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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 22, 2013 0 comments
Amazon has added Compact Discs to an existing trade-in program that already embraces Blu-ray, DVD, games, books, and electronics. There are two categories: Like New, for unscratched discs with original packaging and artwork in mint condition; and Good, for playable discs with light scratches and other disc or packaging blemishes. Send your stuff to Amazon, with free shipping, and a virtual gift card will be credited to your account. Trade-in lucre might be anything from $1.40 for Adele’s 21 to $5.30 for the Special Edition of Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick 2 to $35 for the 13-disc Rolling Stones box set. Of course, some people like having physical media in their libraries, and others may want to keep their audio-codec options open for future reconversions. But if you really hate all that plastic—so much that you want it gone now—here’s your chance to get rid of it and get paid. Amazon will gladly let you consume the credit as new downloads. Search eligible items on amazon.com.
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Josef Krebs Posted: Jan 22, 2013 0 comments

Ivan's Childhood

Many big-budget movies are actually radio serials with special effects. Many dramas are just theatrical productions that have leaked off the stage. And then there are real films of which this is one. Mood and meaning are created by the visuals and cinematic language, not just the music.

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Jan 22, 2013 0 comments

With so many mainstream companies getting into the soundbar biz, much of the action in that category seems to have shifted over to the CEDIA Expo. Still, CES 2013 did reveal a few new soundbar models. Some, like the Vizios shown above, blew away showgoers with their sound quality.

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Jan 21, 2013 0 comments

The town of Baker sits like a wart on the side of the I-15, somewhere in the desolation between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. A bizarre bastion of fast-food consumerism and price-gouged gasoline, it exists only as a way station for those optimistically heading to the City of Sin, or disillusioned, returning to the City of Angles.

Most years, it's my one and only stop, a quick tank top-off before the final push. This year, it's my third. One of the stops was a nap. I am not well.

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Chris Chiarella Posted: Jan 19, 2013 0 comments
An unlikely autobiography, an under-the-radar Cronenberg flick and an unsettling drama ripped from today's paranoia-fueled headlines make for offbeat Blu-ray viewing.
Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Jan 18, 2013 0 comments
From a sea of new earbuds and headphones to a jaw-dropping virtual surround demo, HT's resident comedian Darryl Wilkinson takes one last look at some of CES 2013's coolest things...
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Brent Butterworth Posted: Jan 18, 2013 0 comments

We're pretty much concluded S+V's extensive coverage of CES 2013, so we thought it'd be nice to collect all the articles we wrote in one place for easy browsing.

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Jan 17, 2013 0 comments

I really hate Aerosmith. No band causes me to change the radio faster than when I hear the first few notes of any Aerosmith song.

Unfortunately, of the many genres of music I enjoy, "classic rock" is one of the few you can find on the radio dial. And no matter where you go, it's universal: classic rock radio is horrible.

Why?

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 16, 2013 880 comments
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