Tiffen Team Gets Oscar – Three members of the Tiffen Company were honored last night with an Academy Award, the Scientific and Technical Academy Award of Commendation. It was for their efforts in developing dye-based filters reducing infrared contamination when neutral-density filters are used with lenses of all focal lengths in digital cameras.
BenQ Ships Bluetooth Speaker with Electrostatic Technology – The TreVolo portable Bluetooth speaker with electrostatic speaker technology retails for $299. It features dual woofers with dual passive radiators, a digital USB port, analog line-out port, AptX, battery life of 12 hours, a collapsible wing design, and bidirectional sound thru three audio profile modes.
AV Dealer ProSource Schedules Summit Agenda – Their seminars, scheduled for March 1-4 at the Orlando World Center Marriot, will cover wireless control, HDMI deployment, Wi-Fi networks, energy storage, and streaming entertainment. New ProSource vendors there will be Origin Acoustics, Leon Speakers, Cambridge Audio and SurgeX.
Sony Offers Four New Bluetooth Headphones – Next month Sony is releasing four entry-level and mid-range wireless headphones costing between $100 and $230. The around-the-ear models are comfortable and relatively lightweight with decent build quality, and they sound good for Bluetooth headphones. The top MDR-ZX770BN is geared toward frequent travelers and features noise cancelling as well as Bluetooth. It can be used as a wired headphone on flight which prohibit using Bluetooth. Battery life is rated at 13 hours with both options turned on.
Sales of LPs Surge 49% – The biggest music comback of 2014 has been vinyl records. Nearly eight million of the old-fashioned platters have been sold this year. Younger people are buying vinyl in greater numbers, attracted to the perceived superior sound quality, the ritual of putting needle to groove, and the possibilities of larger area for artwork and notes. The sale of turntables and acessories of all varieties has also burgeoned along with the increased interest in vinyl records. For the true audiophile, the remastered 45 rpm 12-inch reissues (which require two discs) are the last word in fidelity, though at a huge price increase over the 33 1/3 rpm LPs we seniors bought at $3.98 or less many years ago.