Pioneer Electronics announced a new digital sound projector at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. [The company issued a press release on this subject on September 27, 2002.]
Mark Hachman has the story.
The technology was developed by British IP developer 1 Ltd., which designed the digital sound projector.
The PDSP-1 uses 254 small speakers, which the speaker and amplifier control to produce an array of sound. Somewhat surprisingly, the effect is only equivalent to 5.1 sound, which produces two front and two rear channels, plus a center channel/subwoofer.
While the audio technology is itself impressive, the system also eliminates the cost of individual speakers and even a receiver. The speaker contains the audio processing logic usually found within home audio receivers.
So, the technology is here and the sound is stunning: but what about price and availability?
The PDSP-1 does cost $40,000, an obstacle to all but the most dedicated home audio enthusiasts. Pioneer's new speaker will be released in March.
It's definitively too expensive for me.
Source: Mark Hachman, ExtremeTech, January 8, 2003
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