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Brent Butterworth Posted: Jul 03, 2013 0 comments

In my career as a reviewer, I've always focused totally on home and portable products, because other speaker categories seemed so different and I figured I couldn't be good at everything.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Jul 02, 2013 0 comments

The Producers

When on-the-skids Broadway theatrical hustler Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) has his financial books examined by timid, nervous nebbish accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), the casual conversation that ensues persuades each of them that by producing a really, really dreadful play in order to ensure a massive flop, they can make more money than if they had a hit.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Jul 02, 2013 0 comments

In the days around the Fourth of July, the people who run record companies take a lot of time off. They assume you’re more interested in having picnics and watching fireworks than in buying music. Accordingly, this is a customarily light week on the album-release schedule.

Of course, you could always celebrate the holiday by cueing up some “American” albums that have already been released this year, such as Patty Griffin’s American Kid, the Putumayo label’s American Playground, and Willie Nile’s American Ride. Then there’s Wings over America. And don’t forget that bree is an All American Girl.

Yolanda Kondonassis is another American girl (born in Norman, Oklahoma), and if you’d like to hear some American music, you could (with a nod to Tom Petty) listen to her harp:

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Michelle McCarthy Posted: Jul 02, 2013 0 comments
Your favorite celebrities and movie characters need not be strictly relegated to the big screen in your home theater. With life-size cardboard cutouts, you have yet another choice when it comes to decorating ideas.
Daniel Kumin Posted: Jul 02, 2013 0 comments

First, the obvious: The Astell&Kern AK100 is beautiful, both visually and in tactile terms, much the same way as the first iPod you ever saw was. Who cares what it is or what it does? You just want to hold it. And own it.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 01, 2013 0 comments
Online streaming outfits are turning themselves into studios, bankrolling movies and TV series. Before you scoff, did you watch Netflix’s House of Cards? We did, blasting through all 13 episodes in the first month of availability. The series, with Kevin Spacey as a Machiavellian congressman, has made 86 percent of Netflix subscribers less likely to cancel, says a Cowen and Co. survey. We can’t wait for the second “season.”
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Shane Buettner Posted: Jul 01, 2013 0 comments
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Few films are worthy of a movie about the movie, but director Terry Gilliam’s 1985 dystopian fantasy Brazil is among the legendary few. A flawed but inspired masterpiece, the film remains a Hollywood cautionary tale for the standoff between Gilliam and Universal’s then-chief Sid Sheinberg, who refused to release the film and even ordered a sappy, discordant re-edit that excised some 40 minutes from Gilliam’s original cut. In retrospect, the heavy-handed efforts of Universal’s “black tower” to wrest artistic control from Gilliam only underscored Brazil’s anti-totalitarian satire and unwittingly aided its underground success.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 01, 2013 0 comments
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Written by novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie and produced as a London stage play in 1904, Peter Pan has become a timeless classic, finding its way onto stage, screen, and television. But it’s this 1953 Disney film that defines the story for most modern audiences.
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HT Staff Posted: Jul 01, 2013 11 comments
The recent announcement that ESPN is shuttering its 3D channel at the end of the year is raising questions about interest in 3DTV. What’s your take on 3D? If you're a fan, tell us about your favorite 3D movies and programs. And if you're not a fan, tell us why you don't like it.
What’s your take on 3DTV?
I love it! My TV has passive 3D capability and I watch movies in 3D all the time
4% (63 votes)
I love it! My TV has active 3D capability (with battery-powered glasses) and I watch movies in 3D all the time
9% (159 votes)
I couldn’t care less… My TV has passive 3D capability but I never use it
4% (72 votes)
I couldn’t care less… My TV has active 3D capability (with battery-powered glasses) but I never use it
12% (213 votes)
It’s okay… My TV has passive 3D capability and I occasionally watch 3D movies
4% (77 votes)
It’s okay… My TV has active 3D capability (with battery-powered glasses) and I occasionally watch 3D movies
16% (277 votes)
3D glasses drive me crazy
5% (93 votes)
I don’t care about 3D one way or the other
45% (785 votes)
Total votes: 1739
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Brent Butterworth Posted: Jun 30, 2013 0 comments

The companies that have most benefitted from the headphone boom are the ones who are great at marketing but don't know much about audio engineering. (Yet.) Two of the hottest brands in the biz are Beats and Skullcandy, companies that didn't even exist when the iPod debuted.

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