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Fred Manteghian Posted: Mar 03, 2007 0 comments

I never thought picking out 50 songs to download from emusic.com's website would be so difficult. I never thought it would take the full two weeks time I was allotted. Any more than two weeks, and I would have ipso facto agreed to begin having $10 or so deducted from my credit card on a monthly basis, in return for which I'd be entitled to download another 30 songs a month.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Feb 24, 2007 8 comments

One of the biggest ripoffs in the world is from a company that professes to be in business of preventing the commitment thereof. Yeah, I'm talking about the folks at Consumer Reports. For them, it's business as usual and their modus operandi hasn't changed in years. I remember shopping for a car years before the Internet had anything worthwhile on it, and going to the newsstand and picking up a copy of "Edmund's guide to New Cars" for seven bucks. There, in plain English, was a guide that gave me the MSRP, the dealer invoice, the "holdback," the list of options and anything else I might need to drive the best deal I could when I entered the showroom.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Feb 20, 2007 5 comments

<a href="http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/Home.aspx" target="new">Wolfang's Vault</a> is a <i>pretty slick</i> web site where you can continue the journey of rediscovering your musical youth. The fellow that owns the site bought out nearly all of Bill Graham's stuff just before he croaked. This is Bill Graham, owner of the Fillmores, East and West, and other venues, concert promoter extraordinaire, not Billy Graham the evangelist, although, in the end, they're both dead.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Jan 28, 2007 2 comments

My sister gave me a Border's gift certificate for Christmas, and rather than do the conventional thing and buy some books that I would then be obligated to read, I bought some CDs instead. Among them are a remaster of Genesis's 1973 epic, "Selling England by the Pound" and Pink Floyd's last, and sorely unappreciated, "Division Bell." Now, I have both these on vinyl already, and although I'm in the process of thinking about the possibility of getting restarted on the vinyl-to-digital project, I felt it safer and most expedient to just buy the damn things and get them into my iPod post haste.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Jan 16, 2007 5 comments

I really regretted not being able to go to CES this year. While CEDIA may be more tailored to UltimateAVmag's beat, CES is still the big dog of consumer electronic shows and I missed not getting bitten.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Jan 02, 2007 2 comments

The consumer electronics industry has done a pretty lousy job of educating everyone on new audio and video technology. And by "industry," I mean manufacturers, their marketing arms, and even journalists, though none at UltimateAV. Start with your newspapers of record. Michael Fremer has palpitations reading the New York Times audio / video coverage (I get the same effect from their Op-ed page!).

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Dec 31, 2006 0 comments

Pioneer Elite gear gets more attainable and less "elite" with each passing year. In the days of Laserdisc players, though, the Pioneer Elite CLD-97 could run you $2,500. Thank you sir, may I have another!

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Dec 18, 2006 0 comments

Shane: "It's starting to smell like a fish market during a longshoreman strike."

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Nov 21, 2006 0 comments

That's right. It's my birthday. Fifty years ago, I arrived. But unlike this Magnavox console which followed me into the world a few years later, I've not been abandoned curbside. At least, not yet.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Nov 04, 2006 6 comments

It only takes five seconds with the earpieces Apple gives you with their iPod to make you wonder how the portable music market ever took off in the first place. Another five seconds watching my wife's cousin listening to a Bob Dylan MP3 over the <i>built-in speaker</i> in his Chocolate cellular phone was all it took to remind me that for most people, sound can't possibly matter.

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