Finally, Hope for a 4K Broadcast Standard in ATSC 3.0
There were a lot of things that I would have liked to see at CES 2014 that I didn't see. The absence of a meaningful presence for OLED was a big one, but perhaps just as glaring an absence was... Read More
Will the Tablet Kill the Small-Screen HDTV?
In the lead-up to the International CES, several of the big-name TV manufacturers - including Samsung, LG, and Toshiba - held webinar press conferences to give members of the press a sneak peak at some of the planned product offerings... Read More
Will the Wireless Home Theater System Ever Become a Reality?
It was the year 2005 that I sat down to review my first "wireless" home theater system, which actually required the running of more physical wires than your standard 5.1-channel HT setup. The approach from the start was less about... Read More
Are You Binging on TV Shows?
"Same time next week" is getting harder and harder to stick to, no matter how good the show. But with DVRs, DVDs, Blu-Rays and streaming content providers making anything we want available 24/7, thankfully (?) we don't have to. Read More
Why Are All of the New HDTVs Curved?
I just returned from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, and it was hard to miss in the Central Hall the theme of curved TVs. Hollywood director Michael Bay had a now-famous meltdown at the all-important Samsung press conference when his... Read More
2014 CES Show Report and Photo Slideshow
The 2014 International CES is in the rearview mirror, and now it's time to process all the information that we were bombarded with and try to paint a picture of the year ahead. I'm happy to report that I... Read More
Should Audiophiles Lease Gear?
I've been working a lot with my mother in Philadelphia lately. Her husband, an audiophile of sorts, died in 2011. Even though he was a financial planner, it turns out his plan was to die broke and leave my mom... Read More
The Roadmap To Boom Times In The AV Business
From the time in the early 1980s, when VHS won out over Betamax in a nasty format war, until the collapse of the real estate market in 2008, the specialty audio/video business knew no recession. Sure, there were bad economies... Read More
Three Trends We Hope to See at CES
The 2014 International CES is just one week away. New product announcements are starting to roll in, and I'm putting the final touches on my schedule - or, should I say, preparing a final plan of attack to try to... Read More
The Best Music in High Resolution From 2013
The record labels finally figured out that we, the music-buying public, want music in high-resolution formats. Well good for them and VERY good for us. Mark Smotroff recaps a big year for music in HD with a list of the best music in high resolution. Read More