Audio News for August 22, 2014
Published on August 22, 2014
Independent Filmmakers – Multimedia software developer CyberLink of Taiwan will promote independent filmmakers with its editing software tools in partnership with John Schneider Studios. It has donated an editing workstation with their Director Suite, including powerful video-editing software, ColorDirector color-trading module, AudioDirector sound-enhancement module and PhotoDirector photography software. Schneider is best-known as the star of the Dukes of Hazzard TV series of the ‘80s and his new movie studio is dedicated to independent filmmakers working with limited budgets.
The Internet of Things = Big Brands – The smart home is poised to become the next Big Market, whose revenues (according to research) are expected to reach $71 billion by 2018, will be defined by big brands. There are a lot of small companies approaching the market, but that’s hard due to the enormous costs of manufacturing and managing the supply chain. A better approach is to partner with existing big brands. Consumers have become very concerned about security and hacking, and large enterprises are better equipped to protect the privacy concerns of their customers—they undertake rigorous privacy and security audits. The big challenge of all companies is how to cohesively tie all the available wireless protocols and devices together into a central system that works seamlessly for the end user. The major retailers, service providers, integrators and CE OEMs can better achieve the goal of delivering a connected home that really benefits the consumer.
Monitor Audio System Does AirPlay, DLNA, and Hi-Res – The A100 streaming amp and its MASS10 speakers, make a clever, compact and versatile desktop system, the MA100. It can stream from a wide selection of cources, has a hi-res DAC capable of up to 192/24 files, and sports analog stereo RCA plus digital optical inputs. There is no wired Ethernet connection. The unit will be available next month.
Two Points to Keep in Mind When Downloading Hi-Res – Signing up for a membership on the site frequently means better service and more information than if you refrain. Also, if you are downloading really huge audio files—such as DSD or Double-DSD—consider downloading the files in separate parts rather than as a single bundle.
Best Connection From Computer to DAC – Asynchronous USB or S/PDIF are considered best. Optical (Toslink) can have liited bandwidth and HDMI can possibly introduce jitter.