Articles about best buy

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 »

VooMote One Transforms Your iPhone or iPod Touch into a Universal Remote

by Dennis Burger on Jul 27, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Most of the major home automation companies have control apps for iOS these days, but what about the iFans of the world who don’t already have (or can’t afford) a full-blown Control4, URC, or Crestron system in the casa? has a cheap and easy alternative already on the market… Continue Reading »

Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Pre-Order Dropped to $69.99 at Amazon

by Jeff Kleist on Jun 23, 2011 at 09:19 AM

Hurry up and take 50% off of the list price picking up the Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition right now at The extended versions are close to an hour longer apeice, bringing scads of additional action, character development and flavor to the Middle Earth experience. Never bought the… Continue Reading »

New Best Buy Exclusive Blu-rays Roll In

by Jeff Kleist on May 31, 2011 at 02:07 PM

Exclusive catalog titles at Best Buy, Target, and other retailers are becoming a normal reality as those retailers shrink the floorspace they’re willing to devote to non-video game media. By getting a retailer to commit to a certain number of units and/or helping with production costs, the studios can justify… Continue Reading »

ESPN “30 for 30” Hits Blu-ray as a Best Buy Exclusive

by Jeff Kleist on May 30, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Many lament the lack of TV content on Blu-ray, so ESPN and Best Buy are here to help. Coming in at $99.99 (possibly less on sale), the set collects all of the network’s 30 for 30 films, along with hours of bonus material. While the disc has yet to hit… Continue Reading »

Best Buy’s Buy Back a totally BAD Buy

by John Sciacca on May 20, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Since you are reading a tech site and—I’m gonna go with the percentages here—probably a male, that means you probably watched the Super Bowl this year. And you probably watched all of the commercials. And you probably remember that ad with Ozzy Osbourne and – did he finally admit that… Continue Reading »

Warpia Products Now Available at Best Buy

by Michael Riesenbeck on Apr 23, 2011 at 05:13 PM

Warpia’s line of wireless products is now available at Best Buy. Shoppers can expect to find Warpia’s StreamHD PC-to-TV Display Adapter and USB-to-TV Video Adapter. Users can pair their Warpia products with online services such as Best Buy CinemaNow, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and YouTube. Warpia products do not restrict what… Continue Reading »

Samson’s Meteor Mice Makes Talk Easy

by Enid Burns on Apr 19, 2011 at 04:50 PM

We didn’t all grow up in the Golden Age of radio, but we can recognize that iconic, metal microphone from the old days. Samson has created a mic that captures that iconic look but with the ease of use (not to mention modern bells and whistles) to which we’ve all… Continue Reading »

Westinghouse’s 46” LED HDTV Now Available

by Enid Burns on Mar 14, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Westinghouse has a new 46-inch LD-4655 now on sale at Best Buy and Pacific Sales. The set features a slim design in an all LED backlit LCD TV set. It received the Energy Star rating and meets Federal energy efficiency standars. The set uses less energy than a 100 watt… Continue Reading »

Retailers and CEs Go All-In For AllVid Cable Box Standard

by Jeff Kleist on Feb 21, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Sony, Google, and retailers like Best Buy have gone to the FCC to ask them to enforce the AllVid standard onto cable and other televised content providers, finally establishing a universal interface between devices and services. Typically, to access cable or satellite, one must purchase or rent an expensive box… 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