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Audio News for October 31, 2014

Ten Best Classical Music Comedies and Parodies – I know this isn’t April Fools, but I came across a compendium assembled by somebody at UK’s The Guardian of some of the best parodies of classical music and had to share it with readers in spite of taking you away from our site. Here it is.

Complete Peabody Panel on the Uncertain Future of Classical Music – The Dean of the John Hopkins Peabody Institute, Fred Bronstein, moderated a video panel on the future of classical music. His introduction says that at least in Baltimore, where he is, he has good news, but there are also very real challenges, dramatic claims about decreases in concert attendance and performing arts organizations in crisis. National leaders in the industry were brought together on the panel, including conductor Marin Alsop, Thomas Dolby, and Ben Cameron – director of arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Trust. Peabody symposium, part one (145:48);  Peabody symposium, part two (39:33).

Sharp Introduces World’s First Wireless Hi-Res Audio Player – The SD-WH1000U is $5000 and uses WiSA technology to transmit uncompressed 24-bit/96K signals wirelessly, using WiHD technology to transmit up to 1080p resolution video wirelessly. It can play back SACD abd Blu-ray signals and the video-only of DVDs, and supports FLAC, WAV and DSD files at full fidelity. It uses the less densely-packed 5.2-5.8 GHz band and allows navigating thru your media library with a free moble app for iOS or Android. The signals can be transmitted to any WiSA-compliant speaker system or to any standard audio system via Sharp’s Wireless Bridge (VR-WR100U), in any configuration from 2.0 to 7.1.

Possible Dangers of Wireless Radiation – With the burgeoning increase in wireless devices, a new concern is coming forward in addition to the usual ones of wired devices giving more reliability, less buffering, faster speeds, etc. It is of the biological effects of EMF, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, electrical radiation of all types. Just enter “radiation from electronic devices” in Google and you will see all sorts of research, books and advice on this subject. Radiation damage over time applies to all forms of radiation, from RF up thru ultraviolet. If you can hook up your phones, printer, computer, keyboard, mouse and other devices by wire instead of wireless, do so, turn off your Wi-Fi router at night at least, and don’t hold your smart phone up against your skull.

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