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RedEye Now Supports Android

by Jeff Kleist on Aug 18, 2011 at 12:37 PM

WiFi enabled IR blaster RedEye has had a control app for iOS for a while now, and today the manufacturer announced support for Android users as well. Sadly, the app still has a little way to go due to some current limitations of the platform The RedEye app for Android… Continue Reading »

HBO GO Subscribers Get Game of Thrones Episode 7 a Week Early

by Dennis Burger on May 23, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Game of Thrones fans lucky enough to have access to HBO GO are in for a treat this week. After Episode 6 of the series aired last night on HBO, Episode 7, “You Win or You Die,” hit the network’s streaming service a full week early. But wait (he says… Continue Reading »

PowerDVD 11 Coming Soon, Includes Smartphone Remote

by Jeff Kleist on Apr 19, 2011 at 12:23 PM

In several videos, since made private on the official Cyberlink Youtube channel, Cyberlink has demonstrated some of the new capabilities of PowerDVD 11. A new remote control application, confirmed for Android and presumably coming to iOS as well, will let you control every aspect of playback right from your tablet… Continue Reading »

HAI Announces Home Automation Products

by Michael Riesenbeck on Mar 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Home Automation, Inc. (HAI) is bringing ZigBee wireless technology to its line of control modules. ZigBee is a low-cost, low-power solution that can be used almost anywhere and makes retrofitting and integration easy. HAI’s Omnistat2 Wireless Multistage & Heat Pump w/ Humidity Control, Omnistat2 Wireless Single-Stage Conventional & Heat Pump,… Continue Reading »

Grace Digital Turns Your Android Phone into Remote

by Enid Burns on Mar 11, 2011 at 05:26 PM

The latest trick you can perform on your Android phone? Change the radio station. Grace Digital Audio has released an Android Remote App as a free download. Through the app you can gain control over key internet radio functions on Grade Digital radios. The Android Remote App controls include volume,… Continue Reading » is “TiVo” for Your Radio

by Michael Riesenbeck on Feb 28, 2011 at 01:07 PM

How did we ever live without TiVo and the host of time-shifting DVR boxes that followed? According to PC Magazine, radio listeners now have a TiVo-like option for recording radio at home. is the brainchild of founder Michael Robertson. DAR (Digital Audio Recorder) allows users to record radio… Continue Reading »

Powerline Control Systems Introduces Mi LightStyle Lighting and Home Automation Solution

by Michael Riesenbeck on Feb 18, 2011 at 08:02 PM

Powerline Control Systems is the latest company to offer integration with smart phones and devices such as iPhone, iPad, and Android. Powerline’s Mi LightStyle Web-Enabled Controller offers a simple interface and integration with the company’s PulseWorx lighting control system. With Mi Lightstyle, users can monitor their home system from any… Continue Reading »

Fox Releases First Android Compatible Digital Copy

by Jeff Kleist on Feb 16, 2011 at 02:42 AM

Twentieth Century Fox will be the first studio to release an Android-compatible digital copy with the Tony Scott-Denzel Washington vehicle Unstoppable. Assuming it works the same as the copy on Predators, you’ll be able to insert the disc in your player and shoot the 3D barcode that contains your serial… Continue Reading »

Google TV Gets Updated: New Netflix, Smartphone Control, and Features

by Jeff Kleist on Dec 15, 2010 at 03:17 PM

Google pushed a 200MB update to their users this morning that brings improved PiP functionality, a new PS3-esque Netflix interface, and the ability to run the box from the comfort of your phone. New enhanced Picture in Picture functionality lets you resize and move the PiP window to keep your… Continue Reading »

Dish Remote Access App Brings Sling To TVEverywhere

by Jeff Kleist on Nov 24, 2010 at 02:33 PM

If you’re a Dish Network subscriber and use the ViP 722 series DVR, or have snagged yourself a Slingbox adapter, your phone or tablet is about to get really, really cool. By downloading the DISH Remote Access App, not only do you have ultimate control over your entire system from… 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