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"Let's break the speaker types into four categories: hi-fi stereo speakers, desktop/computer/media (nearfield) speakers, active (powered) speakers with built-in amps, and passive (nonpowered) speakers that must be used with a separate amp or receiver." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Sony introduces ultra-high-definition video player - Yahoo! News -
Sony introduces ultra-high-definition video player - Yahoo! News
"The new, restored and rebooted films from Sony Pictures are among the content coming pre-loaded on a video player bundled with Sony's first ultra-high-definition television, a massive 84-inch set that retails for $24,999.99 and features nearly four times the resolution of typical high-definition TVs." - imabonehead from Bookmarklet
"Ultra HD is widely regarded as the next evolution in TV technology, but there's currently a lack of content that takes advantage of the vast resolution, though Ultra HD sets are equipped to upscale lower resolution video. Sony Corp. is hoping to overcome that pitfall that with this new player." - imabonehead
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"So what makes VLC so special? Simply put: It happily plays nearly every video format you can throw at it. Beyond JPEGs and MP4 videos, VLC can play MPEG-2, FLV Flash, DivX, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV and MP3 files… just to name a few. On that basis alone, it’s a very useful tool to have on your computer - or smartphone. VLC is about to become a potential powerhouse on mobile platforms, as Android users can now partake of a beta version of the player for their devices." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Mastering music in the age of iTunes -
Mastering music in the age of iTunes
"Smith seemed to think Mastered for iTunes is a good thing, and iTunes tracks sound a little better than they used to, but still not as good as a CD. The new mastering tools provide a preview of what the finished iTunes files will sound like. The iTunes master is a 24-bit/44.1 kHz file. For now the best-sounding format most people will hear is still the CD, and that's where Ryan focuses his efforts. He started out as a recording engineer, but if he recorded something now, he'd bring it to another mastering engineer to get a fresh set of ears involved in the project." - Eric - Let Me Know from Bookmarklet
"On Android, the My Xbox LIVE app is new. It lets you read and send messages to friends, manage your friends list and invite new friends, read and edit your full LIVE profile (name, bio, motto), change your avatar features and items with the avatar closet, and view and compare your achievement progress with friends, Microsoft says." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
"U.S. and Canadian Xbox Live Gold subscribers will find the free Slacker Radio app in the Xbox Live Marketplace this fall. Slacker Radio will give Xbox Live Gold subscribers a fully customizable selection of over 200 music stations that are curated and hosted by Slacker's expert music programmers, plus artist showcases (such as the Adam Yauch station), comedy, ESPN Radio, ABC News, and official stations for leading music festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits. Microsoft's Kinect motion-control accessory is compatible with the Slacker Radio app." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
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Peter Jackson Responds to 48 FPS 'Hobbit' Criticism -
Peter Jackson Responds to 48 FPS 'Hobbit' Criticism
""A lot of the critical response I was reading was people saying it's different. Well, yes, it certainly is," said Jackson in a different portion of the interview. "But I think, ultimately, it is different in a positive way, especially for 3D, especially for epic films and films that are trying to immerse the viewer in the experience of a story."" - Eric - Let Me Know from Bookmarklet
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Dolby Atmos audio hits moviegoers with sound from all directions -
Dolby Atmos audio hits moviegoers with sound from all directions
"t can transmit up to 128 simultaneous and lossless audio inputs on up to 64 discrete speaker feeds, including ones placed in the ceiling above the audience. So if a film is showing someone in a car on a rainy day, for instance, it will actually sound like the rain is coming from above. Dolby calls Atmos its "most significant innovation in years," and plans to roll the audio platform out in select "premium" locations in the US, Europe, China, and Japan later this year." - Eric - Let Me Know from Bookmarklet
"As Microsoft works on Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox, users will be pulled back into its orbit, one product at a time." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
"Online and mail-order video company Netflix has no plans to bring its streaming service to Research In Motion's PlayBook tablet." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
Josh Haley
Time Warner learns from mistakes, reintroduces optional usage-based billing -
Time Warner learns from mistakes, reintroduces optional usage-based billing
"the cable ISP announced plans to bring back usage-based pricing—but only if you want to cap yourself. TWC's new "Essentials" plan will knock $5 off your monthly bill as long as you keep your usage below 5GB." - Josh Haley from Bookmarklet
So... sell your soul for 5 bucks? Uh, no. - Josh Haley
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"Check out CNET's roundup of must-have Blu-ray discs." - Eric - Let Me Know from Bookmarklet
I'm kind of interested in 3D TV's because of Hugo - Rodfather
I just got Hugo today. - Derrick
Did you watch it yet? Good? - Eric - Let Me Know
No, today's one of my thirteen hour day. I expect it's sitting on my porch waiting on me when I get home in a couple hours. - Derrick
Cristo, do you really think we're going to have BD-quality streaming (something on the order of 50Mbps) any time soon for more than just a few niche geographies, AND movie studios willing to make their libraries significantly more available for streaming? - Tinfoil 2.0
I read your interest as not idle want. - Tinfoil 2.0
Ah, well yes of course then. - Tinfoil 2.0
Quite the audio/visual workout for the home theater.
Just now watching The Pacific for the first time after watching BoB for the second time. It's interesting to see the bright crisp colors in this after the almost black and white desaturation of the former. It's also making me want to watch Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line soon. - Derrick
I haven't seen both. :( But I want to. - AJ Batac
Oh, AJ, you gotta do it. Granted, I'm a bit of a military buff and films about WWII are really compelling and interesting to me, but if you've got even a halfway decent HT set up, this will NOT disappoint. - Derrick
"Despite the claims of the MPAA and other supporters of SOPA and PIPA, file-sharing does not negatively impact box office sales in the U.S., according to a new study conducted by economists from Wellesley College and the University of Minnesota." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
What are you favorite films you use to show off your system? Or, what movies really impress you with their sound design (they don't have to all be bombastic, big, action flicks)?
I always seem to test out a surround system with Independence Day. - Eric - Let Me Know
Heard that was a good one. I'm watching Days of Heaven right now and what I love about it is the quiet moments, the chirps of birds and ribits of frogs. It's incredible. Spectacular ambiance. - Derrick
Here is a list of Blu-Rays sorted by quality of audio. - Eric - Let Me Know
The Harry Potter films also have great immersive audio. - Eric - Let Me Know
The Matrix, Transformers, trying to think of some others but drawing a blank. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
(And I don't even have my 5.1 set up yet.) - Derrick
Transformers and matrix. - AJ Batac from FreshFeed
Also, I love Apollo 13, it has some great quiet to booming transitions. Great to test the metal of your amplification. Some receivers will break down and produce static with drastic transitions like that. - Eric - Let Me Know
To show off the musicality of your system, a Cameron Crowe movie like Elizabethtown is good. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Inception was non-stop soundtrack. It was aurally exhausting in a good way. Might be a good one that isn't as smash bang as Matrix (good one as well) or Transformers (bleh). - Josh Haley
"A group of investors has filed a class-auction lawsuit against Netflix and several of its executives, alleging that the film and TV subscription service purposely misled the plantiffs about its earnings prospects ahead before the company’s stock took a deep dive in the second half of 2011." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
"Just a week ago, the blogosphere was abuzz with the news that Google had officially locked down partners for a whole new generation of devices with its operating system for connected TVs. But if Google finally is gaining the trust and support of the consumer electronics industry, there was little evidence of it at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
Any activity here? Looking at a very modest entry level 5.1 system. Already have a TV and blu-ray, and looking at a receiver and speaker set up.
Denon AVR-1612 and Energy Take Classic 5.1 - Derrick
Ixnayed the Denon. Saw some bad reviews. Picked up a Pioneer instead. - Derrick
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This new Samsung Blu-Ray player is too cute. -
This new Samsung Blu-Ray player is too cute.
"We've reached a point where Blu-ray players can't really add a whole lot more functionality. Size, then, is the next frontier, and Samsung's showing another player with a "slightly larger-than-a-disc" form-factor. It's the BD-ES6000, a decidedly petite player with a slot-loading mechanism and a boot time of just one second." - Eric - Let Me Know from Bookmarklet
LG reveals world's largest OLED TV: 55-inches, 4-mm thick, natural colors, and lower price | The Verge -
LG reveals world's largest OLED TV: 55-inches, 4-mm thick, natural colors, and lower price | The Verge
"LG Electronics just announced its 55-inch OLED television — the inevitable home for the world's largest OLED TV panel revealed last week by LG Display. The TV will be featured at CES where the world's tech media will busy themselves photographing pencils, Moleskins, and Droid RAZRs next to the TV's 4-mm thick profile in an attempt to convey just how thin this 7.5-kg (16.5-pound) beauty really is. Better yet, unlike the overly saturated OLED panels we're accustomed to seeing, LG claims its image processing features combined with the WOLED panel produce "the most natural colors of any TV set" and at a "much lower price point" than OLED panels of this size would traditionally command, and its Color Refiner helps ensures consistent color across a wider viewing angle. All very important developments in LG's march to make WOLED "the future of home TV entertainment." Yet for all of its teasing, LGE's still not offering a ship date or suggested retail price." - imabonehead from Bookmarklet
Tinfoil 2.0
High-end HDMI cables: yea or nay?
"The ones will have much more one-ness" - Tinfoil 2.0
Josh Haley
Logitech Revue / Google TV refurb - $79 -
Logitech Revue / Google TV refurb - $79
Quite a steal. I wish I could make commission on this but I have no affiliation with tigerdirect. - Josh Haley from Bookmarklet
THAT is a good deal. - AJ Batac
Honeycomb just dropped on it this past weekend, too. - Josh Haley
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Massive iPhone Dock Pumps Out Sound With 10,000 Watts of Power -
Massive iPhone Dock Pumps Out Sound With 10,000 Watts of Power
"Behringer, a maker of professional audio and music equipment, is launching the world's loudest -- and largest -- iPhone dock. The iNuke Boom is 4 feet tall, 8 feet wide, weighs 700 pounds, and costs $29,999. The product is real, though the only model in existence will be at Behringer's booth at CES as an attention grabber." - Eric - Let Me Know from Bookmarklet
It goes to 11 - Eric - Let Me Know
The first speaker ever whose sound could literally kill someone? - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Stocking stuffer. - Joe
With any luck, the vibrations will shake the attached iPhone apart. - Andrew C (✔)
I wonder if I could dock my Shuffle on that? - Eric - Let Me Know
Is that euphemism? - Melly
speaking as someone with 25+ years of experience as a recording engineer and 30+ as a musician? Behringer makes pretty shitty gear. my $0.02 - Big Joe Silence
Joe: Even if it's shit, a really really big shit can feel good. - Kevin Fox
Speaking as one who reads a lot of audiophile stuff (but doesn't spend the $$), I don't remember Behringer ever being mentioned. "Professional" in the music field may mean powerful; it doesn't always mean high quality sound. This looks like an expensive joke, probably produced only when ordered. (But Joe Silence speaks with experience.) - Walt Crawford
Yes Walt, Behringer makes a lot of home studio and PA gear. Not really home h-fi. And yes, this will be a one of a kind device for marketing purposes. I just want to see how small an MP3 player will look on a giant speaker. - Eric - Let Me Know
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