Tuesday, February 26, 2008


When Onkyo released the budget TX-SR605 AV receiver last year, it rocked the industry with its low price and high-end features such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-Master Audio decoding. Other manufacturers pretty much had to stay on the sidelines as TX-SR605s flew off the shelf, but it looks as if Sony is ready to fight back with its new line of budget AV receivers. The company's 2008 line of AV receivers includes four new affordably priced models--the STR-DG520, STR-DG720, STR-DG820 and STR-DG920--and they look pretty good from the spec sheet.

First things first--don't put too much stock in the x.v.Color and Deep Color features. To take advantage of x.v.Color and Deep Color, everything in the signal chain needs to be compliant, including your video player and HDTV, and many components aren't compliant. Then, you also need the program material to be authored using x.v.Color and Deep Color. Considering that no Blu-ray discs are currently out or scheduled to be released with x.v.Color or Deep color, it's just not a very practical feature.

What about the rest of it? While it's nice to see a dual HDMI receiver fall into the $200 range, it looks like the sweet spot is STR-DG810, with its four HDMI inputs, high resolution audio support, and $400 price tag. That's competitive with the aforementioned budget receiver champ, the TX-SR605--that identically priced Onkyo model offers only two HDMI inputs, but it also includes the key convenience of converting its analog video inputs to 480p HDMI digital output. The STR-GD920 offers more advanced upconversion features and a graphical user interface, but with a higher price tag of $600. These receivers certainly look like contenders compared with last year's Onkyo AV receiver line, but buyers might want to wait and see if Onkyo offers even more for less with its 2008 line of receivers.

If you're looking to spend a little more, Sony's ES line of AV receivers remains current, including the Sony STR-DA5300ES, which is currently our highest rated AV receiver.

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HD Hybrid PCI Express TV Tuner

New PCI Express TV Tuner Equips Hybrid Reception including Available Clear QAM and H.264 Real-Time Recording Capabilities

AVerMedia(R) Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of digital multimedia and presentation technology announced today the release of the AVerTV Bravo Hybrid PCI-E, the PCI Express TV tuner with HDTV, analog TV and FM Radio reception abilities. Utilizing the latest chipset and Software Encoder, the new AVerTV Bravo Hybrid PCI-E is a great choice for watching analog cable TV contents under "My TV" of Media Center (MCE) on XP and Vista. Besides being certified for Windows Vista Premium, this new TV tuner also goes with the upgraded AVer MediaCenter allowing users to watch the Over-the-Cable unencrypted QAM channels.

The AVerTV Bravo Hybrid PCI-E is a pure PCI Express x1 low-profile Hybrid TV Tuner plus FM Radio functionality. With the high transmission speed, PCI Express has been adopted as the ultimate TV tuner interface for desktop PCs. AVerMeida's superb technology on Clear QAM enables users to watch more channels from Clear QAM digital cable TV with AVer MediaCenter. Furthermore, its advanced Software Encoder provides users a cost-effective choice to watch and record crystal clear analog plus HDTV under "My TV" of XP MCE and Vista MCE.

To meet the needs of HD fans, the AVerTV Bravo Hybrid PCI-E enables users to not only watch the 1080i/720p HDTV on their PCs but also record the high definition programs directly into H.264 format for saving hard disk space. Meanwhile, it also provides iPod recording format to extend the battery life. It can save iPod users' time for converting recorded video with the simplified recording procedure. Moreover, the exclusive Vista MCE Video Gaming Plug-in can synchronize the video and audio of video games on Vista MCE. With AVerTV Bravo Hybrid PCI-E, users can build up a Home Theater PC with more versatile entertainment painlessly.

Pricing and Availability

The AVerMedia AVerTV Bravo Hybrid PCI-E is available now for $79.99 MSRP. AVer MediaCenter software including Clear QAM and H.264 real-time recording capabilities is currently bundled with AVerTV Bravo Hybrid PCI-E. For more information about any of AVerMedia's other digital multimedia products, visit http://www.avermedia-usa.com or call AVerMedia at (408) 263-3828.

About AVerMedia Technologies:

AVerMedia is the technology leader in Digital Multimedia Video Convergence Technology. Aside from its full line of TV Tuners and Personal Video Recorder products, AVerMedia provides Hardware and Software DVR Board Security Systems, Document Cameras, Digital Video Makers, TV Photo Viewers, and PC-to-TV Converters for consumer and corporate/ educational markets. AVerMedia also partners with ODMs for the development of AVerMedia's technologies for integration applications.

AVerMedia is a registered trademark of AVerMedia Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Leader in flash memory technology

SST (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.) a leader in flash memory technology, is pleased to announce that its innovative managed memory subsystem solution, All-in-OneMemory, and its MelodyWing SP wireless audio solution, were both selected as finalists for the coveted EDN Magazine Innovation Awards. Instituted in 1990, the Innovation Awards honor the people, products and technologies that have shaped the semiconductor industry over the past year. All-in-OneMemory was named a finalist in the Digital ICs, Memory and Programmable Logic category, and MelodyWing SP was selected as a finalist in the Multimedia ICs category. Furthermore, SST's All-in-OneMemory was selected from among the hundreds of products announced last year to make EDN's prestigious Hot 100 Products listing for 2007.

"We have our broadest set of categories in the history of our Innovation awards program in 2007," stated Ron Wilson, Executive Editor of EDN. "With specialization affecting everything from components to test equipment, our staff diligently worked to group like technologies for meaningful comparison and delivered an outstanding slate of finalists. The voters will face tough decisions but without doubt, compelling products will emerge as winners."

According to Bing Yeh, president and CEO, SST, "It is a great honor that EDN has recognized our efforts to create innovative products that satisfy the needs of today's fast-changing electronics market. We will continue to deliver technology and products of this caliber and look forward to maintaining our place on both the EDN Innovation Awards ballot and placement on the EDN Hot 100 Products list."

The winners of the 18th Annual EDN Innovation Awards will be announced at a dinner and awards ceremony on April 14, 2008 in San Jose, Calif.

About All-in-OneMemory

SST All-in-OneMemory offers designers an easy-to-use, single-package memory subsystem with the full benefits of NOR, NAND and RAM for code and data storage. Functionally, All-in-OneMemory is the combination of a high-density NOR, a system RAM and a solid-state drive. The high-density NOR consists of two partitions, a typical size of NOR for boot-up code and a large Pseudo-NOR (PNOR) memory for storing and executing operating system and application code. PNOR is an emulated NOR consisting of a multi-gigabit NAND for nonvolatile storage and a RAM cache for high-speed random access.

All-in-OneMemory products offer several key benefits not found in alternative memory solutions. All-in-OneMemory uses a simple PSRAM bus to interface to the host even though internally All-in-OneMemory has three different types of memory: NOR, NAND and RAM. The simple PSRAM interface makes the system design much easier and helps speed time-to-market. By intelligently managing all memory components with a resident 32-bit microcontroller, All-in-OneMemory offers a large and expandable XIP code area, instant secure boot, memory demand-paging, NAND flash management, and an industry standard ATA data storage protocol in a small footprint BGA package; thereby reducing system complexity and lowering overall system cost. SST All-in-OneMemory is designed for a wide range of embedded system applications, including multimedia-enabled cell phones, portable media players, digital still/video cameras, personal navigation devices, set-top boxes, IPTVs, gaming devices, medical equipment and industrial systems.

About MelodyWing SP

MelodyWing SP is an advanced wireless audio solution that offers uncompressed, wire-equivalent, pop-free audio for use in both home theater surround sound and multi-room audio applications. MelodyWing SP is the industry's only dual-band, 24-bit, uncompressed wireless audio solution available today. The MelodyWing SP unique Smart Channel selection feature automatically searches for and selects an uncongested channel from the 2.4 GHz and 4.9-5.8 GHz ISM bands to avoid interference with other co-located wireless equipment. Two standard digital audio interfaces, S/PDIF and I^2S, offer flexibility to support various existing and future consumer electronic audio/video products such as HDTVs, home theaters, set-top boxes, game consoles, home gateways, multimedia PCs and more.

source: http://biz.yahoo.com/

Monday, February 25, 2008

Play MPE(TM), is proud to offer playerless download

Destiny Media (OTC Bulletin Board: DSNY - News), developer of the radio and recording industry's global standard for secure digital distribution of pre-release music to radio, Play MPE(TM), is proud to offer playerless download, which enables its customers the ability to download high quality tracks from any computer web browser.

With the added ability to download without installing software, Play MPE(TM) will provide enhanced flexibility for users as they will be able to access songs wherever they may be when the track becomes available. This easy new feature will provide even more value to record label customers by expanding access to their pre-release music.

"We listened to our customers and a common request was to access available tracks from machines that didn't have the Play MPE® player installed," said Dean Ernst, VP of MPE® Operations. "We are excited to provide this feature to our users as we continue to add key enhancements to the system."

Play MPE(TM) users can log in at http://www.plaympe.com and have full access to all of their Available Tracks instantly and securely. Uncompressed forensically watermarked WAV files can be downloaded from anywhere and will play back on any audio broadcast system or software such as iTunes. Customers, who currently use the Play MPE(TM) Player software, will continue to be able to utilize all of the features they have come to rely on such as playlists, CD burning and iPod export. Labels will continue to have the high level security and control over access to their content that they've come to expect.

About Play MPE

With almost 20,000 users and 70,000 songs from more than 1,000 record labels, including Universal Music Group, EMI Music Group, Sony BMG and Warner Music Group, Destiny's Play MPE(TM) system is the most widely used digital distribution system available to the recording and radio industries. Play MPE(TM) is a secure distribution system that features state-of-the-art encryption to protect content while delivering high definition audio to users in radio, marketing and media. A powerful promotional tool, Play MPE(TM) also allows record companies to distribute video, text and graphics including music videos, CD covers, credits, lyrics, promotions, and other content. More information on Play MPE(TM) can be found at http://www.plaympe.com

source : http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/

Digital leader 2008

Slim design, advanced calibration options, wireless connectivity and invisible speakers define global and regional digital leader LG Electronics' 2008 plasma HDTV innovations.

The 50-inch model of the flagship PG60 series is the CES 2008 'Best of Innovations' video display honouree, singled out for its intuitive styling, advanced display technologies and consumer benefits. All four series, including eight new models, six with 'Full HD' 1080p display capability, won accolades when they were demonstrated recently for the first time at the 2008 International CES event in Las Vegas recently.

'Home theatre enthusiasts are continuing to drive growth in plasma HDTVs, specifically in larger screen sizes, and we are committed to serving this market by introducing seven new 50- and 60-inch models,' said Mr. K. W. Kim, CEO of LG Electronics Middle East and Africa Company.

'Our 2008 line delivers what plasma HDTV consumers are looking for - a slim and stylish design with premium picture and an enhanced sound quality.'

LG's flagship plasma lines, the PG70 and PG60 series, incorporate a slim, elegant single-layer design. The single layer design mocks the appearance of a pane of glass creating a sleek, sophisticated look to complement any home d├ęcor. It also has a non-reflective internal cell structure to help minimise excessive glare typically caused by harsh ambient light.

The entire stylish line includes LG's new invisible speaker system adding to its polished look. This unique system incorporates speaker actuators around the perimeter of the bezel, eliminating traditional speaker drivers and their associated grills. This not only allows for a sleek finished look, but also offers a wider sweet spot by creating a virtual 'wall' of sound.

What's more, LG's new 'Clear Voice' technology automatically enhances the sound frequency range of the dialogue even when background noise swells. From HDTV novices to home theatre gurus, LG Electronics offers consumers the ability to optimise and calibrate high-definition picture quality for any environment. LG offers options for consumers seeking varying degrees of involvement in the configuration process.

Equally significant, picture performance on LG's award-winning PG60 series plasma HDTVs received THX Display Certification by the leading provider of technologies and quality assurance standards for the entertainment industry.

LG Electronics is also the first mainstream consumer electronics company to achieve THX Display Certification for its plasma HDTVs (models 60PG60 and 50PG60). As the industry benchmark in video image quality, THX Display Certification promotes an HDTV that can present HD and standard definition video content at maximum resolution with the correct colour and light levels.

LG LCD HDTVs include Intelligent Sensor, a simple feature that automatically adjusts the picture based on the room lighting conditions. It senses brightness and colour characteristics of the light, and adjusts several picture settings. The resulting picture is better suited to the room lighting for an optimised viewing experience. This feature can also save energy since backlighting is lowered in a dark environment.

For consumers seeking a simple calibration option, content specific audio-video enable everyone, including the HDTV beginner, to adjust the picture and audio quality to an optimal setting. Three pre-set modes, cinema, game and sports, customize the picture (and sound) based on content type. For example, the cinema mode automatically adjusts colours to D65 standard (SMPTE standard for movie colour). Sports and game modes perform similar adjustments to maximise enjoyment.

source : http://www.ameinfo.com/

KEYFAX Digital Video Production

Announcing Using Cubase 4 Recording The Band from KEYFAX Digital Video Productions, the newly formed video division of seasoned Yamaha and Steinberg support company KEYFAX NewMedia Inc.

Shot live in Santa Cruz and featuring rock band "the Liminal," this DVD lifts the lid on what it takes to record a band in the 21st century armed with Cubase as your recording medium.

Using both live action and on-screen tutorials, Using Cubase 4 Recording The Band is firmly focused on aspects of Cubase you need to know when you're recording multiple musicians and instruments.

The DVD shows how to hook up a hardware interface, how to deal with mic-ed amps and drums, monitoring, recording procedures and techniques, and how to prepare the best mix for mastering. Everything in the program is geared towards the practicality of a multi-musician, band type of recording experience.

Centered around Cubase 4, the DVD also looks at differences in features and techniques for those using Cubase Studio 4.

Running at 1 hr. 30 minutes, Using Cubase 4 Recording The Band is aimed at the beginning to intermediate level user — or the experienced user new to band recording — and doesn't get sidetracked on features of Cubase 4 that you simply won't be using in this context. Similarly, even those familiar with Cubase in general will be able to pick up tips and techniques on this particular application of the program.

Using Cubase 4 Recording The Band includes the raw audio files on the DVD (Cubase 4 Project file, plus the final mix) and is available from all good music stores or direct from the Steinberg web site for $44.95.

To view a trailer and order your copy of the "Recording The Band" DVD visit:http://www.steinbergusers.com/

source : http://news.harmony-central.com/

Dailymotion announced full implementation of INA’s “Signature” technology across all localized and local language Dailymotion sites

Dailymotion, the world's largest independent video sharing site, today announced full implementation of INAs Signature technology across all localized and local language Dailymotion sites. Dailymotions use of video filtering technology follows several other copyrighted material protection initiatives throughout the site, including a hashing system, blocking videos that have already been removed from the site and use of an audio fingerprinting solution. In addition, Dailymotion is an original signatory to the UGC Copyright Principles (www.ugcprinciples.com) . Implementation of INA video fingerprinting technology reinforces Dailymotions leadership position in providing the most advanced copyright protection system for content owners.

INA´s innovative image-based technology is based on a signature, or digital fingerprint, which constitutes a genetic code representing a sequence of images. Content that has been protected by a producer or a broadcaster using this technology will be automatically detected and will either be rejected or managed according to agreements before it is placed online. This solution thus enables Dailymotion to bolster its global system for detecting copyrighted content and to further focus on providing professionally produced content through media partnerships as well as user-generated content created by site users through the exclusive Motionmaker program.

Dailymotion is proud to have completed the implementation of Signature within the aggressive time-frame we intended, commented Mark Zaleski, chief executive officer of Dailymotion. We believe our partnership with INA will prove fruitful, opening the door to new relationships with additional content owners, who we invite to adopt Signature in their fight against digital piracy.

We invite all producers, majors and independent, to register Signatures for the content they want to protect, adds Jean-Marc Bordes, COO of INA. Registering content in the main INA database is an extremely simple operation with the powerful ability to drastically improve copyright holders ability to protect their content.

source :http://biz.yahoo.com/