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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.

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CEDIA Bashes CA Ruling on Big TVs... So Do We

— November 19, 2009 17:30

CEDIA Bashes CA Ruling on Big TVs... So Do We

CEDIA is outraged by the adoption of the unnecessary and harmful regulation regarding the California TV energy efficiency standard. Folks, this is like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Sicker Than H1N1

— November 10, 2009 17:55

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Sicker Than H1N1

The economy is dicey and NPD analysts say video game revenue is down 13 percent. But when the going gets tough, Activision Blizzard gets going – with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

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Don't Like Your Job at Blockbuster? Stab Yourself!

— November 06, 2009 03:10

Don't Like Your Job at Blockbuster? Stab Yourself!

According to an article at The Smoking Gun, Aaron Siebers, a 27-year-old Blockbuster employee, decided that it woudl be better to stab himself than go work at Blockbuster Video.

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Hands On Xbox 360, Facebook, Twitter, Last.Fm, Instant Streaming

— October 29, 2009 10:10

Hands On Xbox 360, Facebook, Twitter, Last.Fm, Instant Streaming

There is a lot to be excited about with this new Xbox Live update - Facebook and Twitter (ho hum), Last.Fm (hmm... not bad), and 1080p Instant Streaming (not that's cool). See what it's all about.

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Hulu ‑ Its Own Worst Enemy

— October 26, 2009 04:25

Hulu - Its Own Worst Enemy

One doesn't have too look too hard to find examples of businesses mismanaged into oblivion. Is Hulu next? It very well may be and here's why: They are afraid of losing advertising dollars.

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Wal‑Mart Shrugged – DVD and Blu‑ray Fell

— October 08, 2009 04:05

Wal-Mart Shrugged – DVD and Blu-ray Fell

Never underestimate the power of Wal-Mart! The retail juggernaut has the power to destroy a product line’s sales by deciding not to sell it - or simply pushing it to the bottom shelf.

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3D Heart Attack

— October 01, 2009 01:15

3D Heart Attack

We've been hearing more and more about 3D for the last few years. The real driving force behind 3D has always been to rake in more money. Will people pay a premium for a movie in 3 dimensions?

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CA Energy Commission Seeks to Regulate Television Use

— September 29, 2009 05:20

CA Energy Commission Seeks to Regulate Television Use

Government over-regulation of California’s businesses is hurting an economy that is already suffering. Two weeks ago, the CA Energy Commission said it wanted to reduce electricity use in TV sets.

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FCC Under Fire for Net Neutrality

— September 24, 2009 07:00

FCC Under Fire for Net Neutrality

The fight for net neutrality is ON! Soon after the Federal Communications Commission announced it will formalize net neutrality rules – the FCC immediately drew fire from all sides.

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Apple Event 9‑9‑09: iPod vs. Zune: Round‑Two

— September 08, 2009 15:15

Apple Event 9-9-09: iPod vs. Zune: Round-Two

Someone call 911! Apple’s keynote invitation image looks like a crime scene victim’s chalk outline. Apple’s annual meeting tomorrow has a name that may invoke images of the Beatles, the band that

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The Twelve Biggest Industry Mistakes of the Digital Age

— July 28, 2009 01:00

The Twelve Biggest Industry Mistakes of the Digital Age

More often than not, large companies tend towards stagnation. Others just make bad choices. Here are 12 of the best stories.

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Midnight Express Blu‑ray Review

— July 22, 2009 03:05

Midnight Express Blu-ray Review

Midnight Express is one of those rare films that doesn’t just get better but becomes more poignant and resonates louder with age. The film earned six Golden Globes and two Oscars including: Best

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LCD Specs Routinely Inflated – Plasma Still Better

— July 18, 2009 02:30

LCD Specs Routinely Inflated – Plasma Still Better

Plasma still gives a better picture than LCD, even after all these years. That's the lofty finding of thorough testing conducted by DisplayMate.com and Insight Media, plasma scored consistently