Audio News for January 4, 2011

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Disney to Release 15 3D Films on Blu-ray – Walt Disney Studios announced their plans to release at least 15 of their films in Blu-ray 3D during this year for home viewing. Among the films will be The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, Tron: Legacy, Bolt, Meet the Robinsons, The Nightmare Before Christmas, G-Force and Chicken Little.  The new titles will join Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s A Christmas Carol and Step Up 3, already released in 3D during 2010. Each disc will include thematically-linked 3D menus, 3D previews, and an introduction to the world of Blu-ray 3D with characters from The Lion King.

Glass Speakers – Greensound Technology is showing their new and unusual glass speakers, available in various configurations. The small Greensound speakers have a stylish design and would look good next to any computer. The Greensound speakers use glass as a resonator, the audio being created in the base of each speaker and then distributed up and around the pane – lows coming from the bottom, mids from the middle and highs from the top. There are two series: the Serac Tower speakers – inspired by the shape of glaciers – are 25 watts and have a frequency range of 300Hz – 15kHz. The Floe speakers are smaller and rounder, and are also available in wireless form. A separate glass subwoofer handles the lower frequencies, and all the speakers offer special color lighting effects.  Suggested pricing is not listed anywhere, suggesting if you have to ask you cannot afford them.
CES in Las Vegas, January 6-9 – The world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow gets underway again in Las Vegas this week – The Consumer Electronics Show. Computer tablets and 3D TV are expected to be very big. LG Electronics will unveil its biggest and baddest 3D flat screen yet – 72 inches! Microsoft plans to introduce a new version of Windows for low-power mobile devices. The T.H.E. Show nearby will cater to audio and AV exhibitors looking to be separate from all the other electronic gadgets and to pay less for exhibit space.  Google has big plans to show their Google TV, which allows viewers to easily surf the Net from their HDTV. Devices using the technology are already available from Sony and Logitech International, but an analyst says it could well be late into this year before Google TV really takes off. Filmmakers Oliver Stone, Michael Mann and Baz Luhrmann will bring their insights to the topic: “How have new formats such as Blu-ray changed the creative life of top filmmakers?”

Internet Radio Brought Into Cars – Livio Radio and DICE Electronics now offer an aftermarket solution for subscription-free Internet radio which is controlled thru the vehicle’s stereo system. The developer of innovative Net audio products for home and vehicle and the experts on automotive OEM digital media integration have team up to seamlessly take Net radio on the road. DICE makes the components that connect smartphones to car stereos and integrate them with their settings. Livio’s Car Internet Radio App installs on smartphones connected to the DICE components and provides free Internet radiio access anywhere using factory stereo buttons and integrated audio controls safely on the steering wheel. The CEA reported that 48% of non-smartphone owners expect to upgrade in 2011, and together with the growth of Internet radio, there is a huge potential for more users to enjoy Internet Radio in their vehicles. Either an iPhone or Android phone are required, and more than 45,000 stations can be accessed from the factory-installed car stereo system.  Both companies will be showing how the solution works at this week’s CES.

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