Audio News for September 16, 2014

Blues Hall of Fame Under Construction in Memphis – More than a thousand donors contributed to the Blues Foundation to build and open the Blues Hall of Fame in May 2015. In the past 34 years 143 blues performers have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, plus 51 behind-the-scene non-performers. The Blues Hall of Fame will pay tribute to the great blues men and women, gaving their music the respect and validation it deserves. It will educate visitors from around the globe about the blues and its performers, and bring tens of thousands of visitors into contact with The Blues Foundation and its programs. It will occupy a 12,000 square foot site and display priceless recordings, instruments, articles of clothing and writings associated with blues legends. It will also exhibit films, artifacts and original art.

Pioneer to Sell Home AV Business to Onkyo –  In return for a 15% stake in Onkyo, Pioneer Home Electronics will be integrated into Onkyo’s operations. Pioneer’s DJ business is not included, and it retains its vehicle electronics business. The integration is expected to be effective by March 2015.

LG’s Growing UHD Lineup at CEDIA – There will be 16 UHD TV models in ten series, including six new models. In the premium line the 65-inch OLED UHD is $10K, the 77-inch is $25K, the 98-inch $40K and the 105-inch $100K. All have curved screens, the latest HDMI connectivity and H.265 decoding. A value line includes a 49-inch at $1349, a 55-inch at $1799 and a 60-inch at $2499. Many of these will be available by the fourth-quarter. [We’d like to see manufacturers, such as LG, stop calling these “4K” when they are NOT…Ed.]

Epson Demos UHD “Enhancement Projector” at CEDIA – The Pro Cinema Series LS10000 projector (under $8K) uses a 3LCD reflective laser lighting system and pixel-shifting technology on FullHD LCD microdisplays to achieve picture quality it claims rivals current native UHD sources. [Really? That remains to be seen…Ed.] Brightness is rated at 1500 lumens of both color and white brightness, with enhanced contrast and an advanced suite of calibration tools. It has a three-year limited warranty.

CEDIA Launches Hi-Res Audio Training – The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association has announced a partnership with Sony and other top manufactuers to launch an HRA training program specifically developed for AV specialty dealers and installers.

Revolution Invisible In-Wall Speakers – Revolution Audio of Montreal combines the simplicity of peel-and-stick installation with high-quality full-range audio. For retrofits or new construction, installers can place a cylindrical exciter in the back of the wall or if hidden by furniture, in front, and excite an entire wall. Each driver delivers a mono signal and two can be used for separate left and right channels. The exciters deliver floor-to-ceiling sound and act like multiple-line arrays, delivering volume that doesn’t drop off significantly with distance. Thus only two drivers can fill a 40 by 40-ft. room. Bass response extends down to 20kHz. Revolution’s Class D amp has EQ for different wall materials and an IR remote.

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