Audio News for July 3, 2012
Published on July 3, 2012
SiriusXM Adding Google TV App This Year – A SiriusXM Radio app is coming for subscribers to use on Google TV devices later this year. It will give new and existing subscribers easy access to SiriusXM satellite programming at home, and will bring SiriusXM content to the connected TV space for the first time. The app will be available as a free download. The service will add to the current availability of SiriusXM programming on smartphones and the Internet.
Polk 40th Anniversary – Polk Audio, the largest audio brand owned by DEI Holdings, has celebrated the company’s 40th anniversary. They started out in a garage like many others, and have generated over 65 patents in audio design and technology. Last year Polk branched out with the launch of their line of stereo headphones.
Vizio Has First 21:9 HDTV – Vizio is finally starting delivery of an XVT-series 21:9 widescreen LCD TV, which they first showed in prototype over two years ago. The technology allows home theater fans to see current widescreen format movies on Blu-ray, using the popular 2.35:1 dimension, but without the usual black bars at the top and bottom of the images. (Instead there are much wider black bars at the left and right with standard programming or even more with 4:3 movies.) The XVT3D580CM is also passive 3D and 58 inches diagonally. It is initially offered at $2499 at the Vizio web site.
Classical News – A new violin concerto attributed to Vivaldi has been unearthed at the Dresden State Library. Vivaldi expert Michel Talbor says it was composed around 1732 and is a major breakthu in our knowledge of Vivaldi’s late style. The solo part is exceptionally difficult, even for Vivaldi, making copious use of the ultra-high register in the solo part. Its length and extreme virtuosity set it apart from the rest.
The Colorado Symphony, which last fall was teetering on the brink, has a new artistic advisor in Andrew Litton who starts in September for three years. Scott O’Neil remains resident conductor. The Symphony feels it does not need a full-time music director. Mark Volpe is Managing Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, one of the world’s greatest. He is enthusiastic about the current Tanglewood season, which is now available online. He says it is unique due to the gestalt of music and nature, and also the students” “…the Bershires in July (are) better than being in Boston in January, and you can go swimming after rehearsal. We’re the only orchestra that employs lifeguards!”