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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jun 11, 2008 0 comments

After 4 years of testy hostility and 2 more years of bare-knuckled conflict, the war between HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc came to an abrupt end. Hours before the start of the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Warner Bros. announced that it was abandoning HD DVD. Warner is the largest studio in the home-entertainment market, and its decision tipped the scales.

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Mike Mettler Posted: May 31, 2006 0 comments

Like the Rolling Stones, Styx continues to gather no moss. Singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw has been a member of these perennially successful road warriors - perhaps best known for enduring rock hits like "Renegade," "Come Sail Away," and "Too Much Time on My Hands" - for 30 years and counting.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Mar 22, 2011 0 comments

Good is good. It's a simple adage, but one that's especially true when it comes to music. Genre and predetermined preferences should be secondary if you're truly interested in having your ears entertained, challenged, and enriched.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Jun 23, 2003 0 comments

Photos by Ebet Roberts Molotov photo courtesy of Universal Looking through some past Austins: I told you 'bout punk-happy Donnas. You know the place where everything's Norah. . . .

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Billy Altman's Top 10 CDs of 2007

1. Radiohead: In Rainbows (radiohead.com). You get what you pay for - and whatever you decide will be worth every cent, as Thom Yorke and crew continue in their ever-surprising, ever-expansive way. As they say: no static at all. 2.

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S&V's Top 10 DVDs of 2007

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Rad Bennett's Top 9 DVDs of 2007

1. Rome: Season 2 (HBO, 5 discs). Rome in all its gory glory, a miniseries with such high production values that you'll feel like you're watching a movie. First-rate DVD transfers are accompanied by enough extras to keep you happy all winter. 2.
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James K. Willcox Posted: May 06, 2006 0 comments
1. I'm happy with DVD. Why should I care about high-definition discs?

While both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc offer a number of improvements over DVD, the most obvious one is picture quality. DVD was a huge leap in both convenience and performance over VHS, but its 480i resolution is well below the 720p, 1080i, and 1080p images both high-def disc formats can produce.

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John Sciacca Posted: Mar 31, 2004 0 comments
Everybody's had the experience of being breathlessly told some fantastic tale of woe as if it were gospel truth.
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David Katzmaier Posted: Apr 09, 2003 0 comments
Photo by Tony Cordoza All diagrams by Dimitry Schidlovsky except for the LCD which is by Mark Schrieder. Given that cathode-ray tubes (CRTs) provide the best pictures, why are so many companies moving away from tubes and into new technologies? Because that's how they can make the thinner and lighter TVs everybody's clamoring for.
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Mike Mettler Posted: Jul 04, 2008 0 comments

Are you happy with how Eagle Vision's Classic Albums DVD of The Doors turned out? I think it's great. Somebody said to me, "Gee, you guys are still willing to talk about it." And I said, "Well, of course. We loved making the first album. We had a lot of fun." Why?

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Apr 02, 2011 0 comments

GREETINGS, PROGRAMS!

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Karl Tennant Posted: May 06, 2008 0 comments

If your two greatest loves in this world are your home theater and your dog Sparky, you may have learned the hard way that they don't always play nice together. Let's face it: As domesticated as modern pets are, they can't exactly be expected to know what those remote controls are for, or that scratching a plasma TV screen is way worse than chewing a slipper.

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Michael Antonoff Posted: Feb 21, 2013 0 comments
So desperate are the networks to keep you cuffed to their shows that they’ve been launching apps for the second screen. Made for the tablets and smartphones to which viewers’ eyes keep darting—often at the expense of the TV screen—these apps are intended to boost fan loyalty.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 14, 2009 0 comments
THX, Dolby, and Audyssey deliver reference-level punch at lower volumes.

You know the drill. You’re just getting into the latest action blockbuster on your new home theater rig when a still, small voice wafts gently into your SPL-addled ear. “Isn’t that a bit loud?” Or perhaps the voice comes screeching in from another room. “I can’t hear myself think in here.” Or there’s a knock at the front door from the men in blue, demanding that you surrender your assault rifle in exchange for a fun stay in the slam with Tony the Hammer.

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