Sort By: Post Date | Title | Publish Date
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 23, 2007 Published: Mar 23, 2007 0 comments
Trappist ale on a beer budget.

I admired the HSU Research HB-1 horn-loaded loudspeaker when I first heard it at the Home Entertainment Show in Los Angeles in June 2006. Nearby demo rooms were stuffed with megabucks two-channel gear, much of which simply didn't approach the directness of this $125 budget wonder. I blogged my first response, and it's a good thing I still feel that way, because now it's printed right on the HB-1's carton: "This speaker may become the underground bestseller of 2006." Make that 2007. Aside from the year, I stand by my original impression.

Filed under
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 23, 2007 0 comments
Sony will offer replacements for 20 defective glitch-prone DVD titles. The cause of the defect is yet another digital rights management scheme that's gone wacky.
Filed under
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 20, 2007 0 comments
The latest challenge to the music industry comes from musicians themselves. Some of them are re-recording their hits to capture licensing revenue that otherwise would go to their record companies.
Filed under
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 19, 2007 0 comments
The federal government's Copyright Royalty Board refused this week to reconsider an earlier decision to impose a massive rate hike on Internet radio broadcasters starting May 15. Depending on whom you ask, this is either a victory for recording artists or the finally tolling of the bell for net radio.
Filed under
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 18, 2007 0 comments
Recent doings at Circuit City may be of interest in the wake of the mass firings reported here and elsewhere. The story became a Primedia trifecta--covered here, on the Stereophile site, and on the Ultimate AV site--in addition to wide coverage elsewhere including a stern editorial in the New York Times.
Filed under
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 17, 2007 0 comments
The iPod may about to go wireless, if reports from Taiwanese component makers are to be believed.
Filed under
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 16, 2007 0 comments
Don't know who to support in the format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD? Those who have firmly decided not to decide got another option Friday as Samsung announced the long-rumored BD-UP5000 combi player. That makes Samsung the second manufacturer to market a high-def combi, following LG.
Filed under
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 13, 2007 0 comments
The long wait for OLED may be over before the end of the year. Sony says it will begin selling these next-generation flat panel TVs in late 2007 and other manufacturers are readying them for 2009.
Filed under
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 12, 2007 0 comments
February brought bad news for plasma TV makers. Plasmas clocked their first year-over-year drop in sales with a 16 percent drop in dollar volume, according to the NPD Group. Pricing was down more than 35 percent with the average plasma selling for $1672. This is, of course, good news for consumers and we showed our appreciation by driving up unit sales 30 percent. Forty-two inch models are most popular though 50-inchers are gaining.
Filed under
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 11, 2007 0 comments
Bet you didn't even know there's a new feature in the digital rights management for Blu-ray and HD DVD that would let you make backup copies on a controlled basis. It's called managed copy. Unfortunately you may never get to use it.

Pages