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  • CEDIA Expo 2011: Show Audio Recap

    Lest anyone should forget, the one of the principal points of the CEDIA (Custom Electroncis Design, Installation Association) Expo is to show off all the latest and greatest products that are to be found in the wonderful world of custom installation. So, I thought I’d break my show recap into a couple of obvious segments—Audio AND Video; kind of like that quote from The Blues Brothers: “We’ve got both kinds; Country AND Western”—and will mention…

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CEDIA 2011: New Products from Polk Audio

by Michael Riesenbeck on Sep 7, 2011 at 01:25 PM

Polk Audio is showing off a number of new products at this year’s CEDIA Expo, including high performance headphones, an updated LSiM home audio speaker series, and its next generation SurroundBar. Polk’s Performance Line-Up features four “UltraFit” headphones in a variety of styles and colors, including in-ear, on-ear, and in-ear… Continue Reading »

CEDIA 2011: Atlantic Technology’s PowerBar 235: a SoundBar without a Subwoofer

by Michael Riesenbeck on Sep 7, 2011 at 08:58 AM

SoundBars are all the rage these days. Now you might think that if you’ve read about one, you’ve read about them all. But the PowerBar 235, which is being introduced by Atlantic Technology at the 2011 Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association Expo, is a little different. The PowerBar 235… Continue Reading »

HomeTechTell Review: Paradigm Cinema 100 & 200 Speakers and Cinema Sub

by Dennis Burger on Sep 5, 2011 at 11:04 AM

I’m not a spooky minded thinker. Which is a good thing, because a more superstitious scribe would probably have been prone to viewing my first few hours with Paradigm’s new Cinema 100 and Cinema 200 speakers as an ominous omen, indeed. And hey, after stabbing myself while attempting to trim… Continue Reading »

KEF Intros New R Series with Nine Speaker Models

by Enid Burns on Sep 2, 2011 at 09:52 AM

Among a host of pre-CEDIA announcements, speaker manufacturer KEF introduced its new R Series speakers. The line includes nine models: three floorstanding; two bookshelf speakers; two fully-specifiied and timbre-matched center channels; dipole surrounds; and a powerful twin driver, 500 Watt subwoofer. “The New R Series strikes the perfect balance between… Continue Reading »

Terra Introduces LuminSound LED Outdoor Lighting and Sound

by Michael Riesenbeck on Sep 1, 2011 at 02:33 PM

With only a few more weeks until Mother Nature trades her bikini for an overcoat, it’s probably wise to schedule that backyard barbecue now and soak up the last few rays while you can. Terra Loudspeakers has the perfect companion for any outdoor party: the LuminSound LED outdoor entertainment system.… Continue Reading »

Velodyne Brings Down Subwoofer Size, Maintains Output

by Enid Burns on Sep 1, 2011 at 10:29 AM

When it comes to subwoofers, traditionally bigger is always better. That’s changing with some of the newer technologies, and Velodyne is one of the companies packing all the punch into a smaller housing. The Velodyne DS-10 is a compact, yet powerful subwoofer. In a smaller form factor, the DS-10 features… Continue Reading »

Leon Speakers Adds New Axis Series In-Ceilings

by Enid Burns on Aug 25, 2011 at 09:39 AM

Custom high-fidelity speaker manufacturer Leon Speakers is expanding its Axis Series of in-ceilings with two new models. The company’s new AX-V5 and AX-V6 speakers will debut at CEDIA in September. A small form factor design gives the Axis Series the ability to offer both versatility and fidelity. Both the AX-V5… Continue Reading »

Paradigm Introduces Monitor Series 7 Loudspeakers

by Michael Riesenbeck on Aug 25, 2011 at 09:12 AM

Paradigm is introducing a completely redesigned lineup of loudspeakers: Monitor Series 7. According to Paradigm’s Manager of Product Development, Paul Wojciechowski, the company was looking to improve acoustic integrity with the Monitor Series 7, but also provide loudspeakers with a streamlined aesthetic and a smaller footprint.  The Series 7 features… Continue Reading »

MartinLogan Launches Nationwide “Truth in Sound” Tour

by Jeff Kleist on Aug 24, 2011 at 02:31 PM

Promoting their CLX ART lineup of electrostatic speakers, MartinLogan is embarking on a nationwide tour, inviting audiophiles of all stripes to come out and put their product to the test. Representatives from the company will be on hand to answer questions, give demonstrations, and even let you put in your… Continue Reading »

HomeTechTell Review: Artison SB-1 SoundBar

by Dennis Burger on Aug 23, 2011 at 01:31 PM

Language is a tricky, slippery, imprecise thing. Don’t, for example, order a Sloppy Joe in New Jersey if you’re looking for a Manwich; instead, you’re more likely to end up with something like this on your plate. Ask for ladyfingers while traveling abroad and you’re liable to end up with… Continue Reading »

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Was looking for a DVD/VCR recorder combo and had basically chosen this unit, the came across your article - question: are you still happy with it??



HBO requires a level of content protection that is not currently supported by Airplay/Apple TV. This is a capability that might be offered in the future as per HBO GO

kate on
HBO Debuts HBO GO App for iOS, and Android
September 12th 2011 9:42 AM

Way to go Aidan! Congratulations on your discovery and deserving award.

Is there anyone that has use this 3D adapter kit, How good or bad do this adapter do ?

Good points John.  For me it sort of helps to answer my question but for different reasons. That is: in those instances where i have a fully DDD recording on LP, the CD will probably serve me just as well.  I will note that many early CDs sounded bad because they were made from compressed-for-lp slave copies of master tapes or (in the case of some “twofers” (2 albums on one disc) a smaller size file was used to squeeze all the info on a single disc (zappa’s overnight sensation/apostrophe disc was way tinny sounding and fared much better—after complaints—breaking them out into two discs at fuller CD resolution

Regqrding the sound of vinyl vs CD and distortion “hidden” in the LP, more times than not I was amazed to find out that distortion I heard on vinyl—and which I attributed to my less than perfect condition pressings—were actually on the original recording. I was surprised hearing certain records by Zappa, The Velvet Underground, Dylan, The Moody Blues and others on CD for the first time and discovering that my LPs didnt sound so bad after all ... it was the way the recordings were made!

I do believe that analog masters contain more sonic info than 44.1/16-bit clones would be able to capture.  But I have to assume (unless someone explains otherwise) that for recordings made natively in the digital domain, then those recordings are what they are…. they’ll never be anything more than what the original was recorded at.

So there is probably no good reason to keep a digitally recorded LP if I can get it on CD these days… unless of course it contains a mix that was later changed/remixed

Hi Mark,

This has been my life’s work since about 1978.  We had some of the first digital multitrack recorders that 3M ever built, and a huge part of my life was supervising the cutting of analog (and later digital) tape masters into vinyl, following those lacquers through electroplating, and then the actual pressing into vinyl.  We had our own pressing plant, so I got to see it all happen every day, from trombonists coming through the front door to record jacket fabrication and excess vinyl re-grinding to make audiophile records.

The bigger point is not which sounds “better”—it’s what sounds most like what the mixer heard when he was working on it in the control room.  If you had the privilege, as I did for years, of sitting beside a mixer listening to control room monitors and watching as he went for a particular “sound”, often worrying himself about the accuracy of the speakers and the room acoustics, you would understand that the whole goal was to try to replicate what he heard. 

Analog tape was very good at that, but always lost a bit of transients, and increased the noise floor a bit, simply because of the limitations of tape.  Indeed it was often quite difficult to tell whether you were listening to the console output or the one-second-delayed playback head of the 2-track master.

When digital mastering came on the scene, first on videotape (we used black and white U-matics, which is why the weird sample rate of 44,100 came to be—it’s a multiple of the horizontal sync frequency of black and white videotape) we were all amazed at the transparency.  What we heard coming back from the digital deck was an identical sonic clone to the console itself, indeed showing the limitations of the console electronics.

Many consumers, however, had grown accustomed to the tracking and tracing errors and distortions that vinyl records inherently have.  No vinyl record truly sounded like what we were hearing on the mix console; it was several layers of distortion removed, with the distortions coming from the cutting angle of the cutterhead, the “de-horning” process which cut off the bottom of the grooves so that the vinyl would release from the stamper, and the inherent noise of the vinyl medum itself.

A CD is a much, much closer replica of what the original mixer heard on his board than an LP could ever be.  Now does that mean that you would rather experience what the mixer heard or experience what an LP listener of the era heard?  That’s actually a very serious question.  Almost no one who didn’t work in recording studios heard “clean” audio, and it was a very foreign sound to consumers, resulting in a lot of reluctance to accept digital media.  Consumers simply didn’t understand that they were, for the first time, hearing what we had heard in the production control rooms.  In many cases, the noise floor and distortion of the vinyl helped to cover up the limitations of the original master—making the CD sound “worse”.

I hope this helps, but I fear it may only add to the confusion.

NW. I bet a tactile transducer connected straight to the desk couldn’t even do that.

BB1 on
How Much Bass is Too Much Bass?
August 09th 2011 8:53 AM

I have the streaming-only service.  One thing that ticks me off is - I am using a web-based service, right - but there are no web-based methods of contact with Netflix - go ahead, try to find a “contact us” that isn’t a phone number!  No email, no chat, nothing!

I wanted to complain about how they had lured me into their service, only to start dropping some titles I had expected to be able to watch (such as all of the, admittedly limited, selection of James Bond flicks).

I also wanted to complain that for weeks, the “Recently Watched” listing was missing.

MikeG on
Netflix's Latest F-You Communiqué
August 02nd 2011 10:59 AM

Wow i would be pissed if i was a Netflix user pisssssed. Here is a secret people. Corporations only get away with what you let them get away with. Hit their pocket book and they will suddenly start whistling another tune.

Carmen on
Netflix's Latest F-You Communiqué
August 01st 2011 3:48 PM

I don’t work for Netflix and I think the author of this article is a huge baby-man with an entitlement complex.

Netflix's Latest F-You Communiqué
August 01st 2011 3:23 PM