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Recent Home Theater Editorials

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey...into Bad HT Video Technology

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey...into Bad HT Video Technology

— March 06, 2013 07:55

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was filmed in High Frame Rate 3D but it was criticized for looking too real – so real it looked artificial.

The Inside Story: A Prognosis of Best Buy from a Veteran Employee

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The Inside Story: A Prognosis of Best Buy from a Veteran Employee

— March 04, 2013 06:20

I started working for Best Buy during high school and continued with them all the way through my undergrad and into graduate school. This has given me an inside view into the failings of the company.

Samsung Introduces HomeSync Android TV at Mobile World Congress 2013

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Samsung Introduces HomeSync Android TV at Mobile World Congress 2013

— February 28, 2013 05:10

Samsung has introduced HomeSync Android TV a set-top box for your home theater system that runs on Android Jelly Bean. The biggest questions are what will it cost and how quickly will it take off?

What Sony PlayStation 4 Brings to Your Home Theater System

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What Sony PlayStation 4 Brings to Your Home Theater System

— February 24, 2013 04:15

The PlayStation 4 looks like it will deliver exactly what the gaming public wants in a big-screen media experience: More power, more connectivity, smoother frame rates and better all-around graphics

Speaker Manufacturers: Internet Direct vs Brick and Mortar

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Speaker Manufacturers: Internet Direct vs Brick and Mortar

, — February 13, 2013 06:00

Many disagree about advantages and disadvantages of Internet direct (ID) manufacturers versus manufacturers with traditional distributions models. Here's our two-cents with our YouTube discussion.

Farewell Sony MiniDisc

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Farewell Sony MiniDisc

— February 06, 2013 05:45

Sony quietly announced the release of the stereo system to feature its MiniDisc format. Frankly, we were surprised to hear the 20-plus year old format was still alive at all. MiniDisc never caught on.

MartinLogan Interview on Electrostatic Speaker Design

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MartinLogan Interview on Electrostatic Speaker Design

— January 02, 2013 07:00

We recently took a tour of the MartinLogan headquarters in Kansas and sat down for an interview with their Chief Audio Technologist, Joe Vojtko.

DIY Loudspeakers: Can You Build "Better" Than Professional Designs?

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DIY Loudspeakers: Can You Build "Better" Than Professional Designs?

— December 27, 2012 14:45

DIY enthusiasts often think they can build a better loudspeaker than a professional. This article explores why this is often the case surrounding speakers but not other devices. Share your thoughts.

Tip of the Day: The Audio Sweet Spot

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Tip of the Day: The Audio Sweet Spot

— December 19, 2012 22:02

The sweet spot is that one magical place in any listening room where sound waves meet to transform the lucky occupant to audio nirvana. Some tips to enjoy that location.

FCC Forces Cable Companies to Support HD Streaming on Network Devices

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FCC Forces Cable Companies to Support HD Streaming on Network Devices

— December 10, 2012 08:00

The FCC is forcing all cable companies to support streaming HD content from a cable box to network devices by 2014.

2012 Audioholics GTG Event Sneak Peek

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2012 Audioholics GTG Event Sneak Peek

— October 26, 2012 18:40

This is a sneak peek of our 2012 Audioholics GTG event this October 27th that gives you an idea of the equipment being demoed and also hints at prizes and other perks. Register now

Spock's Beard Progressive Rock Band Informational & Interview

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Spock's Beard Progressive Rock Band Informational & Interview

Steve DellaSala — October 22, 2012 22:15

Spock’s Beard have been widely recognized as a premier progressive rock band since their first album titled The Light in 1995. This detailed interview of the band provides also background.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 Blu-ray Review

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 Blu-ray Review

— September 27, 2012 19:20

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 leaps from the pages of the original 1986 four-issue comic book series into a magnificent DC home animation on Blu-ray.

It's Official: All Pop Music is Loud and Sounds the Same

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It's Official: All Pop Music is Loud and Sounds the Same

— July 27, 2012 08:35

According to a report on Reuters, our original take on the shrinking Dynamic Range was spot on. Scientists in Spain were able to more or less use a database of the past 50 years of music to "prove"

Status Acoustics Titus 8T Loudspeaker System Q&A Interview

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Status Acoustics Titus 8T Loudspeaker System Q&A Interview

— July 23, 2012 10:25

We were fortunate enough to have Shane Rich (Chief Engineer for RBH Sound / Status Acoustics) on site to help install their new Titus 8T Flagship speaker system in our primary reference room.

Contest: Be the First to Audition the New SVS SB13-Ultra Series Sealed Subwoofer and Win It!

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Contest: Be the First to Audition the New SVS SB13-Ultra Series Sealed Subwoofer and Win It!

— July 10, 2012 22:20

Sign up and tell us why you should be selected as one of 3 Beta Sub Auditioners. If selected by Audioholics, SVS will ship you their new SB13-Ultra sub to spend two weeks testing and auditioning it!

Interview: Michael J. Koss Introduces STRIVA Wi-Fi Headphones

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Interview: Michael J. Koss Introduces STRIVA Wi-Fi Headphones

— June 07, 2012 05:00

Audioholics sat down with Michael J. Koss, President and CEO of Koss Corporation and son of the company’s founder, John C. Koss. The historic Koss headphone company is now producing wi-fi headphones.

Car Audio Head Units Belong in Space Shuttles, Not Cars

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Car Audio Head Units Belong in Space Shuttles, Not Cars

— May 22, 2012 04:45

Our new head unit was harder to control than the space shuttle. I mean it. We were fairly certain we could land the Endeavor before we could master all of the features of our new CD receiver.

Dolby Atmos Coming to Theaters Near You

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Dolby Atmos Coming to Theaters Near You

— May 14, 2012 10:15

The new Dolby Atmos platform one-ups ads a new frontier in sound - the upper hemisphere. Theaters featuring Dolby’s new Atmos technology will expand sound into discrete channels above the audience.

Audioquest Cable "BoomBox" Demo: Legit Science or Slick Marketing?

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Audioquest Cable "BoomBox" Demo: Legit Science or Slick Marketing?

— April 18, 2012 13:30

Are hi-end cables, like those by Audioquest, worth the money? We sat in on an Audioquest demo to let them try to convince us of the differences. Here's what we heard and saw.

AV Rant #280: Ego Stroker

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AV Rant #280: Ego Stroker

— April 04, 2012 07:45

Lots of news, reviews, and updates including a comparison of iTunes Match and Mastered for iTunes to an original CD recording. Plus lots more!

Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review

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Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review

— March 05, 2012 09:45

HBO has turned the Game of Thrones into a television drama masterpiece with as much care and attention to detail as the its finest work.

What Home Theater Can Learn from Apple

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What Home Theater Can Learn from Apple

— February 28, 2012 06:05

if Apple had designed the home theater system, the first thing they would have done is sit down in front of a TV and said, "Now, how SHOULD this work?" They wouldn't be sitting in a lab somewhere.

AV Rant #273: Interview with PJ Pesce

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AV Rant #273: Interview with PJ Pesce

— February 24, 2012 19:47

For this special episode of AV Rant, Tom welcomes Clint DeBoer, Editor in Chief of Audioholics and PJ Pesce. PJ is a writer, director, musician and more. Warning: mild use of language in this episode.

AV Rant #272: Badmouthing the Brits

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AV Rant #272: Badmouthing the Brits

— February 24, 2012 00:25

This week, Tom admits he was wrong (don’t tell his wife) about iCloud Match. Liz liked Tom’s article on Defining Confusing Audio Terms. Why aren’t we shooting video in 120Hz? Plus lots more!

Defining Confusing Audio Terms

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Defining Confusing Audio Terms

— February 21, 2012 05:15

In any industry, you'll run into specific lexicons. These are words that may mean completely different things to different people. We've taken some and listed them, along with their definitions, here.

The Insanity of Marketing Disguised as Loudspeaker Science

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The Insanity of Marketing Disguised as Loudspeaker Science

— February 09, 2012 13:25

This article is an opinion piece on why you simply cannot declare Speaker XXX is better than Speaker YYY based on a few measurement graphs or so called "DBT's" conducted by a manufacturer.

Why We Measure Audio Equipment Performance

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Why We Measure Audio Equipment Performance

— January 31, 2012 18:50

This article explores the question why we measure audio component performance. We take you on a tour of the various A/V components we review, and how our measurements can/cannot relate audibly.