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schwag ‘stache: ONKYO & Cerwin-Vega! Launch Contest With Country Star Chase Rice

November 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Onkyo and Cerwin-Vega! are proud to announce the Chase Rice “Ready Set Roll” Contest starting today and running through December 15th. The contest invites all active Greek organizations and chapters to submit YouTube videos utilizing country artist Chase Rice’s current hit single “Ready Set Roll” in a creative and interesting way. The top five most-viewed videos on YouTube will be seen and reviewed by Rice, who will ultimately crown the winning submission.

The winning chapter will be awarded a visit from Chase Rice at their house to watch a sporting event in addition to an Onkyo TX-NR828 7.2 Ch. Network A/V Receiver and a Cerwin-Vega VE Series 5.1 Home Theater Speaker Package. The runner-up chapter will receive an Onkyo LS-T10 EnvisionCinema TV Sound Base System.

Visit for official rules and to learn more about the Chase Rice “Ready Set Roll” Contest.

Chase Rice Onkyo

About Onkyo:

Since 1946 Onkyo has been passionately committed to developing audio products that deliver uncommon performance, quality and value. Bundling proprietary technologies and innovations with other sound-enhancing exclusives, Onkyo continues to created award winning products that are lauded by many of the industry leading audio publications. The company’s philosophy is to deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence. The results can be seen in the obviously high quality of any Onkyo-manufactured product, even before it is turned on. Visit Onkyo’s website at Follow Onkyo USA at


About Cerwin-Vega!:

A member of the Stanton Group of companies, Cerwin-Vega!, Inc. is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets.Designed in the pursuit of dynamic, accurate sound reproduction since 1954, Cerwin-Vega! products are distributed throughout the world via a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. For additional information on all Cerwin-Vega! products, please visit us online at

About Chase Rice:

Within a few short years of moving to Nashville, Tenn.; country music artist Chase Rice has already built a loyal fan base across the country through his energetic live shows and gained the attention of industry professionals with his edgy, eclectic sound. Rice first made waves as a co-writer on Florida George Line’s massive 2012 crossover hit “Cruise,” and his star continues to rise with the chart-topping success of his new digital EP Ready Set Roll and single of the same name. A physical album will be released November 26, 2013 on Rice’s own Dack Janiel’s label in partnership with T8 Records. For more information, please visit

Onkyo’s Free HF Player App Offers Precision Equalizer, 192/24 Playback on iOS Devices

October 24, 2013 1 comment

In a move that could revolutionize how iOS users enjoy music on headphones and other compatible hi-fi systems, Onkyo-the world leader in home theater, hi-fi, and personal audio components-has announced an innovative HF Player app that enables playback of high-resolution audio files while granting users unprecedented control over how their music sounds.

The free, full-featured audio player app features an intuitive interface that includes album artwork display, playback controls, and an organizational structure that will be familiar to any iOS user. Once the app has been pointed to the device’s music library via a synch with an iTunes-equipped computer (an auto synch function is included), the user can start exploring the benefits of the phase-linear FIR equalizer, which offers 16,384 discrete bands of equalization with zero loss in audio quality. The user simply shapes their desired frequency curve with a finger on the touchscreen to manipulate bass, mid-bass, mid-range, and treble response. Presets may be created to suit a particular musical genre, artist, album, or pair of headphones and can be saved, swapped, and loaded in moments.

Onkyo HF Player

Onkyo also enlisted a team of respected musicians to personally design EQ presets optimized specifically for Onkyo in-ear and on-ear headphones. The team comprises Chris Traynor (Helmet, Bush), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Jim Ward (Sparta, At the Drive-in), Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Tim Lopez (Plain White T’s) and Steven McMorran (Satellite), along with groups Midi Matilda, Buckcherry, and Strange Talk. The Presets from these artists are included in the app.

“Onkyo headphones have an incredible sound for both the studio and for leisure,” says Stephen Docker, Lead Singer of Strange Talk. “We’re also finding out more ways of customizing the sound to fit the different genres we’re listening to using the Onkyo EQ app. You should definitely check it out.”

Strange Talk Onkyo

Additional functionality includes an automatic upsampling function (from 44.1 kHz to 48 kHz) and selectable track crossfading.

Onkyo hopes the friendly interface and audio flexibility will turn casual listeners, who may have only just begun to rediscover their favorite music with a pair of quality headphones, into budding hi-fi enthusiasts. As their confidence grows, so too does HF Player. Users seeking the ultimate in high-resolution audio performance can make an in-app HF Player Pack purchase (US$9.99) to enable FLAC, DSD, WAV, and AIFF playback of up to 192 kHz with 24-bit sampling (these files are loaded via a simple drag-and-drop operation on an iTunes-equipped PC prior to synchronization). This in-app purchase also enables selectable upsampling from 44.1 kHz to a possible 192 kHz, and an HD phase-linear equalizer with an incredible 20,000 bands of adjustment in 64-bit mode.

As well as the flexibility and control offered by the precision FIR equalizer, HF Player introduces SACD (Super Audio CD) and better-than-CD audio quality into the portable domain. Paired with a set of quality headphones, such as Onkyo‘s award-winning ES-HF300 on-ear or IE-HF300 in-ear models, HF Player lets audiophiles enjoy premier high-resolution sound while they’re on the road.

The release of the HF Player app demonstrates Onkyo‘s ongoing commitment to portable hi-fi. Complementing the company’s growing range of premium on-ear and in-ear headphones-which have gathered significant momentum both critically and commercially since their release-this new app will allow listeners to discover how truly great their personal audio setup can sound.

* Note: DSD-IFF and DSF formats are converted to PCM before playback. Playback of high-resolution files places high demands on CPU and battery resources. For optimal playback results, Onkyo recommends closing other applications and placing your device on Airplane Mode.

About Onkyo:  

Since 1946, Onkyo has been passionately committed to developing audio products that deliver uncommon performance, quality and value. Bundling proprietary technologies and innovations with other sound-enhancing exclusives, Onkyo continues to create award winning products that are lauded by many of the industry leading audio publications. The company’s philosophy is to deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence. The results can be seen in the obviously high quality of any Onkyo-manufactured product, even before it is turned on.

Onkyo is a trailblazing force in the home entertainment industry, anticipating market trends with intelligent, user-focused products. This new release joins a stable of acclaimed audio and A/V components, and will introduce more music lovers to the iconic Onkyo sound

schwag ‘stache: Enter To Win An Onkyo TV Speaker System With SMACK Guide & Kaskade

September 12, 2013 Leave a comment

SMACK Guide-the free monthly music and entertainment publication geared to college students- is teaming with electronics brand Onkyo and EDM artist Kaskade to give readers the chance to win an LS3100 TV speaker system with Bluetooth, in addition to a prize pack that includes an autographed copy of Kaskade’s brand new album, Atmosphere.

Enter to win an Onkyo LS3100 EnvisionCinema system as well as a Kaskade prize pack here.

Smack Kaskade Cover

The Onkyo LS3100 is a neat 2.1 channel TV speaker system with Bluetooth that’s great for people who enjoy super sound quality but also take space and budgets into consideration. Your days of experiencing thin sound will be over, with SRS processing technology creating an immersive 3D soundfield using just two speakers- perfect for movies, music, and games. But the real beauty of the system lies in its convenience. For example, the control center is pre-programmed for use with most TV remote controllers. It turns on automatically with your television and responds to volume commands from your TV remote. The system is also great for music, with Bluetooth 2.1 allowing you to stream from your smart phone, tablet, and laptop. Analog and digital connections are included to connect a PC or CD player. Wireless implementation extends to the powered subwoofer, which can be placed anywhere in the room you like- another handy feature in what is an exceptionally useful home theater system.

Onkyo LS3100

SMACK Guide is a FREE monthly music and entertainment publication, available at universities, book stores and record shops nationwide in over 800+ locations. With over 40 pages of exclusive artist interviews, campus trends and concert reviews, SMACK Guide has featured Paramore, Phoenix, The Summer Set, Gary Clark Jr. and more on its cover. To find out more about SMACK Guide, visit their Facebook page and be sure to check out SMACK’s monthly Spotify playlist

This month’s SMACK Guide features Ryan Raddon, better known as Kaskade. He is a GRAMMY-nominated DJ, producer and songwriter who has been in the trenches of the electronic dance music (EDM) scene as an original recording artist and in-demand DJ for more than a decade. Kaskade has released eight studio albums, including Atmosphere, which was just released on September 10th. He has been nominated for Grammy Awards, scored twelve Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart, created chart-topping remixes for everyone from Lady Gaga to Beyonce, appeared at all the major summer music festivals, and has performed between 150 and 200 headlining shows a year for the last 10 years.

schwag ‘stache: Built-in Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Technology Debut in ONKYO’s 2013 Entry – Level A/V Network Receivers

March 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Onkyo launches TX-NR727, TX-NR626, and TX-NR525 Network A/V Receivers, HT-S5600 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver/Speaker Package.

Continuing its reign as the world’s foremost creator of user-focused home entertainment products, Onkyo has unveiled three exciting network A/V receivers-along with an affordable home theater package ideal for first-time buyers-for the 2013 model year, pushing standards for performance and value to unprecedented heights at the entry-level.

The respected electronics company continues to forge ahead with enhanced features and functionality with following upgrades announced for its entry-level network A/V receivers:


  • Starting from the TX-NR626, built in Wi-Fi is supported by a remote app that enables lossless audio streaming from iPhone® and Android-based devices, as well as app-controllable FLAC, Apple Lossless, Dolby® TrueHD, LPCM and DSD hi-res streaming from NAS and personal computer via network and DLNA.
  • Beginning with the TX-NR626, built-in Bluetooth technology to enable fast and reliable audio streaming from cellphone, smartphone, tablet, and computer
  • An expanded selection of music streaming services and internet radio providers (including Spotify, TuneIn Radio, and selectable via remote app
  • 4K Ultra HD passthrough via HDMI® from media players and projectors (all three models) and Qdeo™ 4K video upscaling technology (TX-NR626 and TX-NR727)
  • Upgraded Audyssey MultEQ® room acoustic correction to equalize and calibrate subwoofers as well as satellites.

home theater

For users seeking the convenience and performance of a professionally calibrated home theater system, Onkyo offers the HT-S5600 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver/Speaker Package. Newly compatible with the UBT-1 Bluetooth USB Adapter, the included receiver boasts Dolby® Pro Logic® IIz and Audyssey 2EQ® equalization for immersive surround sound. Multizone support via Powered Zone2 connections is also available on the powerful package. The eight-piece speaker set employs high-performance OMF drivers in the two-way front and center speakers, and an efficient yet punchy 120 W active subwoofer.

From its roots in two-channel hi-fi, and pioneering contribution to multi-channel home theater, Onkyo is now leading the way toward housewide entertainment systems driven by powerful A/V processing hubs. Rapid innovation is leading to better-equipped products at all levels of the market, allowing consumers to enjoy the life-changing benefits of the digital revolution.

The TX-NR525, TX-NR-626 and TX-NR727 network receivers will have suggested retail prices of $499, $599 and $899 respectively, and the HT-S5600 home theater system will have suggested retail prices of $599. The TX-NR525, TX-NR626 and HT-S5600 will be available at retail in April while the TX-NR727 will be available in May. | Onkyo Facebook 

For more information, please contact:

Mike Heyliger 

‘stache media 

schwag ‘stache: SMACK + LAUNCH SNOWBOARDS Want You To Live Like A Pro This Winter

December 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Enter to win the ultimate snowboarding experience, Launch gear, and more!

SMACK teamed up with LAUNCH SNOWBOARDS to bring you the Live Like a Pro Sweepstakes. Fans can enter for a chance to win the ultimate snowboarding experience including airfare & hotel for two at Mammoth Ski Resort in Mammoth, CA, as well as free boards and gear from Launch Snowboards!


SMACK’s December/January double issue featuring Soundgarden on the cover is on shelves now and includes a free 15 track digital sampler of new music curated by Launch Snowboards, the ultimate tuneage for the slopes!


For more great music, check out the What’s the SMACK Best of 2012 Playlist on Spotify.

schwag ‘stache: Win AXEWOUND And LEGACY OF DISORDER Goods From Gun Shy Assassin

October 15, 2012 Leave a comment

GUNSHYASSASSIN.COM is holding a contest that all of the biggest metal fans can enter online to win AxeWound and Legacy of Disorder prize packs.

Here is what Gun Shy Assassin has up for grabs:

AxeWound Prize Pack

One copy of new album, Vultures

AxeWound patches

Legacy of Disorder Prize Pack

One copy of new album, Last Man Standing

Legacy of Disorder T-Shirt

Although the people at Gun Shy Assassin claim on their website that they would rather keep these two prize packs for themselves, they’d prefer to give them away to some really lucky fans! Find out what tasks you have to complete to win here.

Follow AxeWound Online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Follow Legacy of Disorder Online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

schwag ‘stache: Win A Thrillah From EASY STAR ALL-STARS

October 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Enter to win a pair of tickets to see the Easy Star All-Stars live, a signed copy of their new album, Thrillah, and a Thrillah t-shirt from Superglued this October.

This past August the Easy Star All-Stars released  Thrillah, a genius reggae reworking of Michael Jackson’s best-selling masterpiece, Thriller. In support of Thrillah, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s reggae charts, Superglued is holding a contest that fans can enter to win tickets to see the Easy Star All-Stars on tour this October, as well as a Thrillah t-shirt and a signed signed copy of the album.

Enter to win this sweet contest on Superglued here!

For more information on Easy Star All-Stars tour dates, go here.

Follow Easy Star All-Stars Online: Website Facebook | Instagram

Purchase Thrillah iTunes | Amazon