AV News in Brief

KEF has today announced that the LS50 Wireless II HiFi speakers now support HD and Ultra HD music from Amazon Music. This now enables LS50 W2 customers to stream 75 million-plus HD songs and over seven million UHD songs (the latter for Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers). KEF says that the speakers benefit from the company’s “obsession” with reproducing hi-fi sound sound by using its in-house developments such as ‘Metamaterial Absorption Technology’ (MAT) and a 12th generation Uni-Q driver array.

Combined the W2 platform, the LS50 speakers can support streaming from major music services, although KEF stresses that Canadian customers have a more limited choice of HD song selection (while still in the millions). Amazon Music Unlimited offers HD songs with 16 bit-depth and a sample rate of at least 44.1 kHz (CD quality). The seven million UHD (better than CD quality) songs include 24-bit depth and sample rate of 192 kHz. For more information, visit KEF.

THX Ltd. has announced that its first direct-to-consumer product, THX Onyx (pictured above), has been named a CES 2022 Innovation Awards Honoree. The portable DAC/Amp – designed for delivery of hi-fi-quality music, movies, streaming, and games from portable devices – received the honoree accolade in advance of the January 5th – 8th annual tradeshow in Las Vegas. The award winners will be displayed at the event. From November 9th to 29th, 2021, the company says that the THX Onyx is on sale at a holiday special price of $149 at Amazon.com and at Razer.com.

THX says that its THX AAA tech ensures “lossless, pure sound” enabling listeners to hear content “the way the artist intended”. THX Onyx includes ESS Pro DAC technology plus MQA support, making it a best-in-class DAC/Amplifier solution for powering wired headphones. The unit works with iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows portable devices.




Martin, a seasoned journalist and AV expert, has written for several notable print magazines. He’s served in key roles at Lucasfilm’s THX Division, NEC’s digital cinema division, and has even consulted for DreamWorks. Despite his illustrious career, Martin remains rooted in his passion for cinema and acting, with notable appearances in several Spielberg films, Doctor Who, and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. He currently resides in San Francisco.

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