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Monday, 29 September 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano has learned that Classe’ has become part of the B&W group. The relationship will give B&W a more lofty brand of electronics to market above Rotel which will better suit the higher end speakers in B&W’s current line up. B&W now distributes Classe’ into most worldwide markets. B&W has recently invested significant capital in Classe’ to develop a significant line of new high end audio and home theater products designed to challenge Krell, Mark Levinson and Meridian directly. At the recent CEDIA trade show Classe showed 12 new products in a 15 product lineup including 5 new power amps, 4 DVD-Audio/SACD players, 3 AV preamps, 2 stereo preamps, an integrated amp and a Red Book CD player. All of the products have a new look that is more indicative of a cost-no-object high end audio product. Classe’s goal is to make high performance audio-video components that are true to the standards that audiophiles historically demanded ...
Monday, 29 September 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Friday, 26 September 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Rumors reported by the Los Angeles Times and Reuters say that DirecTV, under the control of News Corp, is planning to end its four year relationship with TiVo. The rumor sent TiVo’s stock down 16 percent today. TiVo spokespeople have told reporters that they intend to continue to do business with DirecTV and for good reason. Reportedly over half of TiVo’s 800,000 subscribers come from DirecTV. What might Rupert Murdoch and News Corp have up their sleeves? Possibly a deal with Microsoft who unsuccessfully launched a personal video recorder system named Ultimate TV. ReplayTV also has a competing service both of which could be had by DirecTV in a way that could lower costs and or improve earnings. Sources that work closely with the DirecTV installed product say that by the end of the year (or by Q1 2004) TiVo has a DirecTV HDTV version of their PVR. This is a highly anticipated product for ...
Monday, 15 September 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
DTS (Digital Theater Systems, Inc.) announces the availability of the first standard OEM car audio system to feature DTS 5.1-channel Digital Surround in the United States in the 2004 Acura TL. The 2004 Acura TL’s ELS Premium Eight-Speaker Surround Sound System with DVD-Audio, DTS and Six-Disc CD Changer, AM/FM Tuner and Dolby Cassette was designed with recording engineer and producer Elliot Scheiner. Producing six channels of sound, the system plays DTS 5.1 Music Discs as well as DVD-Audio titles. The first OEM standard vehicle to carry a DTS-capable system was the Toyota Brevis, available in Japan, and DTS-capable systems are currently available as an optional feature in the Lexus RX330 and Lexus GX430. Additionally, most major after-market car audio manufacturers currently produce systems featuring DTS decoders, including Alpine, Clarion, Eclipse, JVC, Kenwood, Panasonic, Pioneer, Sanyo and Sony. In addition to many DTS-encoded DVD-Audio titles, there are currently more than 100 DTS 5.1 Music Discs available through DTS Entertainment, including ...
Thursday, 28 August 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano reported a few weeks back that upstart AV company Tag McLaren Audio(TMA) was performing a strategic review of their company and would be ceasing operations until the results were in. The result of the review are: 1. TMA will remain in its purpose-built facility in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. 2. TMA will continue to manufacture its product range. 3. TMA will focus on home cinema products. 4. TMA will maintain ongoing Research and Development. 5. TMA will provide after sales support, including Helpdesk, Service & Maintenance. 6. TMA will be resized to match its home cinema product range. This is good news for existing clients, dealers and prospective clients. With the goal of making AV gear with the speed of a F1 car and the precision of a fine timepiece, Tag McLaren is one of the most exciting new AV companies to come along in a while.
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