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Netflix Imposes 28% Rate Hike on Existing and New Customers

— July 14, 2011 07:00

Netflix Imposes 28% Rate Hike on Existing and New Customers

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.

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AV Rant #240: Cat Bacon

— July 08, 2011 06:10

AV Rant #240: Cat Bacon

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.

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AV Rant #239: Primed

— June 30, 2011 22:23

AV Rant #239: Primed

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

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Are Active (HDMI) Cables the Future?

— June 30, 2011 06:43

Are Active (HDMI) Cables the Future?

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.

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Video Gaming Celebrates a Supreme Court Victory

— June 29, 2011 05:00

Video Gaming Celebrates a Supreme Court Victory

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.

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AV Rant #238: The Boot

— June 24, 2011 07:00

AV Rant #238: The Boot

This AV Rant podcast begins a series of interviews with one of the foremost designers in the field of electrostatic speakers. David Janszen is the son of Arthur A. Janszen, the inventor electrostats.

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Overview of Audio Testing Methodologies

— June 24, 2011 03:00

Overview of Audio Testing Methodologies

This article discusses various audio testing methodologies (ie. SBT, DBT, ABX, etc) and associated biases that may exist in each of them.

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AV Rant #237: Static

— June 16, 2011 21:50

AV Rant #237: Static

If you haven't tuned in to AV Rant in a while, Liz Vinci is the new cohost (Dina finally had enough of Tom). There has also been an interesting "Soup to Nuts" series going on.

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Nintendo Wii U, Technology and Bushido

— June 13, 2011 02:10

Nintendo Wii U, Technology and Bushido

Nintendo announced Wii U last week and failed to impress investors with behind-the-curve technology. But what the investors don’t know is that Nintendo is demonstrating the true code of the samurai.

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Smoke and Mirrors and Upgraditus

— June 07, 2011 00:50

Smoke and Mirrors and Upgraditus

Upgraditus. What is it? Well, simply defined, it is the feeling that something in your AV system needs to be changed or added. Unfortunately, manufacturers know all about it. Don't be fooled by them.

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Video: Michael Bay and James Cameron Talk 3D

— May 30, 2011 05:25

Video: Michael Bay and James Cameron Talk 3D

When Michael Bay and James Cameron sit down together to talk about 3D as it pertains to filmmaking, it's something any film aficionado should take notice of and enjoy.

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Bose: Why Audiophiles Should Stop the Hate

— May 17, 2011 06:35

Bose: Why Audiophiles Should Stop the Hate

Bose has been the punch-line of jokes from audiophiles about over-priced speakers with paper cones, patented so-called revolutionary technology. We talk about the Bose hate and why you should stop.

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Survive the PlayStation Network Hack!

— April 28, 2011 01:15

Survive the PlayStation Network Hack!

By now you've heard that the Sony PlayStation Network has been down all week. Sony finally identified that PSN was the target of an "external intrusion" and some of your personal data was compromised.

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Taxi Driver Blu-ray Movie Review

— April 05, 2011 01:15

Taxi Driver Blu-ray Movie Review

Taxi Driver is a piece of film history. Now, the Martin Scorsese thriller makes its Blu-ray debut, fully restored, and marking the 35th anniversary of the film's 1970's theatrical release

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Race to the Cloud

— April 01, 2011 02:45

Race to the Cloud

If you have a twitter account or visited the Internet at all in the last few days you've heard that Amazon has released a new cloud-based service called Cloud Drive. What it means for you.

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Treme: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review

— March 23, 2011 15:35

Treme: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review

Treme is a new drama series on HBO, sprung from the mind of David Simon, creator of the The Wire. Set in New Orleans not long after hurricane Katrina, Treme brings us average people as they rebuild

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The Tourist Blu-ray Review

— March 21, 2011 01:45

The Tourist Blu-ray Review

The Tourist is a lighthearted caper film complete with Interpol vans, overtones of romance and international espionage starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.

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Verizon Uses DirecTV

— March 18, 2011 13:54

Verizon Uses DirecTV

So I was driving my motorcycle downtown today and scoped this out of the corner of my eye. What's that? Could my eyes deceive me? A DirecTV dish positioned right next to the big Verizon Plus sign?

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Audioholics' Tom Andry Publishes First Novel - and Gives it Away!

— March 01, 2011 03:00

Audioholics' Tom Andry Publishes First Novel - and Gives it Away!

It is rare that we have something to announce other than product news. However, we are proud to announce that our own Associate Editor, Tom Andry, has released his first book Bob Moore: No Hero.

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Guitar Hero - The Future New Coke

— February 18, 2011 12:25

Guitar Hero - The Future New Coke

But don’t believe for a minute that this is the end for the Guitar Hero franchise. The game is only five years old, even by video game standards it’s just a pup. Guitar Hero is the future New Coke.

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Small Room Syndrome

— February 11, 2011 01:00

Small Room Syndrome

Most consumers won't run into the problems we do because they have the proverbial "small rooms." They aren't pushing their gear to the limit. But we do. And manufacturers don't often like it.

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Hulu Troubles Signal Networks Contempt for Internet TV

— February 10, 2011 13:20

Hulu Troubles Signal Networks Contempt for Internet TV

Bad blood growing between Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and the studios that hired him may hint at the troubles the television networks are having getting online.

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Are You Buying a TV for the Super Bowl?

— January 27, 2011 07:10

Are You Buying a TV for the Super Bowl?

According to a survey done at Twice.com, at least 4.5 million shoppers plan to take advantage of Super Bowl sales to pick up a new TV in time for the big game. That number is up 25% from 2010.

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How Not To Sell A Receiver

— December 08, 2010 03:55

How Not To Sell A Receiver

Recently I completed a series of articles comparing receivers. Beforehand I wondered how accurate are the specifications on the manufacturers websites? Not very I discovered.

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Merry Xmas from Audioholics Sponsors

— December 08, 2010 01:15

Merry Xmas from Audioholics Sponsors

Just in time for Christmas (sort of) a couple of Audioholics sponsors are running contests in our forums. Make sure to take a look at the contest rules for eligibility. Have fun and good luck!

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The Audio Breakup

— December 07, 2010 05:15

The Audio Breakup

Witness an Audioholic world where surround sound is important. The following video is a story from that world. While it may seem strange and terrifying to us, to them, it is an Audioholic life.

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The Power of the Placebo Effect in Audio & Beyond

— November 23, 2010 10:00

The Power of the Placebo Effect in Audio & Beyond

I never thought I could fall victim to the placebo effect being the skeptic that I am in nature. This article explores the power of the placebo and the importance of using a controlled DBT protocol.

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Is It Time to Drop Cable TV for Netflix, Hulu Plus and Antenna?

Mark Johnson — November 18, 2010 08:40

Is It Time to Drop Cable TV for Netflix, Hulu Plus and Antenna?

According to an article at the Financial Times, SNL Kagen reported that cableTV has suffered its largest customer drop in the past 30 years - nearly 3/4 of a million subscribers in the last quarter!