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Jul 18, 2016

Would You Buy a Kenmore Branded TV?

Sears has introduced its own Kenmore-branded line of HD and UHD televisions, but will consumers embrace it? Jeff Berman discusses why retailers like Sears, Best Buy, and Amazon chose to introduce their own brands to an already-crowded market. Continue Reading
Would You Buy a Kenmore Branded TV?

Jul 11, 2016

What's the Ideal Speaker Driver Configuration?

Is there an ideal driver configuration for speakers? Brent Butterworth discusses the strengths and weaknesses of various driver configurations. Does he have a favorite? Follow the link to find out. Continue Reading
What's the Ideal Speaker Driver Configuration?

Jul 04, 2016

10 Great Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs to Begin Your Collection

Are you ready to embrace Ultra HD Blu-ray? We recommend 10 great UHD Blu-ray discs to begin building your collection. Continue Reading
10 Great Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs to Begin Your Collection

Jun 27, 2016

Are Active HDMI Cables Right for You?

What is an active HDMI cable, and when should you consider buying one? Adrienne Maxwell explains in this week's featured news story. Continue Reading
Are Active HDMI Cables Right for You?

Jun 20, 2016

An Important Fact That the Vinyl Zealots Missed

Jerry Del Colliano revisits the vinyl topic to explain why audiophiles should let go of the past and embrace the future. Let the debate commence. Continue Reading
An Important Fact That the Vinyl Zealots Missed

Jun 13, 2016

Is MQA the Future of HD Music?

A growing number of music providers and product manufacturers are beginning to support the MQA audio format. Steven Stone explains what MQA is and why you should like it. Continue Reading
Is MQA the Future of HD Music?

Jun 06, 2016

What Is "Ultra HD Premium"?

If you've shopped for an Ultra HD display, source, or disc in recent months, you may have noticed the "Ultra HD Premium" logo on some products. Adrienne Maxwell explains exactly what the new logo means in this week's featured news story. Continue Reading
What Is

May 30, 2016

Home Theater in the Great Outdoors Is Less Expensive Than You Might Think

Outdoor home theater is a popular trend, and a variety of affordably priced projectors, speakers, screens, and accessories make it easier than ever to entertain family and guests with a movie night under the stars. Continue Reading
Home Theater in the Great Outdoors Is Less Expensive Than You Might Think

May 23, 2016

That Really Cheap Pair of Brand-Name Headphones May Be Too Good to Be True

The sale of counterfeit consumer electronics products is a long-standing problem, especially in the headphone category. Jeff Berman discusses how some major headphone manufacturers are fighting back. Continue Reading
That Really Cheap Pair of Brand-Name Headphones May Be Too Good to Be True

May 16, 2016

First-Order Crossovers: Panacea or Problem?

Does the use of a first-order crossover really make a better speaker? Brent Butterworth explores the topic in this week's featured news story. Continue Reading
First-Order Crossovers: Panacea or Problem?

May 09, 2016

Remind a Hipster That Vinyl Still Sucks

Vinyl may be enjoying a resurgence in popularity, but Jerry Del Colliano would like to remind everyone, especially hipsters, why we shouldn't embrace the format too wholeheartedly. Continue Reading
Remind a Hipster That Vinyl Still Sucks

May 02, 2016

Dolby Vision vs. HDR10: What You Need to Know

High Dynamic Range is the hottest new display technology, but a format war is brewing. Adrienne Maxwell discusses the differences between Dolby Vision and HDR10. Continue Reading
Dolby Vision vs. HDR10: What You Need to Know

Apr 25, 2016

The Great "Voice Search" Face Off

Adrienne Maxwell compares the voice-search functionality on today's top streaming media players from Roku, Apple, Amazon, and NVIDIA. Continue Reading
The Great

Apr 18, 2016

Evolve or Die: The Changing Face of the CE Retail Landscape

There's no question that the CE retail landscape looks very different now than it did 10 years ago. With the rise of online retail and the fall of prices in AV categories like televisions, big-box and specialty retailers must adapt their inventory or risk going out of business. Continue Reading
Evolve or Die: The Changing Face of the CE Retail Landscape

Apr 11, 2016

How HAUS Is Helping Dealers Make a Smarter Home

Adrienne Maxwell pays a visit to the new Home Automation University (HAUS), a member-based business education company aimed specifically at the blossoming smart-home market. Continue Reading
How HAUS Is Helping Dealers Make a Smarter Home

Apr 04, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Multiple Subwoofers

How much benefit can you get from using multiple subwoofers in your system, in terms of both maximum bass output and a smoother frequency response? Brent Butterworth explores the topic in this week's featured news story. Continue Reading
The Pros and Cons of Multiple Subwoofers

Mar 28, 2016

Great New and Re-issued Music From the Past Year

If you're looking for great-sounding music to enjoy through your audiophile or home theater system, Mark Smotroff picks some of the best new music and re-issues from the past year. Continue Reading
Great New and Re-issued Music From the Past Year

Mar 21, 2016

Trying to Beat Beats in the Headphone Category Remains a Challenge

Headphones continue to be one of the few bright spots for the U.S. audio market ... or for the CE... Continue Reading
Trying to Beat Beats in the Headphone Category Remains a Challenge

Mar 14, 2016

My Search for Higher-Quality Soundtracks in Streaming Movies

As the video quality of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Video continues to improve, the audio quality remains stuck in neutral. Adrienne Maxwell explores the current options for streamed movie soundtracks. Continue Reading
My Search for Higher-Quality Soundtracks in Streaming Movies

Mar 07, 2016

High-Performance AV Companies Need to Find New Distribution Pipelines or Face Certain Peril

The distribution channels for high-performance AV gear aren't as plentiful as they used to be, and it's time for manufacturers to get creative if they want to survive. Continue Reading
High-Performance AV Companies Need to Find New Distribution Pipelines or Face Certain Peril

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