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4 Hour Criterion Lightning Sale Today on Amazon

by Jeff Kleist on Aug 16, 2011 at 08:57 AM

Starting at 9AM EDT/6AM PDT today (August 16, 2011), Amazon will be holding a special morning sale on the Criterion Collection. From Amazon’s Facebook page: Movies & TV Cinephiles and film geeks! Don’t miss out on an awesome Criterion event starting tomorrow, 8/16 at 6am. We’ll be featuring four… Continue Reading »

Limitless Blu-ray Gets Facebook Promo

by Enid Burns on Jul 26, 2011 at 10:51 AM

The average person only uses 20 percent of his brain (or so the legend goes, anyway). Would you take a pill every day that lets you use 100 percent of your brain? That’s the concept behind the Twentieth Century Fox release Limitless. The film just came out on Blu-ray on… Continue Reading »

Comcast Set to Debut New Spectrum Quad-Tuner DVR?

by Jeff Kleist on May 23, 2011 at 11:19 AM

According to a tipster, Comcast is set to bring out a DVR box that not only has quad tuners for Uber-DVRing, but a brand new interface, app support, and maybe voice control? While you’re watching one program, you’ll be able to record as many as three others on the included… Continue Reading »

Where to Put That New Panasonic TV? There’s an App for That

by Jeff Kleist on Apr 29, 2011 at 01:12 PM

When anticipating a new piece of gear, we all picture how it’s going to look in our house. Now if you have an iPhone 3G and up, or 4th gen iPod touch, you don’t have to imagine anymore. With the Panasonic VIERA AR Setup Simulator, you just print out some… Continue Reading »

New Yorkers Sort Through Ewaste with The 4th Bin

by Enid Burns on Jan 18, 2011 at 08:25 PM

If you found a new HDTV, laptop, cell phone, or other consumer electronic under the tree over Christmas, then you might be faced with the question of how to dispose of your old electronic device. Many consumers are faced with that question, and some, including residents in New York City,… Continue Reading »

Logitech Suspends Production on Google TV

by Jeff Kleist on Dec 27, 2010 at 06:10 AM

Along with pulling out of CES, Google’s main settop box partner Logitech has initiated a production halt on their Revue through at least the end of January. With a major software revamp supposedly on the way, Comcast breathing down Google TV’s neck with integration with their cable boxes, and general… Continue Reading »

CEDIA 2010: Control4 4Store Marketplace Expands

by Michael Riesenbeck on Sep 23, 2010 at 11:24 PM

That shiny and new Control4 touchpad has been installed, and you’ve been using it to run your home entertainment system. It dims the lights. And maybe you’ve even got it programmed to open and close the shades, if for no other reason than because you can. But when the novelty… Continue Reading »

Control4 Introduces Second-Generation Operating System and App Marketplace

by Celeste C. Haar on Jul 7, 2010 at 06:26 PM

As if offering one of the most easily programmable home automation solutions on the market wasn’t enough, Control4 has released a second-generation operating system named, simply enough, Control4 OS 2.0.  Along with the update comes a brand new 4Store Application Marketplace, which includes apps that give you access to your… 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