Monthly Archive: March 2005

Weekly Audio News for March 30, 2005

Pioneer Closing Plants – Major consumer electronics maker Pioneer Corp. ays it will cut 5% of its group workforce and close one quarter of its factories to help it recover from an earnings slump. Steep price declines in plasma displays, DVD recorders and audio equipment were partly to blame. Considered a winner in digital electronics […]

Weekly Audio News for March 23, 2005

Top Directors Serious About 3D – You know that famous photo of an entire movie audience all wearing those cardboard 3D glasses? Well, we may be seeing that blast from the past again soon if Hollywood directors the likes of George Lucas and James Cameron have their way. They are promoting new advances in digital […]

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

CEA Supports Hard Deadline for Analog TV – The Consumer Electronics Association testified to a House subcommittee that adoption of a fixed date for returning the analog spectrum to the government would provide regulatory certainty to all industries involved in the NTSC to HDTV transition. (But no specific date was given.) CEA President Gary Shapiro […]

Weekly Audio News for March 9, 2005

Surround Sound – The Future? – An item at CNET News is titled Is Surround Sound the Future, or Another Betamax? Stimulated by a visit to the studio where the original Talking Heads albums are being remixed for 5.1 by the band’s keyboardist Jerry Harrison, he is quoted as saying the new acoustic effects can […]

Weekly Audio News for March 2, 2005

iPod Über Alles – Apple is currently selling about one million iPods a month worldwide. Several new models have been introduced, including a 4GB mini for $199, a 6GB mini and two photo models with hi-res color screens – a 30GB and a 60GB. Both will hold up to 25,000 digital photos. Battery life of […]

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

DVD Reviews Part 1 of 3

March 2005 Part 1 of 3 [Pt. 2] [Pt. 3] ***All Music Videos*** BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 “Eroica” Herbert von Karajan conducts Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Studio: Sony DVD SVD 48434 Video: 4:3 color Audio: PCM Stereo, Dolby Stereo Extras: Illus. booklet in English/German/French Length: 55:07 Rating: ****: Originally recorded at […]

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

THE SYSTEM IS THE HERO

THE SYSTEM IS THE HERO a reply to Martin DeWulf [Bound For Sound] and an open letter to readers Dodson: quibbles and qualifications My time with the Dodson DA converter was essentially the same as Marty’s, down to the loose solder joint that rendered the unit silent. I found the sound to be lively, with […]

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

26 SOUNDTRACK CDs

26 SOUNDTRACK CDs We’ll kick off this post-Oscar survey of film music with a number of recent feature films, then into some compendiums of work from single film composers, and end with a couple of discs more into the Broadway show genre. SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW – Music composed and conducted by […]

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

Reissue CD Reviews, Pt. 2 of 2

March 2005, Pt. 2 of 2 [Pt. 1] R. STRAUSS: Don Quixote, Op. 35; Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Op. 60 Enrico Mainardi, cello/Richard Strauss conducts Berlin State Opera Orchestra Dutton CDBP 9746 72:11 (Distrib. Harmonia Mundi)****: Dutton has quite a coup in this disc, a superlatively quiet transfer of two classic interpretations by a master composer […]

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

Reissue CD Reviews, Pt. 1 of 2

March 2005, Pt. 1 of 2    [Pt. 2] VIVALDI: The Battle Between Harmony and Invention, Op. 8; Concerto in D Major for 2 Violins, KV 513 Louis Kaufman, violin Peter Rybar, violin (KV 513) Henry Swoboda conducts Concert Hall Symphony Orchestra (The Four Seasons) Clemens Dahinden conducts Winterthur Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Naxos 8.110297-98 TT: […]

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

Sennheiser’s Wireless RS 65 Headphones, Review 3 of 3

March 2005, Part 3 [Pt. 1] [Pt. 2] Sennheiser’s Wireless RS 65 Headphones SRP: $209.95 SPECS: FM stereo modulation Carrier frequencies: 925 MHz, 926 Mhz, 926.5 Mhz Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz THD: 0.5%; S/N Ratio: 68 dBA Operating Time: 4 hours per charge Weight: 5.6 oz. Maximum SPL: 100 dB Power Supply: […]

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

InFocus ScreenPlay 5700 DLP projector, Review 1 of 3

March 2005, Review 1 of 3  [2]   [3] InFocus ScreenPlay 5700 DLP projector $3,999 SRP InFocus Corporate Headquarters 27700B SW Parkway Avenue Wilsonville, OR, USA 97070 800 294-6400 (voice) 503 685-8887 (fax) https://www.infocus.com Basic Description Single chip DLP video projector utilizing TI Matterhorn chip (1024×576 16×9); 6 segment, 5x color wheel; 16.7 billion colors; remote […]

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

DVD Reviews Pt. 3 of 3

Pt. 3 of 3 – March 2005   [Part 1]  [Part 2] Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) Starring: Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie Studio: Paramount Video: Enhanced for 16:9 widescreen (some black bars) Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, French 2.0 stereo Subtitles: English, Spanish Extras: Commentaries by Producer, Writer and Director plus VFX crew, […]

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

DVD Reviews Pt. 2 of 3

Music Videos concl. & Features beginning Sound Stage presents Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (2003) Studio: Koch Vision Video: 1.45:1 (See text) Audio: DD 5.1, DD 2.0 Extras: Biography, Photo Gallery, Discography, Backstage Pass, The Band, Interview Length: 109 minutes Rating: **** Tom Petty has been rockin’ since the mid ‘70s and was recently inducted […]

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

Classical CD Reviews Pt. 2 of 2

March 2005 Pt. 2 of 2   [Pt. 1]   We’ll begin this part with a variety of music for piano… ERNST VON DOHNANYI: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Minor; Violin Concerto No. 2 in C Minor; Concertino for harp and chamber orchestra – Howard Shelley, piano/James Ehnes, violin/Clifford Lantaff, harp/BBC Philharmonic/Matthias Bamert – […]

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

Classical CD Reviews Part 1 of 2

March 2005 – Part 1 of 2  [Part 2]   ALESSIO BAX: Baroque Reflections – Bax, piano – Warner Classics 2564 61695-2 (69 mins.): For something entirely different in a mostly Bachian vein, young and winsome Italian-born Alessio Bax’s debut disc for Warner Classic can’t be beat. Comprising seven instrumental works from the Baroque era […]

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

SACD & Other Hi-Res, Classical Part 2 of 3

45 Hi-Res Reviews  This Month! March 2005 – Part 2 of 3 – Classical [Part 1]    [Part 3] Click on any cover to go directly to its review below Here are three more new classical DualDiscs… Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone – Ma, cello/Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra/Morricone – Sony Classical DualDisc SN 93472, 55:58 audio; 20:00 […]

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

SACD & Other Hi-Res, Jazz, Pt. 1 of 3

  45   &  Reviews This Month!  March 2005, Pt. 1 of 3 – Hi-Res Jazz [Part 2]     [Part 3] Click on any cover to go directly to its review below Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (with Cannonball Adderley, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly) Columbia/Legacy DualDisc CN 90887 […]

Weekly Audio News for March 16, 2005

Jazz CD Reviews Part 2 of 2

March 2005 Part 2 of 2 [Pt. 1] Spicy Latin/Caribbean sounds in our next pair of discs… Sakésho – We Want You To Say (Andy Narell, steel pans; Mario Canonge, piano/Fender Rhodes/vocals; Michel Alibo, bass/vocals; Jean Philippe Fanfant, drums, vocals) – Heads Up HUCD 3094 ****: This album appears to have grown out of steel […]