Sonance has just released a new, more affordable landscape speaker system to provide high-quality outdoor entertainment with an unobtrusive appearance. The SONARRAY SR1 SYSTEM raises the bar of outdoor entertainment; featuring eight small satellite speakers that are evenly, yet discreetly, distributed throughout garden beds in addition to a below-ground subwoofer, which disperses bass from a canopy hidden under the foliage. This results in high quality, crystal clear sound that is the perfect volume throughout the entire back yard.
The SONARRAY SR1 SYSTEM eliminates problematic loud areas that can make conversation difficult while at the same time addressing quiet areas where you can barely hear the music. Due to the nature of the setup all of the speakers face inwards causing all sound to be contained within your back yard, so your neighbors will love it as well!
SUNNYVALE, CA – December 11, 2012 – Kaleidescape, Inc. today announced an industry-first service that enables the digital delivery of movie purchases over the Internet with video and audio quality equal to Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD. The new service is initially backed by a multi-year license agreement with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and marks the first agreement that enables the electronic delivery of digital movies containing all of the extra content found on physical Blu-ray Discs or DVDs.
Customers can now purchase and download movies directly to their Kaleidescape Systems from the newly launchedKaleidescape Store that is designed exclusively for online movie sales. This makes it easier than ever for Kaleidescape customers to expand their film libraries. Once a customer’s system is linked to an account on the Kaleidescape Store website, the titles of their current movie collection are automatically cataloged and kept up to date. This makes it simple to discover movies missing from a collection and avoid duplicate purchases. In addition, the Kaleidescape Store provides the ability to buy multiple movie titles by a favorite actor or director, all available Academy Award® winning titles, and more with a single mouse click.
The most exciting development in home theater front projectors in years is the new 4K resolution, which offers greater than four times the resolution over full HD 1080p video. The first true 4K projector available to the residential market is the Sony VPL-VW1000ES, and priced considerably lower than previous projector champions, especially for a first-generation technology flagship!
Two events are happening at the end of 2012 which may bring life as you know it to an end. One is the Mayan calendar will come to an end, and the other is what is called the Analog Sunset. While the former is a myth, the latter is a reality you will have to contend with.
The days of analog video are coming to an end.
Before we get into the details of what the Analog Sunset means to you, let’s cover some basic history. While the Analog Sunset will happen in a single day, this transition has been years in coming.
January 1, 2008: Sky Satellite dropped all analog connectors from its high-definition satellite receivers, leaving only HDMI.
May 1, 2009: New FCC regulations allow more encryption on cable boxes and satellite receivers; Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) continues to press the FCC to plug the “analog hole.”
January 1, 2011: The Analog Sunset begins. All Blu-ray Disc players are required to transmit only standard definition video via analog connectors; high-definition video must be encrypted on HDMI only.
Looking to the future
The key driver of the Analog Sunset is the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) which is the content protection rules adopted by Blu-ray Disc and some other video content providers. AACS is a consortium that includes such industry heavyweights as Disney, Intel, Microsoft, Panasonic, Warner Bros., IBM, Toshiba and Sony. It is within the AACS “Final Adopter Agreement” that the term Analog Sunset found its origins.
This week at the CEDIA trade show, Kaleidescape announced a new iPad app for the Apple iPad. The new app will be available for free in the iTunes app store later this year for use with your existing Kaleidescape System.
The app will allow for navigation of the Kaleidescape content without the need to exit what is already playing on the screen. You can even create playlists for use in the future.