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Aug 21, 2017

Should AV Retailers Worry About Amazon Smart Home Services?

Amazon has launched its Smart Home Services to provide in-home setup and tech support in limited markets. Should specialty AV retailers be worried? Jeff Berman asks industry analysts for their take. Continue Reading
Should AV Retailers Worry About Amazon Smart Home Services?

Aug 14, 2017

Making the Case for Wireless Headphones for Audiophiles

The headphone category is booming, and wireless headphones are the way of the future. But can audiophiles embrace them? Jerry Del Colliano makes the case for why they should. Continue Reading
Making the Case for Wireless Headphones for Audiophiles

Aug 07, 2017

AV Receivers vs. AV Separates: Which Is Right for You?

Dennis Burger tackles the age-old question: Which is better, an AV receiver or AV separates? Most audiophiles will quickly cast their vote for separates; but, as Dennis explains, the answer isn't quite so straightforward. Continue Reading
AV Receivers vs. AV Separates: Which Is Right for You?

Jul 31, 2017

What's So Irresistible About a Single-Ended Triode (SET) Amp?

Single-ended triode (SET) amplifiers have a cult-like following in audiophile circles, but their limited power output has limited their usability. Terry London discusses the appeal and challenges of SET amps and puts three high-quality options to the test. Continue Reading
What's So Irresistible About a Single-Ended Triode (SET) Amp?

Jul 24, 2017

The Top Mistakes That Electronics Retailers Keep Making

Why are so many CE retailers failing? Jeff Berman asks industry analysts to discuss the top mistakes the CE retailers are making. Continue Reading
The Top Mistakes That Electronics Retailers Keep Making

Jul 17, 2017

Disney Finally Embraces Ultra HD Blu-ray

With the news that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, we see that Disney has finally lined up with the other major studios in embracing the higher-resolution format. Continue Reading
Disney Finally Embraces Ultra HD Blu-ray

Jul 10, 2017

Understanding the Music Mastering Process

Do you understand the difference between remixing and remastering music? Mark Smotroff delves into the intricacies of the mastering process, be it for analog or digital, with five recording industry veterans. Continue Reading
Understanding the Music Mastering Process

Jul 03, 2017

Inventory Matters in Specialty AV

There are many challenges facing specialty AV dealers as they try to compete with online retailers. Jerry Del Colliano discusses the importance of proper inventory management to help give brick-and-mortar stores an edge. Continue Reading
Inventory Matters in Specialty AV

Jun 26, 2017

Are Home Theater Owners More Likely to Embrace Day-and-Date Movie Releases?

Day-and-date movie releases, when the film is available on home video at the same time it hits theaters, are slowly becoming more common. Adrienne Maxwell wonders if home theater owners are more or less likely to embrace this trend. Continue Reading
Are Home Theater Owners More Likely to Embrace Day-and-Date Movie Releases?

Jun 19, 2017

How to Pull Off a Great AV Demo at a Show

Regional AV shows are growing in number and importance, and they might be the key to attracting younger enthusiasts. Jerry Del Colliano offers some tips on how exhibitors at these shows can make the most of their AV demos. Continue Reading
How to Pull Off a Great AV Demo at a Show

Jun 12, 2017

Millennials Prefer to Rent Versus Buy

Millennials represent a huge pool of potential shoppers, but how do you sell higher-end AV gear to a generation that prefers to rent instead of buy? Continue Reading
Millennials Prefer to Rent Versus Buy

Jun 05, 2017

Promising Signs for Broadcast UHD TV at the NAB Show

Ultra HD TV broadcasts and ATSC 3.0 were hot topics at the recent NAB trade show. Although many players in the broadcast industry are enthusiastic about UHD, challenges still remain. Continue Reading
Promising Signs for Broadcast UHD TV at the NAB Show

May 29, 2017

How Much Does a TV's Aesthetic Influence Your Buying Decision?

Are you willing to pay more for a TV with a unique or sexy form factor? How much do things like cabinet finish, depth, and stand design influence which TV you buy? Continue Reading
How Much Does a TV's Aesthetic Influence Your Buying Decision?

May 22, 2017

Why You Should Care About MQA

MQA is definitely gaining steam, and Ben Shyman says it's time for audiophiles to take notice of this new format ... if they haven't already, that is. Continue Reading
Why You Should Care About MQA

May 15, 2017

Major Sports Will Prove to Be the Tipping Point in 4K's Rise to Prominence

The amount of 4K content is growing steadily, but Jerry Del Colliano believes that 4K TV broadcasts--especially sports--will be the tipping point toward mass adoption. Continue Reading
Major Sports Will Prove to Be the Tipping Point in 4K's Rise to Prominence

May 08, 2017

Why Do the Really Big-Screen TVs Cost So Much More?

Looking for a TV with a screen size over 70 inches? Be prepared to pay a lot more. Jeff Berman explains why that's the case in this week's featured news article. Continue Reading
Why Do the Really Big-Screen TVs Cost So Much More?

May 01, 2017

It's Time to Start Breaking Old-School Audiophile Rules

There's an implied set of rules for being an audiophile, says Jerry Del Colliano--and he believes it's time to toss them out and embrace where the hobby is headed. Continue Reading
It's Time to Start Breaking Old-School Audiophile Rules

Apr 24, 2017

I Want My UHD Blu-ray Rentals

Will Ultra HD Blu-ray survive and flourish? Many people were declaring the disc format dead before Ultra HD Blu-ray even... Continue Reading
I Want My UHD Blu-ray Rentals

Apr 17, 2017

What Will Drive the Sale of 4K TVs This Year?

What will drive 4K TV sales in 2017? Price? Performance? Features? Jeff Berman asks the experts. Continue Reading
What Will Drive the Sale of 4K TVs This Year?

Apr 10, 2017

Selling Audio/Video to Gen Xers Versus Baby Boomers

Since Baby Boomers aren't buying as much AV gear as they used to, who is the new audience for home theater systems? Jerry Del Colliano says it's not Millennials but rather Generation Xers who should be the focus of the sales efforts. Continue Reading
Selling Audio/Video to Gen Xers Versus Baby Boomers

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