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Audio News for January 31, 2017

Philip Glass is 80; But Some Classical Music Lovers Hate His Music – His productivity has been amazing: there are ten symphonies, 14 operas, seven string quartets, film scores, 20 piano studies, 11 concertos, and much else. He is also the greatest collaborator among composers since Stravinsky. One of the famous ones was with notorious Robert Wilson, the theatre director with whom he did the five-hour Einstein on the Beach. He is considered the father of minimalism.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is Into Classical Music Too –  He is a close friend of concert pianist James Rhodes and a lover of classical music. Together, they have released a series called Piano Night. They talk about what Cumberbatch loves about classical music and why Rhodes thing Chopin is the greatest.

Video Surveillance Growth – is partly due the demand for IP-enabled security cameras in physical security. They allow users to remotely survey their property and appeal to both individual consumers, government agencies, and industry verticals. They provide superior video quality as well as hardware and software scalability. Recent innovations in systems integration, such as data storage, have grown this area faster. The global market is also growing, especially in India and China, though North America and Asia Pacific held nearly equal shares in 2015.

Bluesound is Newest Member of DEG – The first wireless multi-room music system supporting hi-res audio has joined the Digital Entertainment Group. Bluesound is a 24-bit native, up to 192K sampling rate, pure digital multi-room wireless streaming music player ecosystem designed and engineered by an alliance of audiophiles. It can be controlled by either iOS or Android apps from a tablet or smartphone. DEG includes leading companies in the entertainment and consumer electronics field.

No Smartphone Camera Can Beat the Canon Powershot SX720 HS – The 20.3-megapixel camera onto weighs 270gr. and has a 40x optical zoom lens with a focal length from 24mm to 960mm. Image Stabilisation reduces the effect of camera shake and the built-in Auto Zoom functions analyses a scene automatically to determine the appropriate size and framing for the shot. (about $500).

Best Options for Streaming of Hi-Res Audio –  Many components and computers lack native support for lossless file types such as FLAC and ALAC used in many download sites. It is suggested one looks into DLNA/UPnP-compatible media servers such as the JRiver Media Center Asset UPnP or the Twonky Server. They handle resolutions up to 192K/24-bit and transcode different file types on-the-fly.

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