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NRSC Seeks End Of Radio Display Text Cutoff


Home and car radios whose text displays cut off the names of artists and songs broadcast by radio stations could become less common, thanks to an NRSC (National Radio Systems Committee) initiative.

The NRSC, which is jointly run by CEA and the National Association of Broadcasters, completed a quantitative analysis of Program Associated Data (PAD) broadcast by radio stations. The analysis summarizes the number of characters in artist names, song titles, and album titles broadcast by radio stations.

The study, which is available to hardware makers, “provides receiver makers and broadcasters with information about the lengths of song titles and artist names to help them make decisions about how best to convey this information to consumers,” said Dave Wilson, director of CEA’s technology and standards department.

Energy Ships 2nd Soundbar


Klipsch Group launched a second powered soundbar under its Energy brand.

The new model, the $599-suggested Energy Power Bar Elite, joins the lower priced $399-suggested Energy Power Bar, which shipped in recent months.

The new 2.5-inch-deep model is slimmer than the first model but adds more power, more drivers, built-in Dolby Digital decoding, a 3D Surround Mode, and a wireless 10-inch powered subwoofer in place of a wireless 8-inch powered sub.

Haier Ships Thin Soundbar


Haier is shipping a thin soundbar said to be one of the slimmest on the market at 1.07 inches in depth.

The $399 SBEV40-SLIM is a wall-mountable 2.1-channel soundbar with 2.4GHz wireless subwoofer and builtin Panoramic Virtual Surround Sound, said to widen the sweet spot.

It features two HDMI inputs that support 3D Blu-ray, game and broadcast formats and an HDMI output with audio return channel.

Onkyo Adds Mini System


Onkyo launched a new mini system with separate speakers, AM/FM/CD, integrated iPod/iPhone dock, and ability to output iPod-stored video to a TV.

The $299-suggested CS-345 captures iPod-stored audio in digital PCM form and plays MP3 CDs and feature subwoofer pre-out, two-way bass-reflex speakers with 4-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter.


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