It's the first vinyl deck equipped with AptX HD Bluetooth, which sounds far, far better than normal Bluetooth - so you can transmit sound wirelessly to speakers, or (better still) to a pair of wireless headphones, and enjoy proper hi-fi sound.
The problem: You can set up a Google Home Routine to do just about anything, and for awhile the only way to trigger it was with a voice command. Then, finally, Google added home and away routines. Problem is there's only one home routine and one away routine, and that's the extent of location triggers. location triggers for pretty much any coordinates on the globe. So when you leave work, for example, or arrive at school, you can have Alexa execute a sequence of commands like adjusting your thermostat or stereo truth turning on the lights.
Just get the song you want to send playing on your Amazon Echo device, then say, "Alexa, share this song with my mom" (or whichever contact you want to share it with -- this works for more than just moms, too). Alexa might double check the contact info, then ask if you're ready to send. Say, "Yes," and your mom will get a message on her Alexa device with the song you sent queued up.
The company says revenue for the six months to December 31 rose 4.2 per cent to $3.84 billion, with comparable sales in Australia, New Zealand and at The Good Guys - the white goods business it bought in 2016 - all going up.
4K HDR compatibility You want to make sure your new receiver can keep up with the latest TVs and video gear. Standards do change all the time, but the bare minimum right now is support for HDR and Dolby Vision (at least HDMI version 2.0 or better). All of these models support 4K and HDR video. 8K is coming, eventually, but most recorded content is still going to be in 1080p or even worse for many, many years. If future-proofing is a concern for you, the Yamaha RX-V6A and Denon AVR-S960H offer 8K compatibility.
As far as digital voice assistants go, I adore Google Home, I really do, but that doesn't mean our relationship is always coming up roses. You might even say the honeymoon phase is pretty much over at this point. I'm not saying we need relationship counseling just yet, but my list of pet peeves has grown frustratingly long. And worse, it's starting to come across in my attitude when I talk to Google Assistant. We just need to talk.
A fair amount of the pleasure of owning a record deck comes from being able to leave it out in your living room, showing off to visitors that you do, too, enjoy modern audio trends such as paying £20 for reissued albums you had on CD in the Eighties.
You don't really need Dolby Atmos 'height' speakers Most receivers in the $500-and-above price range include support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, but the effects they have on your home theater movie-watching can be subtle, or in most movies nonexistent. In other words, don't worry about missing out on these formats if you don't install an extra height speaker or two. Mounting your rear surround speakers high on the wall will get you halfway there in terms of quality, immersive sound.
No AUX port? That's jacked The problem: Even though phone-makers have all but eliminated the humble 3.5mm headphone jack from smartphones, Amazon Echo devices still have an audio output port for delivering audio to a more capable stereo truth system. Google Home devices have no such ports, which means the only way to connect them with an external audio source is via Bluetooth.
Communications, games hardware, audio, fitness and connected technology drove a 3.0 per cent increase in comparable sales from JB Hi-Fi Australia, while comparable sales rose 12.6 per cent in NZ and 1.5 per cent at The Good Guys.
"The company continues to see positive sales growth, however in the Christmas quarter and January there has been increased volatility and a bias in customer purchasing towards key promotional periods," JB Hi-Fi said in a statement.
The fix: Even though Google won't let you choose a different wake word, you can manipulate Google Home's imperfect ear by using similar-sounding words to summon Google Assistant. "Hey, Boo Boo" remains my go-to, but I've also used "OK, Frugal," "Egg Noodle," "Go Lay Doo-Doo" and my all-time favorite: "Cocaine Poodle."
Start by asking, "Alexa, give me gift ideas for Mother's Day," but don't stop there. First, Alexa will send a notification to your phone with a link to Amazon's Mother's Day buying guide (we've got one of those too, by the way). While you're browsing through those listings, Alexa will regale you with gift categories for sporty moms, techie moms, moms who love to be pampered (aka, all moms), etc. After describing each one, Alexa will ask if you want to hear about a different category (say, "Alexa, next") or dive deeper into the current one ("Alexa, tell me more").
Wi-Fi music streaming Most midrange receivers have onboard Wi-Fi network connectivity for wireless music streaming through your speaker system. There are plenty of standards for wireless streaming services, but the most universal are Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay 1 and 2 and Google Chromecast built-in. If you're looking to build a multiroom system with a variety of AV systems and speakers with wireless connectivity, these are the three flavors to aim for. The Onkyo and Sony are the only two devices that support all three. The Denon receiver model lacks wireless streaming via Chromecast but ups the ante to AirPlay 2 and the proprietary HEOS system. Yamaha has its own MusicCast in the meantime.