Audio News for March 20, 2015

QSM Five-Year Partnership with Decca – The Orchestre symphonique de Montreal annouces a five-year partnership agreement with Decca Classics. They were active previously with the label for over 20 years, starting in 1980, and won two Grammys including 40 national and international prizes. Their first project will be a work by both Ibert and Honegger – L’Aiglon: Son of Napoleon. The second project will be “Halloween,” with works of Ives, Dukas, Dvorak. St.-Saens and Mussorgsky.

Article on How to Use Mobile Device to Control Home Theater System – PC World has an interesting article on how to move from your 1980s-style handheld plastic remote to control all of your home theater gear, and reducing greatly the number of remotes you have lying about.  It covers both the use of infrared and Wi-Fi.

Samsung’s Milk Music Now Available on Any Web Browser –  Previously only for Samsung devices, Milk Music now includes some advertisements but is accessible via any web browser on any computer. Users will need to create an account on Samsung’s web site in order to access the service. It has about 13 million songs, and is powered by the Slacker Internet radio service. Users also have access to 200 curated radio stations across different genres.

Apple’s Streaming Service to Launch in June – According to Digital Trends, Apple’s new music streaming service, which is built around the Beats Music platform, will launch in June with a subscription price of around $8 a month. They report that the service will not include a free tier such as Spotify, Pandora and others, and will only be available thru a paid subscription plan. The service will launched as part of an iOS 8.4 upgrade for the iPhone, iPad and iPod, and there will be an Android platform. Execs from Beat Music, Sony, Warner, Universal and Apple Cue have all expressed their support of discouraging free streaming services.

Advancements in Projectors for Home Theater – Video projectors for the home have become smaller, lighter, and capable of delivering better images on the screen. Many models are also becoming more affordable, but the cheapest projector on the market doesn’t gaurantee you’ll have access of the features that make today’s theater projectors so in-demand. They will probaby improve over the next six years as well. Of prime concern are improved resolution (if it doesn’t handle UHD, forget it) and 3D capability.

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