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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 24, 2006 0 comments

To me, Rotel has always been the Everyman's answer to high-end audio. The company has always followed a "straight wire with gain" philosophy, which has earned it respect throughout the audiophile community. Like NAD, it's believed in holding to conservative power ratings, particularly compared to mass-market American and Japanese offerings. My daughter uses "40-Watt" Rotel integrated amplifier that's a decade old to drive her Magnepan MMG speakers, which are a pretty tough load, and it is more than comfortable with the task.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 19, 2006 2 comments

Slingbox, makers of an internet aware media server of heretofore limited interest to our readers, has burst into the home theater aficionado market with their newly announced Slingbox PRO. How new? I tried to get one before I went to Japan, but that wasn't going to happen. (….turning to the audience for a soliloquy, Fred reveals that it often takes much time between an announcement and an actual product. Sssh . . . don't tell Bill Gates).

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 09, 2006 2 comments

I think there were nine stories in this store in Tokyo's Electric Town area. One floor had a Tower Records on it. Another floor had musical instruments, toys, and yet another record store. If you can't find it here, you can't find it anywhere.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 09, 2006 0 comments

Toshiba can offer you an HD-DVD player with a full terabyte of data, the ability to burn HD-DVDs, Japanese hi-def and NTSC tuners, oh yeah, and the user manual that will have you scratching your head until your credit card bill comes. $3,100.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 09, 2006 0 comments

Here's a BluRay drive you can stick in your computer. At $Yen 99,800, less the 10% the store was offering you if you opened up a charge account (I'd be lost reading my monthly statement!), you can have it for about $750. It burns single and dual layer Blues at a 2X rate that'll have you saying, "Wow – this sure is slow!"

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 05, 2006 0 comments

Hideo Takada, General Manager of the JVC's Recording & Engineering Division discusses the acoustical characteristics of Studio 302. Takada-san has 37 years of experience in sound recording and judging by his youthful appearance, it's a great line of work!

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 05, 2006 0 comments

Frequent reader Tom V. from Philadelphia writes: "I'm fixing up my home recording studio and I'm not satisfied with the Yamaha NS-10 monitors I'm currently using. What should I get instead?"

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 05, 2006 0 comments

We saw several studios within JVC's Aoyama facility. Each has its own unique acoustical properties and features. This one, studio 401, has a wood floor and the top of its two story high walls are also adorned in wood.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 05, 2006 0 comments

There are countless major music studios that have not transitioned successfully to the Digi-Tools age of computers. JVC Victor is not one of them. Getting into their elevator for a music tour, a philosophy that will become clearer as the tour continues is printed on the inside of the elevator so that all visitors and employees can read and remember it in moments when nothing else might be going on.

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