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Bob Ankosko  |  Dec 18, 2003  |  0 comments

Julian Hirsch was a celebrity, but you would never have known it if you'd met him. He'd have been the first person to shrug off any kind of special status. Yet he was special.

SV Staff  |  Dec 18, 2003  |  0 comments

Photos by Eleni Mylonas No editor could ask for a better contributor (or a better friend) than Julian Hirsch. He was an unquestionably honest man, a scientist who welcomed innovation, an enthusiast who clearly enjoyed what he was doing, an astute critic, and a fine writer who could address complicated technical subjects in plain, straightforward English.

SV Staff  |  Dec 18, 2003  |  0 comments

Photo by Eleni Mylonas At the time of Julian Hirsch's retirement, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines - the new publisher of Stereo Review, and as of 1999, Sound & Vision - established a scholarship in his name at his alma mater, the School of Engineering of the Cooper Union.

David Ranada  |  Dec 08, 2003  |  0 comments
The introduction of the compact disc was the greatest single leap forward in the history of recorded audio after Edison's invention of the phonograph in 1877 and the introduction of electrical recording in the late 1920s. By 1983 the long-playing (LP) record had entered what the late Peter Mitchell, my prime audio mentor, aptly referred to as its Baroque period.
Steven Hirsch  |  Nov 30, 2003  |  0 comments

My father always attributed his early interests in technical matters to his maternal grandfather, who, in his words, "knew a little bit about everything." In those days, the lowly telephone was not commonplace in rural America, international calling was an exotic luxury for the wealthy, and the Internet was the stuff of pulp science-fiction novels.

SV Staff  |  Nov 26, 2003  |  0 comments

Julian Hirsch, an engineer and magazine writer who was instrumental in transforming hi-fi from an esoteric hobby into a multibillion-dollar global industry, died Monday, November 24, at the age of 81 after a long illness.

Al Griffin  |  Nov 23, 2003  |  0 comments
Photos by John Wilkes Viewscreen images by Al Griffin The holidays are a time for giving, but they're also very much a time for receiving. And if you ask me, there's no better gift to get than a digital camcorder, especially when it's delivered to your office by a Santa-type figure dressed in a FedEx uniform.
Shannon Mccarthy  |  Nov 23, 2003  |  0 comments
Not so long ago, people used the 12 days after Christmas as an opportunity to continue to give gifts - and from that generosity the well-known carol was born.
John Sciacca  |  Nov 17, 2003  |  0 comments

Photos by Tony Cordoza Now that you know what the hottest games are, why are you still playing them on a small screen using the TV's anemic speakers? Jacking your game console into your home theater is a no-brainer that will take your gaming to the next level. Using a big screen draws you into the action, and the surround sound totally envelopes you.

Peter Pachal  |  Nov 17, 2003  |  0 comments
Photo by Tony Cordoza The success of DVD is so colossal, so rampant, so relentless that anyone discussing the format is almost obligated to gush about its astounding features and many victories in the electronics arena. For a change of pace, I think it's time to admit a dark secret: a lot of people hated the format when it first came out.
SV Staff  |  Nov 17, 2003  |  0 comments

Photo illustration by John Wilkes This year's Sound & Vision Reviewer's Choice Awards feature a number of home- entertainment firsts, including JVC's GR-HD1 high-definition camcorder, Sony's RDR-GX7 DVD recorder, which supports both the DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW formats, and Yamaha's MusicCAST, the first Wi-Fi music system from a m