Yamaha Launches MusicCast Wireless Music Platform

August 20th, 2015 · Audio, HDMI, News, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems

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Yamaha introduced Thursday its new and improved MusicCast wireless audio system, offering a new level of capabilities designed for people who want a whole-home wireless audio system for more than just background music.

The MusicCast system is designed to wirelessly transmit music to every room, controlled by a smartphone or tablet app. In addition the system will support simultaneous playback of surround sound in the main room while streaming audio to remote rooms. It will even support hi-fidelity music, including new Hi-Res Audio files such as FLAC and DSD, to multiple rooms.

Yamaha said it plans to offer more than 20 MusicCast-enabled products, a number of which have already been launched into the market with the MusicCast system built-in.

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Pioneer Unveils Affordable Atmos Speakers

August 18th, 2015 · News, Sound Systems, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems

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Pioneer Home Entertainment introduced Tuesday two aggressively priced speakers designed to bring Dolby Atmos object-based surround sound to mainstream home theater systems.

Both speakers are positioned in the Pioneer line. The SP-T22A-LR add-on speaker will carry a $199 a pair suggested retail price. The add-on is designed to deliver height channels in an Atmos system by mounting on top of an existing flat-top floor-standing or book-shelf model and pointing up at the ceiling.

The other new addition is the SP-BS22A compact speaker (pictured at top) with elevation drivers built into the top. That speaker will run $299 a pair, Pioneer said.

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4K Ultra HDTVs And Cameras Not Seeing Much Cross Promotion

August 17th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV

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Despite still limited availability of pre-recorded 4K Ultra HD TV content, accelerating sales of 4K Ultra HD TVs and growing assortments of cameras and camcorders with built-in 4K Ultra HD video recording capabilities, the TV and camera industries have yet to do much to cross promote the product categories at retail

That was the observation of Scott Peterson, digital imaging market analyst with market research firm Gap Intelligence, who pointed to the potential opportunities marketers may be overlooking by failing to show consumers how 4K Ultra HDTV can deliver discernible benefits in both advanced new pictures and dramatically sharper home-grown video content needed to drive them.

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HDR Still Not Happening At Retail

August 13th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

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4K Ultra HDTVs capable of delivering High Dynamic Range (HDR) may be one of the hottest new technologies on the television market this year, but don’t be surprised if you don’t hear anything about it on retail sales floors, so far.

Even though some of the latest and greatest HDR-ready (unofficial terminology) TV models are in stores, the feature isn’t being discussed by most retail sales people speaking to customers visiting TV showrooms.

That was the revelation of Deirdre Kennedy, TV market analyst for Gap Intelligence’s Quixel Research, who said some or all high-end HDR-capable models including: Samsung’s SUHD LED LCD TV lineup; Sony’s X930C and X940C LED-LCD series, LG’s EG9600 series 4K UHD OLED TVs and Panasonic’s TC-65CX850U LED-LCD TV are now in many stores, including Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Fry’s Electronics and Sears. But in each store she didn’t see a sign or hear a peep about HDR.

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LG Readies First Curved Wireless Sound Bar

August 11th, 2015 · 4K Curved Screeen, Curved Screen, News, OLED, OLED, Surround Sound, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV, Wireless Audio

 

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The company’s first curved sound bar was designed to match the curve of LG’s curved OLED TV models, including the 4K EG9600 models that will support high dynamic range with a firmware update coming later this summer.

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New LG RGBW 4K Ultra HD LCD Line Sparks Debate

August 10th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, News, UHDTV

 

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A new entry level 4K Ultra HD LCD TV line LG Electronics dropped in the U.S. market two weeks ago has started to create a stir over how to define 4K UHD resolution.

LG’s new UF6800 LED LCD TV series, which includes 55- and 65-inch screen sizes, features a controversial new LCD panel that uses a white sub-pixel, along with the standard Red, Green and Blue (RGB) sub-pixels that make up each pixel, in order to produce a lower-cost 4K Ultra HD LCD TV.

Critics, who contacted HD Guru about the new sets, say the additional white sub-pixel reduces the number of RGB sub-pixels in the 3840 pixel count across the screen, and the set therefore fails to comply with the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA’s) terminology for 4K Ultra HD minimum performance attributes.

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Epson Inkjet Tech To Be Used For OLED

August 6th, 2015 · 2160p, 3D HDTV, 4K Front Projection, Front Projection, News, OLED

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Seiko Epson’s global and U.S. presidents came to New York City this week to take the wraps off of new EcoTank inkjet printing technologies, but in the process revealed that their printing expertise will soon be leveraged by unnamed manufacturing partners for the production of organic light emitting diode (OLED) flat panel displays.

The global president also revealed that it is possible that Epson’s 3LCD Reflective projector technology, that produces a high contrast image, will appear in a native 4K Ultra HDTV product in the near future.

Commenting on plans to apply Epson’s inkjet technology for OLED panel production, Minoru Usui, Seiko Epson Corp. global president (pictured at left), told HD Guru that “we are not going to make OLED panels ourselves, but we will supply our technology to companies that do make them. We think we can make a big contribution to that industry. We can’t give any details yet, but we think there is going to be a whole new world of OLED that will be coming out quite soon.”

The revelation came during an Epson media event where the company unveiled the industry’s first five “EcoTank” inkjet printers in the U.S. market. The printers use refillable ink reservoirs instead of cartridges to reduce the cost of color printing while delivering up to two years of printing without refills.

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BDA To Start Licensing Ultra HD Blu-ray Standard

August 5th, 2015 · 2160p, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, HDMI, HDR, News, UHDTV

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The arrival of Ultra HD Blu-ray players got a little closer Wednesday with word that the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) will begin licensing the Ultra HD Blu-ray format starting Aug. 24th. The date is about a month later than the group had originally expected.

In addition to providing movies and television programs encoded in native 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160 pixels) resolution, the Ultra HD Blu-ray format will be able to deliver 4K UHD content carrying metadata for high dynamic range (HDR). This is expected to significantly expand the range between the brightest and darkest elements in a picture and gives the consumer a more life-like viewing experience.

Using July as the original target date for licensing the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification, BDA representatives said that it was possible manufacturers would have enough time to develop, manufacture and deliver the first Ultra HD Blu-ray players by the end of the year. Given that Panasonic has already shown an Ultra HD Blu-ray prototype, the somewhat delayed licensing announcement isn’t expected to change that possibility, although no manufacturers have officially announced introduction timing.

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