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October 14, 2003


Pioneer launched its audiovisual product line-up for the rest of the year last week, with a remarkable demonstration of surround sound to remind us what technology is supposed to deliver. Six students from the Victorian College of the Arts were placed around a theatrette in Melbourne's ACMI centre.

Each performer wore an individual T-shirt -- front left, front right, centre, sub-woofer, back left and back right. Spotlights shone on each performer, and part-by-part, a sublime a cappella performance of Bill Withers' Lean On Me began. Each of the clear, sonorous voices was given solo parts from around the room, then joined by the others in stunning, six-part harmony.

However, it was what happened next that raised the hair. A recorded 5.1-channel encoded DVD of the same performance was put into one of the new players, and lo, each of the parts, from each of the six channels, was rendered electronically from exactly the same positions in the room. More

Posted by acapnews at October 14, 2003 9:44 AM


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