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Gary Yacoubian is CEO and president of SVS, a supplier and designer of high-performance audio products, and a CTA Audio Board member.

Editor in chief of Dealerscope

It took the consumer electronics industry quite a long time to decide whether or not the newest TV technology is called "Ultra HD" or "4K" (CEA, last year, decided to go with "4K Ultra HD.") Now, the next generation of Blu-ray is on the way, and the Blu-ray Disc Association has picked a name: "Ultra-HD Blu-ray." 

Did you go to see this summer’s fourth Michael Bay-directed Transformers film, “Transformers: The Age of Extinction,” but wished the explosions and plodding robots had been louder, closer, and coming from more directions? The Blu-ray of the movie, which was released earlier this week, has been remastered for Dolby Atmos for the Home Theater, the new Dolby technology that began rolling out to the company’s manufacturer partners earlier this year.

I had the opportunity to demo a high-performance home theater system for a mix of old and young banker types in their L.A. offices recently. Few of them had ever experienced a true high-performance audio demo, so it was cool to see the youthful exuberance and excitement on their faces as we ripped through several action movie and Blu-ray concert demos. 

This past Thanksgiving marked the one-year anniversary of cutting my cable cord  – and I have no regrets. Between my paid online content subscriptions, DVD library and high-speed Internet connection, I found I could fulfill all of my video content needs without paying the high cost of cable. 

Samsung’s sprawling announcement covered all bases of the company’s audio initiative for 2014. Reflecting the growing demand for solutions that let you manage multiple audio sources, Samsung’s new multi-room offering can be extended to its 2014 flagship soundbar, Blu-ray player and home entertainment system products. Here’s what to expect: 

Google has introduced  a $35 Wi-Fi enabled streaming stick that plugs into the regular old Plain Jane non-MHL-capable HDMI port of your TV (or, as I’m planning on using it, into the HDMI input of myOPPO BDP-103 Blu-ray player), and streams video and pictures from your Android smartphone or tablets, iOS device (yep!), or Chrome browser on your PC or Mac. 

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