Archive for August, 2009

Marvell Redefines Video Quality – Introducing Qdeo HD Video Evaluation Blu-ray Disk

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Marvell Redefines Video Quality – Introducing Qdeo HD Video Evaluation Blu-ray Disk
Marvell releases a benchmarking tool to evaluate video processing capabilities of an HD video system
Santa Clara, California ─ (August 11, 2009) ─ Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a leader in storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions, today introduced a new high definition (HD) test disk that enables objective evaluation of the quality of video processing in HD audio-video products like Blu-ray players, AV receivers and HDTVs. The HD test disk has been designed to provide a mechanism for comprehensive testing of the main elements of video processing, namely noise reduction, format conversion, and image enhancement. The noise reduction test patterns check the ability of the system under test to reduce analog and digital noise. (more…)

Onkyo Debuts Mid-Price THX Select2 Plus AV Receiver With Streaming Internet Radio Capabilities and DLNA 1.5 Networking Compatibility

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

With the growing market for advanced internet radio services like Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius Internet Radio, and vTuner, consumers increasingly seek to integrate their home entertainment systems with the internet.

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ (8/10/09) — Onkyo has introduced and begun shipping its first network-capable home theater receiver configured for Pandora, Rhapsody, and Sirius’ streaming internet radio services. The new Onkyo TX-NR807 also capable of playing computer music files from networked PCs, is fully compatible with the Digital Living Network Alliance’s DLNA 1.5 consumer electronics interoperability specification, and sells for less than half the price of the company’s previous network-capable model. With THX Select2 Plus certification and state-of-the-art processing from Dolby, DTS, Audyssey and Faroudja, the Onkyo TX-NR807 offers high definition audio and video performance. The TX-NR807 and non-networking TX-SR707, also introduced today, are Onkyo’s first receivers to offer Audyssey DSX soundstage extension processing in addition to Dolby Pro Logic IIz height-capabilities.

The Onkyo TX-NR807 connects directly to the internet or a home network via a rear-panel Ethernet port. The receiver’s on-screen user interface allows users direct access to Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius Internet Radio, and vTuner streaming radio services, or to access MP3, WMA, FLAC, Lossless, Ogg Vorbis, and AAC files from any computer or storage device on the network.  The receiver is Windows 7 compatible, and its Ethernet port can also be used for firmware updates.

The TX-NR807 also includes Onkyo’s new Bi-Directional Preprogrammed RI Remote Control which will impress anyone who has ever been frustrated by the trial-and-error manual data inputs and paper listings usually needed to program associated TV’s, disc players, cable boxes, and other components. Onkyo’s new system allows users to select from a on-screen list of compatible products, and then automatically transmit the codes from the receiver to the remote control. The remote also offers up to four macro programs for simultaneous activation of multiple components and feature sets.

As a premium home theater receiver, the TX-NR807 is also the perfect match for high definition video displays with Blu-ray players and other HD sources. It has six HDMI 1.3a inputs, 1080p video upscaling of all sources using the powerful Faroudja DCDi Cinema processor chip. On the audio side it has a full suite of surround processing, including lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

The Onkyo TX-NR807 is one of the first receivers to incorporate Audyssey DSX technology, which allows the back surround channels to be retasked for front-wide speakers to expand the width of the sounds stage, or for front height speakers to provide vertical ambience effects. The receiver also includes Audyssey MultiEQ room calibration technology, plus that company’s Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ processing. Dolby ProLogic IIz processing is also included to provide an alternate implementation of height channel technology.

The TX-NR807 has seven powerful 135-watts-per-channel Onkyo WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) amplifier sections for high output and low distortion, offering a dynamic power rating of 300 watts into 3 ohms. It has an extensive array of analog and digital inputs and outputs, including an MM/MC phono input. Its multiroom audio capabilities are similarly extensive with Powered Zone 2 and 3 capabilities, multiple DC triggers, bidirectional RS-232, and Onkyo’s exclusive Universal Port for connection of an optional iPod Dock and HD Radio tuner.

The Onkyo TX-NR807 is now shipping to Onkyo dealers and will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,099.

Onkyo Debuts TX-SR707
Onkyo has also introduced the TX-SR707 THX-Select2 Plus home theater receiver, which has the same advanced high definition audio and video processing features as the TX-NR807, but uses a 7 x 100 Watts power amplifier section, Powered Zone 2, conventional preprogrammed remote control, and has no networking capabilities. The Onkyo TX-SR707 is currently available with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $899.

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 product 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. Today, Onkyo is at the forefront of the home theater and digital revolutions. For more information about this and other fine Onkyo products, visit www.onkyousa.com or call 800-229-1687.

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Wisdom Audio Sage Series Electronics Gain Independent U.S. and International Certification

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

CARSON CITY, Nev., August 10, 2009 Wisdom Audio (www.wisdomaudio.com), the leader in planar magnetic technologies, has gained product certification from TÜV SÜD America Inc. for its Sage Series line of electronics. This certification ensures that Sage Series products meet applicable electrical safety requirements in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

“We already had a tremendous amount of confidence in our electronic designs, but we wanted to go one step beyond and have them certified by an independent lab in order to provide our customers the utmost confidence in our products that self-certification just can’t yield,” explained Mark Glazier, Wisdom Audio president. “We chose TÜV SÜD because of their history and standing in the international community. TÜV SÜD’s stringent testing procedures and parameters are what we desired in order to prove our products’ ability to meet and exceed domestic and international regulations, and we are very pleased with the results.”

Wisdom Audio’s Sage Series SA-1, SA-2, and SA-3 amplifiers, as well as the SC-1 System Controller, were tested and passed domestic, Canadian, and European electrical safety requirements. As part of the ongoing certification process, TÜV SÜD America representatives will visit Wisdom Audio’s manufacturing facility quarterly in order to ensure that products being manufactured are identical to the certified product, and the manufacturing controls remain in place to support compliance with applicable certification standards.

“Product manufacturers who recognize the importance of certifying their products can benefit from the opportunities the process generates,” stated Steve Dykstra, Vice President of Testing for TÜV SÜD America. “We are honored that the staff at Wisdom Audio chose TÜV SÜD America to certify their products based upon our testing procedures and reputation.”

Wisdom Audio’s SC-1 System Controller incorporates an electronic crossover, parametric equalization, and acoustic room correction that incorporates Audyssey MultEQ® XT technology. It also includes selectable, RS-232 operable memory settings for optimized performance in varied acoustic settings for music and film environments. A PC-based installation application allows a professional installer to configure the SC-1 for the particular complement of Sage Series speakers used in a given installation.

The bi-amplified Sage Series includes dedicated low frequency amplifiers for both its full-range speakers and subwoofer to ensure optimal in-room low frequency response. Respectively, these amplifiers are the SA-3 (3 x 500W) and the SA-2 (2 x 500W) for full-range speakers, and the SA-1 (1000W) for the subwoofer.

“Because of the high-quality nature and extreme design and build quality we put into each and every one our products, we are sparing no expense in order to provide our customers with the utmost confidence in these products, as well,” continued Glazier.

For more information, visit www.wisdomaudio.com, or call (775) 887-8850.

About TÜV SÜD America Inc.

TÜV SÜD America Inc., a subsidiary of TÜV SÜD AG, is a business-to-business engineering services firm providing international safety testing and certification services. Founded in 1987, TÜV SÜD America has grown to more than 600 experts in over a dozen locations throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Operating under the brand names of Product Service, Management Service, Industry Service, Automotive and PetroChem Inspection Services, TÜV SÜD America has partnered with thousands of companies throughout the NAFTA region, assuring product and management systems excellence, and acceptance to the global marketplace.

About Wisdom Audio

Wisdom Audio is the leader in designing and manufacturing high-performance planar-magnetic transducers with more than 90 man-years experience. Wisdom Audio was founded in 1996 to create no-compromise planar loudspeaker systems for the most demanding and critical audiophiles. Wisdom Audio systems employ proprietary, custom-made planar magnetic and dynamic transducers optimized for high-performance, high-end architectural audio reproduction applications. Its hybrid-technology systems have earned praise and awards from the specialized media, while satisfying a growing base of customers and dealers worldwide.

Wisdom Audio’s multi-award winning Sage Series architectural products are handcrafted in limited quantities by specialized craftsmen at its headquarters in Carson City, Nevada.

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NAD Highlights Innovative Modular Design Construction Program for Top AV Components

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Performance-Packed MDC Circuit Boards Bring Advanced Technologies, Latest Capabilities and Future-Proofing Features to Select Products

CEDIA EXPO ‘09, ATLANTA, GA, Aug. 10, 2009 — NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, will showcase its a unique Modular Design Construction (MDC) program at CEDIA ’09. MDC enables dealers and installers to offer custom configurations to owners of NAD’s high-value A/V products.  Owners can install one or more elements of NAD’s innovative new mechanical architecture into select NAD A/V Receivers and Preamp-Processors, or purchase new components already equipped with the MDC architecture. (more…)

PENTEO SURROUND ANNOUNCES ORBAN CONTRACT FOR 5.1 TV

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

“Panorama Slicing” Automates Stereo-to-Surround and Back Again.

San Francisco, CA, August, 2009 – Broadcast leader Orban/CRL is the first to license the new automated stereo-to-surround system from Bay Area trailblazer Penteo, LLC.  The proprietary process follows closely on the heels of the conversion of U.S. television broadcasts to all-digital.  Penteo now makes it possible for television stations to effortlessly and automatically broadcast all their legacy stereo programming and stereo commercials in 5.1 Surround.  Unlike other methods, Penteo 5.1 snaps back automatically to the two original channels for traditional stereo broadcast.  Orban is licensing Penteo’s technologies to include in their Optimod-Surround 8585 audio processor and upcoming broadcast appliances.

Robert Orban, Chief Engineer of Orban/CRL stated, “When choosing an upmix algorithm to complement Orban’s Optimod-Surround 8585 audio processor, I auditioned a number of different processes. Of these, only the Penteo Surround upmix sounded like discrete five-channel while preserving the balance of the stereo source without coloration. I was particularly impressed by its ability to place dialog firmly in the center channel even when the mix included other elements placed around the stereo soundstage. Penteo was the hands-down winner of my shoot-out.”

“The Penteo system is based on entirely new stereo analysis,” says John Wheeler, Penteo, LLC founder and inventor of the new technology.  “We believe it’s the first truly significant breakthrough in the art of converting stereo into 5.1 surround sound in the last 15 years. We’re thrilled that this major player has stepped up to the plate.”

Penteo has developed a system of processes and patent-pending proprietary technology that cleanly and efficiently converts any stereo mix of music, film, and TV soundtracks directly into superior-quality 5.1 surround sound.  At the core of this system is the new stereo “panorama slicing”(tm) algorithm that Wheeler says creates a much cleaner, clearer, more discrete 5.1 surround experience than any other 5.1 conversion technology available today.  “Most importantly, our surround masters downmix back to stereo with absolutely no sonic artifacts,” Wheeler said. “Our approach absolutely respects the vision of the original mixing engineers.”

Most recently, the Penteo 5.1 process was used for the Warner Bros. blockbuster “Watchmen” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” as the first major motion pictures to take advantage of the new direct stereo-to-5.1 surround sound processing system.  Drastically reducing cost and delays, Penteo easily processed numerous classic songs for theatrical release, including Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence,” Jimi Hendrix’s version of “All Along the Watchtower,” and Richard Wagner’s full orchestral ” Ride of the Valkyries” into 5.1 surround sound for Watchmen’s top mixing team.

The company recently developed the “Penteo/RT” broadcast algorithm that converts live stereo broadcasts into 5.1 surround on the fly, giving broadcasters the ability to automatically send out all their programming as a 5.1 mix simultaneously with their stereo transmission. Penteo is currently in discussions to license the technology to consumer electronics makers and professional production hardware manufacturers.

“We view this Orban agreement as strategic validation of our technology and look forward to a strong and growing relationship with Orban/CRL,” said John Wheeler, president and CEO of Penteo.  “With their stature in broadcast technology we have a perfect launching pad for Penteo in this new era of quality television, radio, and modern media delivery.”

ABOUT PENTEO(r)
Penteo, LLC, based in San Francisco, California, has created cutting-edge technologies and services that convert any stereo audio into 5.1 surround sound, with automatic downmixing back to stereo. The company has developed proprietary, patent-pending technologies and applications that allow television, film, and music industry professionals to convert and deliver their stereo content and assets into superior-quality 5.1 surround sound automatically, setting a new standard in completely downconvertible, stereo-compatible 5.1 audio processing.
Penteo is a registered trademark of Penteo, LLC.

http://www.penteosurround.com

ABOUT ORBAN/CRL
From ESPN to the BBC, Orban products are at work in radio and television stations around the world. Designing audio products for the challenges of broadcasting has kept Orban busy, and successful, for over thirty years.
Bob Orban founded the company because he wasn’t happy with the sound of albums being heard on the “new” stereo FM stations. He developed the OPTIMOD solution that combines several processing structures into a single box to maximize loudness and still meet government broadcast regulations. OPTIMOD is still the largest selling Orban product as we move from analog transmission to the new digital media of DTV, DAB and Webcasting.  It is this focus on radio and television that makes Orban’s products the choice for broadcasters worldwide.
http://www.orban.com

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Gaming to go: Sennheiser Communications introduces its portable PC 300 gaming headset

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Sennheiser Communications announces the release of the PC 300 G4ME headset. The tiny, portable headset is designed for people who love gaming, chatting, listening to music and watching movies on their laptops and portable media players.

Traveling light

Every gamer has a favorite headset for LAN events and conventions, but these can be bulky and heavy. The PC 300 G4ME is ultra-lightweight, yet delivers Sennheiser’s premium audio performance and quality, in a package not much larger than a matchbox.

Great sound

The PC 300 G4ME utilizes capsules from Sennheiser’s famed CX 300-II ear-canal phones, which are praised in the consumer electronics industry for their rich sound and excellent suppression of ambient noise. And as Sennheiser is also a legendary microphone manufacturer, the PC 300 G4ME includes a high-quality Sennheiser microphone, which offers clear speech intelligibility. The headset also includes an in-line volume control and three sizes of soft silicone sleeves, which guarantee a comfortable and secure fit that enhances bass.

Plug and play

The PC 300 G4ME uses two 3.5 mm plugs to connect to PCs and laptops; one for the headphones and the other for the microphone. The package also includes a quick-disconnect 6.5-foot extension cable. The headset and extension cable can be conveniently packed away in the supplied pouch.

Technical specifications

Headphones:

§ Frequency response: 18 – 22,000 Hz

§ Impedance: 16 Ω

§ Sound pressure level: 106 dB

Microphone:

§ Frequency response: 80 – 15,000 Hz

§ Pick-up pattern: Omni-directional

§ Impedance: ~2.2 kΩ

§ Sensitivity: -32dBv/Pa

The PC 300 is available now with an MSRP of $169.95.

About Sennheiser Communications

Sennheiser Communications is a joint venture between the electro-acoustics specialist Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG, and the hearing healthcare specialist William Demant Holding Group. Decades of experience in pro music and hearing healthcare has helped the five-year-old company produce award-winning, innovative headsets.

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com, or by contacting:

Nicoll Public Relations, Inc.

Erika Pearson or John Nicoll

(781) 762-9300

Erika@nicollpr.com

SI Partners with Apex Marketing, Inc. for the Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky Markets

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Austin, Texas, August 5, 2009 – SI (www.siscreens.com) is proud to announce that it has partnered with Chesterton, Ind.-based manufacturer’s representative Apex Marketing, Inc. to serve the Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky markets.

“We are very excited to have Apex Marketing join the SI team,” said Blake Vackar, SI director of sales. “SI has made a strong push towards garnering strong relationships with our current and potential customers with our ever expanding line of industry leading home theater projector screens, as well as with our updated on-line sales tools and knowledgeable rep force. Apex will aggressively target our current and potential dealers and customers in the very important Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky territories by educating and delivering SI’s messages of providing the market with the industry’s most cutting edge projection screen technologies”.

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Lexicon’s Comprehensive New BD-30 Blu-Ray Player Future-Proofs Home Theaters And Media Rooms, Delivers Pristine Playback

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

The BD-30 Blu-ray disc player supports every major AV format in the market today, including Blu-ray, BD-Live, BonusView, DVD,upconverted DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD, CD and USB.  The BD-30 incorporates Anchor Bay’s award-winning Video Reference Series technology, taking Blu-ray’s already amazingly clear 1080p picture to yet another level of clarity and brilliance.

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Bel Canto Unveil the VBS the Virtual Battery Supply!

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Bel Canto Unveils the VBS1™ Virtual Battery Supply!

The Next Step in Pure Power Technology

August 4th, 2009 • Minneapolis MN • Bel Canto Design, Ltd., manufacturers of analog and digital source components and amplifiers pulls the cover off their latest achievement, the VBS™ Virtual Battery Supply offering all the advantages of a 12 volt lead acid battery without the lead, the acid, or the battery! It offers smoother, even-tempered, well-adjusted DC than previously available.

Bel Canto’s Gourmet Power
The Bel Canto 24/192 differential DAC is the heart of the system, the Bel Canto Digital Control Center. We make sure the DCC dines on gourmet power! Rather than depending on extra-cost power conditioners to do the job, John Stronczer builds value into his designs with supplies that curb the crackling storms riding the AC mains.

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Harman Makes Dealer Support Central To Growth Strategy In Custom Home Electronics Market

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Coupling Innovative New Products, A Pricing Strategy Aimed To Broaden Access/Appeal And Unprecedented Marketing Support, Harman Plans To Grow Market Share For Lexicon, Mark Levinson, JBL Synthesis And Revel

ELKHART, Indiana — At a time when other high-performance AV manufacturers are retracting marketing activities, scaling back new product development and holding dealers to maintain sales performance in challenging economic times, Harman’s High Performance AV group is making dealer support central to its growth strategy for Lexicon, JBL Synthesis, Revel and Mark Levinson.  In the past six months, Harman actively encouraged brand dealers to become group dealers carrying all four lines, consolidating quotas and benefitting from an aggressive marketing program that includes web and print advertising and a soon-to-be-unveiled traveling demonstration road show.  According to Marc Kellom, Harman High Performance AV Vice President of Marketing, the new program is timed to support the launch of exciting new products in all four brands that are priced and positioned to reach broad new markets.

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