Mark Fleischmann

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Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 24, 2007  |  0 comments
I've talked a bit recently about my reference surround speakers and receiver and signal sources. That may leave a few droolers (you know who you are) wondering what cables I use.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 23, 2007  |  0 comments
The CD is being phased out, the LP has seen better days, and downloads irk audiophiles with their lossy clumsiness. Where can you go to download music that sounds the way it should? MusicGiants has offered high-res downloads--the missing link in the evolution of online music retailing--since 2005. Now the company's reach is spreading to new devices and new record labels.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 22, 2007  |  0 comments
High-end audio goes green.

There is a link in the public mind between scale and quality, a notion that, if you want something better, you also want something bigger. After all, top-of-the-line surround receivers are expected to have more powerful amplifiers and more features. Bigger speakers come with a tacit implication of better bass response. And who doesn't dream of buying a bigger plasma or LCD?

Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 22, 2007  |  0 comments
In the beginning, there was Napster, and it was good, albeit illegal. Over the years the file-sharing pioneer went legit and became a subscription service. Now Napster is looking to improve its game by untethering its 770,000 subscribers from its proprietary software. Soon Napsterites will be able to access a library of five million tracks from any net-connected computer without downloading the Napster application itself. Welcome to Napster 4.0.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 19, 2007  |  0 comments
"Digital copy" is the name of a feature about to make its debut on Fox's DVD release of Live Free or Die Hard. The disc will include a version that can be bumped to a computer or Windows PlaysForSure compatible portables.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 18, 2007  |  0 comments
Say goodbye to outmoded TVs that stand in the way of progress. Best Buy is taking out the garbage, becoming the first big electronics chain to banish analog TVs from its stores. You go, mega-retailer!
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 17, 2007  |  0 comments
A problem was looming in the kitchen--aside from my rudimentary cooking skills and haphazard sanitary habits, that is. I found myself avoiding my kitchen system. The kitchen rig seemed like a good idea at the time. By combining a mass-market mini-system with a sat/sub set, and wall-mounting the satellites, I'd squeeze music into a tight L-shaped place where only radio had gone before. Anyway, I soon tired of the system's rudimentary and haphazard performance and it devolved into a glorified radio. After a decade I threw in the dish towel and replaced the radio function with, well, a radio. Then I set about brainstorming a new music system for the kitchen.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 16, 2007  |  0 comments
Led Zeppelin, one of the most notable holdouts in online music sales will finally become--legally--downloadable.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 15, 2007  |  0 comments
What are all those corporate logos doing on the BitTorrent homepage? Isn't this bastion of P2P technology a den of thieves? Apparently Paramount, 20th Century-Fox, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, Comedy Central, MTV, and other movie and TV studios are willing to entertain a different idea.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Nov 15, 2007  |  Published: Oct 15, 2007  |  0 comments
Surround that stretches for miles.

Although they're now owned by Klipsch, Mirage continues to follow their own ears. The Toronto-based company's name derives from a key design goal—to make speakers so immersive that the listener forgets the product is in the room. In addition to a goal, Mirage also has a method: to favor more omnidirectional sound over direct sound using an unusual reflector assembly built into the top of the speaker, creating a spacious feeling that is the company's sonic signature.