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  • Audio Expo '98 to Highlight Super Audio CD, DVD-Audio
  • July 24, 1998 (TOKYO) -- The Japan Audio Society said the forthcoming Audio Expo '98 scheduled for Oct. 15-18 in Tokyo will highlight Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio technology.
    The exposition is being expanded in scale from its predecessor, which was held annually until last year under the name Audio Fair. This year's show will add a live show space.

    The site also will change from the previous location at Sunshine City Convention Center in Tokyo to the Tokyo Big Sight. Exhibitors are expected to increase to 92 companies, 17 more than last year. And 39 companies will take part in the exhibition for the first time.

    According to the audio society, eye catchers at the exposition will be audio disks for next generation Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio devices that are expected to hit the market at the end of 1998 through the spring of 1999.

    Super Audio CD is an audio platform standard promoted by Sony Corp. and Philips Electronics NV of the Netherlands. It is compatible with current CDs, but has advanced specifications such as a recording capacity of 4.7GB, almost seven times that of current CDs, and a 120dB dynamic range. A prototype of the Super Audio CD was popular when exhibited at the Audio Fair in 1997.

    DVD-Audio is another new platform being promoted by France's Thomson Multimedia, Hitachi Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. and others. Although DVD-Audio only supports lower compatibility, it has a capacity of recording music for a maximum of 704 minutes.

    Both platforms aim to replace current CDs by promising excellent sound quality and availability of multi-channeled sounds.

    The Japan Audio Society plans to set up booths for a try-outs of Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio sounds at the exposition.

    The preceding '46th Audio Fair' welcomed 162,837 people for five days. The coming exposition expects 170,000 visitors.

    Related story: DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD Formats Appear, Aim to Replace CDs

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    Updated: Thu Jul 23 18:52:30 1998