Audio News for April 5, 2016

Guide to Immersive Sound – It’s getting quite complex what with Auro 3D, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X on the scene and your having to install new height speakers. (The last one has been vaporware until just now.) The former 7.1 horizontal system with two center back speakers was a big mistake, and Auro 3D requires a different speaker set up than the other two. The idea now is to have “object-oriented” sounds rather than channel-based audio, that take the surround experience to an entirely new level. The small speakers that sit on top of your present speakers and direct sounds to bounce off the ceiling are not as good as height speakers near the ceiling or ceiling speakers. You are expected to have four ceiling channels, not just two, with all three of these.  Aperion says if you do a Dolby Atmos or DTS:X setup, you’ll really enjoy the films Gravity, John Wick and San Andreas. They have an excellent Guide to Immersive Sound here which answers most of the questions of those preferring music in surround.

Wireless Home Theater Audio Now a Reality – B & O, Klipsch and Enclave Audio all now have wireless audio systems for home theater using the WISA standard, and Asiim will be next. They let you conveniently position five or seven speakers (plus a subwoofer) all around your room for the best surround sound – better than the most sophisticated soundbar can achieve. Each speaker has its own built-in amp; you only need one AC cable to power each speaker. The speakers establish their own Wi-Fi network instead of using yours, to deliver hi-res audio without messing up your own Wi-Fi system. You connect all your components to the WISA command center and they start talking to one another.  Automatic switching modes handle both DTS and Dolby Digital surround. The WISA Association hopes their standard will be solution for high-def multichannel audio for HDTVs.

Fourth Largest TV Deal in U.S. History – is Nexstar’s acquisition, at $4.6 billion, of the assets of Media General. This deal accounted for 97% of the first quarter TV deal volume, and the FCC will not approve any broadcast transactions involving full-power of Class A TV stations for six to nine months or moreThis figures come from SNL Kagan, a group within S&P Global Market Intelligence. It also said U.S. broadcast stations’ income reach $4.7 billion ih the first quarter of this ear, excluding construction permits and partial deals. Radio in general had the lowest quarterly volume since the first quarter of 2012, but that may pick up due to the possible sale of CBS Radio, since many radio buyers are interested in top-market CBS Radio stations.

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