United States Synchronized Swimming

Some relationships are so good, you just don’t want them to end.  That’s exactly how we feel about United States Synchronized Swimming and why we’re so delighted, once again, to be their official underwater sound supplier.  We’ve enjoyed many years of relationship with this wonderful organization, and now we get to look forward to many more.

One thing we’ve learned over the years is that synchronized swimming coaches are some of our most demanding customers.  They require flawless sound reproduction and products they can truly rely on day after day, year after year.  Since many coaches teach at YMCA facilities or other practice pools, they must transport their equipment in and out of the water on a daily basis, which puts significant physical strain on the equipment.  Working with USSS has allowed us the opportunity to continually improve our speakers so that they hold up to the most rigorous demands.

In the coming months, we’ll be introducing new speakers that combine our passion for fabulous underwater audio with our love of delighting customers.  Stay tuned, because in less than 60 days, the new product introductions will begin.

– Bill


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NAMM 2013

Well, I just got back from the NAMM show in California and wow, what a blast!  Being around so many musicians and musical instruments is a huge part of what makes NAMM one of the most enjoyable trade shows in the world.

Top-name drummers showed up to give autographs and I watched as the lines stretched through the aisles.  Large crowds gathered to listen to these famous drummers show us all why they’re among the best in the world.

There were a lot of fun things to see at NAMM this year, but seeing the smiles on each drummer’s face as they experienced the tactile monitors topped it all.  We forecast a record-braking year this year and judging from the crowd’s positive reactions, I have no doubt they will.


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CES 2013

CES 2013 was pretty exciting as I got a small taste for the future and direction of Home Theater.  It seems like everywhere I turned this year, companies were demonstrating 4K televisions – all of which looked really amazing.  Some manufacturers demonstrated the 4K technology by comparing a Blu-Ray on a 4K set alongside the same video shown on a 1K high-definition set and, needless to say, the difference was stunning.  These 4K televisions are able to upconvert the 1K material to 4K and, I must admit, the 1K looked a bit plain in comparison.

The two obvious questions I had when looking at the 4K televisions were, “when will these be available?” and “how much do they cost?”  I asked around and found out the new 4K should be available sometime over the summer.  But as for their cost, well, nobody could quite say.  I heard rumors of prices starting at US$12,000 but nothing was verified.  If the rumors are true, I don’t suspect to be seeing them at Best Buy or Walmart anytime soon.  Even so, one manufacturer claimed there would be a 4K set available for the consumer market this summer, but again, nothing official.  I personally don’t expect to see the new technology hit the consumer market for a few more years, but I would love to be wrong about that!

With all the 4K televisions around, I couldn’t help but wonder what was going on in the 3D world.  I saw some good looking 4K 3D televisions that didn’t require glasses, but the viewing angle was pretty narrow.  The picture started to look strange when you got far enough off-axis and it appears they were using some type of lenticular system to create the 3D effect.  I didn’t see one demonstrated, but I wonder what the 2D programs look like on those 3D televisions.

Anyways, it was good to see the new technology and I can’t wait to see where it leads the Home Theater industry in the coming years.


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