Audio News for March 10, 2015

Simon Rattle Also Appointed Music Director of LSO – In addition to the great work the remarkable conductor has been able to do with the Berlin Philharmonic, critics feel this new appointment makes him the most powerful ambassador for music and music education in the UK. He plans to reach heights of intensity and adventure with both orchestras. In London he has a brand new hall, unlike any ever built before in the UK. His appointment is felt to be the seismic and creative shock that classical music needs.

Latest Sonos Update is a Leap Forward – With their 5.3 update, Sonos has added the ability to access the room controls from the top of every screen in the app so you can group and ungroup rooms quicker than ever. If you egret your last choice of tune, you can simply swipe down in the New Playing screen to jump back into your music library and select something else in a hurry. The New Playing screen has been also made more accessible at the bottom so you can easily jump back or foward as necessary in the audio.

DTS Challenges Sonos in Wireless Music – with their Play-Fi system connecting speakers from Definitive Technology and Polk using apps. The M-Go movie streaming service has just added DTS-HD multichannel sound, which is already on movie and music Blu-ray discs, video games, and streaming services such as Starz and CinemaNow. Use of DTS Headphone:X technology is spreading and later this year DTS:X is coming to home AV products.

Sony Electronics U.S. Shutting Down Most Standalone Stores – but is opening more “Experience” shops, upping its commitment to specialty AV dealers and custom integrators, investing in hi-res audio (HRA) and “Splitting out” some of its business units. The new president of Sony North America will preside over two wholly-owned subsidiaries: one handling Sony’s TV business and the other tackling the newly-established AV business. Sony is not planning to license off or sell any of its current electronics categories. It has a new management structure and a more centralized organization with better resource sharing.

How to Improve Your Voice on Audio Chats – Whether you’re talking on Skype, gaming, or chatting with people online, there are several things you can do to improve sonics. One is to install egg cartons or blankets on the walls if you have an echoey room. Another is to update your audio drivers – perhaps you haven’t ever even done that and new ones can sound better. You should also go into your audio settings on the computer and perhaps adjust levels. Getting a better microphone might help too, as well as putting a pop filter in front of it, like most professionals do. Finally, use wired Ethernet, not wireless, because it always sounds better and is more realiable.

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