Audio News for March 2, 2012

by | Mar 2, 2012 | Audio News

New Web Site Devoted to DSD – DSD-Guide.com is a new site devoted to the one-bit, 2.8mHz digital audio format used not only for mastering SACDs but for the highest fidelity original recording for many standard CDs and downloads. They are convinced it is the closest digital representation of acoustic sounds available, and their intention is to educate those interested in DSD and offer accurate information about it. The site will focus on DSD audio from the standpoint of the professional audio engineer to the music lover listening to DSD audio files. They will try to break down technical papers to simple understandable concepts. They have links to DSD download sites, some of them for free, and a special feature on the Super Audio Center in Boulder, CO.
Panasonic Intros Spoken-Command TVs – Panasonic has entered into an agreement with Nuance Communications to place Nuance’s Dragon TV voice-control technologies in some of their Panasonic Viera TVs in Europe only, thus far. The platform will provide an intuitive and interactive system to control TV functions with spoken commands, enabling users to engage with and discover TV content faster and easier than ever before. Dragon TV is designed to understand naturally spoken commands to make finding and accessing shows, movies and content easy. Nuance also developed the voice-control system which LG has adopted for some TVs it will market in the U.S. later this year.
D&M Realigning Their Distribution – D&M holdings is making changes in its distribution strategies for its Denon, Marantz and Boston Acoustics audio lines. AVAD already distributes Marantz products, and will now also distribute Denon and Boston Acoustics residential and commercial products. The intent is to expand the reach of all three D&M brands, both in the custom install market and thru traditional dealers. According to company’s sales and marketing president, the three brands will roll out their largest product lineup ever with over 75 new products, including new categories delivering both innovation and differentiation. He also said that as part of the reorganization D&M brands will align more closely with their valued retail partners.
The Riccardo Muti Era at the CSO – Italian maestro Riccardo Muti officially became the tenth music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in September of 2010. Daniel Barenboim announced he would not renew his contract as music director after it expired in 2006. The search for a new conductor went on for four years and in 2008 the CSO announced it had a superstar – Riccardo Muti – to follow in the footsteps of such past music directors. as Fritz Reiner and Sir Georg Solti. Muti’s first concerts in September 2007 were unforgettable. But then Muti fell ill and he eventually required a pacemaker to correct an irregular heartbeat. Now he is recovered and back in full swing. Audiences are hearing more of the drive and virtuosity they loved with Solti’s performances, with the expressiveness that Barenboim valued. They like the fact that Muti is a distinguished opera conductor as well.

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