Audio News for April 1, 2016

Onkyo Has AVRs With Custom Integration in Mind – The three RZ Series receivers expected next month (from $799 to $1299) have features making installation and integration with control systems easy for audiophiles and custom installation crews. Later this year they will have 9.2, and 11.2 channel RZ network receivers, and the PR-RZ5100 network pre-processor. All but the lowest-level unit are THX Select2 Plus certified and decode Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround formats.

Appreciation for Beauty of Classical Music Dying –  Most of the music around us in no longer classical – the world is filled with digitized voices and instruments, lip-syncing so-called “performers” and entertainers who are more interested in making a political statement than making great music. For a few, there is nothing more beautiful than classical music. Listening to it can cause one to breathe more slowly, one’s heart rate to drop, and the stress in your life seems to float away. Some are brought to tears by the shear beauty of the sounds created by exceptionally talented musicians. More people should take the time to listen to and appreciate the great classical works of art.

Request for Reader Feedback on Hi-Res Benefits – Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity is encouraging readers to say where they stand in the audiophile confusion of different delivery systems, file formats and resolutions. Then there is the subject of how the music was recorded in the first place, with analog, 44.1/16 or higher digital resolution of the same audio. Some feel that even compared to higher resolution digital, good vinyl reproduction still sounds better. Then there’s the introduction of MQA into the market. Many of us are always on a search for better quality audio sources.

OSSIC X Now on Kickstarter – EvoNexus is a San Diego-based incubator for technology startup firms, and has a big campaign now on Kickstarter for OSSIC X – said to be the world’s first 3D headphone which instantly calibrates to the listener, increasing the sense of auditory space and acoustically recreating the way you hear the world everyday. The company was founded last year by experienced audio product designers and scientists with the mission to make the highest quality 3D audio accessible to everyone. Their headphone provides the next level of accuracy and immersion in 3D audio, and is useful for VR, augmented reality, music, movies and gaming. For best results it requires head-tracking and individual anatomy calibration to deliver accurate 3D sound to the ears. More information here.

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