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Audio News for March 28, 2017

Denon S Series AV Receivers for Home Theater –  Denon will have a new series of AVRs for from $279 to $579 next month.  The idea is to make home theater easier now. The entry level AVR has 4K with HDR compatibility, Bluetooth streaming, and 140 watt per channel. The top of the line includes built-in HEOS, object-oriented surround sound processing, Wi-Fi and 185 watt per channel, along with several additional features.

Electronics All Over Your Home Could Be Spying on You – A Canadian sex toy manufacturer handing over $4 million in settlement of a privacy lawsuit last week when a customer discovered that its Bluetooth-controlled, app-connected vibirator secretly collected highly sensitive personal data on the person. WikiLeaks has claimed that powerful surveillance tools once only deep inside the CIA could be designed to turn any connected device into a tool to spy on its owner. Hackers have been targeting so-called smart devices for years. They often use the webcam attached to a device to spy on their victims.  One DIY trick users have employed is to cover their computer or gaming system’s built-in webcam with a piece of tape, so the hackers aren’t able to see much of anything.

Online Quotation Tool to Provide Smart Home, VR & Home Theater Estimates – The online tool provided by Andrew Lucas London allows homeowners to scope out their home theater or smart home project and get instant VR diagrams and an estimate. Customers can tailor their property to suite their needs and their budget. The firm’s fully-furnished home theater offers a professional projection system and 4K screen with HDR support, acoustic treatment, an AV receiver, universal remote, a 7.1 or 3D audio speaker system, and climate and lighting control. VR gives the customer the opportunity to experience how it will look and feel and to suggest any changes they might require. For a smart home project, homeowners can input the basic details of their property and select up to three packages: security, comfort or entertainment. Andrew Lucas offers either wired or wireless packages, to match the layout of the home.

The Strangest Classical Music Concert – The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra joins with the New Orleans Airlift for a performance of Yotam Haber’s New Water Music on April 8th. The composer wanted to create a new version of Handel’s famous Water Music. After planning with various groups of community musicians and fishermen, the work will have a live performance on and around the lakefront, complete with waterborne choreography and improvisation. Crucial to the piece is the community element of amateur musicians, who do snippets of songs having to do with water thay audiences will recognize and may want to start singing along. The performance will take place at the Seabrook Boat Launch on Lake Ponchtratrain from 4 to 7 PM and is free and open to the public.

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