Audio News for July 14, 2007

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Tweeter Goes Into Bankruptcy – The major HT chain Tweeter Home Entertainment Group Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Big-box HDTV retailers such as Best Buy and Costco caused pressure on the New England-based company. The failure to compete is part of the consolidation movement in the home electronics business. Manufacturers of AV gear are selling to private equity firms or being bought out by bigger companies. Meanwhile local and regional stores have been closing rapidly. Much of the audiophile business has moved to the online sector and there is more activity in sales of used components. The custom installation business has also expanded and taken away sales from stores.

Maximizing Retail Environments with 3D – A possible solution to improving sales for home electronics stores is offered by YCD, who have collaborated with Philips to create turnkey 3D display setups for in-store promotion. YCD’s MuVi (Music Video) system and RadioPoint content management and delivery platform is melded with Philips WOWvs 3D technology, which does not require special glasses. A Philips rep said “3D is the new exciting marketing tool for retailers to attract consumers’ attention in media-rich environments such as shopping malls.”  Multi-layers of 3D content in real-time may be managed and inserted using standard PCs.

Texas Instruments Announces Audio Innovations in New Chips –  TI Inc. says that its new Aureus(TM) generation of DSPs is the first AV receiver (AVR) implementation approved for both Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus, bringing high-quality surround sound from the movie theater to the home theater as it was originally intended to be heard. Manufacturers can now provide hi-def Dolby surround sound from HD DVD and Blu-ray players, recorders, and home-theater-in-a-box systems. Features include decoding of up to eight discrete channels of lossless 192K audio delivered synchronously over v1.3 HDMI cable. A Dolby spokesman said the AVR chips will provide outstanding audio performance and the flexibility to decode multichannel broadcasting programs as well as current and next-generation optical media.

A single Aureus DSP chip offer full performance decoding as well as additional post-processing at the native sample rate without downsampling. The audio bitstream can be post-processed in real-time to suit the user’s setup and listening preferences. Its performance audio framework enables manufacturers to easily plug in different post-processing modules from TI or third parties, including Dolby ProLogic IIx, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker, Audyssey MultEQ XT, Neural-THX Surround, SRS Circle Surround II and THX Ultra 2.


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