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Audio News for July 31, 2012

XPAND 3D Creates Home Theater Division; HDtracks Presents Historic Blue Note Jazz Hi-Res Downloads; Sceptre Ships $999 50-inch LCD HDTV; Networked Audio Replacing TVs & Notebooks in Sales

Published on July 31, 2012

XPAND 3D Creates Home Theater Division – XPAND, whose professional 3D systems are used by over 5000 cinemas in more than 50 countries, and who make the universal 3D shutter glasses optimized for the different brands of shutter-glasses 3D displays, has established a new HT division to serve the needs of systems integrators and HT customers. XPAND’s YOUniversal 3D glasses accommodate to every person’s eyes and facial structure being different, and each wearer’s viewing requirements and home HT system being different. The glasses come in a variety of colors, sizes and styles, and can be configured to communicate with IR and RF 3D systems. There is also an optional XPAND AE125 IR emitter to provide full coverage in domestic HT installations where the 3D sync signal the glasses require is impractical to achieve from the screen.

HDtracks Presents Historic Blue Note Jazz Hi-Res Downloads – Six classic jazz albums from the legendary catalog of Blue Note are being made available in either 96K/24bit or 192K/24bit hi-res stereo quality as downloads from HDtracks. These albums have been digitally remastered from their original analog tape masters and are being made available in hi-res for the first time. Previously unheard clarity, depth and tonal purity can be realized in these downloads, and each album has the original LP sleeve notes plus additional photos and newly-written essays. Artists are John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, Eric Dolphy, Wayne Shorter and Larry Young. Many other classic jazz, rock and pop albums are being offered for the first time in hi-res on the HDtracks site.

Sceptre Ships $999 50-inch LCD HDTV – Sceptre—a supplier of LCD and LED TVs and PC monitors—has a new 50-inch 1080p LCD TV at big box stores which it says has the lowest energy consumption in its class.  The set has SRS TruSurround HD virtual-surround technology with bass enhancement, a 4000:1 contrast ratio, three HDMI ports and a USB port, and it can swivel up to 30 degrees.

Networked Audio Replacing TVs & Notebooks in Sales – According to new research by Futuresource Consulting, sales of audio products are expected to rocket thru to 2016 and beyond, with dedicated speaker docks and networked speakers leading the charge. Networking features being introduced in dedicated speaker docks aid the former.  A spokesman said that the benefits of streaming to and from audio devices is driving a demand for networked audio—including multi-room audio and music streaming from smartphones and from the Internet. Home theater kits and AV receivers will also see dramatic growth, partly due to the inclusion of networking features.




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