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

— October 02, 2017 00:00

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

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.

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What Goes into Naming a Consumer Product?

— August 14, 2017 12:00

What Goes into Naming a Consumer Product?

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.

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Push vs. Pull Marketing in Hi-Fi Audio

— July 14, 2017 00:00

Push vs. Pull Marketing in Hi-Fi Audio

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.

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

— July 12, 2017 00:23

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

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!

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

— June 21, 2017 07:00

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

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?

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

— June 19, 2017 18:15

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

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!

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Virtual Reality Home Theater: Whole Lotta Hype - For Now

— April 25, 2017 17:00

Virtual Reality Home Theater: Whole Lotta Hype - For Now

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?

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Trump Rolls Back Online Privacy in Regulatory Shell Game

— April 07, 2017 12:00

Trump Rolls Back Online Privacy in Regulatory Shell Game

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.

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

— April 05, 2017 13:05

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

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.

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

— March 16, 2017 00:00

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

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?

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

— March 10, 2017 00:00

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

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.

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

— February 12, 2017 18:00

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

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.

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

— February 04, 2017 22:45

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

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.

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The Death of 3D TV

— January 29, 2017 08:00

The Death of 3D TV

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.

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Beam Me Up, Scotty! Acoustic Tractor Beam Now a DIY Project

— January 23, 2017 12:00

Beam Me Up, Scotty! Acoustic Tractor Beam Now a DIY Project

Acoustic tractor beam technology is so last year. Sure, thanks to a series of coordinated breakthroughs by an international team of physicists from the UK and US tractor beams now exist!

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Norway Kills The FM Radio Star – Could It Happen Here?

— January 12, 2017 19:00

Norway Kills The FM Radio Star – Could It Happen Here?

Norway became the first country to begin a campaign of shutting down FM radio signals this week. The nation’s “Radio Digitization” program began on 1/11 at 11:11 am. Will other countries do similar?

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Goodbye 2016: Lemmy to George Michael - The Year the Music Died

— December 31, 2016 10:00

Goodbye 2016: Lemmy to George Michael - The Year the Music Died

I know it’s ridiculous to blame the arbitrary goal posts in time we call a year for the loss of many beloved celebrities in 2016. And I’m certain our perception of 2016 as the grim reaper is skewed.

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Razer Buys THX: What This Could Mean for Your Future Man Cave

— October 20, 2016 09:00

Razer Buys THX: What This Could Mean for Your Future Man Cave

On Monday it was announced that Razer, a computer gaming hardware manufacturer, had acquired an ownership share of THX Ltd. Will the merger signify a step forward in Virtual Reality? Read on.

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Interview Cary Christie of Artison Audio

— August 11, 2016 00:00

Interview Cary Christie of Artison Audio

We sit down with Cary Christie, co-founder of Infinity Loudspeakers, to discuss his vision of sound excellence with Artison. Their products are custom designed to integrate into the room for high WAF.

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CBS/Paramount Sets Phasers to Kill on Star Trek Fan-Fiction with New Guidelines

— June 29, 2016 19:00

CBS/Paramount Sets Phasers to Kill on Star Trek Fan-Fiction with New Guidelines

The Star Trek fan-fiction controversy that resulted in legal battles between CBS/Paramount and Axanar Productions may have concluded last week. CBS/Paramount have finally put forth its guidelines.

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Literary Transgressions of the Audio Community

— June 20, 2016 00:00

Literary Transgressions of the Audio Community

It’s hard to come up with “new stuff” to say about audio and video. In this article we take you through the most common overused audio terms and clichés. Be sure to share your favorites with us.

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CBS/Paramount are Copyright Trolls - Beyond Bored of Star Trek Reboot

— May 18, 2016 20:00

CBS/Paramount are Copyright Trolls - Beyond Bored of Star Trek Reboot

Paramount is a Copyright Troll and I’m Beyond Bored of This Star Trek Reboot. See how Axanar Productions is slugging it out with them to produce its own fanfiction along with the legal ramifications.

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Yamaha AVENTAGE AV Receiver DTS:X Firmware Listening Test Results

— April 12, 2016 08:00

Yamaha AVENTAGE AV Receiver DTS:X Firmware Listening Test Results

After upgrading my home theater to UHD/4k, it was time to update the firmware of my Yamaha RX-A2050 AV receiver to enable DTS:X and HDMI 2.0a (for HDR). We include listening tests of DTS:X upmixer.

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Exciting New AV Gear Debuts at CES 2017 Revolutionizes Home Audio

— April 01, 2016 00:00

Exciting New AV Gear Debuts at CES 2017 Revolutionizes Home Audio

We have an advanced scoop on new custom AV products debuting at CES 2017 including revolutionary new speakers and other products that are sure to revolutionize the home theater experience!

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Listening Evaluation of DTS:X on the Denon AVR-X7200WA Receiver

— February 12, 2016 00:00

Listening Evaluation of DTS:X on the Denon AVR-X7200WA Receiver

Denon X7200WA becomes the first AVR to get DTS:X. Downloading the free firmware installs DTS:X; DTS Neural:X, which coverts legacy content to 3D audio, & interactive dialogue control for 11.2 channels

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Circuit City How the Once Mighty Have Fallen... and Returned

— February 08, 2016 16:00

Circuit City How the Once Mighty Have Fallen... and Returned

Circuit City. Once the largest consumer electronics retailer in America, has announced that it will begin opening new retail outlets and an online store in June 2016. But, will they succeed this time?

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Potential Audioquest Rigged HDMI Demo Exposed

— February 01, 2016 21:00

Potential Audioquest Rigged HDMI Demo Exposed

Audiophile drama is unfolding as an Audioquest HDMI cable demo, featuring an Audioquest employee showing unrealistic changes in sound, was seemingly debunked as fraudulent by Mark Waldrep, Dr. AIX.

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Headphone Fashion Guide: Does Style Trump Sound Quality?

— January 29, 2016 09:00

Headphone Fashion Guide: Does Style Trump Sound Quality?

Today, headphone fashion is infinitely more complex. Frank Zappa once said: “No change in music style will survive unless it is accompanied by a change in clothing style.” His words were prophetic.