AV News in Brief

ZVOX has expanded its lineup of dialogue clarifying speakers for the hard-of-hearing with the flagship AV357 Home Theater Sound Bar ($299.99). ‘Accuvoice’ hearing aid technology combined with the company’s own ‘SuperVoice’ feature (the latter letting users reduce TV background sounds) promise to bring voices to the front and center of the soundstage. ZVOX says that the manipulation of the audio signal to lift dialogue out of the mix is “astonishing”.

There are an included 12 levels of dialogue boost levels to tailor sound to an individual’s needs, and there are both digital and analog inputs to cater for most display types. An ‘Output Leveling’ system also takes care of annoying and over-loud commercials. The new AV357 increases bass response compared to other offerings from the company with its larger MDF-based cabinet. The larger housing “creates robust, room-filling 3D virtual sound” and also reproduces the “subtle nuances of music performance”. Measuring 24 x 3 x 4.25-inches, the sound bar is available in black, to be followed soon by ash and cherry options.

LG has announced pricing and availability of the TONE Free FP8 wireless earbuds. The product is part of the company’s updated TONE Free series consisting of two additional models (FP9 and FP5), both of which will be available in the U.S. later this month. You can purchase direct from LG or authorized resellers for $179.99.

LG says the earbuds feature a comfortable in-ear fit, active noise cancellation, hygiene-boosting UVnano charging case, and spatial processing from audio wizzes Meridian. Larger, upgraded drivers and diaphragms with silicone edging achieve better flexibility and movement, and the new cans offer more powerful bass without compromising clarity or detail.

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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