In March, Microsoft launched its new look Windows 8 operating system, now they have decided to enhance the sound quality with Dolby Digital Plus. According to Dolby Laboratories, its Dolby Digital Plus was selected by Microsoft for the upcoming Windows 8 tablets and PCs. All PCs and tablets licensed to run Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT editions will be able to enjoy Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 channel and Dolby Digital two channel encoding.
Integra has announced major audio and video upgrades to its DTR-20, '30, '40 and '50 series of THX-Certified home theater receivers. The new DTR-20.3, DTR-30.3, DTR-40.3, and DTR-50.3 offers advanced networking and USB capabilities, which were only available on last year's DTR-40.2 and higher models. The range also offers more connectivity options for external devices, increased video processing with Marvell Qdeo, IDT HQV Vida™ VHD1900, and better audio quality with Audyssey's MultEQ XT, Dolby Volume and dual subwoofer preamp outputs.
Pioneer has release 3D Blu-ray players (BDP-LX54 and BDP-430) in Australia; the two players offer customers the latest in connectivity, such as HDMI, Ethernet and wireless. Features include BD-Live, iControlAV app, 1080p High definition picture quality and the ability to convert standard DVDs to near HD quality. With support the latest in multi-channel audio, both models support the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats.
BesTV, China's premier HD IPTV live and video-on-demand (VOD) service provider has joined the list of other television service provider to integrate Dolby Laboratories’ Dolby Digital Plus as part of their feature rich HD TV solutions. According to Dolby, BesTV will roll out its Dolby Digital Plus multichannel sound solution in China’s Guangdong Province with other area in the pipeline.
The RX-V867 is the latest in the 67 series of low to mid-market AV receivers. The RX-V867 is packed with some of the latest in AV connectivity, sound distribution and more. As a mid-market receiver it is up there with Sony, Denon, Onkyo and others in-terms of features such as 3D support, HDMI output and networking capabilities. It is already available online from Yamaha and Yamaha authorized dealers for an estimated price of $899.95.
Onkyo has release two new HT-RC home theatre receivers (HT-RC260 and HT-RC270). Both models feature the latest in surround sound with a High Definition high performance 7.2-channel via Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio codecs. For inter components connectivity they both have a 3D-Ready HDMI-1.4a port, and are DLNA 1.5 and Windows7 compatible. Both models have Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz and Onkyo's proprietary WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) amplifiers. Onkyo HT-RC260 and HT-RC270 are available at retailers for $499 and $849 respectively.
India’s Bharti Airtel has selected Dolby Digital Plus as the surround sound format for its new HD Direct-to-Home service and set-top boxes. According to Dobly Laboratories, Bharti Airtel chose their audio format as part of their plans to offer customers HD content with up to 7.1 channels of surround sound.
Onkyo has released details of their soon to be released A/V Receivers (TX-NR1008, TX-NR808 and TX-NR708). The new models feature the latest in connectivity, sound quality and compatibility. All models offer the same basic features such as compatibility with Windows 7, DLNA 1.5 certified, integrated support of Apple iPhone and iPod, network audio streaming and multi-room support.
Bose has released three new Bose life-style home theater systems (Lifestyle T20, Lifestyle V35 and V25). They are the company’s first system to include an iPod docking station, which connects to a dedicated proprietary input, and to decode Dolby TrueHD and multichannel PCM soundtracks on Blu-ray discs.
Models Lifestyle V35 and V25 are the iPod-docking systems and retails for $3,299 and $2,499, respectively. The Lifestyle T20 system is $1,999 all models are available at bose.com and will be available to retailer in a few weeks.
Epson America announced the Epson MovieMate(TM) 60, the lightest, brightest and most versatile offering in Epson's innovative line of "all-in-one" home theater projectors. By combining a high-quality, high-brightness projector, a CD/DVD player, microphone input, and stereo speakers in one portable unit, MovieMate 60 offers families and home theater enthusiasts an affordable, easy-to-use and versatile solution for home entertainment in any room of the house, in the backyard, or on vacation.