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Onkyo’s New iOnly Line

by Enid Burns on Sep 6, 2011 at 05:02 PM

Three new compact music players and docking systems designed for the iPod, iPhone, and IPad comprise Onkyo’s new iOnly family of products. These include iOnly Play (ABX-100), iOnly Stream (ABX-N300), and iOnly Bass (SBX-300). The iOnly line is intended to offer convenience, practicality, and performance, while maintaining portability and affordability.… Continue Reading »

Two New iPod Speaker Docks from Monitor Audio

by Enid Burns on Jul 29, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Monitor Audio just added two new bi-amplified, 2-way docking speaker systems for the Apple iPod to its i-deck line. The two models include the i-deck 100 ($499) and i-deck 200 ($599). Both units feature two C-Cam tweeter and bass driver pairs. A dedicated Class D amplifier channel powers each driver,… 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 »

Bowers & Wilkins Announces C5 In-Ear Headphones

by Michael Riesenbeck on Jul 13, 2011 at 09:30 AM

We know Bowers & Wilkins makes a good pair of headphones. For proof, check out a review of the company’s P5 headphones by HomeTechTell’s own Dennis Burger. The P5s are meant to be worn over the ear, but for those who prefer a low-profile, in-ear headphone, Bowers & Wilkins is… Continue Reading »

Apple Finally Entering the TV Business?

by Jeff Kleist on Jun 28, 2011 at 02:14 PM

A former Apple exec talking to DailyTech claims that Apple is on the verge of announcing their own line of televisions that will incorporate Apple TV in a similar fashion to Sony’s relationship with GoogleTV.  The actual guts of the TVs would likely be supplied by Samsung, who already supplies… Continue Reading »

Soundcast Announces OutCast Wireless Speaker System

by Michael Riesenbeck on Jun 15, 2011 at 11:30 AM

How I spent my summer vacation: lounging by the pool in a bathrobe and a pair of jellies, sipping Caucasians and listening to Creedence tapes. And the perfect vehicle for the Creedence? Soundcast Systems OutCast Wireless Speaker System. The new OutCast 4.3 can handle up to three audio sources in… 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 »

Integra Introduces Four Upgraded Network Receivers for the Custom Install Market

by Dennis Burger on Jun 14, 2011 at 09:35 AM

Integra has announced new upgrades to its DTR-20, DTR-30, DTR-40, and DTR-50 series of THX-Certified home theater receivers, adding networking and USB capabilities to bring the entire line up to speed with last year’s DTR-40.2 and higher models. The networking capabilities enable internet radio functionality, DLNA music streaming over the… Continue Reading »

i3d: The Future of Glasses-Free? (Probably Not)

by Jeff Kleist on May 24, 2011 at 12:43 PM

There’s been a lot of buzz on the internet today about i3D, a new app that uses the front facing camera on the IPhone 4, iPad 2, and iPod Touch to track the viewer’s head in real time and adjust the perspective of an object on screen to simulate 3D.… 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 »

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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