The Art & Science of Audio & Video

Pioneer Display Business Does the Hokey Pokey.

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As a follow up to our previous article “Sharp, Sony & Pioneer Join Forces…” Pioneer has announced additional plans for future production. Pioneer Corp.’s Board of Directors has approved radical changes in their display business through a massive restructuring. After completion of the 2008 model production is complete all plasma display panel production will cease at the Pioneer Plasma Display Corp. and Pioneer Display Products Corp. After termination of in-house production Pioneer will rely on Matsushita Electric industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic) for procurement of plasma display panels beginning in summer of 2009. As a result Pioneer’s plasma display technologies will be integrated into the Panasonic product. Continue reading


July 27, 2008 Posted by | A/V News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Drake’s DAD860 Digital to Analog Decoder

Drake’s new DAD860 provides a solution for contractors anticipating the upcoming switch to digital TV.  Particularly those involved with the integration of the new format into previous RF distribution installations where the use of existing cabling and display devices in necessary.

The Drake model DAD860 Digital to Analog Decoder is a digital demodulator and decoder, for ATSC 8VSB broadcast or in-the-clear QAM television signals, that delivers a standard NTSC composite analog video and stereo audio output. This device, used in conjunction with an analog NTSC modulator, allows a cable system operator to continue to provide analog versions of services that will only be available to him as digital in the future. It may also be utilized to provide the alternate digital channels now available from many broadcasters. Continue reading

July 19, 2008 Posted by | A/V News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sharp, Sony & Pioneer Join Forces; Flat Panel Mega-Team!

Sharp (Osaka, Japan) is forming alliances with some of the industries most formidable manufacturers. This could result in an onslaught of new technologies coming to market at unprecedented price points. Sharp of course is one of the original manufacturers to lead the flat panel revolution with the introduction of the Aquos. Now they have joined forces with Sony (Tokyo, Japan) to manufacture and sell large size LCD panels using the first 10th generation glass substrates. The new panels will be distributed according to each company’s respective investment which equates to Sharp 66% and Sony 34%. Initial production numbers are anticipated to reach 36,000 per month and increase to 72,000 units per month and scheduled to begin April 2009. Continue reading

June 22, 2008 Posted by | A/V News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The FCC Moderates as White Spaces Coalition & Wireless Microphones Battle for Air Superiority

“After February17th, 2009 wireless microphones operating above 698MHz should no longer be used.”

Therefore time is of the essence and should the government decide to make a select few UHF channels available we know without a doubt it will not be enough. Manufacturers have been working diligently since the FCC made these announcements six years ago and I believe we may see a resurgence of manufacturers that have played a less prominent roll the last ten years or so. At least this seems to be the consensus for now. Before delving into the political bull pin the FCC should be commended for fending off the wolves and has maintained a neutral position despite the pressure from the “white spaces coalition” whose backbone is made up of some of the largest companies around the globe. Continue reading

June 9, 2008 Posted by | A/V News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sweetwater’s Gear Fest ’08

The first annual Gear Fest took place on May 31st at Sweetwater’s new facility in Ft. Wayne, IN. I must say that for a first time event they were more than successful with approximately four thousand attendees. True to form Chuck Surack (President of Sweetwater) kicked off the event by personally introducing the first guest speaker for the day and who better to start with than Bruce Swedien! Continue reading

June 6, 2008 Posted by | A/V News | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bruce Swedien; the man, the engineer, the legend.

Four days ago I attended the Sweetwater first annual Gear Fest ’08. I was lucky enough to be accompanied by my wife who I convinced to come through a rather impressive sales tactic otherwise known as begging. We arrived about forty-five minutes prior to the doors opening because I was determined to see the first speaker of the day, Bruce Swedien. To say that Gear Fest was a great event would be an understatement and I cover that in greater detail in another story for those that are interested in learning more. But me, I was not going to miss the opportunity to see Bruce Swedien and I knew seats would fill up fast. Continue reading

June 4, 2008 Posted by | A/V News, Pioneers in Audio | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Will Blu-Ray Ever Have It’s Day?

Ever since Blu-Ray put an end to the Hi-Def DVD format war (if you want to call it that, it was more like a skirmish) the new question has been will it succeed? And by succeed I mean achieve the same level of market saturation that DVD did. It my humble opinion I think not.

With the introduction of DVD we not only saw quantum leap forward in video quality but it could be appreciated on a culmination of fifty years worth of TV’s. DVD’s looked better on every TV, to varying degrees of course. With Blu-Ray we’ve made the same quantum leap forward in video quality but it is dependent on a number of variables. Continue reading

May 26, 2008 Posted by | A/V News | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Moore’s Law evolving to encompass audio/video?

It’s no secret that audio video technology is advancing at a dizzying pace. As the lines continue to blur between all technological industries from computers, gaming, security, networking and of course audio/video the shared technologies and epic production numbers have allowed all of the participants to make leaps forward at an exponential rate. For those not familiar with “Moore’s Law” it is the documented phenomenon that available computing power doubles every 18 months but remains at the same relative cost to the consumer. Continue reading

May 19, 2008 Posted by | A/V News | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I’ll see your HDTV and raise you 4K!!!

Don’t shoot the messenger but your 1080p display is already playing second fiddle to a new superior technology and we’re not talking about a moderate improvement we’re talking revolutionary. This new standard makes HDTV look like your trusty old console TV of antiquity. This phenomenon is known as 4K, a rather unassuming and modest moniker wouldn’t you say. Continue reading

April 17, 2008 Posted by | A/V News | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Critics Have Spoken but It’s You We’re Listening To.

At Gain11 I do my best to avoid subjective disagreements with any patrons on or offline. However recently I was heavily criticized for not going more in depth into more of my articles and/or answers. I kindly remind those critics that it is not our objective to be a replacement for qualified teachers and the many well-known training facilities spread about the country and of course those across the pond . I my self will spend my time in the shadows of these highly regarded teachers learning for years to come. We aim to be a resource that prepares those who want to take that next level and invest money in these classes and take full advantage of all of the professional and world-renowned facilities available to us all. There are plenty of books available that are too advanced for the beginner and those just interested in learning more about the field. If we can bridge that gap and get those just starting to a point where they can read these books without being overwhelmed in just the first chapter then we have accomplished our mission.

Of course with all this said we always encourage any feedback our readers may have critical or otherwise. If there are specific topics and or areas of study you would like to see us address just drop us a line and we will be sure to meet all of your requests as quickly as possible.

by Jason Levert

March 25, 2008 Posted by | A/V News, Class: E=MC2(+/-3db), FAQ's | Leave a comment