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Nov 20, 2017

Five Questions to Ask Before Shopping for a Front-Projection System

Want to assemble a big-screen front-projection system but unsure where to begin? Adrienne Maxwell provides a list of five questions to consider upfront to help narrow down the myriad options in both the projector and screen categories. Continue Reading
Five Questions to Ask Before Shopping for a Front-Projection System

Nov 13, 2017

The Complicated Choice Between Streaming and Downloading

The silver disc is clearly in its twilight years. Have you decided what your disc-less future will look like? Jerry Del Colliano discusses the current state of streaming and downloading for both music and movies. Continue Reading
The Complicated Choice Between Streaming and Downloading

Nov 06, 2017

Should You Save Your AV Boxes?

To save or not to save? That is the question posed by Jerry Del Colliano in this week's featured news story. Holding on to your original AV gear boxes does have its advantages, but are they really worth it in the long run? Continue Reading
Should You Save Your AV Boxes?

Oct 30, 2017

What is the Magic Price Point for Top-Performing AV Components?

Walk around any of the growing number of audiophile and/or consumer electronics trade shows like CEDIA Expo, CES, or Munich... Continue Reading
What is the Magic Price Point for Top-Performing AV Components?

Oct 23, 2017

Apple Makes Waves in the 4K Market

Apple's new Apple TV 4K media player faces a tough road, but the company's entry in the 4K software market is already making waves. Continue Reading
Apple Makes Waves in the 4K Market

Oct 16, 2017

Is Cord Cutting Really Killing Traditional Pay TV?

There's no doubt that cord cutting has gained steam over the past few years, but is it really a serious threat to the cable and satellite providers? Jeff Berman asks the experts. Continue Reading
Is Cord Cutting Really Killing Traditional Pay TV?

Oct 09, 2017

HDMI 2.1 Is Coming Soon to AV Gear Near You

We should begin to see AV gear with HDMI 2.1 hit the market soon. What does the latest HDMI spec offer, and how will it affect your current system? Adrienne Maxwell answers those questions in this week's featured news story. Continue Reading
HDMI 2.1 Is Coming Soon to AV Gear Near You

Oct 02, 2017

Are AV Manufacturers Finding Success Via Crowdfunding?

Is crowdfunding the best way for a small or new AV manufacturer to finance a product? Have crowdfunded AV products enjoyed success? Jeff Berman explores the topic in this week's featured news story. Continue Reading
Are AV Manufacturers Finding Success Via Crowdfunding?

Sep 25, 2017

Room Correction Revisited

Dennis Burger revisits the topic of room correction, expanding on some of the original explanations from his 2013 primer and providing an updated look at the major room correction systems in use today. Continue Reading
Room Correction Revisited

Sep 18, 2017

CEDIA 2017 Show Wrap-up

The annual CEDIA Expo--which celebrates high-end home theater, whole-house AV, and all things custom-oriented--took place recently in San Diego. Adrienne Maxwell and Dennis Burger discuss the latest trends and new products on display. Continue Reading
CEDIA 2017 Show Wrap-up

Sep 11, 2017

Do You Own an AV Boat Anchor?

AV technology is always advancing (sometimes quite quickly), and that means some pieces of gear inevitably get left behind. Do you own a product that became obsolete far sooner than you would've preferred? Continue Reading
Do You Own an AV Boat Anchor?

Sep 04, 2017

Why Aren't There More Negative AV Reviews?

One question we get from some of our most loyal readers is, "How come there aren't more negative reviews on the website?" Jerry Del Colliano answers this question and gives more insight into our review process. Continue Reading
Why Aren't There More Negative AV Reviews?

Aug 27, 2017

Have You Attended a Listening Event Recently?

Looking for a pressure-free way to audition the latest AV gear? Check to see if your local specialty retailer hosts regular listening or AV demo events. Adrienne Maxwell describes a recent event she attended at Colorado's ListenUp store. Continue Reading
Have You Attended a Listening Event Recently?

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

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