This week, Linn has updated its Akurate range of hi-fi separates to include its Katalyst technology. The BBC has suggested that a full digital switchover is still some way off and MQA confirmed it has streamed a live music performance in real time using its technology.
Linn's Akurate range is now available with the company's Katalyst DAC conversion architecture.
It's already available in Linn's Klimax range and its Akubarik and Akudorik speakers. Linn claims that the fourth generation Katalyst can lower distortion and offer greater accuracy in the DAC process.
Owners of existing Akurate products can also upgrade their products with Katalyst for an extra cost.
The BBC's director of radio and music, Bob Sheenan, has stated a complete switchover to digital would be 'premature'.
Sheenan said he felt audiences were best served by both FM and DAB radio, especially with road vehicles lacking DAB radios and unreliable coverage in some areas.
A full switchover would be considered once digital made up 50 per cent of radio figures and 90 per cent of the population was covered, he said.
With the digital listenership close to that figure, switchover plans are set to be reviewed this spring.
MQA has launched 'Live', which allows users to stream live music performances in real time.
The intention is to create a virtual gig experience, allowing people to listen to their favourite bands in their original quality.
A test was recently conducted, but there's no word yet as when it will be available to the public.
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