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The Power of the Placebo Effect in Audio & Beyond

— November 23, 2010 10:00

The Power of the Placebo Effect in Audio & Beyond

I never thought I could fall victim to the placebo effect being the skeptic that I am in nature. This article explores the power of the placebo and the importance of using a controlled DBT protocol.

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Is It Time to Drop Cable TV for Netflix, Hulu Plus and Antenna?

Mark Johnson — November 18, 2010 08:40

Is It Time to Drop Cable TV for Netflix, Hulu Plus and Antenna?

According to an article at the Financial Times, SNL Kagen reported that cableTV has suffered its largest customer drop in the past 30 years - nearly 3/4 of a million subscribers in the last quarter!

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The Insanity of the Loudspeaker / Subwoofer Shootout

— November 10, 2010 04:35

The Insanity of the Loudspeaker / Subwoofer Shootout

A week doesn't go by without a request from our readers to conduct a product comparison. While it may seem like a great idea, they are a pain in butt to conduct for reasons discussed in this article.

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Xbox 360 Kinect Racist? Consumer Reports Says No

— November 05, 2010 07:15

Xbox 360 Kinect Racist? Consumer Reports Says No

The popular video game review website GameSpot.com caused a stir when it suggested that Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 might be racist. Meanwhile Consumer Reports disagrees with that assessment.

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GoogleTV: World Domination or Just Another Box?

— September 27, 2010 07:25

GoogleTV: World Domination or Just Another Box?

There's no question that Google is an amazing and capable company. Like Apple, when they go out on a limb to create something new, people tend to take notice- and GoogleTV brings a lot of anticipation

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My 3D Blu‑ray & 3D Television Adventures at CEDIA

— September 24, 2010 22:10

My 3D Blu-ray & 3D Television Adventures at CEDIA

3D. It's the "thing" that everyone has to deal with or risk losing out on this year. I decided to spent a lot of time investigating the various incarnations of 3D from the major manufacturers.

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Flat Panel Mounting Safety Tips

— September 05, 2010 21:00

Flat Panel Mounting Safety Tips

Parent would do well to consider this a must-read article to help prevent accidents at home. This applies, primarily, to those who haven't yet mounted and installed their flat panel TVs on the wall.

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A Dialogue on AV Receivers and Features

— August 26, 2010 17:35

A Dialogue on AV Receivers and Features

It doesn't take much to start an argument here at Audioholics, and we found a good one about AV receivers. What we'd like to know is - what do you value most? Amplifier power? Or Features

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3D: The Most Predictable Flop in Recent History

— August 16, 2010 05:35

3D: The Most Predictable Flop in Recent History

I've been a big critic of 3D for some time. The industry has been pushing it full steam for over a year and it's really been amazing to see such a concerted effort being poured into a temporary fad.

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TV Audio Moves Closer to Wireless Speakers

— August 08, 2010 10:20

TV Audio Moves Closer to Wireless Speakers

A new technology called Summit Wireless is being embedded in TVs, speakers, A/V receivers, gaming devices, and Blu-ray players, enabling them to broadcast high-definition surround sound wirelessly.

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Sony Surreptitiously Confirms 3D Eyestrain Problems

— July 15, 2010 01:20

Sony Surreptitiously Confirms 3D Eyestrain Problems

Tucked away in the latest Terms of Service for the PlayStation Network is a lovely little section that seems to confirm issues raised by the recent Audioholic's Editorial: 3D Hazardous to Your Health.

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WARNING: 3D Video Hazardous to Your Health

— June 25, 2010 12:35

WARNING: 3D Video Hazardous to Your Health

3DS and 3D HDTV health risk. The truth is that prolonged viewing of 3D video may be even more harmful than the consumer electronics industry wants you to know.

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The Axiom Audio Blind Listening Test Overview

— June 24, 2010 14:05

The Axiom Audio Blind Listening Test Overview

This year's visit to Axiom brought about their announcement of their new V3 series of loudspeakers and running me through their blind listening test. It was an enjoyable and enlightening experience.

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Mac Mini Wants a Spot in Your Home Theater

— June 16, 2010 18:53

Mac Mini Wants a Spot in Your Home Theater

Apple’s new toy has an HDMI port and Wireless N so it can stream HD video like nobody’s business. The Mac Mini behaves as though it wants a place alongside your home theater System. Its silent

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AV Rant #181: Dog Pillow

— May 24, 2010 03:35

AV Rant #181: Dog Pillow

This week on AV Rant, Tom loses it. Also on tap this week, Onkyo partners with Walmart, the LifeLock dude needs to change his keys, Steven gets a better answer, and moths might improve displays.

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Measuring Pandora Radio

— May 19, 2010 05:50

Measuring Pandora Radio

If you haven't heard of Pandora, you should. Have you ever wondered which is better - voting up or down a song? Tom did and he designed an experiment to test it. The next step is up to you.

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Why MP3's Won't Kill High Fidelity

— May 18, 2010 08:00

Why MP3's Won't Kill High Fidelity

It seems every six months or so there is a diatribe about the death of high end audio. We've even written a few here. Kids are getting used to MP3s and therefore high end audio is dying. I disagree.

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Goldmund's Million Dollar Wall of Sound

— May 13, 2010 14:28

Goldmund's Million Dollar Wall of Sound

Goldmund, a Swiss company who built a reported million dollar studio. Our favorite quote: "Most of you are familiar with 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. With Goldman we are able to do up to 128 channels."

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And So It Begins... FCC Allows MPAA to Control Your TV

— May 13, 2010 14:25

And So It Begins... FCC Allows MPAA to Control Your TV

After years of wrangling with regulators at the FCC to allow retroactive disabling of analog HDTV outputs, the MPAA was finally able to convince the agency to allow them to SOC it to consumers.

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Avatar Blu‑ray Highlights DRM Troubles

— May 09, 2010 20:00

Avatar Blu-ray Highlights DRM Troubles

So many consumers went home disappointed this week, hoping to watch a brand new copy of Avatar in flawless HD, that Best Buy put firmware update notices online and in stores to stave off mass returns.

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Is 3D HDTV Right For You?

— April 26, 2010 07:00

Is 3D HDTV Right For You?

Just in case you haven't purchased enough A/V upgrades in the last few years, the home 3D home-video age is now upon us with plenty of new upgrades for your home theater system.

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Universal to Sell CDs for $10 ‑ Duh.

— March 23, 2010 14:11

Universal to Sell CDs for $10 - Duh.

In a remarkable, but delayed, achievement of common sense, Universal Music Group announced plans to drop prices on all of their new CDs to $10 or less in many music retailers across the country.

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The 10 Audioholics Commandments

— February 19, 2010 02:45

The 10 Audioholics Commandments

After being in the AV business for over 10 years and with literally hundreds of product reviews under our collective belts, we can't help but come to a few conclusions. Commandments if you will.

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AV Rant #166: All About MP3s

— February 08, 2010 09:28

AV Rant #166: All About MP3s

Ever wonder what you are missing when you compress something into an MP3? Tom and guest co-host Austin Omaha take you through not only the specifics of what MP3 is, but give you real world examples.

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TV Technology Innovations at CES 2010

Grant Clauser — January 22, 2010 18:05

TV Technology Innovations at CES 2010

New innovations emerge every year at CES, but this year seems especially flush with big news from the major television manufacturers. And the big news isn’t about size - it's about tech: lot's of it.

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The DVD / Blu‑ray RentalGate Scandal

— December 06, 2009 23:35

The DVD / Blu-ray RentalGate Scandal

You rent a new release Blu-ray disc to watch in the comforts of your home only to soon find special features, BD Live access and the "R" rated version of the movie missing. Read on to find out why.

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NBComcast ‑ Destined to Fail No Matter What

— December 04, 2009 03:35

NBComcast - Destined to Fail No Matter What

So, what happens when one of the largest cable operators in the nation makes a deal for one of the big names in TV and movie content? People start to get worried.

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Full of AV Thanks

— November 25, 2009 05:40

Full of AV Thanks

With everyone so full of thanks that they can barely stand it, an AV nut takes a stand. Here are 14 things he is "thankful" for.