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Audioholics have our eyes and ears on the industry. We always provide you the latest audio or video related product scoop and bring it to you first. Stay glued to this section of the site for up to date product announcements or industry gossip.

2003 Yamaha Private Showing of New Products

2003 Yamaha Private Showing of New Products

Every year at about this time, the electronics division of Yamaha makes their way to the sunshine state ( Florida ) to showcase and demonstrate their latest product offerings to their exclusive dealers. This year, I was personally invited by Yamaha to take part in this event. Marketing Services Manager, Bruce Bernstein, contacted me to ensure I was planning on going and sweetened the deal by saying "We are gonna show you things that will make your head spin". With that in mind, I realized that I could not refuse and coordinated with their sales force to set up hotel accommodations for my wife and me. Since the show was in Ft. Lauderdale , only a five hour trip from my home in Tarpon Springs (really 4 hours in my 2002 Maxima!) no uncomfortable plane trip was required.

Every year at about this time, the electronics division of Yamaha makes their way to the sunshine state ( Florida ) to showcase and demonstrate their latest product offerings to their exclusive

— June 22, 2004 20:00 in Trade Show Coverage

Denon D-M71DVSXP HTIB is First with Dolby Virtual Speaker Surround

Denon D-M71DVSXP HTIB is First with Dolby Virtual Speaker Surround

At CEDIA 2003, Denon Electronics, an industry leader in home entertainment technology, is demonstrating its recently introduced Denon D-M71DVSXP 2.1 Personal Home Theater System, the world's first audio/video product to incorporate Dolby Laboratories' Virtual Speaker surround sound technology. Comprised of an integrated DVD/receiver unit, two satellite speakers and a subwoofer, the compact, elegantly designed system provides a remarkably realistic 5.1-channel surround listening experience that is far superior to any previously available virtual surround process.

At CEDIA 2003, Denon Electronics, an industry leader in home entertainment technology, is demonstrating its recently introduced Denon D-M71DVSXP 2.1 Personal Home Theater System, the world's first

— June 22, 2004 20:00 in AV News

Denon to Offer Dolby Pro Logic IIx Upgrade for Flagship AVR-5803 Receiver

Denon to Offer Dolby Pro Logic IIx Upgrade for Flagship AVR-5803 Receiver

Denon Electronics today announced it will offer an upgrade to its flagship AVR-5803 audio/video receiver that will add Dolby Pro Logic IIx surround sound processing capability to the AVR-5803. The upgrade will be available in the near future, with details and pricing to be announced.

Denon Electronics today announced it will offer an upgrade to its flagship AVR-5803 audio/video receiver that will add Dolby Pro Logic IIx surround sound processing capability to the AVR-5803. The

— June 22, 2004 20:00 in AV News

THX to Certify Yamaha Home Theater Components

THX to Certify Yamaha Home Theater Components

THX Ltd., the leading provider of product certification and venue design for the entertainment and consumer electronics industries, today announced a partnership with Yamaha Corporation. For the first time, Yamaha will incorporate THX Certification and performance standards into its home theatre components. The first Yamaha component to achieve THX Ultra2 Certification will be the RX-Z9, a 9.1-channel digital home theatre receiver, which was formally introduced to the public and demonstrated on Sept. 5 at CEDIA 2003.

THX Ltd., the leading provider of product certification and venue design for the entertainment and consumer electronics industries, today announced a partnership with Yamaha Corporation. For the

— June 22, 2004 20:00 in AV News

Yamaha Debuts the RX-Z9 9.1-Channel Receiver

Yamaha Debuts the RX-Z9 9.1-Channel Receiver

Yamaha, the innovator of multi-channel Digital Sound Field Processing and surround technology, brings first ever 9-channel sound capability to home theater with the release of the RX-Z9 Digital Home Theater Receiver.

Yamaha, the innovator of multi-channel Digital Sound Field Processing and surround technology, brings first ever 9-channel sound capability to home theater with the release of the RX-Z9 Digital Home

— June 22, 2004 20:00 in AV News

The State of the Art - Part One

The State of the Art - Part One

Ask anyone to define the word "Art" and you are guaranteed to not get the same answer twice. Definitions will be as broad as deeming art to be any human creation, from an oil painting to a chromed out motorcycle engine.

Ask anyone to define the word "Art" and you are guaranteed to not get the same answer twice. Definitions will be as broad as deeming art to be any human creation, from an oil painting to a chromed

toby — June 13, 2004 20:00 in Editorials

Ending Sex and Violence in the Movies?

Ending Sex and Violence in the Movies?

Walmart is now selling the world's first Progressive Scan DVD player that uses preprogrammed filters to seamlessly skip over passes in a movie that contain violence, sex, swearing, drug use, or other undesireable content.

Walmart is now selling the world's first Progressive Scan DVD player that uses preprogrammed filters to seamlessly skip over passes in a movie that contain violence, sex, swearing, drug use, or

— June 13, 2004 20:00 in Editorials

State of the Art - Part Two: Lowering the Bar

State of the Art - Part Two: Lowering the Bar

"Those boys can get the ball in the hoop, but they can't play basketball."

"Those boys can get the ball in the hoop, but they can't play basketball."

toby — June 13, 2004 19:00 in Editorials

Behind the Scenes: Field Effects Recording Part 1

Behind the Scenes: Field Effects Recording Part 1

It usually comes as a surprise to even the most sophisticated of moviegoers that the sound effects in the films they watch are usually recreated and added after the film has been shot. All of this happens during a process known as post production. These sounds are typically not recorded on the set. Our minds are trained and used to the storytelling medium of the movie. We trust its realism and detach ourselves from the fact that it's a staged production. We allow ourselves to be transported and we believe what we see on screen. So much so, that often we only notice or consider such elements as sound effects in their absence, but rarely do we ponder their presence.

It usually comes as a surprise to even the most sophisticated of moviegoers that the sound effects in the films they watch are usually recreated and added after the film has been shot.

Toby D. — June 13, 2004 19:00 in Editorials

Behind the Scenes: Field Effects Recording Part 2

Behind the Scenes: Field Effects Recording Part 2

Not unlike the home theater industry, there exist manufacturer and consumer perpetuated "equipment envy" in the world of pro audio for music or film. Shiny boxes with fancy specs, fancy wiring and very fancy price tags. I have avoided many expensive preamps and portable hard disk recording units as a result. Not because they aren't good, but for me, they are not necessary. The bottom line is perception: does it sound good? This is always the desired result. My approach to sound is simple, and while much of the tech talk and geek speak has merit on paper, the bottom line is what comes out of the speakers.

Not unlike the home theater industry, there exist manufacturer and consumer perpetuated "equipment envy" in the world of pro audio for music or film. Shiny boxes with fancy specs and fancy wiring.

Toby D. — June 13, 2004 19:00 in Editorials

Why I Hate Going to the Movies!

Why I Hate Going to the Movies!

Editorial: Why I Hate Going to the Movies! by Toby Dalsgaard 03/24/2004 I hate the movies.…

Editorial: Why I Hate Going to the Movies! by Toby Dalsgaard 03/24/2004 I hate the movies.…

toby — June 12, 2004 20:00 in Editorials

2004 Electronic House Expo (EHX)

2004 Electronic House Expo (EHX)

Every year Audioholics sends representatives to both west coast and Orlando locations to report on the EHX Expo. New product news and technology previews are sure to show up all over these pages as products announced at CES and CEDIA finally make it to market. Don't miss out!

Every year Audioholics sends representatives to both west coast and Orlando locations to report on the EHX Expo. New product news and technology previews are sure to show up all over these pages as

— March 07, 2004 19:00 in Trade Show Coverage

2004 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

2004 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

We're giving you the best way to view our CES 2004 news & coverage. Below you will see our product-based coverage which will feature direct links to products by manufacturer and model number through a comprehensive list of equipment organized by category. We've also posted our thoughts about the CES 2004 Expo show and updated our home page to fill you in on what's happening in Vegas - and all this was originally LIVE from the show floor! You won't see coverage like this anywhere else - so don't miss it!

We're giving you the best way to view our CES 2004 news & coverage. Below you will see our product-based coverage which will feature direct links to products by manufacturer and model number through

— January 09, 2004 19:00 in Trade Show Coverage

Sam Adams Utopias - Strongest Beer in the World

Sam Adams Utopias - Strongest Beer in the World

Anxiety got the better of me. The other evening, I requested the company of some close friends to embark on a historic journey of epic proportions, to tap an extremely rare and hard to find, bottle of Sam Adams Utopias dated 2003. Only 8000 bottles were produced. We set forth on this monumental event by sampling three different years of Sam Adams Triple Bock (1994, 1995, and 1997) as delightful aperitifs.

Anxiety got the better of me. The other evening, I requested the company of some close friends to embark on a historic journey of epic proportions, to tap an extremely rare and hard to find, bottle

Steve DellaSala — November 30, 2003 19:00 in Editorials