Sunday, September 19, 2021

Kenwood KFC-1673MRWL Marine 6.5 Inch 2-way Speaker Review

After all of the quarantining from COVID, more and more people have been headed out of the house. It’s totally understandable. I’m one of those. And many have turned to outdoor activities. This could mean pulling out either the boat or the side by side. And if you’re wanting to enjoy your tunes while you are out on the boat or side by side, Kenwood has you covered. Up for review today is the Kenwood KFC-1673MRWL. It’s their 6.5 inch 2-way speakers designed to handle some of the elements.

 

Features and specs:

Peak Input Power            260W

Rated Input Power          75W

Impedance         

Woofer Features              6-1/2 inch Water Resistant PP Cone

Tweeter Features             1/2 inch Water Resistant PEI Balanced Dome

Sensitivity            86 dB/ W / m

Frequency Response       65Hz -21KHz

Cutout Diameter              144.8mm             5-11/16 inch

Mounting Depth               64.9mm               2-9/16 inch

Net Weight         1820g    4.0 lb



The Kenwood KFC-1673MRWL came in a nice looking, color printed box with photos of the speakers and their specs. Opening the box revealed a well-protected speaker held in place by custom molded Styrofoam. Pulling out the speakers, I could see that they were good quality speakers. Materials used in the construction was both metal and plastic. Quality of the materials as well as the fit and finish, were both good. Also included was the installation hardware, remote for the color LED’s, and manual.

 

The Kenwood KFC-1673MRWL employed a simple, yet functional and fun design. The basket was a simple thick white plastic, and covered the entire back of the speaker to help protect it from the elements. Given the amount of power they are designed to handle, these features would work great. And a white plastic was also used for the cone, with the color LED mounted on the back side of the cone, makes for a fun touch. And it also provides some elemental protection. The end look is pretty cool. And I really liked the design of the speakers.  The plastic grill on the front is a built-in white plastic grill.  The tweeter is built into the grill, held in place above the center of the speaker.  So, if you look at the speaker, it looks like a coaxial. But the design is more like a component speaker, with a separate tweeter. The wires for the tweeter run across the side of the grill underneath, as you can see in one of the photos below. And to further provide it's resistance to the elements, all of the speaker wire connections or LED wire connections are covered in a white rubber material, as is also shown in the photos below. 

 

Not only did the Kenwood KFC-1673MRWL prove to be a quality speaker, they also proved to be fairly efficient as well. It’s always better to drive speakers with a dedicated amplifier. Receivers have built-in amps to power the door speakers, but they are not nearly as powerful as a separate external amp. The more efficient a speaker is the better it performs with the amp built into the receiver. Let’s see how these speakers perform, powered by the Kenwood KMR-D772BT receiver.

 

Adele: Rolling in the Deep – The plucking of the strings of the acoustic guitar had nice definition. Vocals were pleasantly smooth with nice timbre of the texture. Kick drum had nice dynamics, tight powerful impact. High hat and cymbals were sufficiently crisp and clean.

Earth, Wind and Fire: September – Wood block had very good tone of the wood. Guitar sounded nice and raw, trumpet was smooth and not too brassy. Vocals were also very smooth with very good texture of the timbre along with very good harmonics. Drums were dynamic and cymbals were crisp and clean.

Lipps Inc: Funkytown – cowbell had very good tone and texture without being tinny. Cymbal was crisp and clean. Car horn was just as clean and very dynamic. Soundstage was surprisingly very deep. Vocals had nice texture of the timbre. Bass beats were deep, with very good dynamics and played with authority.

 

I truly enjoyed the Kenwood KFC-1673MRWL. With the use of the color LED behind the clear plastic cone, they do have a fun look. They are well made, and should provide years of use. They also give you room to grow. Being able to handle 75 watts RMS, you can power them with your receiver, and then later upgrade to a separate receiver to power them. With a $199 MSRP, they are fairly priced and provide a good value. Based on their design, features, quality and performance, the Kenwood KFC-1673MRWL has earned our Highly Recommended award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.kenwood.com.



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Friday, September 3, 2021

In Time for CEDIA 2021, Samsung Launches New Products and Programs to Continue Powering Successful Partnerships

In Time for CEDIA 2021, Samsung Launches New Products and Programs to Continue Powering Successful Partnerships

 

From new displays and sizes that can meet any client’s diverse needs, to programs that give back to our community–Samsung is uniquely positioned to set up dealers for success

 

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – September 1, 2021 – In time with CEDIA 2021, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announces new size options for its flagship Neo QLED 4K TVs and Lifestyle TVs, as well as a new iteration of The Wall—all designed to help integrators better meet their valued clients’ wide variety of needs. Samsung has also updated its Platinum Program, which through close partner collaboration, has improved Samsung’s CI channel share to its highest level in many years—giving partners an even greater ability to grow their businesses.

 

The Right Products…

 

Samsung’s award-winning Neo QLED QN90A 4K flagship display will now be available in new 43”, 50” and 98” sizes. These new screens, which join the existing lineup of 55”, 65”, 75” and 85” models, make for a portfolio that delivers the ultimate performance—while also appealing to the diverse needs of consumers. Samsung’s Lifestyle portfolio is also “expanding” to include a large 85” iteration of The Frame and a 65” Terrace Full Sun for direct-sunlight installation. With these additions, The Frame portfolio will now be available in 8 screen sizes, and the Terrace—between its Full Sun model and the original design—will be available in 5.

 

In addition to new consumer screens, Samsung has also further developed its stunning LED The Wall (IWA Series). The 2021 model delivers The Wall’s most detailed picture yet—offering the industry’s first 8K resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate and simple 8K playback. The Wall’s massive screen can be configured to over 1,000 inches—or about a quarter of the length of a football field—creating a completely expansive canvas for showcasing content.

 

There’s also an ongoing demand for an easy-to-use content management system—and the OBR Series 75”, Pro TV 75” and BHT Series Pro TV Terrace all make it easier than ever. The TV products are ideal for those seeking sleek additions to living areas or business environments—and they’re designed for effortless installation and quality performance. The QBR Series comes installed with Samsung's SMART Signage Platform 6.0 and embedded MagicINFO Player S6 media player—and delivers 4K UHD picture quality that gives new meaning to color precision. The Pro TV 75” includes groundbreaking updates, including a UHD display and HDR functionality, for top picture performance. Lastly, the BHT Series Pro TV Terrace remains suitable for the indoors or the outdoors, bringing an impressive IP55 weatherproof rating for protection from any weather in any season.

“The home tech landscape has evolved dramatically over the last 18 months—this is a great moment to step back and finally see the exciting advancements in this industry first-hand,” said Mark Quiroz, Vice President of Marketing, Display Division at Samsung Electronics America. “Samsung’s latest display products continue that legacy with increased picture quality, easy installation, and breakthroughs in design and sizing versatility for the home. With ongoing innovations like the Wall MICROLED technology, QBR Series Narrow bezels, symmetrically designed 4K displays, and monitors ideal for both streaming and gaming, dealers have more options than ever to deliver seamless integration.”

…With the Right Programs

 

“At the core of our promise to our partners is our high performing product portfolios; these new screen sizes strengthen that promise by strengthening dealers’ ability to meet the diverse needs of their clients. Just as important, though, are programs that let us collaborate closely with them to achieve shared success,” says Jim Mayo, Executive Director of Custom Install Channel/Strategy at Samsung Electronics America. “This alliance with our partners has helped us achieve #1 market share in this market. We’re proud and appreciative of the partnerships that have brought us here.”

 

Samsung’s Platinum Program has changed significantly in the last 12 months. It now offers comprehensive regional distribution support and provides Samsung’s partners with simplified access to consumer & commercial product under one umbrella—making it easier than ever for integrators to spec out jobs based on client need.

 

In addition to helping our partners achieve success, since 2020 our programs have also been developed to help those in need. Thanks as well to our strong partnerships, in 2021, Samsung and our Platinum dealers will have combined to raise almost $300,000 in total for several worthy causes, including the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the Tisch Brain Tumor Center and Autism Speaks.


For more information, visit www.samsung.com.

 

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA) is a leader in mobile technologies, consumer electronics, home appliances and enterprise solutions. The company pushes beyond the limits of today’s technology to provide groundbreaking connected experiences across its large portfolio of products and services, including mobile devices, home appliances, home entertainment, 5G networks, and digital displays. As EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Corporate Commitment Partner, SEA is dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment through its eco-conscious products, practices and operations. To learn more and to get involved, visit Samsung.com. For the latest news, visit news.samsung.com/us and follow @SamsungNewsUS. SEA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd


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Saturday, August 21, 2021

XGIMI Set to Reimagine Home Cinema Again with New Elfin Smart LED Projector



XGIMI Elfin Smart LED Projector

 

XGIMI Set to Reimagine Home Cinema Again with New Elfin Smart LED Projector 

The new Elfin projector brings the thrill of watching movies on the big-screen to your living room with a slim, sleek, portable design made for enhanced portability and functionality

The Elfin
In the bedroom? Meeting room? Living room? Take Elfin with you! Elfin’s sleek and compact design is the ideal multimedia companion for whatever and wherever life takes you with style and ease.

Users can play video games or stream directly from the Android TV interface in any room at any angle thanks to XGIMI’s industry-leading Vertical and Horizontal Auto Keystone Correction.  

800 ANSI lumens powers FHD resolution for sharp and colorful images at up to 200”
AI-powered image correction instantly finds an optimal screen size while avoiding obstacles like light switches or picture frames.


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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Audio-Technica Updates Flagship Wireless ATH-M50xBT Model with ATH-M50xBT2 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

— ATH-M50xBT2 offers a number of updated and refined features, including beamforming microphone technology for improved vocal pickup, built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant, multipoint Bluetooth® pairing, updated USB-C connection, a low-latency mode, and compatibility with high-quality audio codecs —

 

STOW, OH, August 18, 2021 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, announces the introduction of its new ATH-M50xBT2 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones, the next generation of the flagship wireless iteration of its popular ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones. When A-T brought the legendary ATH-M50x studio sound into the world of personal wireless audio, they created a product that was hailed as among the best-sounding wireless headphones on the market. But they weren’t content to stop there: the ATH-M50xBT2 features a number of enhancements to improve performance and usability. The acclaimed sonic signature, however, remains unchanged.

 

The M50xBT2 delivers the same exhilarating wireless listening experience as its predecessor, offering exceptional clarity and deep, accurate bass response. Updated and enhanced features include improved vocal pickup, incorporating dual-microphone beamforming technology for clearer phone calls and communication with the built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant; the addition of multipoint pairing to let users connect wirelessly to two Bluetooth® devices at once; an updated USB-C connection; a low-latency mode, improving synchronicity between audio and video for smooth streaming and gaming; and compatibility with multiple audio codecs (SBC, AAC and LDAC). There’s even the option to adjust the headphone’s EQ settings, if users so choose, by making the changes in the A-T Connect app and saving the settings on the headphones themselves. Battery life is approximately 50 hours of continuous use on a full charge and up to 3 hours of use on a 10-minute rapid charge via USB-C connection.

 

The ATH-M50xBT2 retains the robust construction, proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers, fold-flat design with 90-degree swiveling earcups, and professional-grade earpads and headband of the ATH-M50x. Standard features include additional premium audio components such as an AK4331 advanced audio DAC and a dedicated internal headphone amp; sidetone circuitry that allows users to hear their voice in the headphones when making calls on most smartphones; convenient mute control at the simple press of a button; left earcup button control of volume/mute, music, and calls, and access to voice assistants (Amazon Alexa Built-in, Google Assistant, Siri); a “Fast Pair” feature, enabling users to quickly pair the ATH-M50xBT2 headphones with Android OS smartphones and devices with a single tap on the device; a detachable 1.2-meter (3.9-foot) cable for optional wired connection; pro-grade earpad and headband materials for long-lasting durability and comfort with an effective sound-isolating seal; and compatibility with the A-T Connect app, allowing control of the low latency mode, EQ, L/R volume balance, choice of voice assistant, misplaced headphone location, change of codecs, and more. A USB charging cable and a handy carrying pouch are also included.

 

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones will be available August 18, 2021 with U.S. MSRP pricing of $199.00. For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence, Audio-Technica is a recognized leader in the development and manufacture of high-quality personal and professional audio equipment. Founded in Japan in 1962 by Hideo Matsushita, the company made its name by manufacturing state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges and tonearms. Today, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to creating high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers, turntables, phono cartridges and other electronic products.

 

A reputation for quality, durability, performance and value has made Audio-Technica products the first choice for many of today’s top musical artists and audio engineers, and for discerning listeners everywhere. Drawing from its audiophile heritage, Audio-Technica remains dedicated to providing music enthusiasts with great-sounding, innovative audio gear, including the award-winning QuietPoint® active noise-cancelling headphones, popular ATH-M50x monitor headphones, versatile USB microphones, and new Hi-Res Audio headphones and high-fidelity gaming headsets. Learn more at www.audio-technica.com.


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Thursday, August 12, 2021

PRESS RELEASE: NAD Epitomizes Bold Modernity Through New Masters M10 V2 BluOS Streaming Amplifier

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Continuing the “just add speakers” revolution started by its highly- acclaimed predecessor, the M10 V2 adds support for Dolby Digital Surround and includes an IR remote control

PICKERING, ONTARIO, CANADA, AUGUST 12, 2021 -- NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, announced the new and improved NAD Masters M10 V2 BluOS Streaming Amplifier, which continues its “just add speakers” revolution of Hi- Fi. The M10 V2 features 100 watts per channel of amplification and BluOS streaming capabilities, and adds the capability to expand with Dolby Digital Surround decoding, an enclosed IR remote control, and updated gain algorithms. It ships globally in August 2021 and will retail for US $2,749.  

"The original M10 caught the industry off-guard and made audiophiles and non-audiophiles reimagine what hi-fi can and should be,” stated Cas Oostvogel, Product Manager for NAD Electronics. “The M10 V2 continues where the first left off and adds even more versatility as a two-channel or potentially a wireless home theatre system.”

JUST ADD (MORE) SPEAKERS

The M10 V2 includes audiophile–grade speaker terminals and two independent subwoofer jacks. Output settings for the subwoofer are easily controlled and adjusted through the BluOS Controller app. Home theatre fans can easily build a Dolby Digital Surround Sound wireless 4.0, 4.1 or 4.2 immersive home theatre system using a pair of BluOS surround-enabled wireless speakers or amplifiers. The M10 V2 is capable of transmitting to rear channels wirelessly, with very low latency, making connecting wires around the room unnecessary.

TOTAL CONTROL

The M10 V2 offers an abundance of control options the most captivating of which is a beautiful full- color touchscreen front panel. New to this iteration of the product is an included an IR remote control for easy access to basic audio controls and presets. Streaming music can be controlled through the BluOS app, which includes dozens of natively integrated music streaming services and thousands of Internet radio stations. The M10 V2 supports AirPlay 2, Bluetooth aptX HD, is Roon Ready, and can be used with popular voice control assistants. For smart homes, the M10 V2 can be integrated into Control4, Crestron, Lutron, and other home-automation systems, so you can control music playback, along with other home systems like lighting, shades, HVAC, and security.

SMALL AND MIGHTY

Bringing everything but the speakers to the hi-fi experience, the M10 V2 features audiophile-grade amplification and DAC, with built in sources and pre-amp capabilities. Featuring an upgraded 7” IPS color touchscreen, the M10V2 delivers purer colors and a wider viewing angle than its predecessor. Renowned nCore amplification technology conservatively rated at 100 watts per channel is included behind the full-color display that doubles as an intuitive touchscreen controller for volume, sources and other audio controls. The M10 V2’s updated gain algorithms allow for higher output levels with inefficient speakers. Higher gain is also included in the subwoofer outputs, which allows for a wider range of subwoofer-main speaker combinations. Its highly acclaimed ESS Sabre DAC effortlessly handles BluOS audio streams, which processes up to 24-bit/192kHz, and supports MQA and other lossless and high-resolution audio formats from streaming services such as Amazon Music Ultra HD, Deezer, Qobuz, and Tidal.

ROOM FRIENDLY

Created by the award-winning design firm DF-ID, the M10 V2 features a solid brushed aluminium chassis and Gorilla Glass top and front panels. The minimalist design allows for the M10 V2 to fit into any living space, With the addition of Dirac Live room correction, any listening room can achieve acoustic perfection. The enclosed calibrated microphone allows for measurement of the room’s acoustic anomalies, helping to correct peaks and dips caused by the room’s acoustics up to 500Hz (a full-bandwidth version is available through Dirac). Up to five listening profiles can be uploaded and saved to create a tailored experience if there are multiple listening positions, you have two or more channels active or want to compensate for whether or not the curtains are drawn, for example.

THOROUGHLY MODERN HI-FI

The NAD Masters M10 V2 epitomizes thoroughly modern hi-fi for today’s listener featuring a variety of different playback options. Through the user-friendly BluOS app, listeners are able to play music from their favorite streaming service, as well as locally stored music. The M10 V2 includes RCA analogue, optical and coaxial digital, HDMI eARC, and USB Type A inputs, to connect compact disc players, game consoles, external drives, media adapters, flat-panel displays, and other components. Two-way aptX HD Bluetooth is also featured showcasing the versatility of the M10 V2. Listeners are further able to choose their listening medium of choice such as stereo loudspeakers, wireless headphones, a surround sound setup or a multi-room set-up of up to 63 other BluOS wireless players. The NAD Masters M10 V2 BluOS Streaming amplifier is a modern system for the modern listener.

Features and Details  

M10 V2 BluOS Streaming Amplifier

  • Wireless 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2-channel surround sound options
  • Hybrid Digital nCore Amplifier with updated gain algorithms
  • Continuous Power: 100W into 8/4 Ohms
  • Dynamic Power: 160W into 8 Ohms 300W into 4 Ohms
  • 32-bit/384kHz ESS Sabre DAC
  • Dirac Live Room Correction
  • IPS Color LCD display
  • Infrared remote control handset included
  • Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant voice control skills
  • AirPlay 2 integration, with support for Siri Voice Assistant
  • Roon Ready
  • Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect
  • Two-way Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth
  • NFC Bluetooth pairing for compatible smart devices
  • BluOS multi-room compatible
  • Gigabit Ethernet; Wi-Fi 802.11ac (WiFi 5)
  • HDMI eARC,USB Type A inputs
  • Stereo line analogue and coaxial/optical digital inputs
  • Preamp output, two independent subwoofer outputs with updated gain algorithms
  • IR Input, 12V Trigger Out
  • Apps for iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, Crestron, Control4, RTI, URC, Elan, Lutron, iPort
  • Wide variety of premium music services supported in BluOS app, including Amazon, Spotify,
  • Tidal, TuneIn, Napster, Deezer, Qobuz and many others
  • Support for all major lossless and lossy formats, including WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, AAC, MP3,
  • Ogg Vorbis, and others
  • MQA decoding and rendering

 

About NAD Electronics

Founded in 1972 and now sold in over 80 countries, NAD Electronics is renowned for its award- winning line of high quality components for audio, home theatre and custom installation applications. Since the beginning, NAD’s commitment to four core values – innovation, innovation, simplicity, performance, and value – have earned it a cult-like following that catapulted it to becoming a household name amongst audiophiles and music lovers alike. To this day, the brand continues to design and manufacture some of the most acclaimed and affordable hi-fi components that include modern features and technologies meant to appeal to a new generation of audiophiles.

LINKS

Website: https://nadelectronics.com


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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Rialto & Bijou Amplifiers - In Stock and Ready to Ship!

Zone Amplifiers from AudioControl

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The way we see it (and hear it) we aren’t just making superb home audio equipment—we’re making our customers’ lives better. Sure, the pieces we build deliver stunning, amazing audio—sound beautiful enough to make your living room pulse like a concert hall and your home theater rumble like a Hollywood studio. But it’s that loftier goal—the goal of improving lives and making people happy—that drives us and fires our passion.


The Rialto 400 & 600 dramatically improve the audio quality and performance of all local audio zones, and act as a perfect solution to upgrading the performance of TV set-ups, digital audio systems like SONOS, HEOS and others, gaming set-ups as well as improving the way all speakers work in the residential and pro-audio custom market.


The Bijou 600 is a first of its kind and exploits AudioControl’s renowned expertise in developing high performance amplifiers, and matches this with enhanced pre-amplifier controls and bass management capabilities in a compact, rack mountable 1U chassis that can sit in all zones across the home.

The Bijou 600 fills a gap in the market for a high performing, compact amplifier/DAC with pre-amp volume control that can work as a flexible solution in additional zones, enhancing TV speaker set-ups including sound bars, improving the audio performance of multi-room digital streaming audio systems like SONOS, HEOS and others, powering speaker set ups of all types and configurations including low impedance speakers, upgrading and dramatically improving gaming and other demanding audio system requirements.

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Performance and durability are characteristics that customers have come to expect from AudioControl. Therefore, the Rialto 400, Rialto 600 and Bijou 600 amplifiers are made in the USA. Designed, engineered, assembled and tested at our factories in the Pacific Northwest, offering an unsurpassed level of reliability.


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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

FLEXOUND will boost UNITED CINEMAS in Japan

FLEXOUND will boost UNITED CINEMAS in Japan

Moviegoers in Japan can soon enjoy premium immersive cinema sound boosted by the Finnish innovation FLEXOUND Augmented Audio™.
The Finnish FLEXOUND Augmented Audio™ has been in co-operation with the Japanese UNITED CINEMAS since the beginning of 2019, on multiple cinema projects that will be boosted by FLEXOUND Augmented Audio™ in Japan, including the FLEXOUND Pulse cinema sound and seat system, which was just launched this June.

UNITED CINEMAS, that currently runs 43 theaters around Japan, has chosen to work with FLEXOUND in order to provide the best possible immersive premium cinema experience to their audiences, and to bring the cinemas close to customers in a new, innovative way. FLEXOUND creates a unique, multi-sensory immersive listening experience that you can feel as well as hear. It combines full-range high-quality audio with gentle physical sound wave vibration, to add the sensation of touch to the cinematic experience.

With the new FLEXOUND Pulse™ augmented audio seats any space can be transformed into a superior, immersive soundscape and multisensory cinema, without the need for any external loudspeakers. UNITED CINEMAS is proud to be the first cinema operator in the world to announce its plans to open cinemas based on the immersive FLEXOUND Pulse™ technology and their own innovative next-generation cinema concept. 

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“We are very excited about the co-operation with FLEXOUND and the opportunity to offer Japanese audiences something totally new. We believe this is an experience people will love after the long pandemic, and with FLEXOUND Pulse™ we can offer a safe, but truly entertaining and relaxing escape from the everyday stress” says Akihito Watanabe, President of UNITED CINEMAS.

“Finnish design is highly valued by the Japanese consumers and their love for entertainment and innovations is profound. From the very beginning, we found a common vision about the future of cinemas with the UNITED CINEMAS team, and are very, very happy now to finally be able to implement our common cinematic future in Japan, and to support the growth of UNITED CINEMAS,” says Mervi Heinaro, CEO of FLEXOUND.

For more information about FLEXOUND Augmented Audio™ – please visit www.flexound.com and about UNITED CINEMAS – please visit www.unitedcinemas.jp.


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