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    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 14-guage wire into the 200’s tight binding posts, followed by dropping one of the speakers on my foot and breaking a toe, I’m sure no…

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Toddy Smart Cloth screen cleaner review

by NEWS on Jun 28, 2011 at 02:12 PM

FROM APPLETELL - The Toddy Smart Cloth cloth is a solid option for cleaning not just your iPad, but a variety of screens.

Sky Mall Catalog: The Last Guaranteed Bastion of Awesomeness!

by John Sciacca on Jun 27, 2011 at 09:06 AM

If there is a silver lining from my US Air debacle from several weeks ago (besides the fact that I am probably the only one that got $100 from the deal; take that all you sheep! Hannibal was right about the silence of you lambs! Can you still hear them,… Continue Reading »

AV Unboxing Porn: Meridian and Sooloos

by John Sciacca on Jun 22, 2011 at 10:05 AM

The Internet is home to all manner of bizarre fetish subset groups. You like to see midgets swinging from a trapeze while smoking French cigarettes? Great. You just need to decide if you’re in the mood for your midgets to be with or without full body tattoos and piercings. Or… Continue Reading »

HomeTechTell Review: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Extended Edition (Blu-ray)

by Dennis Burger on Jun 16, 2011 at 03:13 PM

A few years ago at PAX, Tycho from Penny Arcade had the opportunity to brush Felicia Day’s hair. “It was,” he said, “like brushing a unicorn.” Yesterday, I finally got the chance to open up my Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Blu-ray set. And if grooming Felicia Day is… Continue Reading »

HomeTechTell Review: Boston Acoustics Tvee Model 25 Soundbar

by Dennis Burger on Jun 14, 2011 at 03:19 PM

3D not withstanding, it seems that the biggest boom in the home electronics market in recent years is the soundbar. Just about everybody makes one. And to be honest, they’re such simple contraptions that it’s hard to pick one over another. Connections are generally minimal, the feature set seems pretty… Continue Reading »

Audyssey: Go Pro or Go Home!

by John Sciacca on Jun 6, 2011 at 09:00 AM

If you’ve purchased a new A/V receiver in the past like five years, you’ve probably run across Audyssey. You know, that little pyramid microphone and the WHAP-WHAP-WHAP! test tones? Well, there for those who like their audio like their women—professionally calibrated and with deep, tight bass—there is a step up… Continue Reading »

Falling Under the Pleasing, Dreaming Spell of Vinyl

by John Sciacca on Jun 1, 2011 at 04:03 PM

You might not know Dennis Burger, your faithful editor here. But I do. And when Dennis writes a review, I usually read it. A while back, Dennis reviewed a turntable, and I read that review not because I like turntables but exactly because I DON’T really like them. My parents… Continue Reading »

Popping the Cork on Static

by Mark Smotroff on May 27, 2011 at 09:40 AM

“People say I’m crazy doing what I’m doing…” John Lennon And my friends—and maybe you—may indeed say I’m crazy too after reading this. But I recently plopped down $150 to buy a mat for my turntable made out of cork, and a little gun that fires antistatic bullets you can’t… Continue Reading »

HomeTechTell Review: OPPO BDP-93 Universal Network 3D Blu-ray Disc Player

by Dennis Burger on May 26, 2011 at 09:38 AM

If you’ve ever scoffed at a lady friend for carrying a $700 purse… if you think a pair of Benjamins is too much to pay for a nice pair of running shoes… if you’ve ever wondered why anyone would spend twice (or thrice) too much for a luxury ride when… Continue Reading »

Best 3D projector on the market?

by John Sciacca on May 25, 2011 at 09:41 AM

I first experienced Runco’s new D-73d 3D projector at the CEDIA Expo last September and was pretty impressed. By “pretty impressed” I mean that it was the best display of 3D technology I witnessed at the show. I find myself prone to headaches and discomfort when viewing many 3D demonstrations,… 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