Audio News for February 21, 2012

by | Feb 21, 2012 | Audio News

Classical News – The Indianapolis Symphony’s president and CEO, Simon Crookall, has resigned. In 2009 he fired the orchestra’s music director just weeks before the first concert of the 2009 season. The crowd at the New York City Ballet recently cheered choreographer Christopher Wheeldon after an all-Wheeldon evening. Not yet 40, the choreographer has created over 40 ballets and his success only grows. The Louisville American Federation of Musicians has withdrawn its claim of unfair labor practices against the Louisville Orchestra, but the current season has yet to open. A member of the board of the Richmond Symphony introduced an idea into the Virginia legislature to cut unemployment benefits for Richard Symphony players. The musicians are not happy about that. Some locals are contending that Edward Villella is being forced out as artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, which he founded 26 years ago. It was announced that he will be stepping down at the end of the 2012-2013 season. His supporters demand to know why he was pushed out. Lera Auerbach is one of the most widely sought-after composers of her generation. Last week her a cappella chamber opera The Blind premiered in Dresden, and earlier this year her first large-scale opera Gogol debuted at the Theater an der Wien. She has been praised for carrying on the traditions of Shostakovich, Schnittke and Mussorgsky while creating freshly contemporary sound worlds.
Wireless Will Redefine Home Audio Market – Experts seem to agree that over the next five years wireless connectivity to mobile devices and the Net will redefine mainstream home audio products. It doesn’t matter that there are huge differences in usage, capabilities, and reliability, home audio products will all increasingly use wireless functionality to play audio streamed from mobile devices, home networks and the Net.  This includes AV receivers, preamps, soundbars, standalone speaker docks and home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) systems.  According to IMS Research, in 2016 over 60 million audio devices will ship with wi-fi and/or Bluetooth connectivity, with the majority being in speaker docks and soundbars. While connectivity to the popular mobile devices is a major driver, the growing popularity of audio music services such as Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, iCloud and Google Music drive the need for direct Net connectivity in home audio products. An IMS senior analyst says, “We’re clearly headed for a future where various forms of wireless streaming will be cornerstones of the audio experience in the home.”
Sonos vs. Apple in Home Audio – They’ve only been around for nine years, but small Sonos has successfully competed with Apple because in home audio they do as Apple does: pay attention to the little things. Their inexpensive integrated speakers and amps connect to your home network and play music from iTunes or various Net music services. They can send music to speakers in multiple rooms simultaneously, and even can send different music to different rooms. Sonos offers remote control aps for both the iPad and iPhone, and doesn’t rely to an external stereo system.

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