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Tivoli Unveils Table Radio
Cambridge, Mass. - Tivoli Audio, a venture formed by former Cambridge SoundWorks executive Tom DeVesto, has introduced its first product, a table radio designed by Audio Hall of Fame member Henry Kloss. Available through and brick & mortar retailers, the 8 x 4 x 5-inch AM/FM mono radio is available in three colors and features hardwood cabinets. It uses discrete-component FM tuner technology originally developed for cellular phones to pull in more listenable stations than many component receivers, said Tivoli. The tuning dial's 5:1 gear ratio delivers more precise movement of the tuning mechanism. Other features include an input for plugging in a portable CD player.

SDMI Prepares For Phase 2
Montreal - The Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) has begun evaluating 12 proposals from 11 companies for implementing Phase 2 screening technology. Some of the proposals are based on the screening technology chosen for Phase 1. SDMI, a forum of more than 200 companies, will test audibility and robustness of the proposed technologies and their ability to withstand hacking. Tests will be performed at 176.4kHz and 192kHz sampling rates with 24-bit resolution to test their audibility.

Dolby Pro Logic II, Too
San Francisco - Dolby Laboratories has developed a second-generation Dolby Pro Logic technology called Pro Logic II to deliver a discrete 5.1-channel experience from a surround-encoded source. The technology can be used to decode the soundtracks of Dolby Pro Logic movies and Dolby Surround TV shows. The technology also delivers a surround effect from non-Pro Logic stereo sources. Other CE manufacturers have developed other technologies, such as Circle Surround, to deliver some of the same capabilities.

St. Louis - GPX has unveiled an array of CE products that include a DVD-equipped home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) system, three new FRS radios, four under-counter clock radios, and a CD+G-equipped karaoke machine. The HTiB system features a DVD player with built-in Dolby Digital 5.1 decoding, four small egg-shaped speakers, and a powered subwoofer incorporating all needed amplification. The package can be retailed for $399, GPX said. One of the under-counter clock radios features CD, and another features a 5-inch black & white TV. Pricing was unavailable. Three FRS radios include one with FM radio and compass.


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