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Apple - Sony Takeover Predicted as Big Tech Buys Up Hollywood

Apple - Sony Takeover Predicted as Big Tech Buys Up Hollywood

The latest rumor about Apple comes via online prediction from Variety that says the iPhone maker will acquire Sony Pictures in 2019. Apple has big-budget plans to push into original content production for its upcoming streaming video service, and acquiring an established studio may be its strategy to help it compete with Netflix and Amazon in 2019.

The latest rumor about Apple comes via online prediction from Variety that says the iPhone maker will acquire Sony Pictures in 2019. Is Apple positioning themselves to compete with Netflix? Read on.

— January 15, 2019 00:00 in Editorials

Bose: Legitimate Audio Company or Slick Marketing?

Bose: Legitimate Audio Company or Slick Marketing?

Bose. The mere mention of the name conjures up all manner of reaction, response and opinion from the audio community. Are their products really as awful as some people think? Are they really "all marketing and no engineering?" Here's a fascinating look from an "insider" who was there when the AM-5 and Wave Radio were introduced. Some things will confirm your suspicions and some things will surprise the heck out of you. Be sure to watch our related YouTube video discussion on "Why Audiophiles Hate Bose" for further insights.

Love them or hate them Bose is the best selling audio brand in the world. Are they really "all marketing and no engineering?" We take a look at this iconic company and sort out truth from fiction.

— January 03, 2019 00:00 in Editorials

Red Dead Redemption 2: Outlaw Cowboys in the Age of Toxic Masculinity

Red Dead Redemption 2: Outlaw Cowboys in the Age of Toxic Masculinity

What can wild west outlaw Arthur Morgan teach America’s legions of gaming young males about masculinity in modern times? During times of existential crisis in America, the old West has a way of returning to popular consciousness. Red Dead Redemption 2 has arrived at a time when young men may have never been so unsure of their place in the world. Got an Xbox One or PS4? You'll want to get a copy of this game. Read on to find out why.

Rockstar Games released its wild west game Red Dead Redemption 2 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, raking in over $725-million in revenue in its first weekend and has sold over 17-million copies.

— December 09, 2018 22:00 in Editorials

Trump’s Tariffs Are Bad for the Audio Business

Trump’s Tariffs Are Bad for the Audio Business

The president’s escalating tariff war is wreaking havoc on American businesses that rely on Chinese manufacturing and supply chains. The results are higher prices for consumers, and real risk to small audio businesses, which may not be able to survive in the current climate. Read on to hear from makers of consumer loudspeakers, wireless headphones, high-end audiophile electronics, and professional recording gear, to learn how the tariffs are affecting their businesses. Check out our recent Youtube discussion as of 6/23/19.

The president’s escalating tariff war is wreaking havoc on American businesses that rely on Chinese manufacturing and supply chains. To see how this is affecting the audio market read on.

— November 20, 2018 06:00 in Editorials

HTC Exodus 1: The Off-Grid Blockchain Jesse Ventura of Smartphones

HTC Exodus 1: The Off-Grid Blockchain Jesse Ventura of Smartphones

The Exodus 1 is a new smartphone by HTC featuring extra security measures for your blockchain, cryptocurrency keys and other data completely off-grid. A separate processor, walled off from the CPU running the android OS, provides a secure environment to store cryptocurrency keys and sensitive login information, without the security hazards of sharing to the cloud or with any apps on your device. It also features up-to-date specs for today's flagship phones. But if this phone is a must-have for you, get out your Bitcoin or Ethereum, because you can only buy the Exodus 1 directly from HTC using cryptocurrency. It's sure to be a niche device, so HTC has only made limited supply.

The Exodus 1 is a new smartphone by HTC featuring extra security measures for your blockchain, cryptocurrency keys and other data completely off-grid. Is it really safer? Read on to find out.

— November 05, 2018 16:00 in Editorials

Even EarPrint Headphones Customize Sound for Your Hearing

Even EarPrint Headphones Customize Sound for Your Hearing

Brooklyn-based headphone startup Even says that every listener has a unique “EarPrint,” like a fingerprint that affects the way we hear. Its new technology tests your hearing and automatically adjusts the sound to create a personalized listening experience. Is this the future of headphone audio, or is it just a gimmick?

Brooklyn-based headphone startup Even says that every listener has a unique “EarPrint,” like a fingerprint that affects the way we hear. Their technology customizes the sound to your hearing profile.

— July 02, 2018 00:00 in Editorials

Bowers & Wilkins to Launch New Research and Development Center

Bowers & Wilkins to Launch New Research and Development Center

Bowers & Wilkins, the famous British audio brand, is announcing the relocation of its world-famous research and development center to a new and larger facility with cutting-edge equipment and tools. The move represents a significant investment to expand the team and accelerate the company’s ability to develop new capabilities that will drive innovation across its suite of luxury home speakers, headphones and performance car audio. We got a chance to talk to B&W about their new facility and ask some in depth questions every Audioholic wants to know.

Bowers & Wilkins, the famous British audio brand, is announcing the relocation of its world-famous research and development center to a new and larger facility with cutting-edge equipment and tools.

— May 23, 2018 08:00 in Editorials

Legacy Audio Interview with Bill Dudleston

Legacy Audio Interview with Bill Dudleston

We managed to sit down with Bill Dudleston, founder of Legacy Audio for a one-on-one interview about his brand and loudspeaker designs that have garnered so much industry respect over the years. Their core philosophy and no-nonsense approach to loudspeaker design has always resonated with me and has been a personal inspiration to learn more about the art and science of loudspeaker design. Combine top quality parts, excellent craftsmanship and engineering and you're left with... a Legacy product. Check out our recently added YouTube On-Location Video.

This is a one on one interview with Legacy Audio Founder Bill Dudleston. We discuss various aspects of loudspeaker design including the core philosophy behind Legacy products and new DSP innovations.

— May 02, 2018 00:00 in Editorials

The Biggest Successes in Consumer A/V Electronics in the Last 50 Years

The Biggest Successes in Consumer A/V Electronics in the Last 50 Years

Last month, we took a humorous trip down memory lane and recounted some of the most glorious failures in audio-video history. Now, we’re going to shift gears a bit and focus on what went right. In this article we’re going to look at the specific technologies and product categories that have paved the way for the role A/V electronics play in our lives today. See what made our list of the most successful A/V consumer electronics for the last 50 years.

We recently took a trip down memory lane recounting some of the most glorious failures in audio-video history. Now we're shifting gears a bit and focusing on the biggest successes in consumer AV.

— April 13, 2018 16:00 in Editorials

Oppo Digital Bids Farewell, Ends US Manufacturing

Oppo Digital Bids Farewell, Ends US Manufacturing

After a stellar 14-year run, Oppo has announced that it will begin the process of ending manufacturing of new products. Customers needn’t worry, Oppo will continue to honor warranties and will even continue out-of-warranty repair while also providing periodic firmware updates for its current blu-ray players. Oppo was an exceptional AV company that truly cared about the quality of their products and serving their customers and are proving it even as they are winding down their business.

After a stellar 14-year run, Oppo has announced that it will begin the process of ending manufacturing of new products. They were a great AV company that will sorely be missed.

— April 05, 2018 19:45 in Editorials

Is Google Rewarding Fake Review Comparison Websites?

Is Google Rewarding Fake Review Comparison Websites?

When re-reading this classic article written by the late Tony Federici, its amazing how many online A/V websites fit the mold laid out herein which gives one pause to wonder if they actually had product in hand when conducting their "reviews". Did they actually do any objective analysis or measurements? Did they discuss the inner details of how the products function? Did they furnish their own images of the product under review? As a reader, this is something you must decide for yourself. Things are getting even foggier now that it seems apparent Google is actually rewarding "comparison" style articles monetized with embedded Amazon affiliate links. Are fake reviews the new norm?

How many Home Theater Reviews and AV Magazines simply massage press releases and pawn them off as product comparisons monetized with Amazon affiliate links that Google deems useful content? Read on.

Anthony Federici — March 12, 2018 09:00 in Editorials

The Long Overdue Death of Retail Compact Disc (CD)

The Long Overdue Death of Retail Compact Disc (CD)

Memorializing the Compact Disc. Once upon a time, the CD was the ubiquitous music platform. Our story outlines how the disc-based music technology was adopted, loved and eventually abandoned by a generation that arrived a little too late to collect vinyl record albums. In its day, the CD weathered a storm of competitors that sought to usurp the audio throne by offering key improvements in storage capacity and audio resolution. But behind the inevitable fall of the CD is a story of how the music industry refused to read the writing on the wall. Now that the once dominant audio platform's days are behind us the question remains: Did you like CDs?

Memorializing the Compact Disc. Once upon a time, the CD was the ubiquitous music platform. Our story outlines how the disc-based music technology was adopted, loved and eventually abandoned.

Brandon Dimmel — February 23, 2018 00:00 in Editorials

The Biggest Failures in Consumer Audio/Video Electronics History

The Biggest Failures in Consumer Audio/Video Electronics History

While we all enjoy the latest technologies afforded to us in consumer electronics, early adopters often pay the price by getting behind new formats that dry up as quickly as the cash they sunk into them. Let's take a look at what we feel to be the biggest product failures in consumer A/V electronics and try to figure out what went wrong and how missteps today may lead to success stories tomorrow. Some of these are well-known and familiar to everyone; while others are less well-known but their failure was no less spectacular.

We take a take a look at what we feel to be the biggest product failures in consumer A/V electronics and try to figure out what went wrong and how missteps today may lead to success stories tomorrow.

, — January 30, 2018 00:00 in Editorials

Disney Expands Media Empire with 21st Century Fox

Disney Expands Media Empire with 21st Century Fox

With Disney soon to own a majority of Fox TV and film Studios, the stars may have just aligned for the creation of the most powerful media conglomerate ever created. We also have plenty of possible new story lines to look forward to. Will mutants join the Marvel cinematic universe? What will the future of Hulu and Disney direct-to-consumer look like? And most importantly, how will the Simpsons deal with being employees of the House of Mickey Mouse? These are sure to be interesting times for comic nerds and cord-cutters alike.

With Disney soon to own a majority of Fox TV and film Studios, the stars may have just aligned for the creation of the most powerful media conglomerate ever created. What changes will this bring?

— January 02, 2018 00:00 in Editorials