Audio News for June 17, 2016

70% of Music Bought in Sweden is Streamed – Sweden is also the home of Spotify, considered the world leader in the wireless streaming field. Streamed music in Sweden has risen from 57% in 2012 to 70% today.  Sales of music overall grew by 12% in the first half of 2016 and have been rising steadily since 2008.

Double Digit Growth Expected for Healthcare Video Conferencing – The U.S. market for Healthcare Video Conferencing is expected to reach revenues over $1.1 billion by 2022. Video conferencing has enabled efficient and convenient access to healthcare services across the U.S. and an increased demand for prompt healthcare services and rising costs have led to the growing demand for video conferencing in the healthcare industry. Cloud-based solutions are emerging as an alternative to deliver cost efficient and scalable video conferencing solutions to the healthcare industry. Major hospital systems in the U.S. are adopting video conferencing solutions to deliver reliable and effective healthcare services.

You Must Use HDMI Connection to View 1080p Video and Lossless HD Audio –  Thank to the Sunset Rule, all recent Blu-ray decks only transmit HD video via the HDMI connection. If you don’t have your Blu-ray and/or universal player properly set up, you may not be listening to the multi-channel surround sound on Blu-ray discs and you may not be transmitting a native 1080p or 1080i video signal to your display. This also applies to the new immersive surround formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

Marantz Into Hi-End Audio with SA-10 and PM-10 – According to designer Ken Ishiwata, the SA-10 SACD/CD player ($7000) and PM-10 integrated amp ($8000) are “a re-invention of the design principles” held by the company. The player has an all-new disc-transport mechanism (“SACD-M3”) and an external DAC input which supports up to DSD256 and 32/384 PCM. The PM-10 is 70 watts per channel and has separate power supplies for the preamp and the volume.

New Analog Devices Chip Improves Sound in Audio System Applications –  Analog Devices has announced the addition of two processor chips to its series of single-chip SHARC processors, the ADSP-SC57x and the ADSP-2157x. They meet automotive temperature ranges without the need for bulky heat sinks or fans, and provide solution for applications such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X or active noise cancellation with headroom remaining for further audio post-processing. The chips have more than 2MBytes of memory, to realize higher DSP performance at lower power while reducing system complexity.

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