Fred Manteghian

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Mar 24, 2007 0 comments

According to an AFP article at, <a href=" target="new">Nielson Tracking</a> reports CD sales for (almost) the first three months of 2007 are down 20% over the same period last year. Only 89 million retail CDs were sold year to date, compared with 112 million sold during the same period in 2006. Downloads of albums were off too, dropping from 119 million to 99 million this year.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 05, 2007 Published: Sep 06, 2007 1 comments

Jodi Sally warns us not to write anything negative about Toshiba, or else!

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 17, 1999 0 comments

L<I>indsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Elaine Hendrix, Lisa Ann Walter, Simon Kunz. Directed by Nancy Meyers. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (widescreen). Dolby Digital 5.1. 128 minutes. 1998. Walt Disney Home Video 16888. PG. $24.95.</I>

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 05, 2007 0 comments

Sharp introduced their first BD player for the US market, the not-unreasonably priced BD-HP20U ($549). The player boasts full 1080/24p output capability via its HDMI 1.3 output. The player also has component output if your high def set is old school.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 08, 2007 0 comments

Ron Phone was deep in discussion when I wandered by and I didn't disturb as I was in a rush too, but I did snap this picture of their pre/pro. I've had great things to say about Sherbourn amps in the past but was disappointed when I saw this pre/pro had no HDMI switching on back. Good thing I checked <a htref= "" target="new">their website.</a> The PT-7010A will have a separate HDMI switcher, controlled by the processor via an RS-232 port, for, hopefully seamless operation.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 04, 2006 1 comments

Microsoft's HDMI-less HD-DVD-less XBox 360 has a tumor of an add-on. For $200, you can only play HD-DVD discs <i>through </i> your 360's component output. The sign in front of the unit summarizes my thoughts on the subject succinctly.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Jun 13, 2005 0 comments

Early DLP projectors gave me headaches, literally. What's more, as little as 15 minutes in a darkened room with a DLP projector left me unable to read the printed word. I doubted Texas Instruments, manufacturer of the micromirror technology used in every DLP display, would ever have considered using me in one of their commercials. Imagine staring at large red and green dots while someone shakes your head violently enough that you begin seeing yellow. Welcome to my migraine.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 06, 2007 0 comments

Sim2 has a new projector, the C3X1080 – a three chip DLP with an anamorphic lens sled system available as an option. With 10,000:1 contrast at 2,000 lumens, the projector can handle a big screen and it did – we were treated to, what else, <i>Pirates II</i> or whatever it's called, on a 10 foot wide 2.35:1 ratio Stewart Firehawk screen. The picture was definitely bright enough in the dark room, especially considering they only use a 250 watt UHP bulb (lower power setting of 200 watts is also available).

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 26, 2013 0 comments
Sonance announced Soundbar, a non-powered center channel with adjustable widths meant to exactly match your TV. Soundbar are available in two sizes, one to match TV in the 50” to 65” diagonal range, the other for TV’s in the 70” to 80” diagonal range. However both are true three-way designs, offering six 4.5” Kevlar + Nomex lower frequency drivers and three 4.5” coaxial (midrange / tweeter) drivers. The units ship with all required mounting hardware. Pricing has not been finalized but expect at or under $2,000.
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Fred Manteghian Posted: Nov 18, 2005 3 comments

A good friend called last Saturday morning seeking A/V advice. Lots of friends do that. Very few of them actually <i>take</i> my advice though. Why? Preconceived notions, for one - once you think Bose is the best, the road home is a slow go. Polk? Don’t they just make car speakers? Rotel? Sounds like Mattel. Then there’s price. You say $500, I counter $1,000. That’s my rule of thumb. Always spend twice what you wanted to spend, and you’ll never be disappointed. But mostly, it comes down to wives. Mine is an angel. She just steps over wires and puts her tea mug down on the only corner of the end table not covered by a projector and remote controls. Boys, eat your heart out.


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