Audio News for July 17, 2012
Published on July 17, 2012
Deep Purple’s Jon Lord Dies – Deep Purple’s founding keyboard player passed away this week of pancreatic cancer. After retiring from Deep Purple in 2002 he returned to classical routes, including his Durham Concerto, an epic three-part six-movement work which had solo opportunities for violin, cello, Northumbrian pipes and B-3 organ. His suite To Notice Such Things, for solo flute, piano and strings, followed in 2010.
40% of UKers Can’t Recall When They Last Bought a CD – Audio-Technica commissioned a study on the effect technology was having on the way the UK consumers music and media.They found that 40% of those surveyed couldn’t remember when they last purchased a physical CD, and 20% had downloaded music in the last week. Nearly half believed that it was acceptable to download music for free. More than 60% said they would read reviews before making a decision on whether to purchase music or concert tickets, and about half said that reviews influenced their decisions on whether to buy music.
Bose Has Two New VideoWave II Systems – Bose had introduced its next-generation VideoWave II all-in-one TV and audio HT system. It combines either a 55-inch or 46-inch LCD HDTV with specially-developed speakers and an outboarded HT amp/video switcher and music system. Both screens have thin aluminum bezel designs, are tabletop or wall-mountable, and use a single cable to connect to a small outboard controller console, which connects up to six devices. The new RF-based click pad remote uses minimal buttons and touch-sensitive click pad to control a simplified on-screen interface to control everything in the system from one device. A closuter of six woofers are included inside the TV display and are matched to a Bose waveguide to deliver the deep low tones without distortion. The seven-element speaker array and digital signal processing distribute sound beyond the screen. Bose’s ADAPTiQ audio calibration technology recognizes room shape, size and furnishings, and automatically adjusts the sound characteristics accordingly. A dock for an iPod or iPhone is included. Artists, songs, and playlist are display on the screen, and the click pad remote allows full access and control. The 55-inch is $5999 suggested retail and the 46-inch $4999.
Mobile DTV to Increase TV Viewership – New research from the Dyle System for Mobile DTV broadcasting shows growing consumer demand for on-the-go TV options. Dyle Mobile TV is the conditional access mobile DTS brand adopted by the Mobile Content Venture (MCV), owned by 12 broadcast groups representing 281 stations, and two other TV broadcasters. Dyle compatible devices will launch this year, bring Dyle accessibility to 35 U.S. markets, reaching potentially 55% of the population. More than half of the consumers in the survey indicated they would be somewhat or very liely to switch cellphone provides in order to get mobile TV. 68% of respondents would watch more TV is they were able to watch it live on mobile devices while on-the-go. More than 50% would consider watching mobile TV on smartphones and tablets. The most anticipated types of programming are: local news and weather, movies, national news, sitcoms, sports.