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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Aug 22, 2013 0 comments
When my kids were born, the obstetrician let me cut each one’s umbilical cord. Those cords were surprisingly tough to sever, even with a pair of super-sharp surgical scissors. Still, it’s no where near as easy as that was to cut through the clutter of cables we use to connect our AV gear together. (You didn’t see that segue coming, did you?) HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) simplified things quite a bit from the multiple-cable analog way of making connections; but, at the end of the day, an HDMI cable (regardless of its version number, speed rating, or whatever confusing denomination it happens to be a member of) is still a flippin’ cable. IOGEAR says its new $399 Wireless 5x2 HD Matrix (GWHDMS52) offers a way to get rid of one of those HDMI cables in your system – specifically one of those long suckers that are both costly and annoyingly difficult to run from component A to display B. To prove it, IOGEAR recently shipped a Wireless 5x2 HD Matrix for me to give a brief tryout. Considering the fact that I needed to rejigger the cable configuration running from the main system in my theater room to the 46” outdoor SunBriteTV still battling the elements on my back deck, I figured I had the perfect scenario to put the new wireless switcher to the test.

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HT Staff Posted: Aug 21, 2013 0 comments
Joining in on the recent “back to hi-fi” trend sweeping across the A/V industry, Yamaha is adding a new flagship integrated amplifier and CD/SACD player to its hi-fi lineup. The retro-styled A-S3000 amp ($8,000) and CD-S3000 player ($7,000) will be available in retail stores in September.
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Josef Krebs Posted: Aug 20, 2013 0 comments

Boardwalk Empire: Season 3

This is a story of fathers and sons. As previous seasons have shown, every gangster, it seems, starts as a kid with a difficult relationship with their dad and every hood has an equally important relationship with their boy. James "Jimmy" Darmody (Michael Pitt) stabs his father, Commodore Louis Kaestner (Dabney Coleman).

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2013 0 comments
Boardwalk Empire: Season 3, Shadow Dancer, Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 2, Amour, Killing Season, The Big City (Mahanagar) & Charulata (The Lonely Wife)
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Ken Richardson Posted: Aug 20, 2013 0 comments

John Mayer: Paradise Valley

New release (Columbia; tour dates)
Photo by Sam Jones

John Mayer takes another journey into the Americana he explored on last year’s Born and Raised. No wonder. Paradise Valley is named for an area not far from his home in Montana, a refuge that obviously gives him great peace, inspiring him to create music that’s closer to the land. And in further evidence that Mayer has turned a new leaf after the hiatus that was necessitated by his throat surgery and his sometimes out-of-control verbal and physical behavior, this new album is all about understatement.

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2013 0 comments

The mobile age has created more video viewing options than ever before. Do you watch movies or TV shows on a smartphone or tablet? Take the poll here.

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HT Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2013 0 comments
The mobile age has created more video viewing options than ever before. Do you watch movies or TV shows on a smartphone or tablet? Share your small-screen experiences below in Comments.
HT Poll: Do You Watch Movies or TV On a Phone or Tablet?
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HT Staff Posted: Aug 19, 2013 0 comments
Severtson Screens, the U.S.-based manufacturer of projection screens for home theater and professional applications, has introduced the SēVision 3D GX curved screen—the only acoustically transparent home theater screen offering the company’s PristiVue silver optical coating for passive 3D viewing.
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HT Staff Posted: Aug 19, 2013 0 comments

Marantz has expanded its audiophile-focused line of stereo components with the PM6005 integrated amplifier ($699) and the CD6005 CD player ($499).

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Aug 18, 2013 0 comments

This may not look like much, but it is a quantum leap in television performance.

In this long-exposure image (note how bright the iPad is in the foreground), you're looking at something incredible.

That TV you see? That TV is on.

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