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Audio News for May 31, 2016

Oppo Introduces Its First Speakers – The compact Sonica Wi-Fi speaker comes equipped with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and AirPlay capabilities, and there are compatible smartphones and tablet apps making it easy to manage multiple speakers on the same network. Drivers, amps and chassis have all been designed for a deep, pure and engaging sound that can be further optimized with built-in presets using the Sonica app. It is capable of decoding audio files up to 192/24 and supports FLAC, WAV and Apple Lossless. The companion app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store, while the Android version is available from Google. Retail price is $299.

New Superior Classical Music Platform Primephonics’ lossless audio and meticulous metadata offers a perfect solution for classical music listeners and audiophiles. The vast catalog of the Netherlands-based company has expanded to include Sony Classical titles. The music downloads range from WAV to FLAC or DSD – with no compressed files or degraded sound, and later this year a high-quality streaming service will also be offered. The primary problem with iTunes and other services is that they really fall apart when needing to classify classical music. Dirk Jan Vink is Managing Director or both primephonic and the PentaTone classical label. He says they offer “a vast treasure chest of sound that embodies the richness of artistry and audio throughout the ages. Our mission is to deliver digital music in the same audio format in which they came into being – an uncensored and uncondensed classical music experience.” The audiophile magazine What High-FI? states: “With a great catalog, superb website and extra content, not to mention a growing community, it is much more than just a download site — this is the place to be if you’re a classical music fan.”

Black Tech Company Helps Lose the Wires
– About 18 years ago Earl Woolfork was working out on the Santa Monica Stairs and noticed fellow exercise enthusiasts tripping over their Walkman wires and themselves and risking tumbling to the bottom of Santa Monica Canyon. He thus became the inventor of the first wireless headphones, and now holds seven patents on the technology he developed. Their initial product was a digital stereo device with wireless connectivity to any portable MP3 player, laptop computer, tablet, PC, cell phone or other portable audio device. Now, under the name One-E-Way Inc., they have a series of wireless earbuds, headphones and speakers and many are built into wireless caps, helmets and hoodies. The E-cap ($99) has up to 13 hours of play time battery life and includes a microphone and 10mm speaker driver. They expect to be in the stores later this year.

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