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Scott Wilkinson  |  Oct 25, 2011  |  3 comments
Fresh from his presentation of the Richard Heyser Memorial Lecture at the 131st AES Convention, Stereophile editor John Atkinson talks about some of the points he made in that address, including the fundamental differences between objective measurements and subjective listening, mental maps and the nature of reality, blind testing, how some types of audio products that measure poorly are often praised by listeners, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 1:02:00

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 01, 2011  |  0 comments
Drew Major, co-founder of Novell and Move Networks and now CTO of EchoStar Advanced Technologies, gets geeky about the underlying technology of video streaming, wired versus wireless connections, his invention of adaptive-rate video streaming, meetings with Steve Jobs, the future of IPTV and his conviction that it will eventually supplant broadcast TV, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 59:50

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 08, 2011  |  2 comments
Home Theater editor Rob Sabin and I answer questions from the chat room, including the new Sharp Elite flat panel, cheap versus expensive HDMI cables, home-theater-in-a-box systems, 4K, how much to spend on a home-theater system, projectors versus direct-view TVs, LED LCD TVs, rear-projection TVs, THX versus Dolby and DTS, and much more.

Run Time: 1:02:27

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 15, 2011  |  1 comments
Barb Gonzalez, aka the Simple Tech Guru, talks about Logitech's recent announcement that it will no longer produce the Revue with Google TV as well as other aspects of the Google TV service, including the impending update, Sony's implementation, and LG's rumored involvement. She also reveals her initial impressions of the new Roku 2 streamer, answers chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 1:03:51

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 22, 2011  |  0 comments
Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, CTO of Panasonic North America, talks about the importance of online apps in TVs and other consumer electronics products for content delivery and social interaction (including Skype, which he used on a Panasonic Viera VT30 during the podcast), the success of 3D in its first two years, issues surrounding 4K, the importance of mobile content, ultra-premium flat panels, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 58:11

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 29, 2011  |  0 comments
Michael Lavorgna, editor of our sibling site AudioStream.com, describes his listening room and discusses a variety of topics related to high-quality computer audio, including lossless FLAC compression versus uncompressed WAV, the difference between DACs, sample-rate conversion, DSD DACs, high-resolution music download sites, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 56:36

Scott Wilkinson  |  Feb 01, 2010  |  First Published: Feb 02, 2010  |  0 comments
Stacey Spears and Don Munsil, creators of the HD Benchmark setup and test Blu-ray, discuss the importance of test patterns for consumers, video compression and processing, 3D, online content delivery, and more.

Run Time: 1:21:30

Scott Wilkinson  |  Dec 06, 2011  |  2 comments
Kevin Voecks, speaker designer and manager of product development for Harman's Luxury Audio group, returns to the podcast to talk about box speakers versus dipole designs such as electrostats, speaker and subwoofer placement in a room, the importance of first reflections, Harman's new QuantumLogic Surround upmixing algorithms, the placement of multiple height speakers, in-wall/ceiling versus on-wall/ceiling speakers, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 56:23

Scott Wilkinson  |  Dec 13, 2011  |  0 comments
Tyll Hertsens, editor of our sibling site InnerFidelity.com, talks about his recently posted "Celebrity Headphone Deathmatch," in which he evaluates some 15 celebrity-endorsed headphones, finding some to be superb and others, well, not so much. Tyll also discusses how the headphone market has changed over the last 10 years, including the surprising trend toward higher prices as everything else in consumer electronics gets cheaper. Plus, answers to chat room questions and more.

Run Time: 1:00:53

Scott Wilkinson  |  Dec 20, 2011  |  0 comments
In Part 2 of my conversation with Tyll Hertsens, editor of InnerFidelity.com, we get more headphone insight, including the distinction between around-the-ear (circumaural), on-the-ear (supra-aural), earbuds (intraconchal), and in-ear monitors as well as open versus closed designs, wireless headphones, surround simulation, electrostatic and magnaplanar models, Tyll's top picks for 2011, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 56:33

Scott Wilkinson  |  Jan 03, 2012  |  First Published: Jan 16, 2012  |  0 comments
Home Theater product and movie reviewer David Vaughn and I celebrate the new year by answering questions from the chat room.

Run Time: 56:10

Scott Wilkinson  |  Jan 16, 2012  |  1 comments

Chief Twit Leo Laporte and I explore the show floor at CES 2012. Our first stop is the DTS booth to interview legendary producer/engineer/musician Alan Parsons and engineer/producer Elliot Scheiner. Next, we head to the LG booth, where Leo is impressed with the 3D video wall and we take a look at the 55-inch OLED flat panel and Google TV. At the Sharp booth, Kerry Hodel explains the company's ICC-4K upscaling and shows us a stunning 8K display, after which we wander over to Samsung, where Stuart Silloway shows us the ES8000 LED-LCD TV, Samsung's 55-inch OLED, and the Verizon FiOS app. Finally, we take a quick look at Sony's Crystal LED flat panel, which seems to be that company's version of OLED.

Run Time: 1:43:46

Scott Wilkinson  |  Jan 19, 2012  |  0 comments

Home-theater consultant Ray Coronado and HomeTheater.com correspondents Tom Norton and Barb Gonzalez join me to discuss our impressions of CES last week, including OLED TVs, 4K flat panels, 3D, online streaming, audio, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 1:01:48

Scott Wilkinson  |  Jan 24, 2012  |  1 comments
Phil "Captain 3D" McNally, stereoscopic supervisor at DreamWorks Animation, talks about why he thinks 3D is here to stay after several previous attempts to bring it to the market, why people have such strong opinions about 3D, the difference between real-life 3D and stereoscopic images, what makes a good 3D presentation, how filmmakers can support the story with 3D while avoiding eye strain and other negative side effects, active versus passive glasses, autostereoscopic displays, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 1:01:30

Scott Wilkinson  |  Jan 31, 2012  |  0 comments
Sound designer Diego Stocco reveals how he makes almost any common object into a musical instrument, how he developed the Experibass (which Hans Zimmer hired him to play on the score for the 2009 movie Sherlock Holmes), the benefits of mixing to multichannel rather than 2-channel, the importance of high-quality audio, answers to chat-room questions, and more. We also get to watch and hear clips of some of Stocco's amazing music.

Run Time: 1:03:28