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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

Feb 29, 2016

Orange Is the New Black When It Comes to Speakers

Are you brave enough to step away from the black, white, and silver boxes that are so common in the speaker industry and try something a little more bold--a bright color or unique finish? Continue Reading
Orange Is the New Black When It Comes to Speakers

Feb 22, 2016

Will Ultra HD Blu-ray Delay Our Disc-Less Future?

Will Ultra HD Blu-ray save the disc format ... or at least delay its demise? Jerry Del Colliano discusses the short- and long-term fate of the physical disc in this week's featured news story. Continue Reading
Will Ultra HD Blu-ray Delay Our Disc-Less Future?

Feb 15, 2016

Like It or Not, Curved TVs Aren't Going Away Anytime Soon

People certainly have strong opinions about curved TVs. Jeff Berman discusses the state of the curved TV market and asks a few industry experts what they think about the curved form factor. Continue Reading
Like It or Not, Curved TVs Aren't Going Away Anytime Soon

Feb 08, 2016

The Ultimate Guide to Buying and Selling Used AV Gear

Are you thinking of selling or buying used AV gear? The upside can be huge, but so can the downside. Jerry Del Colliano offers his advice on how to ensure the best experience on sites like Audiogon, Ebay, and Craigslist. Continue Reading
The Ultimate Guide to Buying and Selling Used AV Gear

Feb 01, 2016

Questions Remain About Ultra HD Blu-ray After CES

CES has come and gone. While some questions about the new Ultra HD Blu-ray format were answered at the show, many others remain. Jeff Berman discusses the state of UHD BD in this week's featured news story. Continue Reading
Questions Remain About Ultra HD Blu-ray After CES

Jan 25, 2016

Is the Popularity of Soundbars Good or Bad for the Audio Industry?

There's no denying the popularity of soundbars, but is that popularity a plus or minus for the audio industry as a whole? Jeff Berman poses that question to several popular AV retailers. Continue Reading
Is the Popularity of Soundbars Good or Bad for the Audio Industry?

Jan 18, 2016

CES 2016 Show Report and Photo Slideshow

Adrienne Maxwell took in all the sights and sounds of CES 2016. Here is her wrap-up on trends to watch for and new products to crave. Continue Reading
CES 2016 Show Report and Photo Slideshow

Jan 11, 2016

How DSP Can Take Audio to New Heights in 2016

The phrase "digital signal processing" can make many an audiophile shudder, but Brent Butterworth has a different perspective. He explains how DSP will allow for significant improvements in audio reproduction over the next few years. Continue Reading
How DSP Can Take Audio to New Heights in 2016

Jan 04, 2016

Making Show Demos More Compelling for Real-World Consumers

Jerry Del Colliano ponders some of the most common mistakes that audio manufacturers make during trade-show demos and offers his advice on how to make these demos more compelling. Continue Reading
Making Show Demos More Compelling for Real-World Consumers

Dec 28, 2015

Apple Rumored to Be Launching 24/96 Streaming in 2016

Is Apple planning to launch a 24/96 streaming service in 2016? The rumor mill says yes, and Jerry Del Colliano discusses why he thinks it would be a huge boon to the audio industry. Continue Reading
Apple Rumored to Be Launching 24/96 Streaming in 2016

Dec 21, 2015

Five Questions to Consider Before Cutting the Cord

Are you thinking about cutting the cord? It's an increasingly popular approach to TV watching, but it's not right for everyone. Adrienne Maxwell asks five questions that can help you figure out if it's right for you. Continue Reading
Five Questions to Consider Before Cutting the Cord

Dec 14, 2015

TVs Ruled on Black Friday 2015

Consumer electronics are always hot commodities on Black Friday, with TVs leading the charge. This year, TVs seemed to be even more in demand than usual, Jeff Berman found, although that doesn't necessarily equal big profits for the retailers that open their doors early. Continue Reading
TVs Ruled on Black Friday 2015

Dec 07, 2015

Sorting the Sizzle From the Bacon When Choosing an AV Installer

We certainly need to encourage new, young AV installers, but make sure youth doesn't equal inexperience when picking a dealer for your next install. Jerry Del Colliano provides a list of questions to ask prospective installation companies. Continue Reading
Sorting the Sizzle From the Bacon When Choosing an AV Installer

Nov 30, 2015

Six AV Trends We're Thankful For

'Tis the season to reflect on everything we're thankful for, and that's exactly what we do in this week's featured news story. Adrienne Maxwell discusses six trends that we think are good for the long-term health and enjoyment of our hobby. Continue Reading
Six AV Trends We're Thankful For

Nov 23, 2015

What Your System Needs to Enjoy Dolby Atmos Today

Thinking about assembling a Dolby Atmos-capable system? Adrienne Maxwell discusses what products you need and what products are available. Continue Reading
What Your System Needs to Enjoy Dolby Atmos Today

Nov 16, 2015

Electronics Recycling Challenges Still Abound for the CE Industry

The consumer electronics industry has made a lot of strides in the area of recycling, but as Jeff Berman discusses, a number of challenges remain. Continue Reading
Electronics Recycling Challenges Still Abound for the CE Industry

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