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The new "Quality Sound Matters" homepage.




The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® and the Consumer Electronics Association® Set Sweepstakes to Promote the Debut of QualitySoundMatters.com Version 2.0

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (December 30, 2013) — On December 23, 2013, the Producers & Engineers Wing® of The Recording Academy® and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) debuted V2.0 of the online portal www.QualitySoundMatters.com. The launch of the site's new blog format comes in advance of both the annual International CES®, January 7-10, 2014, in Las Vegas, and the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, January 26, 2014. The debut will be highlighted by a Twitter sweepstakes featuring prizes from leading audio equipment manufacturers and the grand prize of a pair of tickets to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, which will broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

First launched in January of 2012, www.qualitysoundmatters.com is dedicated to improving the digital music listening experience. Created jointly by The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing and the Consumer Electronics Association Home Audio Division, the site offers rich content and targeted information for consumers and professionals alike to find and enjoy quality music recordings, and provide articles on products, technologies, record labels, recording artists and music producers who are leading the way in the quality revolution.

As the introduction to the site states, the digital music revolution has reached a turning point. With digital content now conveniently available everywhere via 4G networks and wireless broadband, higher-quality audio is now possible, and the quest for delivery of higher-resolution audio has become the new frontier. File formats today can accommodate the 96-kHz/24-bit dimensions of full-bandwidth recordings. Premium headphones with much broader frequency response than the earbuds of the past now allow listeners to experience the full dynamic range of music, as do a growing array of both accessible and affordable consumer electronics products. Content providers can now use these tools to their full extent and provide high-quality audio for a new era. The QualitySoundMatters site aims to be a current, continuously updated source of information on these topics.

To enter the sweepstakes, set to run December 30, 2013, to January 3, 2014, applicants must post to Twitter with a response to any of the questions posted by CEA (@CEA), and use the designated hashtag, #QualitySound within the contest's designated time frame. For complete contest details, please visit www.qualitysoundmatters.com.

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About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Recording Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Instagram, Foursquare, GetGlue, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

Currently more than 6,000 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.

About CEA
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $203 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com and through social media.


Robert Clyne / Clyne Media, Inc. / 615.662.1616 / robert@clynemedia.com
Lisa Roy / Rock & Roy / 310.463.1563 / lisaroyaudio@mac.com
Louis Vazquez / The Recording Academy / 310.392.3777 / louis.vazquez@grammy.com


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