Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Night Out With Dolby, The Black Crowes and a Digital Frame to Giveaway? Sounds Great!

Update: 12/16 - The winner has been picked! See below.

Last weekend we were invited by Dolby to check out their Surround Sound Truck and be their guests at the Black Crowes concert at Club Nokia. Hard to resist, especially since my husband and I have been eager to check out the scene at LA Live, the new entertainment complex adjacent to the Staples Center. A little Dolby demo, a little rock and roll and a date night without the kids - much better than the fast-food and laundry I had originally planned.

The Dolby Truck is touring the West Coast to show you what Dolby sound can do for your home theater, PC and even your cell phone. You're probably already familiar with Dolby sound at your local multi-plex, but Dolby in your home theater could do wonders for your cinema experience. Imagine seeing your favorite movie and hearing the guns firing right past your head! Or, in the case of the movies I've been seeing with my teen girls lately, hearing the sounds of true love brewing. Hey, you have your movie-going experience and I have mine.

The Dolby Truck, which we visited across from the Staples Center, is a mobile home theater outfitted with a huge screen and killer sound system - pretty much what every guy wishes he had on a camping trip! We were treated to a clip of Angelina Jolie's thriller, Wanted, and the sound was very impressive - so impressive in fact, that I rented the DVD last weekend after initially not wanting to see the movie at all. Although I have to say part of that reluctance is that I just figured it was about another kid that Angie and Brad wanted to adopt. Who knew it was about assassins?

We also saw what Dolby sound can do for your PC, since more and more people are watching movies and TV on their computers. I do - I'd much rather watch a Judd Apatow movie in my office through a pair of headphones than worry about turning down the volume every time I was afraid my daughters would hear a penis reference (which in his movies is around every 2.5 seconds. Yes, I timed it.) Unfortunately, I'm a die-hard Mac girl and the Dolby sound is currently only available on PC's, but hopefully someday in the future Apple and Dolby will join forces. Perhaps we'll need Clinton to broker that deal.


Something my husband and I were amazed by was the incredible sound that Dolby has managed to bring to the mobile phone. We listened to a Chocolate LG Touch through a pair of headphones and the sound blew us away - even better than what I'm able to get out of my iPod. Plug in a pair of headphones (I just used my ear buds) and listen to a demo featuring Ciara here. Switch the Dolby to 'on' and 'off' to hear the difference.

Again, sadly, the Dolby sound isn't available on the iPhone, my device of choice at the moment. Curse you superpowers and the forces that keep you apart!

After overstaying our welcome at their super truck (they're nice people, and didn't even ask us to leave after we'd watched the clip of Angelina taking out all the bad guys like fifty times) Dolby treated us to the Black Crowes concert at Club Nokia. Before heading over to the venue, my husband and I decided to splurge on a meal at one of our favorite sushi restaurants, Katsuya, one of the many places to eat in LA Live. Their food is sublime, and if they had made a movie of us eating and put it to Dolby sound the only thing you would have heard is us saying, "Can you believe how good this is?" over and over again. Well, that and "What the hell was Tiger Woods thinking?"

The concert itself was awesome - it was the first time seeing the Black Crowes live. Of course, since I spend a great deal of time writing about celebrities, I couldn't help wondering what exactly went wrong between Chris Robinson and Kate Hudson? And what does he think of Alex Rodriguez? I don't know why, but after all that, and after I mistook a peace sign on the stage for a Mercedes logo, my husband kept telling me to stop thinking out loud. Geez.



To top off our great evening, Dolby gave me a digital photo frame to give away to a lucky reader. This is one of those nifty things that you could maybe load up with lots of photos and music and give to a loved one as a gift to remind them of you. I was heading towards another Tiger Woods joke but I'll stop now.

If you want to win, leave a comment telling me where sound is most important to you - at the movies? In your home theater? On your PC? (Keep it clean - I don't want any references to those home movies you shot back on Spring Break.) Leave your comment before 11:59pm on Sunday, December 13 and I'll use random.org to pick a winner. (Entries from the continental U.S. only, please.) Good luck! May the next sound you hear be my voice announcing you as the winner. In Dolby, of course.

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Update: 12/16: WINNER PICKED

I put all the entries into the random list generator and let it do its thing.

AND THE WINNER IS...


Congratulations to Bernadette Batts of Bern Baby Bern! Bernadette, please email me and let me know how to get your digital frame to you!

And thanks to everyone who entered - I have lots more giveaways coming up, including a really big one.


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23 comments:

shelly said...

Sound? In my cubicle at work when I'm trying to drown out the guy next to me who only plays Korn, of course!

Anonymous said...

im the guy in the cubicle next to shelly... wtf??

Anonymous said...

actually i am not the guy in the next cubicle shelly i was just being silly... ;-0

( i hope you are laughing... eek!)

Bonggamom said...

Sound is most important to me when I'm running and have my iPod playing!

bonggamom@Yahoo.com

HipMamaB said...

On my phone! It's my life! :-)

Tess! said...

On my PC of course. So when I hack into my daughters FB page I can hear everything that's going on on the party videos they post.....amateurs.

Adrienne said...

On my phone, especially when I talk to the grandbabies!

bernbabybern said...

Sound is most important to me when listening to the baby monitor. It helps to hear when your child is crawling out of her crib! =0)

Bernadette Batts =0)

Anonymous said...

Sound is VITAL on my phone, and I'm not getting it right now! Which leads me to my search for a new phone, and the LG Touch is looking very tempting. Did you get a chance to listen to the phone in person? The on-line demo is awesome, but wondering what the sound is like on the actual phone? Does this ridiculously long comment disqualify me from the contest?

-annie

danielle said...

Sound is most important to me on my PC. Housecleaning would not be bearable without great music!

jca said...

Guess it would be in the den with the TV / receiver set-up since that's the only place to hear things in "Dolby" in this house. ;)

Selfish Mom said...

At the movies, definitely. Great sound - crystal clear and loud - drowns out the morons talking all around me.

Amy@selfishmom.com

2KoP said...

Sound is most important to me in my car. With four kids, it's hard to hear anything! I would love to win this frame. It's just what I wanted to give my parents for the holidays.

Thanks for the opportunity to win.

2kopeople at gmail dot com

Stimey said...

Sound is probably most important to me on my TV. I'm pretty casual about it otherwise as long as it isn't staticky.

Linsey K / Krolik Legal said...

Sound is very important to me outside...as in in my backyard on my outdoor speakers. We have a teeny tiny house in Silicon Valley, but a large backyard and love to entertain out there. Music is a big part of that!

Anonymous said...

Sound is important to me when I'm at work writing code. I put my earphones on and the music helps me concentrate, and inspires me to do my best work.

gchurchley@hotmail.com

Kimberly said...

Sound is important to me in the car....I think that's where I listen to the most music.

morninglight mama said...

With the kids ALWAYS talking/singing/yelling/kvetching/generally making noise, the sound of what I want to hear on the radio or on the CD player is always drowned out!

Radio and CD player? Good lord, I sound old...

Thanks for the giveaway!

morninglight00(at)hotmail(dot)com

Thien-Kim aka Kim said...

I have sensitive ears. I don't like things loud but want good quality sound. Would love some great ear bud for my laptop so I can listen to my podcasts while I work.

Erica C. said...

Sound is most important to me on our Ipod docking station since that's where I listen to music the most (in the kitchen). Still haven't found one with great sound that also has a radio...

Gayle said...

Sound is most important to me in the car! I can't stand a crappy sound system when I am driving.

xiaolinmama said...

sounds is key on my phone! I hate when I can't hear someone, especially when I am driving. I swear some days I miss the hard line. grrr..

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