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May 8, 2013 | By David Ng
When audiences converge at the Hollywood Bowl this summer, they may notice an improvement in the sound quality emerging from speakers positioned around the outdoor venue. The Los Angeles Philharmonic is debuting an upgraded sound system this summer that is intended to improve the audience experience during concerts. Officials with the orchestra said it is implementing the L-Acoustics K1 sound system for the new season. The previous loudspeaker system was the V-DOSC loudspeaker array, also from L-Acoustics.
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SPORTS
September 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
New York Yankees great Mariano Rivera and Metallica will forever be linked. For more than a decade, the heavy metal band's hit "Enter Sandman" was blasted over the sound system at Yankee Stadium whenever baseball's all-time saves leader would enter the game, indicating it was nighty-night time for the opposing team. On Sunday the song was played a little earlier than usual. And this time it was played live. In an unannounced surprise, Metallica was on hand before the game against the San Francisco Giants to help pay tribute to the legendary closer on Mariano Rivera Day, in honor of the pitcher in one of his final appearances at Yankee Stadium before his retirement after 19 seasons.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Dolby's new lifelike sound system will take the stage tonight in Hollywood with the premiere of Disney/Pixar's animated movie"Brave. " San Francisco-based Dolby Laboratories Inc. will introduce what it describes as a groundbreaking sound technology called Dolby Atmos at the newly re-branded Dolby Theatre (formerly the Kodak Theatre) at the Hollywood & Highland Center. The 3,400-seat, 180,000-square-foot Dolby Theatre is home to the Academy Awards and the Cirque du Soleil show "Iris.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 | By David Colker
Before an audio revolution in the mid-1960s, just about all music, dialogue and other sounds played on tape recordings had one thing in common: hiss. The bothersome, underlying noise seemed especially unavoidable during quiet passages on the once-ubiquitous cassette tapes. But then came an engineering breakthrough that nearly wiped out the hiss, and made the inventor's name - Dolby - world-famous. Ray Dolby, 80, died Thursday at his home in San Francisco. The company he founded, Dolby Laboratories, released a statement saying he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease in recent years and in July was found to have acute leukemia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1990 | JOHN PENNER
City Council members had begun discussing a proposal to repair the failing audio system in their meeting chambers when the sound system itself seemingly lobbied for the item. The glitch-ridden system went dead. Unaided by amplification, council members were forced to shout their comments and questions to city staff members about the proposed repairs. And, soon after the council unanimously agreed to spend $6,380 requested for the improvements, the sound system kicked on again.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 1998 | SOREN BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Musicians usually cater to their audience--especially during a concert. On Thursday at Club Soho in downtown Los Angeles, however, rapper Kurupt seemed more concerned with entertaining his friends on stage than the customers who paid to see him. As one-half of Tha Dogg Pound, Kurupt and partner Daz Dillinger skyrocketed to stardom in the early '90s along with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and the rest of the Death Row Records family.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1998 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To someone less versed in extremes, the project specifications might have seemed absurd. Design a sound system that can be heard without distortion by millions of people for several miles around. Back it up so even if dozens of microphones fail, a control room bursts into flames and two nearby power plants are bombed, the program continues. Do it for a venue in the Saudi Arabian desert without ever setting foot there--not to design the system, not to install it, not even to trouble-shoot it.
BUSINESS
October 21, 1998 | Marla Matzer
The much-anticipated "prequels" to director George Lucas' "Star Wars" films will provide a launching pad for a new theater sound system from Dolby Laboratories Inc. and Lucas-controlled Lucasfilm THX. The two firms announced the introduction of the Dolby Digital-Surround EX format at the ShowEast convention for theater owners in Atlantic City, N.J. The first of the three sequels--dubbed prequels because they are set in time before the original "Star Wars" films--is due out May 21.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 1995 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Paavo Jarvi made a generally good second impression at the Hollywood Bowl Thursday night, despite distractions caused by conflicting evidence from the odd-sounding amplification system. The Los Angeles Philharmonic's untroubled and well-spoken performance of Dvorak's "New World" Symphony, neatly but individually conducted by Jarvi, who had made his Bowl debut two nights before, offered pleasant if mixed rewards.
NEWS
December 6, 1990 | ANN VAN DER VEER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An electronic "Annie," with everyone but the dog vox-boxed to the hilt, was an enormous success when it opened a monthlong run at the Lobero Theater last weekend. This big, splashy, unabashedly schmaltzy musical, with its Christmas scene finale, is the perfect holiday family show. Twelve-year-old Anne Jacoby has a certain natural boldness, which is right for the role of the famous red-haired orphan.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Forget video for now, those incandescent new hi-def Hollywood Bowl screens that are delighting some Los Angeles Philharmonic fans and driving others away. Let's talk sound. The new amplification equipment has been enthusiastically embraced by, it seems, everyone. On Tuesday night, that sound system made all the difference in the world. The program, advertised as "A Night of Elegance," was music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schubert. The L.A. Phil was kept small to conform to the size of ensembles typically available to those composers.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Two experiences that helped foster my devotion to music, growing up, were watching Leonard Bernstein's "Young People's Concerts" and going to the Hollywood Bowl. Thanks to Bernstein, I began to sense the wonder of music. Thanks to the $1 seats at the top of the Bowl, I had the opportunity to get out of the living room and hear the likes of the great violinist Jascha Heifetz. He sounded dimmer and looked even tinier on the stage of the distant shell than he did on a 1950s TV screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2013 | By David Ng
When audiences converge at the Hollywood Bowl this summer, they may notice an improvement in the sound quality emerging from speakers positioned around the outdoor venue. The Los Angeles Philharmonic is debuting an upgraded sound system this summer that is intended to improve the audience experience during concerts. Officials with the orchestra said it is implementing the L-Acoustics K1 sound system for the new season. The previous loudspeaker system was the V-DOSC loudspeaker array, also from L-Acoustics.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
We all have those timeless songs that have provided the soundtrack to our lives. Those albums that are worn out and ragged that we've carried over into the digital world. But like everything the human spirit loves and cherishes, one day it'll be physically left behind when we join the great unknown. There's one Swedish company, however, that is ensuring we can take those prized tunes with us through eternity (the Swedes really do think of everything). PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners Pause, a Swedish-based retailer of sleek stereo equipment, has rolled out a new product that audiophiles will just want to die for: the CataCombo sound system.
AUTOS
February 12, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
McLaren is just weeks away from unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show full details on its next P1 supercar. While we'll have to wait until then to learn of the car's powertrain, we've already seen the exterior up close . Now McLaren is giving us a look at the interior. The automaker released a trio of images of the inside of the million-dollar-plus supercar. Like the chassis and exterior body panels, the minimalist interior is largely constructed from carbon fiber to save weight.
SPORTS
January 8, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The new scoreboards are nice, and so is the new sound system. The expensive players are nice too. But, for all the improvements to the Dodgers and their ballpark, there are five words the new owners absolutely refuse to say: "We're staying at Dodger Stadium. " Say what you will about Frank McCourt, but the man publicly committed the team to the stadium for another 50 years. He ran out of money, and Bud Selig ran him out of baseball, but at least he had the right idea. GRAPHIC: New look for old ballpark The Dodgers' new owners have the money, so much so that they can throw $100 million into Dodger Stadium renovations without making any long-term commitment to stay there.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 1996 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Herma Silverstein of Santa Monica and her friend emerged from "Twister" on Wednesday saying the tornadoes sounded so realistic to them it was like an "earthquake rumbling." Michael Lyons and Mohamed Macauley of Los Angeles compared the on-screen storms to real-life thunder. Another man said the sound of the twisters was terrifyingly realistic. His only complaint was that the volume was cranked up so high that he had to scream in order to converse with the woman seated next to him.
SPORTS
January 8, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The new scoreboards are nice, and so is the new sound system. The expensive players are nice too. But, for all the improvements to the Dodgers and their ballpark, there are five words the new owners absolutely refuse to say: "We're staying at Dodger Stadium. " Say what you will about Frank McCourt, but the man publicly committed the team to the stadium for another 50 years. He ran out of money, and Bud Selig ran him out of baseball, but at least he had the right idea. GRAPHIC: New look for old ballpark The Dodgers' new owners have the money, so much so that they can throw $100 million into Dodger Stadium renovations without making any long-term commitment to stay there.
AUTOS
November 28, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Mercedes-Benz has no mainstream product to show off to the world at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, so it brought some eye candy instead. The automaker on Wednesday unveiled the SLS AMG Black Series, an ultra-hot version of the company's SLS AMG supercar and seven-passenger GL SUV. That Mercedes would use the L.A. Auto Show for this AMG showcase isn't a coincidence; the company says just under a third of all AMG sales are in California. Only four other production models have had a Black Series variant, an even faster version of already modified AMG cars, the most recent being the 2013 C63 AMG. PHOTOS: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series "It's the highest expression of AMG performance," said Steve Cannon, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. As such, this SLS Black Series boosts the SLS GT's 583 horsepower to 622 horsepower, while torque actually drops from 479 pound-feet to 468 pound-feet.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2012
Peter Jackson wants movie theaters to be filled with the sounds of Middle-earth. New Zealand-based Park Road Post Production said Jackson's new J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," will be mixed in Dolby Atmos, the state-of-the-art sound system that debuted earlier this year with Disney/Pixar's animated film "Brave. " Developed by San Francisco-based Dolby Laboratories, Dolby Atmos enables sound mixers to place sounds in any location of the movie theater to create a more naturalist and realistic atmosphere.
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