Recorded Interviews With Capitol Exec Donated to Library of Congress – Retired music executive Joe Smith recorded over 200 important singers, musicians and industry icons talking about their lives, music, experiences and contemporaries. He has donated this treasure trove of recordings to the nation’s library. All types of music are represented except classical, and the names include Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Joan Baez, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting and many others. His collection presents the artists’ stories in their own voices.
Perreaux Announces High End 32-bit DAC – As an example of the many pricy high end D-to-A preamps and converters now being offered, Perreaux of New Zealand has released in the U.S. their Audiant DP32 fully-balanced analog preamp with an on-board 192K/32-bit DAC and asynchronous USB audio streaming. It uses ESS Technology’s flagship 32-bit Sabre32 ES9018 reference D-to-A converter with six digital inputs and accepts all digital audio interfaces. A selectable home theater bypass allows integration into any home theater system. It comes with a touch panel interface. SRP is $2995.
Western Digital Dual-Band Wireless Routers – Western Digital’s first line of wireless home-networking routers have been designed to prioritize and accelerate playback of multiple streams of HD movies, TV programs, music and video games for a smoother and faster experience in the home. They point out that in-home networks are becoming more crowded and as a result playback and real time response is lagging. WD proprietary FasTrack technology instantly detects entertainment traffic on the network and fast0forwards it to connected devices. A smooth streaming experience is guaranteed from Netflix,, Hulu Plus, Vudu, YouTube, Skype and others. The Net routers are designed for quick and easy setup and operation.
Onkyo Upgrades Two AVR-Speaker Systems – Onkyo has stepped up the functionality of its two home theater AVR-speaker packages, selling for $899 and $799. They have added more HDMI outputs, discrete amplifiers, and their Wide Range Amplifier Technology—which extends frequency response from 10Hz to 100kHz. Marvel Qdeo video processors upscale low-res video to 1080p, and both systems feature TI Burr-Brown 192K/24-bit DACs on all audio channels, a 32-bit DSP chip, and a direct digital connection to iPods and iPhones via a front panel USB port.
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