Audio News for June 15, 2010

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Marantz’s Largest Product Launch – Marantz will be introducing its biggest range of new products in ten years later this month or early July. It will include network-capable AV receivers, universal Blu-ray players and high-end audio separates, including many new two-channel components. The new range is said to have “solutions for virtually every consumer need and budget” and is designed to compete with the likes of Harman Kardon and Yamaha. The new components claim many breakthru features and system-building potential.

3D Added to Wireless Multiroom Interface – The Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) standard for the streaming of uncompressed 1080p video around the home will have wireless 3D streaming added in the fourth quarter of this year. In the second quarter of 2011 WHDI 2.0 will add support for 2Kx4K HD resolution – up to four times the current Blu-ray standard. The 2.0 spec will reduce power consumption for battery-operated portable devices. The present WHDI 1.0 transmits a 1080p/60Hz Deep Color video stream more than 100 feet thru walls to multiple TVs around a home, from a set top box or other video source. The 2.0 spec will facilitate the integration of WHDI and Wi-Fi, which both operate in the 5GHz unlicensed band (though Wi-Fi can also operate in the 2.4GHz band).

Ultra-HD Coming – NHK’s Nippon H. Sciences and Technical Research Laboratories have demonstrated a plasma TV with a 7680 x 4320 pixel image; the present HD standard is 1920 x 1080 pixels. According to the Japanese researchers, the current 1080p resolution will soon become old hat. They claim they are getting closer to delivering a 0.3mm pixel pitch display – the goal for future home TV displays. Pixel pitch is the distance between pixels – currently an average of 0.9mm.  A pixel pitch of 0.3mm is not too far away from a 100-inch display.

3D Video Games May Push 3D TV – Video game makers are creating more visually interesting products by going to 3D, and this may aid the adoption of 3D TV in general. Electronic Arts will have a new game – Crysis 2 – out in time for the holiday season. An invading alien attack empties New York City, offering realistic recreations of landmarks such as Grand Central Station. The game will be available in both 2D and 3D versions across multiple platforms, including PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

TV Series on Blu-ray Popular – More and more TV series are coming to Blu-ray, showing there is a sizable paying audience wanting to view their favorite series in higher definition, with better surround sound, with interesting bonus features, and without all the commercials on commercial TV series. Lost and Mad Men seasons have been big sellers both new and in rental, and today, for example, both the first and second seasons of Sanctuary were released plus the first season of Supernatural.

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