Surround Music Awards - Herbie Hancock received the Surround Pioneer Award at the third annual Surround 2004 event in Hollywood last week. Other Surround Music Award winners: For Best Additional Features/Best Concert Video/& Best in Show - The Rolling Stones Four Flicks; Best Broadcast Multichannel Live Performance - Concert for George Harrison; Best Hi-Res Stereo-Only Program - Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith Yo Miles!; Best Made for Surround Titles - tie between Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band XXL and Larry Chernicoff October; Best Non-Orchestral Mix - Porcupine Tree In Absentia (DTS); Best Orchestral Mix - MAHLER: Sym. No. 2 - Kaplan cond. (DGG); Best Multichannel Reissue - Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road; Horizon Award - Hiromi, piano - Brain (Telarc)
Hot Consumer Electronics Growth - According to the Consumer Electronics Associations (CEA) latest figures, the sales of consumer electronics products in 2003 exceeded $100 billion and set a new record of a fourfold increase over the 2002 growth rate. Sales forecasts for 2004 expect the $108 billion mark to be passed. Nearly every category performed better than anticipated. Digital televisions and personal computers were the two top categories. It is expected that both DTV and MP3 will be at the forefront of the expansion of digital product sales for this year.
Most Elaborate and Expensive Loudspeaker Yet - Gryphon Audio of Denmark has introduced a four-cabinet stereo speaker system at an SRP of $130,000 U.S. The Poseidon system is 6 ft. 6.5 in. tall and has 34 drivers total. It was named after the Greek god of things nautical and seismological [and financial?]. Each bass column has eight 8 in. drivers and a 1000w Gryphon amp. The mid/high system uses four 5 in. midbass drivers and four 5 in. midrange units plus the ScanSpeak ring-radiator tweeter. The active crossover networks weigh 77 lbs. per channel. With a 16Hz - 40kHz frequency response, the four-way sealed-enclosure system has a constant-phase crossover with all drivers in phase at all times at all frequencies.[I had thought the Wilson Audio WAMM system to be currently priced in excess of that figure but I could be wrong...Ed.]
First Nimbus DVD-As Released in UK - The first of a series of surround sound music programs on DVD has been issued in the UK by Nimbus Records, for 30 years pioneers in Ambisonic surround recording. Now that there are finally media to properly reproduce surround sound in the home they plan to eventually reissue many of their 1000 titles converted from Ambisonic to the new forms. Nimbus stated We chose DVD Video as the main platform because the majority of domestic DVD players are exactly that - video players; DTS was selected because it is virtually transparent when decoding our Ambisonic signals; and the DVD-Audio stream is there for future-proofing and to please the dedicated individuals who have invested in the equipment and deserve to hear the best. (U.S. distribution of the hi-res discs will start after January 1.)