Audio News for August 12, 2014

Exclusive Recording Contract for Winner of 3rd Annual Sarah Vaughan Competition – The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Larry Rosen Productions, and Concord Music Group have announced an agreement to provide a recording contract offer to record and release an album on Concord to the winner of the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition, now know as the SASSY awards. The winner will also get a %5000 cash award, airfar to the competition finals on Nov. 16, and the opportunity to perform as part of the Jazz Roots concert series. This is only international jazz vocal competition of its kind and allows an outstanding jazz singer to launch a career within the music business. Singers will be judged on vocal quality, musicality, technique, performance, individuality, artistic interpretation and ability to swing.

Best Buy to Launch $3499 Curved-screen 55-inch LG OLED HDTV – Just a bit over a year since the launch of the first curved-screen 55-inch OLED TV at some Best Buy locations for $14,499, the second generation display is being made available at over 24 Best Buy locations starting August 24 for only $3499. An LG spokesman said this model looks even better than last year’s at a price much more affordable and a market size that’s much larger.  LG is ahead of most other manufacturers whose OLED efforts have stalled. The displays use a proprietary “WRGB” technology, said to deliver very high picture quality with an infinite contrast ratio to achieve deep black levels and a rich and varied color gamut. The panel if virtually paper-thin and the curved screen is accented with a frameless, bezel-less “Cinema Screen” design that offers an edge-to-edge picture. Very wide viewing angles and fast response time is part of the technology. LG’s new LG Smart TV + webOS-connected TV platform provides an interface designed for quick transitions between broadcast TV, streaming services and external devices. A streamlined matching stand is provided for those not mounting the display on the wall, and this is among the OLED TVs to be Energy Star certified.

Russound at CEDIA – The firm’s largest product launch in years will included three new multizone controller/amps, eight new custom-install speakers, new amps and two accessories. Their eight-source, eight-zeon MCA-88X multiroom-audio controller/amp distributes music from connected local sources, embedded streaming services, and networked sources. It uses up to eight in-wall keyboards and touchscreens, and features full system control from iOs and Android apps. New functions include alarm and sleep timers, a home theater trigger, and the ability to designate one source as a third-party page or phone system. It has 12 times 40-watt amplification and eight fixed or variable line outputs. In speakers, Russound will show eight Acclaim series models with choice of round or square grilles, shallower mounting depths, and 6 or 8-inch woofers. Some feature an angled woofer in a low-diffraction baffle to direct audio to specific listening areas. All tweeters can be adjusted up to 15 degrees in different directions without diffraction occurring.

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