StormAudio Brings High-Performance Immersive Audio Systems To U.S. Market

September 22nd, 2016 · Audio, Auro3D, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, HDMI, height channels, News, object-based audio, rear surround channel, Sound Systems, sub woofer, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems

                                                                Yves Trélohan, StormAudio senior VP

StormAudio, a consumer electronics hardware company owned by Belgium-based Auro Technologies, made its U.S. debut at CEDIA Expo last week by launching a line of immersive sound processors and power amplifiers equipped to accept and play the leading 3D audio formats including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D.

The company said its mission is to make and market “the ultimate in high-end immersive audio, pushing the boundaries of home theater to new levels of performance.”

StormAudio products are designed and manufactured in France and are specialized in immersive audio processing, like the Auro-3D channel specific 3D audio format championed for professional cinema applications by the parent company. However, Yves Trélohan, StormAudio senior VP and head of the Home Entertainment and Luxury Audio Product Division, said the StormAudio product line is manufactured and marketed to be audio-format agnostic and does not focus on one format over another.

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NRDC: Government Uses Flawed TV Energy Consumption Tests

September 21st, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, LG Electronics, News, OLED, OLED, Test Equipment, UHDTV


Your TV might be contributing to global warming. Well, it’s certainly making a lot of people hot under the collar, anyway.

An environmental watchdog group called the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) issued a report on television energy consumption Wednesday calling government testing procedures for energy use by TVs flawed and implied that some manufacturers may be deliberately designing TVs to pass the Department of Engergy (DOE), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tests while actually using more electricity than they should in real-world conditions.

The group said that video clips assembled for the government test material used when measuring TV energy consumption for programs including Energy Star, are an assemblage of fast (on average about 2.5 second) scenes that jump cut throughout the clip. This test material causes some brands of TVs equipped with “motion detection dimmers” to scale down energy consumption and help them meet energy consumption guidelines.

But the NRDC said the test clips are nothing but a random compilation of unrealistically and unwatchably fast video sequences, creating motion that these motion detection dimmers easily pick up and respond to. When playing content edited in a way that is more realistic to the way it is actually presented these dimmers often don’t get triggered, the NRDC claims.

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Sony Pictures To Release Movies With Auro-3D Surround Sound

September 20th, 2016 · Audio, Auro3D, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, center channel, front channels, HDMI, height channels, News, object-based audio, rear surround channel, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, sub woofer, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players


Auro Technologies, developers of Auro-3D surround sound technology, said it has cut a distribution partnership with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to release 10 Blu-ray Disc movie titles formatted with  Auro-3D sound.

The distribution deal includes consumer-oriented content in both physical and digital formats, including Blu-ray Discs, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs and compatible digital services. Titles can be played back with Auro-3D support using compatible receivers from brands including: Denon, Marantz, Steinway Lyngdorf, Storm Audio and others. Sony receivers do not currently offer Auro-3D support.

Auro-3D is an immersive multi-channel surround sound format that includes height-channels, but unlike Dolby Atmos and DTS:X formats, it is channel-directed and not object-oriented in creating an audio 3D effect.

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Denon To Add Alexa Voice Control To HEOS Audio Line

September 20th, 2016 · Audio, News, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, sub woofer

Denon HEOS products like this HomeCinema sound bar and subwoofer will soon be adding Alexa voice control.

Denon Electronics said it has teamed up with Amazon to integrate Amazon Alexa hands-free voice service in Denon’s HEOS-enabled multi-room audio products.

The companies said they expect the first integrated Denon HEOS products to hit the market in the first quarter of 2017.

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B&O Offers Design-Centric 4K Ultra HD Monitors That Rock And Roll

September 20th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, HDMI, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels

B&O’s BeoVision 14 4K entertainment monitor showing optional oak lamella speaker covering.

High-end Danish AV electronics manufacturer Bang & Olufsen used CEDIA Expo to show U.S. custom electronics designers and installers that it’s still in the video display game by presenting two series of 4K Ultra HD including models in its BeoVision 14 and new BeoVision Horizon series.

Both series use 4K- Ultra HD LCD panels with direct-type LED backlighting and global dimming in elegantly crafted cabinets that place heavy emphasis on modern aesthetics and Scandinavian style.

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Bose Unveils Compact SoundTouch Sound Bar, 2 Wireless Lifestyle Systems

September 20th, 2016 · Audio, center channel, front channels, HDMI, HDR, News, rear surround channel, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, sub woofer, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV

                                                     The Bose SoundTouch 300 Sound Bar ($699).

Bose used the recent CEDIA Expo in Dallas to show that it is very busy innovating products and systems designed to deliver big, high-quality home theater sound from very tiny wireless-friendly speaker and sound bar products.

The company showed attendees, who were largely custom AV electronics installers, its sleek SoundTouch 300 sound bar, which measures just 38.5 W x 2.25 H x 4.25 D inches, as well as compact Lifestyle 650 and 600 systems. All are expected to be available for purchase starting in October

The Bose SoundTouch 300 sound bar, which carries a $699 suggested retail, sound bar incorporates both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with NFC wireless technology to pair with source devices, to easily stream popular music services including Spotify and Pandora.

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Nikon Introduces 3 `KeyMission’ Action Video Cameras

September 19th, 2016 · 2160p, Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, Full HD 1080p, Lenses, News, UHDTV

                      Nikon’s KeyMission 360-degree Action Cam ($499.95 suggested retail).

Nikon introduced Monday three action cameras as part of its new KeyMission product series designed to capture on-the-fly action of “life’s missions from exciting new perspectives,” the company said.

Shipping in October, the highlight of the trio is the ruggedly constructed KeyMission 360 ($496.95 suggested retail), which is the first Nikon camera capable of full 360-degree video capture in 4K UHD resolution.

Other models also available in October include: the KeyMission 170 ($396.95) ultra-wide angle 4K UHD camera and the KeyMission 80 ($279.95), compact Full HD action camera.

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Sony Unveils ‘Flagship’ α99 II Full-Frame ILC With Advanced 4K Video Recording

September 19th, 2016 · 2160p, Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, HDMI, HDR, News, UHDTV, Video Processors


Sony Electronics unveiled at the Photokina show in Cologne, Germany Monday its new flagship A-mount full-frame camera, model α99 II, carrying a new Hybrid Phase Detection AF system and Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology.

Sony called the α99 II full-frame interchangeable lens camera (ILC), which ships in November at a $3,200 suggested retail for the body only, “a supremely specified, professional level camera that will be appealing to a variety of professional and enthusiast photographers.”

For video, the α99 II will record 4K video internally with full pixel readout and no pixel binning using Sony’s XAVC S format. The camera will capture 4K scenes at up to 100Mbps. A new Slow and Quick mode supports both slow motion and quick motion.  In this mode, frame rates from 1 fps to 120 fps can be selected in 8 steps for up to 60x quick motion and 5x slow motion recording.

The camera also has a host of pro-level video recording features including: picture profiles, time code and clean HDMI output, gamma assist for real time S-Log monitoring and a zebra mode for easier exposure adjustment. S-Log3 and S-Log2 gamma are also included.

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