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Elgato Brings HDHomeRun Prime to the App Store

by Enid Burns on Aug 26, 2011 at 08:14 AM

The iPad 2 may lack the 16:9 aspect ratio of HDTV, but there’s no denying that it’s one of the most popular screens for video these days. Elgato just released its HDHomeRun Prime App for the iPad 2 to extend the tablet’s viewing potential even greater. The program works in… 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 »

Amazon Goes Gaga and Offers Full-Length “Born This Way” Album for $0.99, then Breaks

by Dennis Burger on May 23, 2011 at 01:53 PM

If you’ve been thinking about picking up Lady Gaga’s new album, Born This Way, today (and if you haven’t, srsly, did you not see this week’s SNL?), this oughta make the decision a little easier: to celebrate the release, Amazon is offering the complete album for only 99 cents. That’s… Continue Reading »

HomeTechTell Review: Future Sonics Atrio Special Edition Earbuds

by Dennis Burger on Feb 24, 2011 at 01:31 PM

If you balk at the very notion of spending $229 on a pair of earbuds, you should probably go ahead and stop reading now. Not that I don’t appreciate your reading, but I could tell you that Future Sonics’ Atrio Special Edition Earbuds did my taxes for me, made me… Continue Reading »

Lutron Announces iPad App for RadioRA 2

by Michael Riesenbeck on Jan 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Who needs an iPad? I may have uttered those words when Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the company’s hotly anticipated tablet in January of 2010. I own a MacBook (that I love) and an iPod touch (that I really love), so the iPad didn’t seem like much of a big… Continue Reading »

Autonomic Controls Introduces Newer, Leaner MMS-2 Mirage Media Server

by Dennis Burger on Dec 15, 2010 at 05:57 PM

When I reviewed Autonomics Controls’ MMS-5 Mirage Media Server for Residential Systems a few months back, I couldn’t help but be impressed by its flexibility, performance, and ridiculously easy setup. But at $3995… well, let’s just say the MMS-5 isn’t for everyone. Hopefully the comany’s new MMS-2 Cloud-Based Media Server… Continue Reading »

Sonos ZonePlayer S5 Review

by Dennis Burger on Sep 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM

A lot has changed since Sonos introduced its original Digital Music System five years ago. These days, wirelessly zipping your digital music library from one end of the casa to the other doesn’t seem quite as novel as it did half a decade ago. Novel or not, though, the Sonos… Continue Reading »

ProntoTunes Adds Two-Way iTunes, Apple TV, and Airport Control to Pronto Remotes

by Dennis Burger on Aug 24, 2010 at 12:28 PM

When I reviewed the Pronto TSU9800 Home Control Panel for Residential Systems a few months back, I loved the hardware, as well as the ease of setup, but found the lack of real nitty-gritty, nuts-and-bolts programming ability a little frustrating, along with the lack of a really good two-way iTunes… Continue Reading »

UPDATED: New AppleTV… Err… iTV on the Horizon?

by Jeff Kleist on Aug 13, 2010 at 08:00 AM

With the threat of Google TV looming, Apple seems to have finally remembered that it’s already got its own TV device on the shelves. A long-rumored upgrade, the new AppleTV (which may be re-branded as the iTV, according to CNET’s report) reportedly boats all the functionality of an iPod Touch,… Continue Reading »

Autonomic Controls Mirage Media Server Review

by Dennis Burger on Aug 6, 2010 at 05:05 PM

Five years ago, if you’d told me I’d one day find myself extolling the merits of a Windows-based media server, chances are you’d have gotten a look, if not an earful. Early Microsoft-based home theater PCs (based on the then-separate Windows Media Center Edition platform) were buggy, unpredictable, frustrating to… 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