Audio News for April 21, 2015

Classical News – A new book from the Lincoln Center president from 2002-14 tells all about his former place of cmployment and the people there. Reynold Levy’s They Told Me Not to Take That Job: Tumult, Betryal, Heroics, and the Transformation of Lincoln Center is due for publication next month. Among the revelations are that in 2002 the NY Philharmonic was an “orchestra adrift” and its conductor Lorin Maazel was “missing in action.” Deborah Rutter has been resturcturing Kennedy Center’s admistration to align with her perferences as president, which included hiring six new people overseeing a staff of 1500. The Ojai Festival has announced three future music directors for their next three seasons: Peter Sellars, Vijay Iyer, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Vinyl Sales Still Going Strong – Neilsen found that vinyl album sales rose 53% in units compared with the year-ago quarter. U.S. vinyl sales have grown 260% since 2009 and last year vinyl had its ninth consecutive year of sales growth. It remains a viable way for music fans to listen to both new and classic albums.

New Philips Monitor Eases Eye Strain – The 24-inch Philips Soft Blue display features anti-blue light tecnology said to protect users against damaging effects of LED-backlit computer screens. The 16:9 FullHD display has VGA, DVI, MHL-HDMI and audio in/our ports. Such problems as headaches, eye strain and eye fatigue are common complaints after working on a computer display for an extended period of time exposed to continuous blue-light. The monitor is $170.

HomePlug AV2 for Gigabit Network Speeds – Netgear shipped its first powerline-network adaptger using the HomePlug AV2 standard, which doubles the speed of the former standard to deliver gigabit speed over the electrical wires in the home. Expanded in-home coverage over Wi-Fi networks for devices that are far from a wireless router can be expected. The unit is suitable for 4K video streaming, multiroom IPTV and whole-home video monitoring. After the device is plugged in, users plug an Ethernet cable into the adapter and the networked device. In a $10-more model, a noise-filtered, pass-thru power outlet is provided so consumers can still plug TVs and other devices into an outlet being used by the HomePlug.

Samsung Adds Hi-Res to Smart Phones – SamsungMobileUS has announced that the following Galaxy smartphones now support hi-res audio up to 192/24: Note 3 & 4, Note Edge, S5, S6 and S6 Edge.

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