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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, the Cure for Black Ops

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.

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HDMI Forum: More Better? or Just More Money?

— October 26, 2011 10:17

HDMI Forum: More Better? or Just More Money?

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.

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Home Health & Audio Unite at CEDIA 2011

— October 14, 2011 21:45

Home Health & Audio Unite at CEDIA 2011

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.

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AV Rant Podcast #251: Umbrage

— September 30, 2011 10:05

AV Rant Podcast #251: Umbrage

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".

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

— September 22, 2011 15:50

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

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!

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Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu‑ray Review

— September 21, 2011 05:15

Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray Review

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

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CEDIA & Consumer A/V: The Minority Report

— September 19, 2011 14:08

CEDIA & Consumer A/V: The Minority Report

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.

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CEDIA Expo 2011: Energetic and Hopeful

— September 14, 2011 09:25

CEDIA Expo 2011: Energetic and Hopeful

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".

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Indianapolis Meets CEDIA 2011 and Goes Green

— August 26, 2011 15:59

Indianapolis Meets CEDIA 2011 and Goes Green

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

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

— August 25, 2011 04:30

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

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.

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

— August 11, 2011 17:05

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

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.

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A Dialogue with HDMI Licensing about DisplayPort Cables

— August 07, 2011 20:25

A Dialogue with HDMI Licensing about DisplayPort Cables

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.

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CEA Study Finds Consumers Enjoy High Quality Audio

— August 07, 2011 15:00

CEA Study Finds Consumers Enjoy High Quality Audio

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.

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AV Rant #243: Stuck on Stuff

— August 05, 2011 02:00

AV Rant #243: Stuck on Stuff

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.

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

— August 01, 2011 08:15

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

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.

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AV Rant #242: Swearing

— July 28, 2011 05:00

AV Rant #242: Swearing

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.

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AV Rant #241: Put a Glove On

— July 22, 2011 01:00

AV Rant #241: Put a Glove On

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.

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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.