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Wednesday, 01 August 2001 ,  Written by Richard Elen
In case you haven’t noticed, the high-quality audio disc marketplace is in the middle of a format war, reminiscent of the days of VHS vs. Betamax. But unlike that combat, when the clearly superior technology lost to more powerful marketing and the undeniable power of porn, this time it is much less clear which technology is superior, and even less easy to guess who will win. But while the war goes on, we consumers are the losers. Several years ago, there was talk about the need for a new, high-quality audio disc (HQAD) format that would overcome the limitations of the CD. An obvious physical basis for the format is the Digital Versatile Disc – DVD – which has the high-density storage capability required to get super-quality audio on a disc with a respectable playing time, along the same lines as ...
Sunday, 01 July 2001 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
As a dedicated music and car enthusiast, I must admit there is quite a buzz involved in having the right tunes blasting as you rip through sweeping curves on Pacific Coast Highway in a spirited car with a stellar music system. Properly mixed with the growling intonations of a sporty exhaust, a tasteful car audio system can take you places that your home system simply can’t. Considering how much time most of us spend behind the wheel, as opposed to sitting in front of our AV system at home, one can see why mobile entertainment has become the fastest-growing segment of the multi-billion-dollar consumer electronics industry. When I worked as an audio/video salesman in Philadelphia in the early 1990’s, car audio was a purely aftermarket luxury that many of the older salesmen wouldn’t even discuss with prospective clients. I loved it ...
Tuesday, 01 May 2001 ,  Written by Bryan Dailey
Sharing files for free on the Internet is now a fact of life and no matter how hard the major record labels and movie studios try to suppress this practice, computer programmers will always be at least one step ahead of them. The number of people who are downloading music is growing exponentially. In a number of recent polls of college students, a majority of those who regularly download music said they would be willing to pay a subscription fee to legally use a service such as Napster. This of course would result in a multi-billion dollar industry, but the major media companies may have missed the boat completely, since programmers have now figured out new ways to anonymously trade files. The RIAA has been focusing on putting the brakes on Napster, but all the while, a host of alternatives ...
Friday, 01 December 2000 ,  Written by
A New Format For the year 2000, we decided to list the best gear we have reviewed in each category of audio/video product. This includes not only the best products reviewed in 2000, but also in past years as well as long as they are still currently in production. The idea is to give you, the reader, a comprehensive list of gear you need to see and/or hear before you plunk down the Platinum card.
Saturday, 01 July 2000 ,  Written by Bryan Dailey
You’ve never downloaded a song and you want to give it a try. How do you do it? Here is a simple guide to downloading music using Napster (or Macster if you have a Macintosh). It is still an imperfect process and you may encounter some problems along the way, but by following these directions, you have a good shot at finding that rare Air Supply B-Side track that you’ve been searching high and low for. Step 1. Hardware and Software You need to have a good computer with an Internet connection (preferably a DSL or cable modem if possible). The last thing -you want to do is wait 4 hours while your Mac LC II or 486 PC with a 14.4k modem downloads an MP3 music file. If your computer at least has a 56K modem and a processor that runs ...
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