In North America, 3DTV is not very popular, but the technology is being more enthusiastically embraced in China and Western Europe, NPD DisplaySearch reports. "We were surprised to find that 3D appears to be a far more popular feature in China than North America, and the penetration rate was two times higher in the last quarter," said Paul Gray, the market research firm's director of TV electronics research.
Zvox has introduced several features designed to bring today's audio output up to the same quality as the latest video technology on the market. Some of the features appear in the company's upgraded Z-Base series of sound systems, which double as TV pedestals and offer enhanced dialogue intelligibility, dynamic range compression and a front-panel 3.5 mm auxiliary input.
Aperion Audio introduced its SlimStage 30, a soundbar speaker setup that delivers audio similar to home theater to any flat-screen TV. The unit consists of four 50mm drivers and two subwoofer arrays with 3-inch drivers and 3-inch bass radiators.
A high-quality soundbar may not provide the surround-sound of a home-theater setup, but for those who lack the funds or physical space it just might offer a viable alternative. This review analyzes four top soundbars: the Coby DVD988 300W Home Theater Soundbar, the Zvox 430, the Polk Audio SurroundBar 360 and the iLive iT319B Soundbar with iPod dock.
Speaker designer Matthew Polk demonstrated a new speaker system designed for the slim profile of flat-screen TVs, the SurroundBar 360. The speaker system, measuring 44 1/2 inches wide and 4 1/8 inches high, can fit beneath a flat-screen TV mounted on the wall. The SurroundBar 360 will be available for sale this September at a suggested retail price of $1,199.