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 |  Nov 05, 2008  |  0 comments

Eleven months into the 50th-anniversary year of this magazine, we still just want to celebrate. And ever since we ran our "Top 50 DVDs of All Time", you just knew we'd have to do the music side of the Sound & Vision equation.

Theo Kalomirakis  |  Nov 03, 2008  |  0 comments

With the attitude of someone who thinks he's seen it all, I visited the recent CEDIAExpo in Denver expecting to be neither pleasantly surprised nor particularly disappointed. Let's be real: When Blu-ray Disc delivers film-like picture plus audiophile sound, and a well-engineered home theater puts the local multiplex to shame, what else can impress a rabid movie buff like me?

Kenneth Brown  |  Oct 30, 2008  |  0 comments

Some Fall 2008 TV series have been getting lots of water cooler time (True Blood); others have barely raised a bubble (Fringe).

 |  Oct 29, 2008  |  0 comments

Congratulations to Paul Jenkins of Brockton, Massachusetts!

John Sciacca  |  Oct 28, 2008  |  0 comments
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Kenneth Brown  |  Oct 27, 2008  |  0 comments

Here's a fun fact: Even though the United States is responsible for roughly 85% of box office profits worldwide, we only make 13% of the world's films. As such, it should come as no surprise that the US home video market is vastly different (and arguably quite inferior) to its worldwide counterparts. Don't believe me?

Mike Mettler  |  Oct 26, 2008  |  0 comments

Walk me through your recent HDTV buying experience. I found myself attracted to the LCD. Two of my very good friends - Dave Rodriguez, who's directed two upcoming films that I'm in, and John Barr, the director of photography on those films - they're plasma guys.

Mike Mettler  |  Oct 26, 2008  |  0 comments

As I noted in one of the five entries I wrote for our Top 50 Albums of All Time list (actually, I also penned three of the uncredited entries for albums 41-50 - see if you can guess which ones once our master list posts), I became an audio journalist to extol the virtues of great-sounding recordings.

Brent Butterworth  |  Oct 23, 2008  |  0 comments

Everyone knows there's a fine line between brave and foolhardy; the trick is to know when you've crossed it.

Sometimes the distinction is obvious. Skiing your first double-diamond slope after a winter of lessons? Brave. Dropping into a Class V rapid when you've never kayaked before? Foolhardy.

Kenneth Brown  |  Oct 21, 2008  |  0 comments

Ever wonder why mediocre titles like The Scorpion King 2, Scooby Doo, and Happily N'Ever After are available on Blu-ray while classic blockbusters, beloved series, and your favorite films of all time can only be found on DVD? You might be surprised to learn it has little to do with what consumers want.

Rob Medich  |  Oct 20, 2008  |  0 comments

If we can do it, anyone can! We created Sarah Palin (right) by employing an mStation 2.1 stereo orb (top left) and a Boston Acoustics tower speaker (bottom left).

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Oct 19, 2008  |  0 comments

You know what I'm talking about. You're watching your favorite TV show - well, okay, actually you're just mindlessly dozing in front of the tube (maybe even with a little drool), and then suddenly a LOUD COMMERCIAL jolts you wake! What the heck? Why are the commercials always so much louder than the programs?

 |  Oct 16, 2008  |  0 comments

It sounded silly. Pursue the audiophile myth that more expensive gear will weigh more. It was well past time to put that audiophile myth to rest. After all: A heavy iPod is better than a lightweight one? A 5-pound cellphone?

Look, a BD player is just another computer running software. Building the player with an 8-pound chassis and charging more is bogus, right?

Brent Butterworth  |  Oct 14, 2008  |  0 comments

On my very first visit to Costco, I saw something that burned itself into my brain: a shopping cart loaded with baby formula, junk food, and a 23-inch flat-panel TV set. I felt the same way a fashionista would watching someone use an Armani shirt as a dust rag.

John Sciacca  |  Oct 14, 2008  |  0 comments
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