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E. Brad Meyer at CES 2002

Sirius Satellite Interview

We (I and Phyllis Eliasberg, a Boston Audio Society member who works for ABC News) had a nice chat with Joe Clayton, the president of Sirius Satellite radio. Clayton is just as jolly and buoyant in person as he is at the front of a press conference. We did get a chance to play with a few of the radios in their display, and discovered that the classical channels are meager and lack proper identifications in the text transmitted with the music. For a symphony, the display showed the number and key of the work but not the composer; and the artists' line has the name of the orchestra (somewhat scrambled in one case) but not of the conductor. We pointed this out and were given the name and email address of someone in the company who can fix the problem.

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The best way to connect a satellite radio to your car's system - assuming the service is not included in the radio in the first place - is through a stereo pair of line-level inputs to the system. Many front ends don't have such connectors, but the policy of the company is that if your car has an FM radio or a tape player, they can equip you. The FM models have modulators that broadcast to your own radio at an unused frequency near the bottom of the band; the cassette models have a simple cassette adapter as an output device.


Later, overhearing a presentation on the main floor for a home network server (a device to control, distribute, record and play audio and video material) I got a tidbit about copy protection. The server is made by a company called MOXI and is designed to sell to satellite and cable companies, who will resell it to the consumer. It contains a DVD/CD player and an 80 GB hard drive, and will store lots of music, movies and video material. It can be controlled from several systems - audio, A/V or computers - throughout the house, and can connect to them through existing coaxial cable links or with wireless technology.
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The MOXI person pointed out that from remote zones the user can watch satellite channels, satellite video previously stored on the hard drive, CDs, or previously stored audio. The one thing he can't do remotely is watch a DVD. DVD movies can be seen only at the primary TV monitor next to the server itself, not because the signals can't be transmitted but because the DVD license for the product does not allow it to send the DVD bit stream anywhere but directly out the main output. Paranoia strikes again, crippling usefulness.

Apart from that small defect, the Moxi may well offer the friendly user interface that non-techies need to handle a big A/V system. You can see a sample screen at http://www.moxi.com/description.htm. When you move the cursor to the right on this screen, the right-hand column moves left, and its sub-menus appear on the right. []

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Sherbourn Technologies P7/1000
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DTS In-Car Audio Demonstration
DTS Multimedia Demonstration
Philips Pronto Remote Controls
Philips DVD+RW Recorders
Simaudio Titan & W-5 Amplifiers
WAVAC Audio Lab Model HE-833
conrad-johnson PV-12L & 17LS
conrad-johnson GAT
Quad ESL-989 & Verity Audio Tamino
Avantgarde Acoustic Duo & Uno
NHT Evolution Loudspeakers
NHT Evolution Theory & Design
Joseph Audio Loudspeakers
PS Audio Ultimate Lab Power Cable
PS Audio Power Director & Juice Bar
PS Audio Classic 250 & HCA-1 Amps
Morel Applause & Octave
Anthony Gallo Acoustics Due
Miller & Kreisel Multi-Platform
Miller & Kreisel Column Surrounds
Lamm Industries L2 Reference
Vacuum Tube Logic TL 2.5.1
McCormack Audio MAP-1 Processor
Cary Audio CAD-88 Amplifier
Toshiba Blue Laser Prototype
Draper Revelation & Hi-Def Gray
NHT Evolution Subwoofers
Von Schweikert Audio dB-99

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