Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video may have gotten all the attention in our recent head-to-head, but one of their competitors now has something that neither of those two streaming video services offers: discrete 7.1-channel surround sound. Dolby has announced that it has entered into an agreement to bring Dolby Digital Plus’s 7.1-channel audio to some of Vudu’s cinematic offerings, starting today with Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
We’ve waited so long for Logitech to replace its 5.1-channel Z-5500 speaker system that we finally quit asking the company about it. The Z-5500 ruled our best-of-the-best list (in the 5.1-channel speaker category, that is) from 2004 to 2005 before M-Audio’s Studiophile LX4 knocked it off its perch. We put it back when M-Audio discontinued the LX4 several years later, and it’s been there ever since.