Sennheiser Looking to Have Own Stores in India – Sennheiser is exploring options to up company-owned stores in India in addition to their five company-owned stores globally. They are talking to the government to relax their 30% local sourcing norm as Sennheiser makes products involving cutting edge technology. This may also pave the way for Apple to set up its own stores in the country, and even Chinese smartphone maker LeEco has applied for relaxation from sourcing for its stores.
Celebration of Irish Composers Neglects Women and Composers Under 30 – The Festival Composing the Island runs from September 7th thru the 25th, extends to seven orchestral concerts and 20 concerts of vocal, chamber, instrumental and choral music. A chronological trajectory thru the orchestral concerts is being used, starting with a 1927 Symphony No. 1 by Ina Boyle. The name of Charles V. Stanford crops up most frequently with 11 works represented including six of his songs. Other composers whose profile is raised by songs are Sir Hamilton Harty, Herbert Hughes and Philip Martin.
New Study Shows People Can Hear the Difference in Hi-Res Audio – According to a new study from Queen Mary University of London, listeners can hear a difference between standard audio and better than CD quality, known as hi-res. 12,000 different trials were held in which participants are asked to discriminate between samples of music in different formats. Hi-Res streaming services recently launched have met with scepticism, but this study found that listeners can tell the difference between low and hi-res audio formats, and the effect is dramatically increased with training. The samples analysed were mainly classical and jazz music.
Early Sales of Ultra UHD Blu-ray Format and Decks Exceeds Early sales of Blu-ray Back in 2006 – Sony has the players, starting at $1300, and Epson the projectors. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel and Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut, will be released on Ultra UHD Blu-ray on 7/19 and the first will be the first three-layer title on the new format. The following will be available soon on 3D Blu-ray: X-Men: Apocalypse, Independence Day: Resurgence; Finding Dory; Captain America: Civil War and Warcraft.
BMW’s Recycled Electric Car Batteries to Power Homes – Numerous automakers are exploring how to use car batteries to power homes and offices. The battery cells of its i3 electric vehicle will soon be recycled to provide a family with enough electricity for up to two days. Soon the throwing away of car batteries will be a thing of the past.