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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.

Internet Victory as SOPA, PIPA Lose Steam

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Internet Victory as SOPA, PIPA Lose Steam

— January 19, 2012 07:30

The SOPA and PIPA bills are withering away as Internet activism seems to have scored a victory.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the Cure for Black Ops

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the Cure for Black Ops

— November 09, 2011 14:25

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 marathon - my ears are still ringing from the machine gun and artillery fire. But I'm thoroughly invigorated and this game is one of the most anticipated of 2011.

HDMI Forum: More Better? or Just More Money?

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HDMI Forum: More Better? or Just More Money?

— October 26, 2011 10:17

This week, HDMI Licensing created a whole new organization, HDMI Forum, Inc. The new organization is supposedly intended to bring more people into the process of developing the HDMI specification.

Home Health & Audio Unite at CEDIA 2011

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Home Health & Audio Unite at CEDIA 2011

— October 14, 2011 21:45

The health and CE markets appear to be merging. From under the bed TV mounts with automation, to computerless & wireless email and printing, disabled consumers are covered.

AV Rant Podcast #251: Umbrage

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AV Rant Podcast #251: Umbrage

— September 30, 2011 10:05

Liz names her first podcast... and we note the deplorable lack of innuendo. Oh well, she's still learning. If you haven't already, please check out Tom's Master of Macabre story entitled "Fresh Air".

Steve Wilson "Grace for Drowning" Blu-ray 5.1 Music Release

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Steve Wilson "Grace for Drowning" Blu-ray 5.1 Music Release

— September 22, 2011 15:50

Steve Wilson releases "Grace for Drowning" on Blu-ray in 5.1 HD surround sound with video content for every song. If you are a fan of progressive rock or great music in general, check it out!

Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray Review

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Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray Review

— September 21, 2011 05:15

When the release of Star Wars was finally announced as heading to the Blu-ray format, it was met with much trepidation from fans. Fear and rumor spread across the Internet

CEDIA & Consumer A/V: The Minority Report

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CEDIA & Consumer A/V: The Minority Report

— September 19, 2011 14:08

According to research, up to 63% of women have the final say so in A/V related product purchases. The industry needs to address this and better market its need in our daily lifestyles.

CEDIA Expo 2011: Energetic and Hopeful

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CEDIA Expo 2011: Energetic and Hopeful

— September 14, 2011 09:25

I can't explain why, but this year's 2011 CEDIA could be best described as energetic and hopeful. While the economy hasn't fully recovered, there was a sense that "we are all in this together".

Indianapolis Meets CEDIA 2011 and Goes Green

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Indianapolis Meets CEDIA 2011 and Goes Green

— August 26, 2011 15:59

See how Indianapolis and CEDIA "Green up" and find out what new technologies are available in health and home for A/V and beyond.

Best Buy Sells Its Soul with Rent-A-Center Kiosks?

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Best Buy Sells Its Soul with Rent-A-Center Kiosks?

— August 25, 2011 04:30

Rent-A-Center (RAC) is lining up a new program to offer electronics to people who, frankly, cannot afford them. And they are teaming up with Best Buy via in-house kiosks and a no-credit-check process.

Steve Wilson of Porcupine Tree on the Degradation of Audio Quality & the Music Industry

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Steve Wilson of Porcupine Tree on the Degradation of Audio Quality & the Music Industry

— August 11, 2011 17:05

This article shares lead singer of Pprcupine Tree Steve Wilson's views on compressed audio and the state of the music industry today. Support high res audio and educate the masses to preserve the art.

A Dialogue with HDMI Licensing about DisplayPort Cables

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A Dialogue with HDMI Licensing about DisplayPort Cables

— August 07, 2011 20:25

HDMI Licensing's latest "snafu" had to do with HDMI Licensing declaring HDMI to Mini DisplayPort cables persona non grata and (more or less) telling HDMI Licensees not to sell them.

CEA Study Finds Consumers Enjoy High Quality Audio

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CEA Study Finds Consumers Enjoy High Quality Audio

— August 07, 2011 15:00

So this week the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ventured into the realm of user listening preferences and released the results of a new study. The study explored the demand for HQ audio.

AV Rant #243: Stuck on Stuff

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AV Rant #243: Stuck on Stuff

— August 05, 2011 02:00

Part two of Liz's Soup to Nuts on streaming this week is about storage. More than you ever wanted to know about servers, clouds, and NAS. Plus ESPN3D and AT&T, modular design, Velodyne, and more.

Active vs Passive 3DTV Polarizes Industry, Experts and Consumers Alike

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Active vs Passive 3DTV Polarizes Industry, Experts and Consumers Alike

— August 01, 2011 08:15

3D HDTV technology has polarized the TV industry! Two opposing camps have emerged with different methods of achieving 3D effects for home televisions, and each side is claiming superiority.

AV Rant #242: Swearing

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AV Rant #242: Swearing

— July 28, 2011 05:00

Hear Liz's first in a three part series on streaming content. This week - where to get it. Also, Tom talks about his $2k receiver comparison article, Star Wars Blu-ray money grab, and cool installs.

AV Rant #241: Put a Glove On

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AV Rant #241: Put a Glove On

— July 22, 2011 01:00

If you read our $600 receiver comparison article, you'll want to hear this podcast. Tom talks all about it. Plus Liz breaks down Spotify for you and promises to host the next Soup to Nuts.

Netflix Imposes 28% Rate Hike on Existing and New Customers

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Netflix Imposes 28% Rate Hike on Existing and New Customers

— July 14, 2011 07:00

While Netflix would like to hide rate increases under the garb of "better reflect[ing] the costs of each" and giving its customers "a choice", what it amounts to is the company passing along costs.

AV Rant #240: Cat Bacon

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AV Rant #240: Cat Bacon

— July 08, 2011 06:10

Despite the random name, there are quite a few important issues discussed on this podcast. This week Tom and Liz talk about the new Vizio CinemaWide displays, MoviePass, PlayLater, and Netflix.

AV Rant #239: Primed

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AV Rant #239: Primed

— June 30, 2011 22:23

This AV Rant podcast contains part two in a series of interviews with one of the foremost designers in the field of electrostatic speakers, David Janszen. Also, Tom and Liz talk about the latest in HT

Are Active (HDMI) Cables the Future?

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Are Active (HDMI) Cables the Future?

— June 30, 2011 06:43

We've espoused What's Wrong with HDMI before, but we're now wondering if we've just hit a wall. If, from here on out, even shorter runs of HDMI are going to more or less have to be active.

Video Gaming Celebrates a Supreme Court Victory

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Video Gaming Celebrates a Supreme Court Victory

— June 29, 2011 05:00

A California regulation that would ban the sale or rental of violent video games to minors met final defeat at the Supreme Court on Monday.