The Art & Science of Audio & Video

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

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

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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

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Siegfried Linkwitz

Siegfried Linkwitz

By Shannon Dickson • April, 1996

Siegfried Linkwitz was born in Germany in 1935. He received his electrical engineering degree from Darmstadt Technical University prior to moving to California in 1961 to work for Hewlett-Packard. During his early years in the USA, he did postgraduate work at Stanford University. For over 30 years Mr. Linkwitz has developed electronic test equipment ranging from signal generators, to network and spectrum analyzers, to microwave sweepers and instrumentation for evaluating electromagnetic compatibility. Continue reading

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Russ Berger

Russ Berger’s Summary

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While I started out as a physicist (lasers, optics, plasmas, PhD 1993), I have become a computer technologist. More recently, I have been building some web technology to anonymize a user’s footprints on the Web, using Linux/Apache servers, Perl and MySQL I am an expert Unix/Linux system administrator, but want something meatier to bite into next.

I have over twenty years of experience programming, maintaining, servicing, or administering numerous computer platforms (PC, workstation, server, cluster, and supercomputer). Skilled in various operating systems, and programming Continue reading

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John Oram


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John Oram now puts his name to his own range of mixers and studio outboard, after a varied career including many years of design experience with some of the big names in British audio. PAUL WHITE enjoys a slice of sonic history.

John Oram’s life is a bit like Dr. Who’s TARDIS — it doesn’t seem big enough to hold everything he’s managed to cram into it! He’s played drums for Marianne Faithfull, helped Stan Cutler develop the first wah-wah pedal, created Reflex active guitar pickups (and still makes active electronics for electro-acoustic guitars), Continue reading

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James B. Lansing (Altec & JBL)

James B. Lansing

From the 1920s to the 1950s, James B. Lansing was at the forefront of creating leading speaker systems used in motion-picture theaters. In the 1930’s, Lansing named his company James B. Lansing Sound Corp. (JBL).

JBL has a long history of building speakers for recording studios as well as movie theaters. In fact, the speakers developed for use with the first ”talkie”, ”The Jazz Singer,” in 1928, were from JBL. Historically, the main challenge for JBL was to make speakers that could fill a theater using only the few watts available from the amplifiers of the day, and still be intelligible when playing from behind a screen. The same speakers were used in the studios where movie sound was mixed so the producers could hear what the moviegoers would hear. Continue reading

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Eugene Patronis

Eugene Patronis; Not only one of the most influential but intriguing men in audio.

Sound Master

Eugene Patronis’ life-long passion for audio and acoustics was born in the projectionist booth at a movie theater.
Publication date: January 1, 2008
By Mark Mayfield

DR. EUGENE PATRONIS IS A PROFESSOR Emeritus in the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He continues to enjoy a long a distinguished career as an educator, author, and inventor in the fields of audio and acoustics. In 2000, he was honored with the TEF Heyser Award, Continue reading

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Don & Carolyn Davis

Don & Carolyn Davis

Don & Carolyn Davis form a unique husband and wife team working in audio, starting in 1951 with The Golden Ear in Lafayette, IN, selling eclectic high fidelity equipment. Don was Paul Klipsch’s President in charge of Vice in the late 50s, and worked for Altec Lansing from 1959 until 1972 where he was co-inventor of 1/3-octave equalization. The Davises founded Synergetic Audio Concepts in 1973 in response to the growing need in the audio industry for training in the fundaments of sound reinforcement. Their work in equalization, speech intelligibility and recording technologies provided the backbone for developing training seminars and workshops. Continue reading

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Bob Katz

Bob Katz

Bob Katz is an audio mastering engineer who is known for his influential textbook on audio mastering[1] and his recording of jazz and classical music. Katz has mastered three Grammy award-winning albums and one nominated album. He has received high critical acclaim from audiophiles[2] and his book on mastering has received high critical acclaim[3], and some reviewers consider it the “definitive work on mastering” [4]. He is also one of the most “respected mastering engineers in the business.”[5] He has also invented a proprietary technology called K-Stereo and K-Surround. These processes “recover lost or amplify hidden ambience, space and imaging, and generate stereo from mono signals without adding artificial reverberation.”[6] Continue reading

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