Shack Attack: The Future of Radio Shack as We Know it Looks Bleak

It's 8 p.m. on a Saturday night. For reasons that really aren't worth explaining, you need to connect from a micro-USB port to a mini-USB cable. But where are you going to find a male-micro-USB-to-female-mini-USB cable? Of course, you head to Radio Shack. The kid there will sell you one. But, going forward, will a New York hedge fund sell one?

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We Failed the Marshmallow Test

In the late 1960’s and early ‘70’s, psychologist Walter Mischel conducted a series of tests at Stanford University. The basic premise put a 4-year-old preschool child in a room with an adult, and two marshmallows. The adult explains that he has to leave the room for about 15 minutes. The child can eat one marshmallow while the adult is gone, but if the child waits until the adult returns, the child can eat both marshmallows. While the basic test is interesting enough, it’s the follow-up that proved most intriguing. The children who showed the most self-control/self-discipline by waiting until the adult returned grew up to have significantly higher SAT scores, lower BMIs, more self-control and self-discipline, and in general, were more successful in life. As music lovers, we failed the marshmallow test.
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Tidal Bellyflops Into a Flooded Music Market

Earlier this week, a bevy of music superstars all stood on a stage to announce the re-launch of yet another music streaming service. This one is called TIDAL. Who was there? Madonna, Jay Z, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, DeadMaus, Kanye, Chris Martin, Alicia Keys, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Jack White, and more. You know… millionaires. Millionaires who want to convince you to pay $10-$20 a month for music. Are you rolling your eyes? You’re not alone.
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Atmos Makeover: A Space Odyssey, Part 2 Page 2

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Intrigue_curious's picture

I am curious did you custom build the cabinet, or did you find it? I just wrote a review on the IC-6 OBA speaker, and a few other speakers as well. http://usemyreviews.com/?s=speaker&submit=Search

David Vaughn's picture
That's a custom built cabinet.
esappy's picture

I just noticed on The Digital Bits website that American Sniper and Jupiter Ascending arrive in June with Atmos.

Great job on the remodel! I am about ready to pull the trigger myself on upgrading to Atmos and can't wait to hear it in my own home. Looking forward to the upcoming AV8802 review.

David Vaughn's picture
Thanks!
CJLA's picture

Hey David, Any chance that you have an overhead drawing of the room? Not so much dimensions but more so one that shows the speakers in relation to the seats so we can 'see' the placement. (How far fore or aft the in-ceiling speakers are in relation to the seats, etc.) Thanks for your DIY article... Very informative!

David Vaughn's picture
I had a drawing but I may have circular filed it after I installed the overhead speakers. I'm buried right now working on two different reviews, but this is something I'll try to get to. Are you a member at AVS? Send me a PM if so on that site, if possible.
giomania's picture

Nice Noctua Fans in your equipment area, David.

Would you please share your fan control setup for the equipment area? Is it a standard PC fan controller with a 110V to 12V step-down power supply? I noticed they are all set to blow out into your theater. Is that because you don't have much space behind the equipment?

Thanks for any information you can share.

Mark

David Vaughn's picture
Mark, the fans are from Coolerguys and use their standard power controller that I have mounted on the back wall and that plugs into my power conditioner. It's temperature activated (85 F) and works wonders in the rack. No piece of equipment ever reaches over 100 degrees, even in the dead of summer and the fans are extremely quiet in their operations. The way I have them mounted actually draws cool air in from the top of the rack and pushes the warm air out the front. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Atmos Makeover: A Space Odyssey, Part 2

In Part 1 of my Atmos upgrade diary, I wrote about my unconventional home theater space with its vaulted ceiling and open floor plan, and how I eventually decided to lower the ceiling and install built-in speakers to achieve my Atmos dreams. Here, in Part 2, I’ll describe how I went about rebuilding my system for Atmos and talk about my first listening tests.
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Jay Z Relaunches Tidal with a Parade of Celebrity Artists

Jay Z relaunched the newly purchased Tidal hi-fi music streaming service with hopes that it will change the way artists are paid. Check out the details and the star-studded video of the Tidal press conference from March 30.
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Lirpa Labs MZ1-949r Soundbar Review Test Bench

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Iamhoosier1's picture

Read about a third of the article before I finally head slapped myself. Damn you.

Jackblues's picture

I won't say how far I read before...

I love this kind of stuff.

jalan's picture

I cant wait till you guys review the MK II - battery powered / portable version! Ive seen the prototype and its awesome! It runs off of 3 lead acid car batteries and has its own custom dolly for transport. I cant wait to take it camping or to the park.

ednaz's picture

Going to re-hang my big screen CRT a bit higher on the wall so I can fit the Lirpa under it.

spkrlvr's picture

The Lirpa Labs 1776 were - and still are - the best speakers no amount of money could buy. I'm so happy I own a pair! Now I need to get that sound bar, maybe even two.

prerich45's picture

I looked at the pic and the rating and instantly said "April Fool's"!!!!!

sathishdht's picture

One look at the picture, ratings...Price enough to call it April Fool

dommyluc's picture

It looks like those $40K per pair speakers that S&V occasionally has stories about. I can almost hear the old lady from "Futurama" calling it a "kajigger".

jjster6's picture

What a crap article. No explanation as to why the red tint. Until they get that figured out I don't care how good this speaker is, I'm not buying. With that fix it could be the perfect addition to my 12,000,000,000 watt system.

LarryFLA's picture

I was down to the bottom of the first page thinking,"Oh, I gotta get one of these things!", "Only a 1000$"...Then, oh this machine is just ridiculous.. "Truly magnificent return to form for Dr. Loof Lirpa" ..Who the F* is this guy...Fished in..Well done.I'd found this though on April 6th..

LarryFLA's picture

I was down to the bottom of the first page thinking,"Oh, I gotta get one of these things!", "Only a 1000$"...Then, oh this machine is just ridiculous.. "Truly magnificent return to form for Dr. Loof Lirpa" ..Who the F* is this guy...Fished in..Well done.I'd found this though on April 6th..

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Lirpa Labs MZ1-949r Soundbar Review Specs

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Iamhoosier1's picture

Read about a third of the article before I finally head slapped myself. Damn you.

Jackblues's picture

I won't say how far I read before...

I love this kind of stuff.

jalan's picture

I cant wait till you guys review the MK II - battery powered / portable version! Ive seen the prototype and its awesome! It runs off of 3 lead acid car batteries and has its own custom dolly for transport. I cant wait to take it camping or to the park.

ednaz's picture

Going to re-hang my big screen CRT a bit higher on the wall so I can fit the Lirpa under it.

spkrlvr's picture

The Lirpa Labs 1776 were - and still are - the best speakers no amount of money could buy. I'm so happy I own a pair! Now I need to get that sound bar, maybe even two.

prerich45's picture

I looked at the pic and the rating and instantly said "April Fool's"!!!!!

sathishdht's picture

One look at the picture, ratings...Price enough to call it April Fool

dommyluc's picture

It looks like those $40K per pair speakers that S&V occasionally has stories about. I can almost hear the old lady from "Futurama" calling it a "kajigger".

jjster6's picture

What a crap article. No explanation as to why the red tint. Until they get that figured out I don't care how good this speaker is, I'm not buying. With that fix it could be the perfect addition to my 12,000,000,000 watt system.

LarryFLA's picture

I was down to the bottom of the first page thinking,"Oh, I gotta get one of these things!", "Only a 1000$"...Then, oh this machine is just ridiculous.. "Truly magnificent return to form for Dr. Loof Lirpa" ..Who the F* is this guy...Fished in..Well done.I'd found this though on April 6th..

LarryFLA's picture

I was down to the bottom of the first page thinking,"Oh, I gotta get one of these things!", "Only a 1000$"...Then, oh this machine is just ridiculous.. "Truly magnificent return to form for Dr. Loof Lirpa" ..Who the F* is this guy...Fished in..Well done.I'd found this though on April 6th..

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Lirpa Labs MZ1-949r Soundbar Review

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $1,019

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Line array is audio perfection
Perfect bass
Incredible smart-home features
Minus
Design is a little common
Adds red tint to images

THE VERDICT
The Lirpa Labs MZ1-949r soundbar offers a new level of features and sound that everyone will love.

A few years ago, we reviewed the Lirpa Labs 1776, a speaker unlike any other, and a true statement in the audio world. Sadly, despite critical acclaim—it was widely considered to be the best speaker of all time—the 1776 was a commercial failure. Lirpa Labs held on briefly, with some, shall we say, “eccentric” headphones, but the company was nearly bankrupt. An ill-advised and poorly implemented app was a step too far.

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RIP, Apple Clickwheel

Students of the user interface are in mourning for Apple’s clickwheel, which passed away quietly in Cupertino, California, at the age of 13.
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