Audio News for August 11, 2015

Classical News – A 1734 Stradivarius stolen from the late violinist Roman Totenberg in 1980 was just recovered by the FBI. It surfaced when the widow of the thief, also a violinist, sought to have it appraised. Jennifer Higdon’s new opera Cold Mountain had its debut at the Santa Fe Opera. The work justaposes pastoral and elegiac modes with depictions of violence. A large ensemble was conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya. John Kieser, who was general manager of the San Francisco Symphony, has moved into a newly-created position of executive VP and provost of the New World Symphony, and will continue to work closely with co-founder of the orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas. Andre Gremillet, currently with the Melbourne Symphony, will be the new executive director of the Cleveland Orchestra. He was also formerly the executive director of the New Jersey Symphony.

Audio Industry Veteran Len Schneider Dies –  He operated TechniCom since 1994, which provided editorial services, marketing, training and product development. Before that he was with Adcom, Marantz, Onkyo and Sony. He also wrote reviews for Audio and Enjoy the music.com, The Perfect Vision, and was senior contributing editor for Play and eTown.com. 

SuperMHL Chips – SuperMHL chips were first unveiled in January at the CES, but now Lattice Semiconductor has released the world’s first superMHL solutions using USB Type-C connectivity. While the present HDMI standard caps out at 18Gbps, superMHL has he capability to go all the way to 72Gbps, and is able to carry 8K video with 12-bit color. Further more, the chips can caary wide color gamit, High Dynamic Range and 35 object-based audio channels over a single line.

Classical Music for Dummies – is a fine article by Steve Barnes about jumping into classical music for those who think they haven’t experienced it before, even though it’s promoting the Philadelphia Orchestra series.

Protecting and Backing Up Your Electronics Pays Off – If you have a smart or electronic home and even if you don’t, you’ve probably spent thousands of dollars to make your home safe and convenient and your AV system an enjoyable one. You wouldn’t want anything to be stolen or damaged if it could be avoided. Home automation especially is delicate and costs much to repair or replace, and everything connected to it is at risk.  You should have a power backup system thruout your home, and a home protection system with a connection to a dispatcher in case anything goes wrong. There is now a workable do-it-yourself home security system with no wires, expensive tech visits, or contracts. Look up home security online.

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