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Wednesday, 08 June 2011 ,  Written by Andre Marc
T.H.E. Show Newport 2011 Report
T.H.E. (The Home Entertainment) Show, which takes place in Las Vegas every year prior to the Consumer Electronics Show, has branched out to Orange County, CA, with its first annual Newport event, which ran June 3rd through June 5th. Organized by the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society, T.H.E. show was a smashing success by any measure, with the Hilton Hotel spilling over with exhibits and attendees, and entertainment.There were was an abundance of audio world dignitaries in attendance, mingling with excited audiophiles and colleagues. Industry giants such as Ray Kimber of Kimber Kable; Harry Pearson, founder of The Absolute Sound; Michael Fremer, Senior Editor at  Stereophile; David Robinson; Dave and Carol Clark of Positive Feedback; Robert Harley, Editor In Chief of The Absolute Sound; Paul Seydor and Neil Gader, Senior Writers at The Absolute Sound; Kevin Deal of ...
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 ,  Written by Andre Marc
The New Frontier: High End Computer Audio, and USB DACs
What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago downloading an MP3 file of an average length pop song would hog up tons of bandwidth and test the patience of a saint. Fast forward and today downloading  or streaming uncompressed, feature length films, full CDs, and huge graphic files are as common place as sending emails. Modern Internet bandwidth has created a new culture, one where massive file transfers, real time video, and wireless hot spots are part of daily life. But there have been other developments that have also changed the way we go about managing our media. Data storage has become affordable, and shockingly so. A 1TB USB external hard drive can be found at most electronics stores and e-tailers like Amazon for under a $100, with prices continuing to drop due to fierce competition and innovation. ...
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Thiel CS3.7 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review
The Thiel CS3.7, when introduced in 2007, was the crowning achievement by the late, great, Jim Thiel. The flagship floor stander was the culmination of many years of research, and a series of upgrades and refinements of previous models. It has been universally praised by those who have heard it a hifi trade shows, and by professional reviewers alike. Some of the best ears in the business have claimed the CS3.7 offered remarkable performance that only fell short when compared to the very, very best, and stratospherically priced loudspeakers. The Thiel CS3.7 is currently priced at just about $13,000, depending on finish. which dear readers, is less than a pair of Nordost, MIT, Synergistic Research, or Transparent flagship interconnects.   The CS3.7 were designed and built at their facility in Lexington, KY. As every review of a Thiel speaker is obligated ...
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 ,  Written by Dick Ward
The Top Five TVs of CES 2011
Another Consumer Electronics Show has come and gone and we’re left waiting patiently – or not so patiently – for all the new TV we saw at the show to finally be released.  Just what TVs are those?  We’re glad you asked.#5 - Sony XBR-55HX929The list starts off with one of the biggest names in TVs, Blu-ray players and just about everything else electronic to boot.  Sony brought plenty to the show, including the fantastic XBR-55HX929. As we've come to expect from high-end televisions, the 929 offers great performance while in 2D and in 3D.  It offers LED backlighting, integrated Wi-Fi and Bravia Internet Video, but its biggest features are those that aren't as obvious.One feature that I'm happy to see on the new line of Sony TVs is the inclusion of Corning Gorilla Glass.  Sony says there are benefits ...
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 ,  Written by Mike Flacy
I've always felt that Home Theater PCs have long been ignored as a viable alternative to physical media players in the home entertainment space, mostly because taking that next step into streaming or storing all your media in a central location seems very daunting to the average consumer; both from a technical and time consuming standpoint.  It's very refreshing to see the barrage of media player / HTPC hybrids that are taking the home theater by storm as of late.  Players like the Boxee, Western Digital's TV Live Hub or even the Apple TV are giving consumers new to the space an easy way to get started with playing stored media (both offsite and onsite) without moving into the serious video server arena.  Adoption and more widespread use of this technology will ultimately lead to consumers wanting more from their ...
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