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HT Staff Posted: May 14, 2013 3 comments
The results of last week’s survey are in. We asked if you use your smartphone or tablet to control A/V gear and nearly two-thirds of the 838 respondents said no, although...
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HT Staff Posted: May 13, 2013 0 comments
Harman’s Luxury Audio Group announced that it is now shipping the Mark Levinson 40th Anniversary No. 52 Reference Dual-Monaural Preamplifier, which is being hailed as the finest preamplifier ever created by Mark Levinson.
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HT Staff Posted: May 09, 2013 0 comments
A 3D camcorder plus a high-end soundbar, wireless music system, and serious digital music player from three classic audio brands, and other cool stuff...
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HT Staff Posted: May 08, 2013 0 comments
Hollywood special-effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen died May 7 in London. He was 92. While not a household name, Harryhausen is know for his work on such classic films as Mighty Joe Young (1949) and Clash of the Titans (1981). In his memory we present Chris Chiarella's 2008 interview with Harryhausen.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Apr 23, 2013 0 comments
Will 2013 be the year of high-quality wireless audio?

Jim Venable, president of the Wireless Speaker & Audio Association (WiSA), thinks so. The association was formed in 2011 to develop interoperability testing and compliance programs for wireless products with a focus on multichannel surround sound systems.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 24, 2013 Published: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
Want to download movies onto the world’s coolest media server with the potential for Blu-ray-quality” video and lossless surround? Welcome to the Kaleidescape download store.
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HT Staff Posted: Apr 15, 2013 1 comments
The results of last week’s survey are in. We asked where you shop for and buy A/V gear and the top response from 328 of the survey’s 1,220 respondents was “wherever I can get the best deal.” In the number two and three spots with 278 and 202 votes, respectively, were...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 05, 2013 2 comments
Roger Ebert (1942-2013) transcended his identity as the nation's most respected movie critic to teach valuable lessons about cinema, technology, and finally about life and death.

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HT Staff Posted: Apr 04, 2013 0 comments
The magic of high-performance audio takes center stage at the New York Audio Show, Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April14 at the New York Palace Hotel. The show will host more than 80 exhibitors representing 250 brands and feature compelling special events. Click here for the list of exhibitors.
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HT Staff Posted: Mar 31, 2013 0 comments
In memory of legendary music producer and engineer Phil Ramone, who passed away on Saturday, March 30, we present Steve Guttenberg's 2006 interview with Ramone.
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HT Staff Posted: Mar 29, 2013 1 comments
Cool stuff to check out: Invisible speakers, super-charged home theater PC, voice-controlled media streamer, screwdriver remote and some seriously quirky earbuds. And that's not all...
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Mar 21, 2013 1 comments
Denmark’s Bang & Olufsen has always had a knack for style, but the BeoLab 12 Series speakers just might be the most elegant-looking speakers you can put on a stand or—even better—hang on the wall next to a flat-panel TV in a modern room.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 20, 2013 6 comments
Back during the analog TV era, a well-regarded manufacturer offered me a rear-projection set—not for review, just for my own use. I turned it down. I didn’t want one of those big, butt-ugly things in my living room. In later years, RPTV went high def, slimmed down, and became the best buy in big-screen TV in terms of inches per dollar. But that wasn’t enough to save it. In the closing jingle-bell months of last year, the one remaining RPTV manufacturer pulled the plug, and the product category quietly passed into history.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Mar 20, 2013 5 comments
At a press conference in Manhattan today marked by celebrity guest appearances of super model Kate Upton, Super Bowl quarterback Eli Manning, and super-rapper Flo Rida, Samsung officially introduced its 2013 TV line and availability for a new F8500 super plasma. Along with Panasonic’s much anticipated ZT plasma series that will debut soon, the F8500 is said to represent a new level of performance for a category that remains much beloved by A/V enthusiasts as the gold standard for image quality.

Simultaneously, Samsung announced that its 85-inch Ultra HD model, the UHD-S9 first shown at CES (photo above), will be available for preorders on the Samsung.com Web site at the end of March.

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HT Staff Posted: Mar 18, 2013 0 comments
The results of last week’s survey are in. We asked what your next A/V entertainment upgrade will be and 198 of the survey’s 1,411 respondents said they’re holding out for a hybrid 4K/OLED TV like the one Panasonic is promising (shown).

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