Dolby & DTS Both Chosen for Hi-Def DVDs - Both competing camps for the new hi-def successor to standard DVD have selected both DTS and Dolby encoding for their discs. The DVD Forum and the Blu-ray Association have announced the selections of both Dolby Digital Plus and DTS++. Both codecs are enhanced versions of the familiar Dolby and DTS technology - allowing for additional channels, higher data rates and other extensions. The move assures future compatibility with the over 39 million AV receivers, players and preamps equipped with both decoders. Additionally, DTS++ can push the data rate all the way to fully lossless operation if desired and still retain compatibility with all decoders. Dolbys news release also announces MLP (Meridian Lossless Packing) two-channel as having been chosen by the HD-DVD camp to ensure that consumers with HD-DVD players will also be able to play DVD-Audio discs. [But since DVD-Audio is primarily multichannel, that appears an incomplete solution to say the least...Ed.]
MPEG-4 aacPlus Selected for Mobile and Multimedia - Coding Technologies version of the aacPlus codec has been selected as the standard codec for high quality audio content delivery in mobile music downloading, digital broadcasting, Internet streaming and consumer electronics in general. This common denominator codec will pave the way for the long-awaiting convergence of digital broadcasting, mobile and Internet streaming. It is already in use by Vodafone, O2, and XM Satellite Radio.
Meitner SACD Products Expand Offerings - Some of the best-sounding SACDs so far produced have employed custom professional gear designed by Ed Meitners EMM Labs, working in close association with Sony. His current products include the Switchman III 6-channel preamp/switcher, the DAC6e 6-channel DSD digital audio converter for SACD & CD playback, the DCC2 2-channel preamp/switcher/converter, and a SACD transport called the CDSD. On A Higher Note has just been named the distributor for EMM Labs high end audio sales in the U.S. The firm also represents the Australian Halcro amplifier line, and will be carrying out demonstrations of the Meitner gear at high end audio dealers around the U.S. - along with speakers from Wilson Audio and Magnepan. Their flyer contains some thoughts that reflect our focus at AUDIOPHILE AUDITION sufficiently to select from: A slow revolution...is closing the gap between exclusive home theater systems...and two channel...An increasing number are finding that one system can do it all. We have heard multichannel done correctly and find that it has the capability of immersing the listener in the original event and surpassing the experience of two channel music.