send them to my wife via iMessage in just five steps.
In addition, there is a ‘Flight Check’ which will provide a simple checklist to know if the video will be good for Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube in its length and format. This is incredibly useful as you may be a social manager, wanting to share the video across these platforms at once, but you may not be sure if it will fit within the confines of your chosen platform. With that, fears would be allayed and could save time by sharing videos every day.
If this all sounds like a simple process, that’s because it is, but the main benefit Captionist has here is the potential for accessibility.
You can use this app to easily add captions to any video you record and even narrate them to help guide the viewer. As it is only available for iPhone and iPad, there is room here for a macOS version as there are many editors who use Macs to edit videos for social platforms.
There’s a lot of potential here with Captionist, and in the time I’ve spent adding captions to my own videos to post as an Instagram story, there’s a lot to like, from the great design to the features available. With Apple’s focus on accessibility, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the app integrated by the company as a way to better share videos from its Clips app, or iMovie and Final Cut Pro with these handy subtitling features.
At IFA 2022, Japanese audio specialist Audio-Technica unveiled two new affordable turntables, both with Bluetooth connectivity.
Priced at £280/€329, the new AT-LP3XBT is the successor to the brand’s popular AT-LP3 turntable.
The deck can wirelessly connect to speakers or headphones thanks to Bluetooth 5.2, with the turntable supporting Qualcomm’s aptX high-resolution audio codec.
In addition to including Audio-Technica’s trusted AT-VM95C pen cartridge, there’s also a built-in switchable phono/line preamp, a hydraulically damped tone arm, plus a removable hinged dust cover.
Available starting today, the AT-LP3XBT comes in black and white color options.
An even higher tier in the new range is the AT-LPW50BTRW, which is £419.99 / €499 slightly more expensive.
Featuring the same connectivity as its little brother, the extra spend offers a “high-performance” black AT-VM95E dual moving magnet cartridge, as well as a more luxurious rosewood-finished wood veneer pedestal made from anti-resonance MDF. 30 mm thick.
There’s also a carbon fiber straight arm with adjustable tracking force, with the motor featuring a speed sensor system to maintain accurate platter rotation, plus a matching ½” matte silver AT-HS4 universal mount head.
Like the AT-LP3XBT, the AT-LPW50BTRW is now available at retailers.
Review: These new decks might put audiophiles in a whirl, but they offer the best of both worlds
Turntables with built-in analog-to-digital converters and Bluetooth connectivity have started to become commonplace in recent years, with everyone from Pro-Ject to Elipson offering wireless ready-to-go decks.
Purists will no doubt argue that a wireless recorder negates the purpose of playing analog vinyl in the 21st century.
While that’s an understandable argument, they wouldn’t understand what a deck set like these two new steel wheels from Audio-Technica bring – flexibility and convenience.
Both new turntables give the user the option to set up a conventional wired system for all that analog richness, but they also give you the flexibility to stream directly to Bluetooth headphones and smart speakers scattered around your home.
While this could result in a possible drop in fidelity due to compression when connecting wirelessly, with both decks having Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and high-bandwidth Qualcomm aptX support, only the most discerning audiophiles are likely to hear the switch.
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With the DualSense Edge finally being revealed, we now know what the standard professional PS5 controller looks like.
The DualSense Edge was announced at Gamescom 2022’s Opening Night Live presentation. Sony debuted the controller in the showcase with a brief teaser showing the updated controller and its custom features that put it a few notches above the regular DualSense controller.
Sony is the last of the big three console manufacturers to offer a more advanced controller for its system. Microsoft led the pack with the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, and again with the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. Then there’s the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, which is more standard but offers remarkable battery life over Joy controllers. -Standard con.
Now that Sony has thrown its hat into the ring with the DualSense Edge for PS5, what can we expect? Read on to learn everything we know so far about the DualSense Edge controller.
DualSense Edge: straight to the point
What is it? Sony’s DualSense ‘Elite’ Controller
When can I buy it? to be defined
What can I play on? PS5
DualSense Edge: price and release date
At the moment, we don’t know how much Sony will charge for the DualSense Edge, although we can make some assumptions.
Microsoft’s Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 retails for $179.99 / £159.99 / AU$249.95. So we’d expect Sony’s take on a professional-standard controller to fall somewhere in that stage.
That said, with Sony recently upping the price of the PS5, we wouldn’t be surprised if its accessories follow suit. Still, we shouldn’t think the DualSense Edge will cost more than $199.99 / £179.99 / AU$299.95.
We can also get the DualSense Edge pricing by looking at the standard controllers on the market. The DualSense is priced at $69.99 / £59.99 / AU$109.95. While the Xbox Wireless Controller costs $59.99 / £54.99 / AU$74.99. If the Edge follows this trend, it could end up being a little more expensive than the Xbox Elite Series 2.
We also do not know when we will have the DualSense Edge in our homes. O ad post (opens in new tab) on the official PlayStation blog states that more information will be released “in the coming months”.
This could mean that the DualSense Edge won’t release until 2023, perhaps around the same time as the PSVR 2. And if these two big peripherals launch in the same window, there’s a possibility that Sony also has a PS5 Pro model ready to go together. with your new VR pad and headset.
DualSense edge: design
The DualSense Edge’s silhouette is virtually identical to the standard controller. But that’s not bad at all. The DualSense is already a comfortable, well-designed pad that didn’t need much refinement in the first place.
Their aesthetic differences are more apparent. The central touchpad is a clean matte black, emblazoned with the PlayStation square, circle, cross and triangle iconography. The d-pad and face buttons were also changed to black, from the white of the original.
The bottom of the controller, which houses the microphone, PS button, and analog sticks, is now a brighter black. The sticks, triggers, and the back of the controller themselves also appear to have a more robust, textured grip.
DualSense Edge: battery life
By far the biggest drawback of the DualSense is the meager battery life. Often clocked at 4-10 hours on a single charge, it falls well short of pads on competing systems.
We still don’t have concrete information on the DualSense Edge’s battery life, but it’s something Sony should be interested in improving over the base block. Even if it’s just a marginal improvement of a few hours.
In comparison, Xbox’s Elite Series 2 has a respectable battery life of around 35-40 hours on a single charge. We don’t think the Edge will be able to meet that, considering all the features the Xbox keyboard lacks. But we’d like to see improved battery life of at least 15-20 hours.
DualSense Edge: Features
The DualSense Edge might look like the part, but its value as a professional standard pad will be judged by its features. And so far, it looks like Sony is pulling all the stops in that regard. For the most part, at least.
As you would expect, Edge will be highly modular. Sticks, stick caps and back paddles can be swapped and adjusted based on your personal preferences.
Control layout and sensitivity are also fully customizable. Players will not only be able to fully customize button layouts, but also adjust stick dead zones as well as trigger travel distance and sensitivity.
All this can be done, in real time, from the controller itself. A dedicated Fn (function) button will open a separate user interface that allows players to customize their controller settings at any time. Plus, you’ll also be able to save profiles for when you need them most. Switching from Demon’s Souls to Gran Turismo 7? Profile switching will ensure that your controller setup is good no matter what game you are playing.
Finally, you can expect all of the DualSense’s best features to return. Haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and motion controls are all present and accounted for when it comes to the Edge. However, we currently don’t know if these features will be improved in any way in the new controller.
God of War: Ragnarok will give Kratos a bunch of new abilities to play with, including some super elemental moves and a selection of shields.
With God of War: Ragnarok just a few months away from release, its developers have started to let us know what we can expect from Kratos and Atreus’ next adventure. Talking to Game Informer (opens in new tab)combat designers Mihir Sheth and Denny Yeh said the dynamic duo have some new toys to play with, filling in the gaps from the first God of War.
“In the last game, if you pressed triangle, you would remember the axe,” said Sheth. “But if you already had the axe, nothing happened. If you had the Blades of Chaos and pressed triangle, you would go back to the axe. We looked at this concept and asked ourselves, ‘What if you could do something a little different with this button – a whole new set of moves.’”
You’ll have some new elemental powers at your disposal as Kratos infuses his Leviathan Ax and Blades of Chaos with ice and fire. In Ragnarok, pressing triangle will allow you to unleash a unique weapon move, including the Frost Awaken, which freezes the enemy, and incinerates Whiplash abilities.
You will also have several shields to choose from. While 2018’s God of War trapped Kratos with a single retractable shield, Ragnarok will let you choose from multiple shields to suit your playstyle.
The Dauntless Shield is for quick parrying. If you successfully time a block, it will glow red, allowing you to unleash a powerful stun attack that knocks neighboring enemies back. However, you won’t be able to trust him as he will become unstable after absorbing successive hits.
Meanwhile, the Stonewall Shield cannot be used for parrying and is suitable for more tanky fighters. It can absorb kinetic energy by absorbing enemy blows, and once fully charged it can be used to perform a ground attack that knocks enemies down. Other shields will also be included, although the developers are keeping their mouths tight on what they will look like.
Elsewhere in the interview, the designers mention that the game will test your mastery of combat. Some areas will repopulate with tougher enemies as you progress, and Realm Tears fans of the early games can expect a similar level of challenge from the optional secondary content.
God of War: Ragnarok will be released on November 9th for PS5 and PS4. We hope to hear more about Kratos’ new god-slaying abilities closer to launch.
Meta is reversing yet another one of its projects by shutting down its Facebook Gaming app on Android and iOS smartphones starting October 28, 2022.
The news was delivered to Facebook Gaming users today via a direct notice from the Facebook Gaming team, informing them that after that date, Facebook Gaming will be relegated to the Gaming tab in the regular Facebook app and Facebook in your browser. web.
So whether you’re an avid fan of a Facebook Gaming streamer or you’re a content creator on the platform, there’s still not much need to panic. That said, this is a good reminder to think about exploring opportunities on rival platforms alongside your Facebook Gaming venture, should the service be further rolled back.
Analysis: Is Facebook Gaming Doomed?
This Facebook Gaming app cancellation is far from the first we’ve seen this year. Facebook Live Shopping, Facebook Podcasts, Meta’s Novi digital wallet, and its supposed rival the Apple Watch have all gone down the dodo path. These moves are part of Meta’s ongoing efforts to improve its financial performance by cutting back on unprofitable ventures.
But now Facebook Gaming has performed quite lightly, with only its app being dropped, could we see it scale back even further? It is certainly possible, but it is not an inescapable conclusion.
Meta’s response to Twitch and YouTube streaming may not be as high-profile as its rivals, but the platform has still managed to pull in around 1.4 billion views so far this year (via Streamlabs (opens in new tab)). Sure, that’s a little behind the 11.8 billion and 2.3 billion views gained by Twitch and YouTube, respectively, but the platform is far from doomed at the moment.
Instead, it seems likely that Meta is just making its services more streamlined. If the general Facebook app offers everything that Facebook Gaming offers and more, why would people download the app with fewer features? And if it’s not popular, why should Meta keep wasting resources on developing it?
As pointed out by On the edge (opens in new tab), YouTube made a similar move with its Gaming app in 2019, and its live streaming and gaming services are still active today. ,
We’ll have to wait and see what Meta cancels next, but for now it looks like Facebook Gaming won’t be returning to the chopping block for a while longer.
Sony has just announced its latest soundbar at IFA 2022, the Sony HT-A3000, which is a full-featured soundbar designed to deliver positional Dolby Atmos sound and great bass in a single box.
The Sony HT-A3000 will be available in October and will cost £599 / $699, with an Australian release yet to be confirmed.
Its speaker setup is officially 3.1-channel, with three front-firing speakers (left, right and center) and dual subwoofer units. There are no updated drivers for Dolby Atmos, but it does support the audio format and includes Sony’s excellent sound processing that creates the impression of extra height and width – we’ve heard this before on the Sony HT-G700, and it’s truly impressive, putting this product in our list of the best soundbars.
You get HDMI eARC and optical input to put your sound on the bar, though unfortunately there’s no HDMI pass-through – it seems an odd omission at this mid-range price point, considering Sony has included it in cheaper options in the past.
It works with DTS:X and Dolby Atmos, and it also supports Sony’s Acoustic Center Sync feature, which means that if you use it with compatible Sony Bravia XR TVs (such as Sony X90J or Sony A80K), your speakers will TV combines with the soundbar for even greater sound.
And it doesn’t have to be a one-box soundbar if you don’t want to.
Bending against the Arc?
This soundbar’s design and features seem to be aimed squarely at the success of the Sonos Arc – it delivers the same kind of promise (immersive 3D sound and solid bass from a single box) but is £300/$200 cheaper than Sonos option.
Now, it should be noted that the Sonos Arc has a lot more speaker drivers than that, including side-firing and up-firing drivers as well as front-firing speakers. This gives more directional power and probably a more dynamic sound (we’re basing this on our experience with the Arc and Sony HT-G700).
However, not everyone counts the number of speakers. What they want is one of the best Dolby Atmos soundbars and they may not have the space or aesthetic desire for a separate subwoofer. And maybe they don’t want to spend as much as the Sonos Arc costs.
This might cover a lot of people, and we think the combination of price and features here can address them very well. And like Sonos soundbars, you can add more units for a more elaborate setup. You can add rear speakers for a full 5.1 surround setup or a real dedicated subwoofer, which will mean deeper, meatier bass than a soundbar alone can deliver. The Sony SA-RS3S rear speakers are the ideal match for the A3000 and are priced at £449 / $349.
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