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SV Staff Posted: Jul 14, 2008 0 comments
It's gonna be worth the wait - Corel's WinDVD Blu-ray playback software has received certification for BD-Live, or BD Profile 2.0. This certification is granted after guidelines and standards are checked by the Blu-ray Disc Association. The...
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 14, 2008 0 comments

When I answered the door and saw the UPS man standing there with a massive box, I knew that Denon's AVR-5308CI had finally arrived after a series of misadventures. (Don't ask.)

Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 14, 2008 0 comments
Too good to sit on the shelf.

In these pages, you’ll see small speakers referred to as monitors, stand-mounts, or—if they’re small enough—satellites. But rarely as bookshelf speakers. As I’ve often said, a bookshelf is a terrible place for a speaker. Unless it’s designed specifically for in- or on-wall use, a speaker belongs a few feet out from the wall to minimize undesirable acoustic interaction with the wall. So don’t refer to the Epos M12i as a bookshelf speaker. They’d never forgive you for it. They have an artistic sensibility, and that extends to the M8i center-channel speaker and M SUB subwoofer.

Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 14, 2008 0 comments
Opening a whole new can of bass.

It took two fairly determined UPS delivery men to get the SVS PC-Ultra sub off the truck, up the five steps into my building, and up to my apartment. At least it’s an elevator building. They delivered it with a sunny smile, probably visualizing the red-faced sweat that would ensue when I uncrated the 85-pound product. Wondering what demented impulse made me agree to review this 4-foot-tall monster, I waltzed the massive carton into my work space, slit it down the broad side, removed a sheet of padding, tipped over the box, and wondered what the hell would happen next. The giant cylinder-shaped subwoofer obligingly solved the problem by rolling out of the carton. This seemed to be a good omen. It cheered me up immediately.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 14, 2008 0 comments
The movie industry's longtime claims of home piracy may have some basis in fact. According to a study by Futuresource Consulting, one out of three American and British consumers surveyed admitted to copying DVDs. The news comes as revenues from DVD sales have moved from a long period of steady increase to the start of a decline.
Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jul 13, 2008 0 comments
JBL Classic Sound Redux ES80 JBL ES80 Having used JBL speakers in recording studios and at home for many years, there's something about them I've always found reassuring.
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Sure, you know that Elliot Scheiner, Frank Filipetti, and other producer/engineers are fans of surround sound. But among artists, you'll find no bigger champion of multichannel music than Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson.

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Ken Korman Posted: Jul 13, 2008 0 comments
The Weinstein Company
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You've got to hand

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Ken Richardson Posted: Jul 13, 2008 0 comments
Disney
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I remember walking out of the first National Treasure

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Rad Bennett Posted: Jul 13, 2008 0 comments
Universal
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Although he didn't ge

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