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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

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?

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