June 8, 2016
Loudspeaker Industry Sourcebook 2016 - Now Online!
For 2016, our annual Loudspeaker Industry Sourcebook (LIS 2016) directory has gained an entirely new dimension. The online directory was updated and contains complete listings and category indexes, which make this annual publication such an invaluable resource for the industry. In this edition, readers will also find a complete series of must-read articles for anyone in the audio industry: feature articles, industry reports, and company profiles, as well as our annual query about the state of the industry, with contributions from distinguished market executives and professionals.
July 22, 2016
Wearables 2016 CES Innovation Awards Honoree Skybuds Wireless Earbuds On Pre-Sale
Another week and another “hearable” announcement is made. Wearables 2016 CES Innovation Awards honoree Alpha Audiotronics, announced the start of the pre-sale for its first product, Skybuds truly wireless earbuds, and the launch of its newly redesigned website skybuds.com. The company promises a truly wire-free solution with premium sound quality and reliable connectivity. Skybuds promises 4 hours per charge and 5 additional charges and storage through the Skydock case.
July 21, 2016
Fairlight Announces Decision to Sell its Professional Audio Business and Focus on Licensing
Fairlight.AU, the Australian technology development company best known for its professional audio products that are used by many broadcasters and producers around the world, has announced that it is actively seeking a buyer for its Professional Audio technology and focus on licensing its existing user-interface technologies. Fairlight’s OEM licensing business includes patented human-machine interface solutions, Picture Key button labelling technology and tactile interfaces.
July 21, 2016
Knowles Launches Advanced Audio Solution for Hearables and Premium Earphones
Advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and specialty component solutions specialists, Knowles Corporation, announced the launch of Versant advanced voice technology, an advanced audio solution for hearables and premium earphones that optimizes the user’s voice in noisy environments, such as wind or crowds. A first implementation example includes Munich-based, Bragi, which has recently introduced a software upgrade to its The Dash earbuds featuring Knowles Versant technology.
July 21, 2016
DTS Announces New DTS:X Encoder and DTS:X MediaPlayer for Blu-ray Disc, Ultra HD Blu-ray or Streaming Media Creation
DTS, Inc. has announced its highly-anticipated DTS:X tools for digital media content professionals, available worldwide the first week of August on the company’s website and through authorized distribution partners, Jargon Technologies and Scenarist. The software-based tools allow professionals to create and QC DTS:X immersive audio streams for Blu-ray Disc, Ultra HD Blu-ray and streaming media. The DTS:X Encoder Suite includes the DTS:X Encoder and DTS:X MediaPlayer together. The DTS:X MediaPlayer is also available as a stand-alone product.
July 20, 2016
miniDSP Introduces World’s Smallest Dirac Live Hardware Processor
miniDSP introduced the DDRC-24, a USB DAC+DSP Digital Room Correction processor powered by Dirac Live, featuring Toslink, analog inputs and up to 4 processed outputs for 2.0, 2.1, or 2-way active speaker configurations. With the smallest Dirac Live hardware processor miniDSP is making room correction even easier and more affordable, perfect for tuning hi-fi listening rooms, subwoofer integration, tuning mobile applications and adjusting monitors in recording studios.
July 20, 2016
Danley Sound Labs Now Shipping Go-2 Affordable Loudspeaker and Re-introduces TH-50 Subwoofer
Following a very successful InfoComm 2016 with multiple product introductions and packed demo sessions, Danley Sound Labs is now shipping its new Go-2, an extremely affordable and compact loudspeaker for small-scale applications. The concept was originally introduced at InfoComm 2015 and leverages Tom Danley’s patented Synergy Horn technology in clever ways, demanding extensive development and testing. Another recent announcement from Danley was the return of the TH-50 subwoofer, introduced originally in 2007, now again in production.
July 19, 2016
d&b audiotechnik Joins AVnu Alliance
German loudspeaker systems manufacturer, d&b audiotechnik, has announced it has joined the AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium that fosters the adoption of AVB/TSN (Audio Video Bridging/Time Sensitive Networking) protocols and an open ecosystem of certified products. The announcement comes in the wake of a strong momentum for AVB/TSN IEEE 802.1 standards at the recent InfoComm 2016 show.
July 19, 2016
New 500 Series 512v Discrete Microphone and Line PrePreamp from API
In response to high market demand for built-in signal attenuation, API announced the new 512v Microphone Preamp. Incorporating every feature of the popular 512c, including API's proprietary transformers and 2520 op amp, the new 512v preamplifier also includes a variable output level control designed to meet the needs of audio professionals using DAW’s or other input level-sensitive devices in their workflow.
July 18, 2016
RaspTouch Open Source Audio Player Combines Raspberry Pi 3 and ESS Sabre DAC
There are all sorts of projects on Kickstarter, including those for electronics and DIY audio enthusiasts. French company Audiophonics has successfully funded a combination of both, leveraging the Raspberry Pi 3 and ESS Sabre DACs in its RaspTouch Open Source high-end audio player and DAC with touchscreen. Those interested still have three days left to pledge for one of the available options on Kickstarter, from the simple aluminum chassis to a complete kit and top ES9018K2M output DAC.