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Recent Home Theater Editorials

Bowers & Wilkins to Launch New Research and Development Center

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Bowers & Wilkins to Launch New Research and Development Center

— May 23, 2018 08:00

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.

Legacy Audio Interview with Bill Dudleston

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Legacy Audio Interview with Bill Dudleston

— May 02, 2018 00:00

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.

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

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

— April 13, 2018 16:00

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.

Oppo Digital Bids Farewell, Ends US Manufacturing

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Oppo Digital Bids Farewell, Ends US Manufacturing

— April 05, 2018 19:45

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.

The Long Overdue Death of Retail Compact Disc (CD)

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The Long Overdue Death of Retail Compact Disc (CD)

Brandon Dimmel — February 23, 2018 00:00

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.

The Biggest Failures in Consumer Audio/Video Electronics History

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The Biggest Failures in Consumer Audio/Video Electronics History

, — January 30, 2018 00:00

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.

Disney Expands Media Empire with 21st Century Fox

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Disney Expands Media Empire with 21st Century Fox

— January 02, 2018 00:00

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?

Title II is Not the Net Neutrality You’re Looking For

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Title II is Not the Net Neutrality You’re Looking For

— December 02, 2017 00:00

The end is nigh for net neutrality as it exists today. Trump-appointed FCC chief Ajit Pai put forth a plan last week that promises to roll back Obama’s net neutrality policies. What's to come of this?

Star Wars Battlefront II: EA Embraces the Dark Side of Gaming

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Star Wars Battlefront II: EA Embraces the Dark Side of Gaming

— November 20, 2017 14:00

Star Wars Battlefront II has been lighting up the gaming community with bad press around what gamers are decrying as a corrupt in-game economy that gives unfair advantages to players that pay.

Denon, Marantz Receivers Get DTS Virtual:X Firmware Update

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Denon, Marantz Receivers Get DTS Virtual:X Firmware Update

— November 17, 2017 16:00

Sound United and DTS have announced the availability of a DTS Virtual:X firmware update for many Denon and Marantz A/V receiver to expand your immersive audio experience without needing more speakers.

Why DTS Headphone: X Isn’t Ready For Fans of Surround Hi-Fi

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Why DTS Headphone: X Isn’t Ready For Fans of Surround Hi-Fi

— November 10, 2017 12:00

DTS Headphone:X is a new technology that promises to change how we listen to music, movies, and television using our favorite headphones. Have initial reviews come up short of expectations? Read on.

Auro-3D Listening Evaluation on a Denon AVR-X7200WA

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Auro-3D Listening Evaluation on a Denon AVR-X7200WA

— November 01, 2017 00:00

Immersive audio isn't just Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. We demoed Auro-3D and looked at the technology, how to take advantage of it at home, and how it performed in a real-world setup with listening tests.

Is the Netflix Empire Built on a House of Cards?

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Is the Netflix Empire Built on a House of Cards?

— October 21, 2017 00:00

From a Q3 2017 earnings report, Netflix is at an all-time high in almost any meaningful measure. The online entertainment service has over 109 million subscribers worldwide but can it be maintained?

Star Trek Discovery - Stranded in Compressed, Two-Channel Subscription Space

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Star Trek Discovery - Stranded in Compressed, Two-Channel Subscription Space

— October 04, 2017 17:00

The premiere of Star Trek Discovery aired on the CBS network on 9/24/17 and was enjoyed by anyone who could get over-air reception. But episode one was a teaser to make you pay for CBS All Access.

Walter Becker & Steely Dan: Engineering the Passion Behind the Sound

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Walter Becker & Steely Dan: Engineering the Passion Behind the Sound

— October 02, 2017 00:00

On September 3rd, 2017, the world lost another musical legend - Walter Becker, one half of the duo that named themselves after a metallic sex toy from a William S. Burroughs novel; Steely Dan.

What Goes into Naming a Consumer Product?

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What Goes into Naming a Consumer Product?

— August 14, 2017 12:00

Ever wonder how companies come up with the names for their products? Can a name really affect sales and product perception? Can a clever name rescue a bad product? Read on to find out.

Push vs. Pull Marketing in Hi-Fi Audio

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Push vs. Pull Marketing in Hi-Fi Audio

— July 14, 2017 00:00

This article presents the different marketing strategies behind the way various consumer electronics companies present their products. It's all very intentional. Here's a peek behind the curtain.

T.H.E. Home Entertainment Show To Take Center Stage in Anaheim

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T.H.E. Home Entertainment Show To Take Center Stage in Anaheim

— July 12, 2017 00:23

T.H.E. Show Anaheim is set to take place September 21-24,2017 to demo new loudspeakers, audio components, home theater, HDTV, vinyl, headphones, virtual reality, & educational seminars. Register now!

Xbox One X: Consoles Hit the Downside of the Innovation Curve

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Xbox One X: Consoles Hit the Downside of the Innovation Curve

— June 21, 2017 07:00

Microsoft unveiled Xbox One X, its next generation game console at E3 last week. It features true native 4K Ultra-HD and HDR, but offers little else in the way of innovations. Will that be enough?

Win a Fully Expenses Paid Trip to T.H.E. Home Entertainment Show

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Win a Fully Expenses Paid Trip to T.H.E. Home Entertainment Show

— June 19, 2017 18:15

T.H.E. Show Anaheim (Sept 21-24, 2017) in Southern California is demoing over 400 brands of high end audio gear. Enter their sweepstakes for a chance to win a fully expenses paid trip for two on them!

Virtual Reality Home Theater: Whole Lotta Hype - For Now

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Virtual Reality Home Theater: Whole Lotta Hype - For Now

— April 25, 2017 17:00

It’s still early days for VR, and 2016 can be seen as the market’s year zero. A wide variety of VR headsets went on sale last year after much hype, speculation and capital investment. But what's next?

Trump Rolls Back Online Privacy in Regulatory Shell Game

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Trump Rolls Back Online Privacy in Regulatory Shell Game

— April 07, 2017 12:00

President Donald Trump just signed a repeal for an FCC privacy regulation designed to protect consumers from Internet providers selling their data. Find out what this means to you the consumer.

Denon/Marantz Audyssey MultEQ Editor App Allows Full Customization of Sound

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Denon/Marantz Audyssey MultEQ Editor App Allows Full Customization of Sound

— April 05, 2017 13:05

Denon and Marantz have launched a new Audyssey MultEQ Editor app, giving home theater enthusiasts full control to refine and customize the set-up of their systems for even better surround sound.

Wikileaks: The CIA is Spying on All Your Electronics - And it's Getting Weird

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Wikileaks: The CIA is Spying on All Your Electronics - And it's Getting Weird

— March 16, 2017 00:00

The latest round of Wikileaks is called Year Zero and includes over 8,000 pages of details about how the CIA is spying on just about anything with an Internet connection. Are you being watched?

ATSC 3.0: Cord Cutter’s Dream or Tiered Internet Nightmare?

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ATSC 3.0: Cord Cutter’s Dream or Tiered Internet Nightmare?

— March 10, 2017 00:00

The FCC has approved the deployment of an innovation in digital broadcast television that could change everything you thought you knew about network TV and wireless. Get the facts about ATSC 3.0 here.

Is Your TV Watching You? Vizio Busted for Spying on Customers

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Is Your TV Watching You? Vizio Busted for Spying on Customers

— February 12, 2017 18:00

On Feb 6th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Vizio must pay out a settlement of $2.2 million for selling data collected on some 11-million consumers using the company’s smart TVs.

Super Bowl LI: Fox Sports Wins With a Cord Cutting Touchdown!

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Super Bowl LI: Fox Sports Wins With a Cord Cutting Touchdown!

— February 04, 2017 22:45

Internet streaming is the preferred way of watching Super Bowl LI for those eschewed by outrageous monthly cable bills and haven’t bothered to hoist an antenna onto our roofs. We discuss how.

The Death of 3D TV

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The Death of 3D TV

— January 29, 2017 08:00

The last 3D TV manufacturers, LG and Sony, have disclosed that they will end production on 3D sets for 2018. The demise of 3D was a long but steady ride downward.