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Audio News for August 23, 2016

Sennheiser Coming to the Big Apple – Headphones will take center stage in October when Sennheiser opens two retail outlets in New York. Both a flagship Soundscape showroom in Westfield World Trade Center and a pop-up store in SoHo will stock Sennheiser’s audiophile range of headphones, including the new HE 1 electrostatic reference headphone system, and demonstrate the AMBEO 3D audio technology. Starting in Chicago on September 27, Sennheiser is planning a series of special “HE 1 Listening Experiences” in selected U.S. and Canadian locations, continuing on to other cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver and Toronto.

Bryston Introduces New Digital Music Player – The BDP-π (yes, that’s the Pi symbol) is currently available for a $1295 suggested retail. The device is built upon the Raspberry Pi and HifiBerry platform, with a chassis that’s one-third the size of Bryston’s BDP player. The BDP-π will playback a range of digital files — from MP3 to lossless 24/192 — and can be connected to virtually any digital-to-analog converter, according to the company. It can also be connected to a network-attached storage drive and access Internet radio and Tidal streaming. The player features four USB 2.0 and one Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) input; SPDIF (RCA), optical (Toslink), HDMI and USB 2.0 outputs; and IR and TCP/IP control. It measures 2.75 inches by 5.7 inches by 8.5 inches and weighs 2.6 pounds. Black or silver options are available.

Intel Touts Features of New USB-C AV Plug –  The 3.5mm audio port has been a staple on audio devices for years. Now Itel has announced the improved USB-C AV standard, which among other things allows for charging while using the port for audio. Also, getting rid of the 3.5mm jack will allow future mobile devices to be even thinner and lighter. Unfortunately, the new standard requires power, but it will allow unneeded features to be turned off via software when not in use. Ditching the 3.5mm port gets rid of the only remaining analog piece in your smartphone.

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