Audio News for November 9, 2007

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Courts Orders Recall of Chinese DVD Players – A U.S. District Court has found in favor of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in a breach of contract lawsuit against Chinese company AKI Digital Electrical Appliance Co. The ruling says the company breached its CSS content protection license by selling DVD players lacking the security features which prohibit the unlawful reproduction and distribution of filmed entertainment. All players in violation must be recalled and the studios’ legal fees paid. This is the eighth time a court-ordered injunction has mandated a DVD product maker must adhere to the content security features of the CSS license.

LG Electronics Chooses SRS Labs Technologies – Top HDTV manufacturer Korean-based LG Electronics has chosen two of the audio technologies from SRS Labs for audio enhancement in their complete line of TVs thru 2010. The LG sets will feature SRS TruSurround XT, which creates a virtual soundfield using only two speakers, from actual multichannel sources, standard stereo or even mono audio content. It also adds bass and dialog enhancement. The second technology is SRS WOW, which expands the size of the perceived audio image by retrieving ambient information in stereo signals, and also enhances low frequencies to produce deeper bass end. Among the top nine TV manufacturers, seven feature at least one SRS technology providing sound enhancement.

ArkivMusic Expands Its CD Reissue Project – has grown its service of offering CDs of out-of-print classical titles, including even large opera libretti and detailed CD booklets. Such classics as Renata Tebaldi’s La Gioconda and Philip Glass’ Satyagraha are already out of print, and ArkivMusic is adding 100 new titles each month for which they have permission to reissue. Next up are out-of-print operas which were waiting for release until their libretti could be packaged with them, including: Kiri Te Kanawa’s Arabella and Capriccio and George Solti’s Fidelio and Don Carlo. The firm’s president Eric Feidner said “Our period of accelerated growth has been continuous as traditional retail space has declined. There’s not a single dedicated retailer in New York City anymore…we’re at the point where we have the ability to put out practically anything not currently available from a major label.”  ArkivMusic has rescued such gems as Claudio Arrau’s Debussy, Michael Tilson Thomas’ collections of Ruggles, Piston and Ives, 49 Mercury Living Presence titles, and 566 Decca CDs.

One-Box Home Entertainment Solution Called New Electronic Product Category – SE2 Labs introduced at the center CEDIA Expo their ITC One Integrated Theater Console, described as the world’s first personalized, fully-integrated one-box home entertainment solution.  Custom installers or the end users design their personalized system from the SE2 website.  Among the many components they can choose are various game consoles, DVD & CD players, DVRs, cable or satellite providers, AMX control system, tuners, surround processors and preamps from Bryston, hi-end D-class amps, hi-end video processors, touchpanel control screen, Apple Video, power conditioning, cabling, anti-noise and vibration system.  Whatever house full of electronics selected is slimmed down to a small console 18″ by 21″ by 20″.

Every part is modular so upgrades and maintenance can be handled with little effort. All installers need do is connect the AC power, video source and speakers. Vidikron and Triad are two of the suppliers of video display and speakers. There is no concern about racks, building into walls, cabling, integrating roomfuls of equipment into a home. The remote is an innovative ergonomically-designed unit, easy to operate. The ITC One has a starting MSRP of $19,900 and is sold thru custom installer dealers. 

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