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Thursday, 11 March 2010 ,  Written by Mike Flacy
Over the last year, the iPhone / iPod Touch app store has seen substantial growth in the number of home theater / movie applications.  Manufacturers have especially latched onto the platform in order to provide consumers with extra control options.  Everything from A/V receivers to HDTVs has seen new methods of integration with Apple’s mobile devices.   Add in the release of the iPad and we expect to see an acceleration of growth for applications developed for home theater gurus (especially in system control applications).We combed over the App store to bring you 30 iPhone / iPod Touch home theater / movie apps that you should definitely check out.  First up, Movie Management applications. Movie Management:PocketflicksThere are several Netflix Queue management tools available for the iPhone, but PocketFlicks (formally PocketFlix) is the best one I’ve tested.  It’s quick, simple and responsive.   ...
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 ,  Written by Andre Marc
In the first installment of my silver cable survey (Link), I covered RS Cables and Element Cable products. In this second installment, I will be looking at silver cables by DH Labs, based in Alachua, Florida, and Decware, out of East Peoria, IL. I received samples of DH Labs Silver Revelation interconnects, and the Decware Silver Reference interconnects.This survey has been extremely illuminating and an eye opener for me. It has reaffirmed for me that you can get performance approaching the very best for a small fraction of the price of the most expensive audio cables on the market.  Ultra pricey cables, in my opinion, have become somewhat of a status symbol. Cables have been called “audio jewelry” by some well known high performance audio reviewers, and I agree. However, I also believe they are a very important link in ...
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 ,  Written by Dick Ward
It was almost ninety years ago, back in 1922, that the first 3D film was shown to a paying crowd.  They used red and green glasses at the time, but the idea was the same.  Add a third dimension to film – a field of depth – and give viewers an experience they’ve never had before.  The Great Depression made it difficult to conduct expensive experiments like 3D film, and the technology lay dormant for thirty years.  In the 1950s, 3D film exploded back onto the scene and was on its way to becoming the primary form of theatrical entertainment.  High installation prices and another slumping economy meant that 3D would once again have to wait.Since then there have been numerous 3D resurgences.  Theatergoers are always on the lookout for something new.  For younger generations, three dimensional films are a ...
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Lately I have taken an interest in small artisan audiophile product manufacturers.  The internet has allowed highly skilled entrepreneurs without large established infrastructures to sell their wares directly to consumers, many with trial periods and money back guarantees. You can find tube amplifiers, speakers, and all sorts of components available from small operations, and even one man shops. This overview is part one of a two part survey of four audio cable companies.As many audiophiles are probably aware of, most high end audio signal cables employ hyper pure copper conductors. Copper is believed by many to be the most "neutral" sounding metal for cables. But many audiophiles and cable designers disagree. Silver, as a conductor, has a strong following in the perfectionist audio community.  Silver aficionados believe it offers more detail, more delicate highs, fuller bass, and a deeper soundstage.  ...
Monday, 01 February 2010 ,  Written by Thomas Spurlin
The Definitive 2010 HDTV Buyer's Guide
Around this time of year, we get an “itch” – not just tech heads or sports nuts, but a large chunk of the populace – to start looking at a potential purchase of a television.  It’s for two different reasons; one, a big game’s coming up pretty soon.  Watching the Super Bowl on a big screen (along with a few pizzas, dip trays, and assorted fizzy beverages) is just enough of a motivator to shove slightly interested parties over the edge into an investment.  However, this time right before the game also coincides with another big event: April 15th, dreaded tax time or, more importantly, income tax return time.  It doesn’t matter if you’re into watching the biggest sports even out there or more of a cinema aficionado; it’s hard to ignore the appeal of a brand-spankin’ new set that’s ...
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