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The Curved Monitor Conspiracy Theory Solved Once and For All

— October 18, 2022 00:25

The Curved Monitor Conspiracy Theory Solved Once and For All

The future isn’t based on anti-science hyperbole, but some conspiracy theories are based on facts. Why are curved monitors becoming popular while curved displays went by the wayside a decade ago?

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Dirac Roadmap for 2022 Denon & Marantz AV Products

— October 12, 2022 18:00

Dirac Roadmap for 2022 Denon & Marantz AV Products

In this editorial we discuss a roadmap of Dirac room correction support for ALL Denon and Marantz AV products that are planning support for 2022 and beyond. What version, will there be fees? All discussed.

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Shopping Local Audio Gear is Getting More and More Challenging

— October 03, 2022 00:45

Shopping Local Audio Gear is Getting More and More Challenging

As more and more business' go belly up from labor shortages, supply chain issues, and competition from online sources the goal of shopping for local audio gear is becoming increasingly difficult.

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Six Tips To Consider Before You Invest In a Home Automation System Today

— September 26, 2022 00:45

Six Tips To Consider Before You Invest In a Home Automation System Today

Thinking of investing in an expensive home automation system? You need to do research before you take the plunge. Here are SIX tips to consider before you invest in a new home automation system.

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The High Art of Selecting Music For AV and Audiophile Reviews

— September 16, 2022 01:00

The High Art of Selecting Music For AV and Audiophile Reviews

In this editorial, we discuss the art of selecting music from a reviewers perspective and how it can also influence your own decisions when evaluating audio gear.

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Three Overlooked Lessons from The Mo-Fi Analog Master Tape Dumpster Fire

— September 12, 2022 00:10

Three Overlooked Lessons from The Mo-Fi Analog Master Tape Dumpster Fire

We broke the news about Mobile Fidelity NOT using master analog recordings when making new vinyl albums, but did we miss something? 3 important issues are discussed that impact the future of analog.

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FDA Approved OTC Hearing Aids: A Win for Hi-Fi Audio?

— September 06, 2022 00:00

FDA Approved OTC Hearing Aids: A Win for Hi-Fi Audio?

FDA finally issued its “final rule” that creates a new category for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids without a prescription. What will this mean for aging audiophiles? Audiophile hearing aids?

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Reclaiming the Term ‘Audiophile’

— August 25, 2022 00:10

Reclaiming the Term ‘Audiophile’

Do you identify as an audiophile? In this article we discuss the many connotations of the word “audiophile,” and what needs to be done in order to reclaim it for the whole audio community.

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Google Strikes Back at Sonos; SmartSpeaker War Gets Ugly

— August 16, 2022 09:30

Google Strikes Back at Sonos; SmartSpeaker War Gets Ugly

Google vs Sonos, in a new patent infringement suit against independent connected-speaker manufacturer. Sonos' struggle against big tech that dates back to Apple & Steve Jobs in 2004.

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Focal Naim System Bundled Deals & Store Overview

— August 01, 2022 00:50

Focal Naim System Bundled Deals & Store Overview

To celebrate 10 years, Focal and Naim released a $48k, 10th Anniversary Edition system that includes the Sopra N°2 speakers, an array of Naim electronics. We visited the store and reported on Youtube.

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How to Build a Budget Audiophile System with an Upgrade Path

— July 06, 2022 00:00

How to Build a Budget Audiophile System with an Upgrade Path

In this editorial, we advise a friend building an audiophile system on a budget for under $5k that also has an upgrade path with video support for streaming and subwoofer for extended bass.

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Could Product Placement Recruit The Next Generation of HiFi Buyers?

— June 17, 2022 08:05

Could Product Placement Recruit The Next Generation of HiFi Buyers?

Is there a way to create a new generation of audiophiles? How about product placement in shows like Billions and Succession? Hollywood teaches people about these types of things all of the time.

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The Key to Finding a New Generation of AV Enthusiasts Is Positive Life Experiences

— June 10, 2022 00:40

The Key to Finding a New Generation of AV Enthusiasts Is Positive Life Experiences

With Baby Boomers in their 70s and Millennials firmly entrenched in low quality streaming with Lo-Hi speakers, how do we entice a new generation of AV enthusiasts to delve into Hi-Fi audio?

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The Audiophile’s Dilemma: When to Upgrade your System?

— May 31, 2022 01:15

The Audiophile’s Dilemma: When to Upgrade your System?

Some A/V upgrades are emotionally gratifying, some are marginally significant, some are so impactful that they remain life-altering for years. When should YOU upgrade your A/V system?

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Considerations Before Cutting the Cord On Your Cable or Satellite Provider

— May 23, 2022 00:05

Considerations Before Cutting the Cord On Your Cable or Satellite Provider

There are considerations before cutting the cord of your cable or satellite provider. Do you have a stable internet connection? What about local channels and sports? We explore what you need.

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Are You Tired of Subscription Model Content Yet?

— May 14, 2022 11:30

Are You Tired of Subscription Model Content Yet?

For the A/V enthusiast there are so many ways to benefit from subscription-based streaming services. Read on to find out the benefits and problems of a subscription based entertainment industry.

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Exactly Why YOU Are So Important To The Audio Video Business

— May 12, 2022 00:40

Exactly Why YOU Are So Important To The Audio Video Business

Sometimes the only way to get hands on knowledge of a home theater product is to go to your audiophile friend's house to try it out. YOU are the audio influencer without even having to go on social media!

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Radical Idea for Specialty AV Retailer to Win Loyal Customers

— May 06, 2022 00:30

Radical Idea for Specialty AV Retailer to Win Loyal Customers

Superior customer service simply never goes out of style. Specialty AV retailers need to rethink how they service their customers to create repeat business and loyalty with this radical idea.

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Why Won’t Audiophiles Add A HDTV To Their System?

— April 25, 2022 01:15

Why Won’t Audiophiles Add A HDTV To Their System?

Why are dedicated 2 channel fans hesitant to embrace adding a display when television content is better than the movies and creatively more important than today’s popular music? Read on to find out.

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How To Get The Most From Listening At An Audiophile Show

— April 05, 2022 00:30

How To Get The Most From Listening At An Audiophile Show

Going to a brick & mortar audio stores is becoming more difficult every year. This is why demoing at audio trade shows is so important. You may even get a deal on showstock to take home with you.

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6 Audio Products That Might Be the Wave of the Future

— April 01, 2022 01:20

6 Audio Products That Might Be the Wave of the Future

Looking for a gift for the hard to buy for Audioholic? Today we will look at 6 over the top new weird and wacky audio inventions that may just be the wave of the future.

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Abandon Just In Time Manufacturing to Save Audio Industry?

— March 29, 2022 00:30

Abandon Just In Time Manufacturing to Save Audio Industry?

Much of the best audiophile gear is made right here in the USA, but the internal parts are not. How do companies deal with shortages and how do these shortages affect us? Read on to find out.

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Possible War In Taiwan Might Inspire AV Enthusiasts To Buy Gear Now

— March 10, 2022 00:05

Possible War In Taiwan Might Inspire AV Enthusiasts To Buy Gear Now

On the fence about buying new AV gear? With tensions rising all around the world, now may be the BEST time to invest in new technology for your home theater system. Find out why in our editorial.

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How Many Movies Do You Watch More Than Five Times?

— March 09, 2022 00:30

How Many Movies Do You Watch More Than Five Times?

How many movies can you honestly say you’d watch more than 5 times? The answer may radically change how to store and consume the media. Is it time to dump the silver disc collection and embrace streaming?

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What Are You Really Paying For With Audiophile Gear?

— March 07, 2022 00:40

What Are You Really Paying For With Audiophile Gear?

What are we really buying for namebrand audiophile gear? Not all AV components are equal. some differences are huge. Check out our article to see what you are REALLY paying for.

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What Happens When the Value of an AV Product Resets Radically?

— February 24, 2022 00:35

What Happens When the Value of an AV Product Resets Radically?

Many audiophiles indulge in antiquated AV gear that can be rivaled in performance and features today. Can the enthusiasts accept that, or will the lure of “the way it always has been” be too tempting?

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Sound United Sold to Medical Supplier & What the Future May Hold

— February 22, 2022 00:00

Sound United Sold to Medical Supplier & What the Future May Hold

Sound United and its audio brands have been sold to medical tech firm, Masimo Corp. But what does the future hold for brands like Denon, Marantz, Bowers & Wilkins?