Audio News for March 3, 2015

PENTATONE Remastered Classics Series – The Dutch label has previously released on SACD a series of four-channel multichannel recordings made in the 1970s by Philips, their RQR series. Now they have released two batches of DGG four-channel recordings made about the same time for possible release on one of the competing multichannel vinyl formats of the time. The sonics are now much improved over the technological limitations of vinyl in reproducing multichannel audio. A PENTATONE co-founder said “This is the quality they deserved more than 30 years ago.” The releases include the operas Carmen and The Damnation of Faust, the Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Joplin’s Tremonisha, and feature such conductors as Bernstein, Ozawa, Abbado and Eschenbach.

M-GO to Provide Both DTS-HD Multi-channel Sound and DTS Headphone:X – The premieum VOD service will provide the original surround sound on its library of HD and 4K movies and TV shows, as well as being the first streaming service to offer DTS Headphone:X to its subscribers. The latter sounds better than Dolby Headphone and provides a surround experience thru any stereo headphones. M-GO has a library of over 30,000 titles, including more than 100 UHD features for Samsung’s UHD (4K) TVs.

Dolby Atmos Surround Appears in Two Entry-Level Android Tablets –  Lenovo has unveiled tablets at only $129 and $199 with Dolby’s object-based surround heard thru any pair of stereo headphones. They are said to be the first tablets with Atomos and will be available starting in April and June. Lenovo also brought out a $199 pocket projector with Dolby Atmos surround decoding. It connects via Wi-Fi, has stereo speakers and projects images of 854 x 480 resolution.

IKEA Adds Qi Charging to Their Furniture – Qi is the wireless-charing formats suppported by Samsung, Sony, LG, Microsoft, Nokia and Motorola. Next month the IKEA line with the feature will include tables, desks and lamps. There is a second competing groups in the wireless-charging space: The Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters.

Pioneer Now a Subsidiary of Onkyo – Pioneer’s inventory of home electronics, consumer headphones and phones has been transferred to Onkyo Corp. as planned. Onkyo kept all exiisting staff in place in the U.S. Onkyo’s purchase of Pioneer’s home entertainment business will strengthen both companies’ AV business and allow Pioneer to concentrate on the automotive OEM market and aftermarket. The merger should make both companies stronger.

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