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Yamaha to Demo new BD‑S2900 Blu‑ray Player at Audioholics SOTU Event

— October 08, 2008 15:28

Yamaha to Demo new BD-S2900 Blu-ray Player at Audioholics SOTU Event

Yamaha Electronics Corporation will demonstrate its first Blu-ray disc player and flagship RX-Z11 11.2 channel network AV receiver at Audioholics 2008 State of the CE Union trade show at the Walt

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Have a Scoop of Ice Cream on Ben & Jerry’s

— October 03, 2008 16:10

Have a Scoop of Ice Cream on Ben & Jerry’s

A special thanks goes out to Chris Seymour of Seymour A/V for hooking up a deal to get Jerry Greenfield, Co-Founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream - the company that brings us ultimate combinations of

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AVRant #96: Sorry Ted

— October 03, 2008 08:00

AVRant #96: Sorry Ted

This week on AV Rant: Ted is mad about a few things. Tom responds. Under $300 Blu-ray players are in stores. J found them. Read the comments below the post for some FANTASTIC information from Rob and

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Audioholics 2008 SOTU Trade Show Last Chance to Register!

Bertica Molinares — October 02, 2008 14:00

Audioholics 2008 SOTU Trade Show Last Chance to Register!

Our event this year will be filled with endless possibilities. Among them, chances to refresh your senses and enjoy your childhood again. This is Disney; the happiest place on earth – and we intend

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The Decibel (dB) and the Violin/Piano Recital

Alan Lofft — October 01, 2008 11:30

The Decibel (dB) and the Violin/Piano Recital

One of the most difficult-to-understand terms for newcomers (and even experienced enthusiasts) in audio and sound reproduction is the decibel, partly because it’s a measure of relative intensity or

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EU 45 Year Copyright Extension Plan to Net Aging Musicians a Cool €30

— September 26, 2008 14:50

EU 45 Year Copyright Extension Plan to Net Aging Musicians a Cool €30

With compact disc sales tanking year over year and recording artist long abused by the system becoming independent via the Internet, the recording industry is in a world wide frenzy to grab whatever

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The Renegade Pumpkin Ale

Steve DellaSala — September 22, 2008 17:30

The Renegade Pumpkin Ale

When Audioholic's aren't pursuing the truth in audio, they are doing so with quality brews. It took over 6 years for the dynamic duo of Matt Glass and Steve DellaSala to swing into action again and

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Apple Wants to DRM Your Shoes, Next Up, Apple Users

— September 19, 2008 15:31

Apple Wants to DRM Your Shoes, Next Up, Apple Users

Apple is once again unhappy that people want to do with the goods and services they paid for as they please and not as Apple intended, the Cupertino CA based company intends to develop and patent

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Blu‑ray's Field of Dreams

— September 17, 2008 15:44

Blu-ray's Field of Dreams

There are two ways to get people to buy your product - offer something innovative and groundbreaking or sell cheap. According to TGDaily, the Blu-ray Disc Association missed that day in marketing

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Blu‑ray Prognosis: Samsung gives Five Years to Live, BDA says Life Eternal

— September 17, 2008 15:07

Blu-ray Prognosis: Samsung gives Five Years to Live, BDA says Life Eternal

Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) founding member and hardware manufacturer Samsung doesn’t see much of a lifespan for the nascent Blu-ray optical disc format, but the format’s cheerleaders over at the

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Audio Precision to Discuss Amplifier Measurements at our Trade Show Event

— September 12, 2008 17:43

 Audio Precision to Discuss Amplifier Measurements at our Trade Show Event

As many of you are aware, I am not champion of the classic All Channels Driven (ACD) test popularized by most of the major audio magazines as an accurate way of gauging amplifier performance. Thus I

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Phantoms of CEDIA 2008

— September 11, 2008 05:53

Phantoms of CEDIA 2008

One thing you run across when you go to a show like CEDIA is gear you can neither explain nor properly cover. A lot of times it is just stuff that is there from a manufacturing partner, or perhaps it

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My CEDIA Swagger

— September 07, 2008 18:00

My CEDIA Swagger

I love to roam the floor every year at the CEDIA Expo. This year was no exception, and once again I found myself on a plane to Denver, Colorado, to attend the 2008 show with Tom, Gene and Clint for

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An Open Letter to Tradeshow Exhibitors

— September 06, 2008 07:49

An Open Letter to Tradeshow Exhibitors

I know it costs easily tens of thousands of dollars for even a modest booth at one of these tradeshows. Those mega-structures set up by the major companies cost many times more. But in the end, what

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Yamaha BD‑S2900 Blu‑Ray Player Preview

— August 23, 2008 12:00

Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-Ray Player Preview

The new Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-Ray Disc Player features 1080p/24fps-compatible HDMI video output with 12-bit Deep Color support.

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Customer Service Excellence – A Continuing Hallmark for Axiom Audio

— August 18, 2008 19:55

Customer Service Excellence – A Continuing Hallmark for Axiom Audio

Back in 2005, I reviewed the Axiom EP500 subwoofer and found it to be such a good performer that we awarded it product of the year. Recently I had an issue with my sub and had to call upon the fine

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Record Companies Open Pandora's Box

— August 18, 2008 18:15

Record Companies Open Pandora's Box

Regardless of what you think about Pandora, the message from the record companies is clear: Get too successful and we'll shut you down. The "winners" here are NOT the record companies. It will take

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Big Brother Jobs Confirms that Apple can Remotely Control What is on your iPhone

— August 15, 2008 00:55

Big Brother Jobs Confirms that Apple can Remotely Control What is on your iPhone

Word around the Internet last week that a software developer had discovered what amounted to a kill switch buried in the new iPhone 3G firmware has now been confirmed by Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs has

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No Stupid Questions… Part 5: Miscellaneous

— August 03, 2008 21:15

No Stupid Questions… Part 5: Miscellaneous

As a reviewer (much less the host of AV Rant), I am asked on a regular basis for my opinion. Everyone from the checkout guy at the supermarket to random people at parties want me to tell them which

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No Stupid Questions… Part 4: Myths and Legends

— July 27, 2008 19:15

No Stupid Questions… Part 4: Myths and Legends

As a reviewer (much less the host of AV Rant), I am asked on a regular basis for my opinion. Everyone from the checkout guy at the supermarket to random people at parties want me to tell them which

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No Stupid Questions… Part 3: Players

— July 21, 2008 19:15

No Stupid Questions… Part 3: Players

As a reviewer (much less the host of AV Rant), I am asked on a regular basis for my opinion. Everyone from the checkout guy at the supermarket to random people at parties want me to tell them which

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Deconstructing E3 ‑ Winners and Losers

— July 21, 2008 15:22

Deconstructing E3 - Winners and Losers

E3 is over and the fallout is still... um... falling. While there were a ton of great looking games and technology on the horizon, I wanted to take a look at how the big three faired - at least from

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AVRant #83: The Formula for Suck

— July 21, 2008 09:47

AVRant #83: The Formula for Suck

Tom's back and he's extra bitter. Dina thinks she's got Tom sold on an iPhone. She's wrong. A story about Tom's dad… it isn't as bad as it sounds at the beginning. Tom gets mad at Denon. Tom gets

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The Dark Knight ‑ Busting More than Box Office Records

— July 19, 2008 14:07

The Dark Knight - Busting More than Box Office Records

The much anticipated Dark Knight directed by Christopher Nolan, staring Christian Bale as Batman and the late Heath Ledger as the Joker, made its debut this weekend by setting a one-day box office

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AV Rant #82 ‑ Monster Madness Infinity

— July 13, 2008 21:37

AV Rant #82 - Monster Madness Infinity

This week Tom is out of town “getting tan” (we seriously think he checked himself in at a mental institution, but who knows) and Clint DeBoer fills in with Dina. Clint finds that he’s not “bitter

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No Stupid Questions… Part 2: Speakers

— July 13, 2008 19:15

No Stupid Questions… Part 2: Speakers

As a reviewer (much less the host of AV Rant), I am asked on a regular basis for my opinion. Everyone from the checkout guy at the supermarket to random people at parties want me to tell them which

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AV Rant Techcast #1: Denon Interview

— July 11, 2008 12:24

AV Rant Techcast #1: Denon Interview

In my first tech podcast, I interviewed Denon’s own Director of Product Development, Jeff Talmadge, to discuss the new super AVP-A1HDCI pre/pro and POA-A1HDCI 10CH power amplifier. We discuss these

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Monster Cable Sues Baby Clothing Company MonsterRepublic.com

— July 07, 2008 18:43

Monster Cable Sues Baby Clothing Company MonsterRepublic.com

We just received this email from a small business owner of a kids clothing company called Monsterrepublic.com. It appears Monster Cable is at it again with another lawsuit in attempts to protect