Wireless is Redefining the Home Audio Market, IHS Says

Consumers are flocking to connected wireless speakers. The popularity of mobile devices and changing consumer habits in media consumption are not only increasing demand for wirelessly connected audio devices, but also rapidly altering the home audio landscape, according to new research from market analytics firm IHS Technology.  Read More



Coveloz Launches Networked Pro Audio SoC FPGA Development Kit for AVB and AES67 Applications
Coveloz, a Canadian company specializing on embedded development and applications for programmable time-sensitive network solutions, announced availability of a new development board for designers of professional networked audio and audio processing applications. The company offers solutions for both IEEE-AVB and AES67 Audio Transport, media clock distribution over Ethernet and professional audio processing. Read More



Advanced Television Systems Committee Begins Review of ATSC 3.0 Audio System Proposals
On December 2014, the ATSC issued a Call for Proposals for a comprehensive audio system for the next generation ATSC 3.0 digital television standard. Dolby (with Atmos), DTS (with DTS:X) and a consortium comprising Technicolor, Fraunhofer and Qualcomm (jointly promoting MPEG-H Audio) have submitted their audio systems. Now, the ATSC has begun its technical review of the three detailed proposals. Read More



McIntosh Reissues Tube Classics MC75 and C22
Since 1947, when McIntosh introduced its power amplifier design using its patented bifilar-wound dual-primary output transformer, the brand's power amps have been considered the performance standard. The MC75 in considered one of the best tube classic amps of all times, while the C22 Preamplifier is the perfect "control center". Now McIntosh decided to bring back those two classic designs. Read More




The Audio Engineering Society Publishes New Standard Framework for 3-D Audio
The Audio Engineering Society (AES) announced the recent publication of the AES69-2015 standard, which provides an important framework for the growing binaural and 3-D personal audio industries. The standard, which describes the format and exchange of spatial acoustics files, is the product of the AES Standards Committee. Read More



From Innovation to Market 

By Joćo Martins



It's always an interesting experience to research tech history and contrast what was said before and during product announcements with what happened afterward. Of course, I don't mean the torrent of "crapgadgets" appearing at every show and exciting the blogosphere at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) - like the "intelligent fork" or the Samsung smart fridges.


Yorba Acoustics G1 guitar speaker.

These days, if we really want to see amusing and completely "out-of-the-box" ideas, we just have to visit crowdfunding websites, where people are able to vote in innovation with their own money. There, no idea is too crazy, and they actually have a much better chance of reaching the market. I'm talking about the serious tech announcements, those things that actually make us feel like the world is getting better.


I personally remember the amazing Panasonic 4K 20" tablet, announced in 2012 and which I had in my hands in 2013. This extraordinary concept should be selling by the millions in 2015, and yet it was little more than a proof of concept, without any actual marketing strategy. That's frustrating.


The marketing mix for a new technology is not just about launching another disruptive product. In audio, or any other industry, innovation needs to be supported with clear go-to-market strategies.


Among many great audio products and technologies that deserve an opportunity, we should mention Prescient Audio's ThinDriver, honored at the International CES Innovations 20

Bill Moseley and James Tuomy from Phasx Technologies at the NAMM 2015

14 Design and Engineering Awards - "the thinnest and lightest 12" subwoofer available on the market." Prescient Audio drivers took three years to perfect, they where introduced at the CES 2014, and again received recognition (four CES Innovation awards) at the CES 2015.


We should also mention Yorba Acoustics' Wide Concentric Pattern Radiation (WCPR) design. The Model G1 guitar speaker, using that radiator topology totally rocked at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show 2015 and Ira Pazandeh deserves to be commended for that development. We saw lots of important industry people checking out the G1 guitar amp at the show, and we are keeping our fingers crossed that a big company takes the concept further.


Another mention from the 2015 NAMM Show should be the revolutionary Phasx Technologies desktop monitors. Lots of clever technology in those products, many patents, and certainly a big potential for the concept - totally aligned with the current way of working in music. Bill Moseley and James Tuomy have certainly showed they have achieved something new and practical, but they also need a really solid marketing plan.


Sometimes it takes time to reach the market and unexpected engineering issues don't work in tandem with the marketing plan after the big product reveal - but the worst thing possible is to lose the momentum after all the awards and positive press.


Image courtesy of Meridian

But among those technology stories we cover every year, there are those we so much wish they succeed that we almost end up losing objectivity because "We want one."

And that's certainly the case with the Meridian announcement of its Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology.


The great news, following the CES 2015 introduction, is that Meridian has confirmed that, for the first time ever, MQA was streamed to an MQA-enabled Meridian sound system via TIDAL, the hi-fi music streaming service. The experience held at TIDAL's HQ in Oslo, Norway, confirms everyone's expectations that music streaming services will be able to offer high-quality audio in a practical way within the bandwidth restrictions - no longer limited to highly compressed formats. That's certainly great news!





Joćo Martins

Editor in Chief


Voice Coil Spotlight

The Beryllium Advantage


By Michael Adams and Ken Berger

Since its formation, VUE Audiotechnik has been engaged in a strategic development partnership with Materion Electrofusion, the world's leading supplier of genuine beryllium. This article explores beryllium as a high-performance alternative to aluminum and titanium, covers beryllium's history as an acoustic material and detail modern manufacturing methods that are reigniting interest in beryllium for advanced transducer design. Comprehensive data covering theoretical and actual performance tests are included. Originally Published by 
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From the Vault

The SPP Amplifier 

By Helmut Otte

Here's a long-forgotten, but still high-quality, power amplifier design that's easy to build, requiring no esoteric tubes or parts. Originally published in 

audioXpress on May, 2003, this project was submitted by Helmut Otte, who worked at the University Of Applied Sciences Hamburg, after having started his electronics career at Philips Service department in Germany.  Read the Full Article


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