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Old 23rd May 2009, 07:09 PM   #1
JZatopa is offline JZatopa  United States
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Default What is the current cutting edge in audio?

I know this website is dedicated to DIY audio but I am curious what is currently the cutting edge of audio technology. This sounds like a simple google and read topic but as I am sure many of you have found if you have done that that the audio world is mired down in renaming, rebranding, hype and marketing. There is so much marketing that it becomes near impossible to separate the rehypeing of old tech from real new innovations without a huge investment in time and research.

So what is actually new in the audio world?
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Old 23rd May 2009, 07:17 PM   #2
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Smaller, cheaper, more compressed.

In lab settings, amazing work with multichannel. For the home, not so much- the market isn't there given system requirements.
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Old 23rd May 2009, 08:04 PM   #3
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Originally posted by SY
For the home, not so much- the market isn't there given system requirements.
Which sys. req. are flashy as a Hollywood preview night, 1000 watts per channel, high WAF and of course, they want it all for under $100

(though some of that class-D stuff is getting there )

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Old 27th May 2009, 06:18 AM   #4
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I'd say the main innovations are in marketing.

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Old 28th May 2009, 08:55 PM   #5
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Default Data 'visualisation' using 3D sound

You might be interested in the Allosphere project at UC Santa Barbara.

A 10m diameter perforated metal sphere within an anechoic chamber. 3D images (eg of chemical/physical/geological processes - basically anything) are projected onto the interior and viewed from a central catwalk. Data are also represented sonically in full 3-D surround(!) projected from the exterior of the sphere.

There's a brief video about it here:

Homepage is: http://www.allosphere.ucsb.edu/

Sounds pretty cutting edge, and you can even visit - I wish it were closer to me!

If any diyaudioers in the region ever do, please write up the visit here!

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