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Free Markets vs. Corporate Greed ‑ Analysis of the HD Format War

— July 10, 2007 07:07

Free Markets vs. Corporate Greed - Analysis of the HD Format War

There seems to be a bit of misunderstanding as to the nature of true competition and the nature of government intervention in the free market. As our model for discussion, let's take the European

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Ask AVRant #3: Calibration

— July 09, 2007 23:16

Ask AVRant #3: Calibration

Kurt wants to know about the BFD while Matt is curious about calibration equipment in general. Since these are both related J and I went ahead and answered them together. We cover not only what

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Four AV Tips for the Fourth of July

— July 04, 2007 09:21

Four AV Tips for the Fourth of July

We at Audioholics hope you and your family are having a great mid-week holiday vacation. If your employer didn't give you the day off, well then be sure to cover his office in saran wrap or encase

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AVRant #9: Best Buy Infiltration Part 1

— July 03, 2007 20:00

AVRant #9: Best Buy Infiltration Part 1

Dina continues her undercover operation uncovering just the type of BS your big box stores are feeding people. This time, it's Best Buy. We were shocked to learn some of the things that pass for

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AVRant #8: That's How We Roll

— June 28, 2007 09:24

AVRant #8: That's How We Roll

How to stave off buyer's remorse, white van speakers, plasma burn-in, and power conditioners. Seem unrelated? Well, they aren't. Listen in to find out how.

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Stop Playing Games and Do Your Homework Dad!

— June 26, 2007 19:18

Stop Playing Games and Do Your Homework Dad!

My recent editorial on the release of Manhunt 2 brought up some interesting comments, not the least of which was a general dissatisfaction with the idea that video games are just for kids. Gamers are

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Video Games as Art?

— June 22, 2007 21:13

Video Games as Art?

The eye of the beholder indeed. Rockstar Games recent non-release Manhunt 2 is being touted as "art" by Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. Chairman Strauss Zelnick according to an article by Reuters.

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AVRant #7: The Best Seat in the House

— June 21, 2007 08:46

AVRant #7: The Best Seat in the House

This week we conclude our discussion of the Circuit City undercover operation. Tom shares his listening experience with $25,000 electrostats - hence the title of the Podcast. Some more discussion

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Ask AVRant #1: Cats and Qualifications

— June 15, 2007 08:52

Ask AVRant #1: Cats and Qualifications

AVRant has issued its first installment of Ask AVRant. J. Walker Clarke (a fellow reviewer and husband to the Podcasting phenomena that is our very own Dina) joins Tom in a more technical discussion.

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10 MORE Reasons Why HD‑DVD Formats Have Already Failed

— June 14, 2007 08:37

10 MORE Reasons Why HD-DVD Formats Have Already Failed

OK, the the title is a tad-bit deceiving. It's been almost a year now since I wrote my popular yet controversial diatribe on the demise of the competing high definition DVD formats. I wrote the

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AVRant #6: Circuit City Exposed!

— June 12, 2007 08:46

AVRant #6: Circuit City Exposed!

AVRant gets interesting this week as Tom and Dina actually meet in person for the first time in beautiful (hot, sticky, humid, sweaty) South Carolina. This podcast was done in Dina’s recording room

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Golf Ball‑Sized Speakers? What's Next?

— June 07, 2007 16:07

Golf Ball-Sized Speakers? What's Next?

Back in the 60s and 70s stereo systems were judged not necessarily for their fidelity, but for the size and number of their woofers. Just take a gander at just about any speaker system back in the

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AVRant #4: You paid HOW MUCH for those rocks?!?

— May 31, 2007 17:28

AVRant #4: You paid HOW MUCH for those rocks?!?

That's right, it's tweak time. Time to introduce Dina to the wonderful world of hi-end audio. We dive right in the deep end with magic rocks, magic cables, and a bunch of other magic stuff. You KNOW

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AVRant #3: We don't go to the movies

— May 23, 2007 23:51

AVRant #3: We don't go to the movies

The movies come to us! During this week's Podcast, we’ve got it all for you. Simultaneous theater/DVD/on-demand movie releases, kids+home theater=bad?, home theater calibration options, wireless

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People in Ivory Towers shouldn't throw Glass Rocks

— May 18, 2007 16:14

People in Ivory Towers shouldn't throw Glass Rocks

We've seen a baffling trend lately, something that is not new or specific to AV. It causes us a lot of concern and we hope that in the future these occurrences will not repeat. It happens in AV, it

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AVRant #2: Kurt loves us!

— May 17, 2007 17:47

AVRant #2: Kurt loves us!

We got our first call! Kurt’s the man! We discuss how audiophiles react to simple questions, HDTV in general, routing your video connections through your receiver, and video game movies. There are a

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The Demise of the CD Album

— May 17, 2007 10:44

The Demise of the CD Album

In the 50s it was the rage, the 45 single. The pop-music industry was born out of the frenzy produced by one-hit wonders and the teenagers that fueled the demand. The singles-market reigned supreme

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Introducing AVRant ‑ Audioholics Official Podcast and Blog

— May 10, 2007 23:00

Introducing AVRant - Audioholics Official Podcast and Blog

OK, we've done it - Audioholics has a podcast. It's approximately 60 minutes and will be produced weekly and posted at the AVRant.com website. In an effort to provide a more... irreverent take on

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Are YOU an Audioholic? Take the Test!

— May 07, 2007 20:47

Are YOU an Audioholic? Take the Test!

Did you know that 1 in 3 people suffer from some form of Audio Addiction? 1 in 3! Of those people, 21% suffer from the most severe form, Audioholicism. Did you know that 82.5% of statistics are made

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Shhhh, be vewry verwy quiet, I hunting HDTV!

— April 29, 2007 14:04

Shhhh, be vewry verwy quiet, I hunting HDTV!

According to an article in the Associated Press (AP), there is an increasing trend of consumers hooking up their multi thousand dollar HDTV’s with $50 rabbit ear (or as Elmer Fudd refers to as

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The Italian Western and the American Western

— April 14, 2007 21:32

The Italian Western and the American Western

While Italian or American western film share some similarities in structure and plot, they are also very different in tone, and portrayal of life in the old West. Although the Italian western would

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Halo 3 Sneak Peek & Official Audioholics Discussion

— April 12, 2007 01:19

Halo 3 Sneak Peek & Official Audioholics Discussion

This editorial discusses a sneak peek video I saw on Yahoo news tonight about Halo 3. It also opens a dialog to our readers to post anything and everything they know about this game on our forums to

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CE Installers ‑ Offering Services in the Digital Age

Josh Wardell — April 09, 2007 20:00

CE Installers - Offering Services in the Digital Age

You’ve spent the last several years building and integrating systems into homes and business, growing your brand, and making sure that your clients have the latest and most up to date technology. New

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Recording Formats ‑ who really cares? A commentary on tomorrow’s music.

Jeff Hedback — April 09, 2007 00:50

Recording Formats - who really cares? A commentary on tomorrow’s music.

We are at an interesting time in the music business. The laws of supply and demand are at odds. It is time that artists, mix/mastering engineers and record companies move closer to the demands of the

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Box Wars Episode V: Best Buy Strikes Back?

— April 07, 2007 15:26

Box Wars Episode V: Best Buy Strikes Back?

In what can be perceived as nothing less than a carnivorous AP media pummeling the likes of which remind me of a group of hyenas devouring a day-old carcass, Best Buy has been the beneficiary of a

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The Truth About 'HD Audio'

Mark Waldrep, Ph.D. — April 06, 2007 11:11

The Truth About 'HD Audio'

You know there’s trouble on the HD road ahead when Windex pitches a new formulation prefixed with the letters “HD”. And how about the marketing gurus at Kodak pitching “HD” photographic prints to

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Why I’m Never Going into a Video Rental Store Again… well… maybe

— April 03, 2007 13:54

Why I’m Never Going into a Video Rental Store Again… well… maybe

As a long time Netflix user, I’ve had little use for Brick and Mortar video rental stores. Occasionally we’d want a specific movie a specific night with no time to order one (need about 3 days to my

Editorials Review

MagnaLev ML5 Isolator Electromagnetic AV Rack

— March 31, 2007 20:00

MagnaLev ML5 Isolator Electromagnetic AV Rack

When I say that it is RARE that we review anything that truly takes us by surprise, I mean it. We've seen just about everything and the trade shows ensure that we aren't typically taken by surprise