Rob Sabin

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Rob Sabin Posted: Apr 05, 2011 1 comments
Moving Pictures is finally on Blu-ray—not the kind of pictures you watch, but Moving Pictures, the seminal Rush album that went quadruple platinum in the U.S. and will be released April 5th in a new, fully remastered audiophile edition.

The new 30th anniversary Deluxe Edition reissue from Universal Music comes in a dual-disc package, combining a digitally remastered version of the original CD mated with either a DVD or Blu-ray Disc. Both the DVD and Blu-ray include high-resolution 96kHz/24-bit stereo taken from the original analog master, as well as 96/24 5.1-channel PCM surround audio mixed down from the original multitrack assets under the careful supervision of Rush lead guitarist Alex Lifeson.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Mar 21, 2011 14 comments
"Once in awhile, even a blind pig finds an acorn."

I'll never forget when I first heard that expression. I was just starting my consumer electronics journalism career, writing for a car audio enthusiast magazine, a city slicker from New York interviewing a down-home Southern boy about a high-end install he'd done in his old Acura. I asked him how he'd managed to win all these big car stereo competition trophies, and he let loose that platitude as a way of saying, "well, if you work hard enough and just keep stumbling around, eventually you can't help but get lucky."

Rob Sabin Posted: Jan 26, 2011 0 comments

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably noticed that it's a great big 3D world out there, and it's getting bigger every day. The latest arrival is Toshiba's 55WX800U, a 55-inch 3D LCD TV with edge-lit LED backlighting. At $3,300 (list), the 55WX800U doesn?t come cheap, but it does have the usual array of features we've come to expect from a top-of-the-line set.

Rob Sabin Posted: Dec 23, 2010 0 comments

Despite the rising popularity of LED-backlit LCD TVs, plasma has remained a favored display technology for many critical viewers who think it delivers the more natural, film-like picture. What it hasn't delivered, at least in the past, is the svelte profile and sleek styling that you get with LED-backlit LCD sets.

Rob Sabin Posted: Nov 15, 2010 0 comments
Key Features
$1350 Ultimateears.com
• 4-way design with six proprietary balanced armature drivers in each earpiece
Rob Sabin Posted: Nov 09, 2010 0 comments
Key Features
$1,850 ($2,700 list) Sonystyle.com
• Full-array LED backlight with local dimming
• TruMotion 240-Hz processing
• NetCast Entertainment Network access, including Netflix, Vudu, Picasa, YouTube, and Yahoo! Widgets
• Backlit remote
Rob Sabin Posted: Oct 22, 2010 0 comments

These days, LED-backlit LCD TVs get a lot of attention, thanks in part to their super-thin form factor. This is especially true for edge-lit LED models.

Rob Sabin Posted: Sep 16, 2010 0 comments
Key Features
$200 ($250 list) tacp.toshiba.com
• Profile 2.0 (BD-Live) Blu-ray player
• Streams content from Netflix, Blockbuster, Vudu, Vudu Apps, and Pandora Web services
• Built-in Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio decoding
• 7.1-channel analog audio output
Rob Sabin Posted: May 27, 2010 0 comments

"The real story here isn't just A/V quality, but how easily the LG BD590 lets you access different media. You'll want to access your stuff all the time because it's always all there and easy to get at, and it's guaranteed to play without hiccups."

Rob Sabin Posted: Feb 24, 2010 0 comments
Key Features
$2,700 panasonic.com
• 58-inch, 1080p-resolution screen • THX-certifi

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