iPodNN: Audio-maker Harman Kardon has introduced two new home theater sound systems, the SB 30 and the BDS x70 family, in anticipation of next week’s CES show. The SB 30 is a wireless subwoofer packaged with a soundbar speaker array. The BDS x70 series is a compact all-in-one component sound system available in several configurations with either 2.1-channel or 5.1-channel audio. (more…)
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Electricpig: Not content with winning the HD format war, Sony’s just unveiled its latest invention: CDs that use Blu-Ray technology to create better sounding music.
The company says it can record HD sound (that’s surround sound) onto a normal CD using Blu-Ray’s blue laser, but still allow it to be read by a normal CD player.
Sony’s calling the new technology “Blu-spec” and plans to launch 60 albums using the technology from The Byrds and Miles Davis amongst others.
Engadget: Sony has recently launched their micro DAV-IS10 home theatre system, with speakers almost the size of golf balls.
Their 5.1 channel home-theatre-in-a-box features 5 of the tiny speakers matched with a sub offering 450 watts of total system power (satellite speakers 50W x 5, plus 2-way subwoofer 100W x 2).
The system features Sony’s new BRAVIA Theater Sync technology for communicating with BRAVIA panels over HDMI and should be easy to setup with the help of Sony’s Digital Cinema Auto Calibration optimization tech.
The systems’ 720p/1080i upscaling DVD/CD player features touch-sensitive controls and a Digital Media Port for attaching accessories such as the TDM-NC1 WiFi audio streamer, TDM-BT1 for Bluetooth streaming, and TDM-IP1 iPod dock.
The system will be available in July for $800 (around €600).
AV Zombie: JVC has developed what it calls “Near Speaker Surround Technology” (NSST) for 2-channel front surround sound systems.
NSST applies proprietary signal processing to audio reproduced at low volume from a single active-speaker enclosure placed close in front of the listener.
Using traditional components and placing a speaker close to the listener, sound volume can be turned down to reduce ambient noise leakage, but this typically results in a reduction of “spatial broadness” and impact. However, NSST restores this spatial awareness.
JVC says the result is a surround sound experience on par with a conventional multi-channel speaker system, all without any heavy noise leakage into the surrounding environment.
The Japanese giant says NSST can create a soundfield equivalent to a sound pressure level of 70dB even if it reduces the ambient sound pressure by approximately 56 percent.
The company, which has three patents pending on the tech, will exhibit it for the first time at the four-day A and V Festa which opens at Pacifico Yokohama, Japan on September 21.
Home Theater Blog: Marantz recently unveiled five new surround receivers, retailing between €450 and €1,500. Several of the new receivers have 4 HDMI inputs, compared to the standard 2/3 HDMI inputs found on many other A/V receivers.
Moving up a little farther into the line is the ZR6001SP with “DAvED technology” (Digital Audio via Electrical Distribution). DAvED is a multi-room audio distribution standard, which allows for plug and play multi-zone operation.
Pushing into the upper tier, is the SR7001 THX Select2 Surround Sound A/V Receiver with 4-in/1-out HDMI (version 1.2).