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The Death of 3D TV

The Death of 3D TV

The last manufacturers of 3D TV, Sony and LG, are set to end production on 3D sets this year. But the demise of 3D TV has been a long time coming. As flat panel HDTV became more and more affordable, 3D may have been seen as a the killer feature that got customers buying a new round of premium priced TVs. But 3D, a side-show at best, was miscast as a premium feature, and studios did it no favors by launching a flood of mediocre 3D movies that did little to showcase the standard's strength. It's no wonder 3D has such a bad reputation with consumers. RIP 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.

— January 29, 2017 08:00 in Editorials

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

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

The tractor beam has long been the stuff of science fiction, but it turns out that this technical milestone of nerd culture already exists thanks to developments in acoustic technology. Today, you can find instructions online to build your own tractor beam with a 3D printer. However, because it uses sound, the technology is limited to very small but visible objects. But it’s already being used to study the effects on life in space and shows potential as a component in a future medical tricorder. This is just another example of technology predicted by Star Trek.

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!

— January 23, 2017 12:00 in Editorials

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

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 – a start time with a very “digital” feel. The FM shutdown will run through 2017 county by county, until the last FM signal is squelched and the airwaves over Norway go cold and silent in mid-December. Is Norway the first of what may eventually become a global push to 86 FM forever?

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?

— January 12, 2017 19:00 in Editorials

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

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

It's been a tough year of loss for so many of the musicians we love, especially those that grew up in the 80s and revered them as icons. Yet, I know it’s ridiculous to blame the arbitrary goal posts in time we call a year for the loss of the many beloved celebrities gone in 2016. I’m certain our perception of 2016 is skewed, yet I can't help but be glad to see an end to this year. Rest in peace 2016. And good riddance.

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.

— December 31, 2016 10:00 in Editorials

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

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

On Monday THX announced that it was purchased by Razer, a computer gaming hardware company. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan promises to let THX run independently. Tan added that there will be collaborations bringing together THX audio experience and Razer computer technology. But many see the deal as yet another low point for the once proud THX logo. Let's take a closer look at what the deal could mean to the future of home entertainment and how it could possibly leap forward Virtual Reality technologies.

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.

— October 20, 2016 09:00 in Editorials

Interview Cary Christie of Artison Audio

Interview Cary Christie of Artison Audio

We got a chance to pick the brain of Cary Christie, a legend in the audio industry and co-founder of Infinity Loudspeakers. This interview will give you a historical perspective of Cary's contributions to the audio world as well as his roadmap for his current company Artison. If you are looking for a killer sound system with high WAF that is virtually invisible, you owe it to yourself to check out the very innovative products coming out from Artison.

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.

— August 11, 2016 00:00 in Editorials

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

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 long-awaited guidelines intended to clarify acceptable fan-fiction so that it won’t get the creative Star Trek fan sued for copyright infringement. But in doing so, it may have launched Star Trek fan-fiction’s torpedo casket into space with a solemn salute. To be or not to be is the question which we ask about the future of Star Trek fanfilm.

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.

— June 29, 2016 19:00 in Editorials

Literary Transgressions of the Audio Community

Literary Transgressions of the Audio Community

We live in an audio world of cliché, hyperbole, misinformation, lies, factoids, and general horsehockey. And those of us who toil in this arena are all somewhat guilty. It’s hard to come up with “new stuff” to say about audio and video. In this article we guide you through some of the most commonly overused audio terms in the industry. The thing you have to remember is that a tired, worn out cliché is…a tired, worn out cliché. Be sure to share your favorites in the related forum thread.

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.

— June 20, 2016 00:00 in Editorials

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

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

After success at the box office, the Star Trek franchise reboot has proven it's profitable to turn out forgettable action movies that bear only superficial similarity to the Star Trek universe. Meanwhile, fanfiction like Axanar Productions have earned recognition with high production quality this becoming easier to obtain with today's digital technology. So, why is Axanar being sued instead of hired to make the next Trek movie? Why do some Trek fans think Axanar is bad for all fanfiction? Bad rap or is Axanar Productions getting the shaft from BIG Corp?

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.

— May 18, 2016 20:00 in Editorials

Yamaha AVENTAGE AV Receiver DTS:X Firmware Listening Test Results

Yamaha AVENTAGE AV Receiver DTS:X Firmware Listening Test Results

After months of planning and executing a UHD/4k upgrade to my home theater, it was time to implement the final piece of the puzzle; a firmware update to my Yamaha RX-A2050 AV receiver that enables two key elements - DTS:X and HDMI 2.0a (for HDR). This article takes you through the process of the firmware upgrade and summarizes my experiences and listening tests of the new DTS:X format and how the upmixer compares to DSU and Yamaha's own DSP modes.

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.

— April 12, 2016 08:00 in Editorials

Exciting New AV Gear Debuts at CES 2017 Revolutionizes Home Audio

Exciting New AV Gear Debuts at CES 2017 Revolutionizes Home Audio

Audioholics is always at the forefront when it comes to finding innovative new audio products. Our industry experts search out the latest and greatest, and we separate the serious, significant products from the snake oil and the frivolous. Here is just a sampling of some of the ingenious new custom speaker items (and more) we have an advanced scoop on that will debut at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show that may just revolutionize your two-channel audiophile experience. Remember you saw it here first!

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!

— April 01, 2016 00:00 in Editorials

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

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

The wait is over. DTS:X is finally here and the Denon AVR-X7200W/WA has the distinction of being the first AVR to get the DTS:X firmware update. With our Denon X7200WA on-hand, we took DTS:X for a spin, providing the real story about its supported speaker layouts, and our listening impressions of DTS' next generation audio codec. We also checked out DTS Neural:X upmixer, which coverts legacy content to 3D immersive audio; and interactive dialogue control for up to 11.2 channels.

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

— February 12, 2016 00:00 in Editorials

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

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

Circuit City is getting the band back together. Yes, that Circuit City. Once the largest consumer electronics retailer in America turned cautionary tale for executive mismanagement, has announced that it will begin opening new retail outlets and an online store in June 2016. The stores will include a mix of in-store products and kiosks on which visitors to the new stores can order from a library of over a million products. Do you think they will succeed this time? Read on and please share your thoughts in our forum discussion.

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?

— February 08, 2016 16:00 in Editorials

Potential Audioquest Rigged HDMI Demo Exposed

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, aka Dr. AIX, in a recent blog post. A subsequent "Open Letter" from Audioquest owner William Low admitted he heard the video a year ago, found the audio difference "unbelievable", but did not ask to have the video removed until after Mark Waldrep published his findings a year later. Is this an isolated incident, or just the latest in a string of misleading behavior perpetuated in the high-end cable industry? Read on to find out and be sure to watch our recently added YouTube video discussion for further insights.

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.

— February 01, 2016 21:00 in Editorials