Audio News for April 21, 2006

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Stepped-Up DTV Education Effort – The Consumer Electronics Association and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association have announced a coordinated effort to improve educational outreach to consumers about the upcoming transition to digital television. CEA CEO Gary Shapiro said the forecast is that sales of HDTV sets this year will for the first time outpace sales of analog TVs, and with the hard date set for ending analog broadcasting (2009), the industry is in the home stretch to completing the historic transition. NCTA President & CEO Kyle McSlarrow observed that there is a general lack of awareness of the impending transition to all-digital telecasting and the implications for TV viewers, and the cable industry hopes to jump-start the DTV transition.

West Coast Home Entertainment Show 2006
– has been scheduled by the Primedia Home Technology Group for June 1 thru 4 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at the Los Angeles Airport. Over 250 brands will be exhibited during the four-day show on four floors, plus ten concerts and more than a dozen seminars and workshops. Details on HES at: www.he2006.com

New Showcase Dealership for Home Electronics
– The HiFi House Home-cutting in Wilmington, Delaware. The new concept store features the most advanced home entertainment technology including the world’s largest LCD display (65 inches), the world’s largest Sony rear projection TV (70 inches), one-of-a-kind Seura TV Mirror (when turned off it appears to be a decorative mirror), a whole store Crestron smart home system, and Krell’s top-of-line Evolution Series audio system. In building the new store a $50,000 cork floor was installed for acoustic enhancement.

More Remastered Quad Recordings on SACD – PentaTone has extended and expanded its license agreement with the Universal Music Group to release a further 25 quadraphonic SACD from the Philips Classics catalog. This is the only SACD series of historical recordings in true surround sound, since the Living Stereo and Mercury Living Presence SACDs are only 2 or 3-channel recordings. PentaTone has use of the original master tapes made in the early 1970s for possible quad release, but Philips decided that vinyl technology was not successful enough for their release at that time. Specially-designed equipment is used in the remastering to obtain the highest possible quality. Just two of the 2006 quad releases: Puccini’s complete Tosca conducted by Colin Davis and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony conducted by Bernard Haitink.

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