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A Perfect Storm to Consumers, Courtesy of the A/V Industry - Part 1 - Audio

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 12 2016, 3:00pm

Regardless what A/V gear you buy today it is already obsolete for some functionality or feature, primarily due to HDMI and 4K with HDR, but audio is not as innocent as it seems compared to the former. Consumers know that manufacturers want them to buy again and replace components that are still perfectly functional for the legacy content they already have, but there is not a single component on a home theater that maybe fully compatible with the rapidly changing features and standards that are continuously emerging and most components are not upgradeable.

Most consumers may resist the urge of upgrading, and continue with...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #716: Receiver Buying Guide 2015

By The HT Guys • Dec 4 2015, 2:17am

It is that time of year where we get to spend your money again! This week we concentrate on receivers. Our goal with these guides is not necessarily about getting the latest product. It's about getting a good product at a great price so you may see some of last year’s gear on the list. All these receivers are readily available online or at a big box store. Just like last year’s Buying Guide, we’re going to skip the budget categories jump right to our top picks. We each pick three receivers and one ‘money is no object’ / ‘dare to dream’ receiver for you to consider.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #712: Pioneer Elite VSX-90 Receiver Review

By The HT Guys • Nov 6 2015, 7:21am

The HT Guys upgrade equipment faster than most just so we can stay on top of the latest technology. So when the 4K Fire TV product was released and our current receiver could not send a 4K signal to the TV we figured what better reason to upgrade. We chose the Pioneer Elite VSX-90 7.2 Channel Receiver with Atmos mainly because it is a capable receiver and it didn’t break the bank.

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A 9.1ch Surround Wireless Theater “On your Head”

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Apr 26 2015, 1:53am

This headphone is for home theater installations not for mobile devices, it uses a base unit that serves as HDMI switcher as well, and it should appeal to movie viewers rather than video game enthusiasts.

The headphone plays multi-channel movies with an immersive field effect and reproduces surround sounds with relatively accurate localization. It should be particularly suitable for living spaces that are not adequately insulated for the high volume levels of typical home theater speakers/subwoofers, such as apartments, dorms, and shared environments where a surround multi-speaker setup may bother others.

The headphones may be a solution to the hearing impaired, which is becoming a very high percentage of the US population, and who usually tend to increase the volume of the center channel speaker for better speech intelligibility on a movie, or all the channels, imposing his/her preferred higher volume to other viewers who maybe listening to the same source using the speaker setup in ...

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New Pioneer Models Give Consumers the Latest Technologies for the Ultimate Entertainment Experience

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 2 2015, 8:25am

Pioneer Home Entertainment USA continues to provide consumers with an immersive home theater experience by introducing two new Pioneer branded home theater receivers designed to support today’s high quality audio and video formats. The VSX-830 5.2-channel and VSX-1130 7.2-channel receivers offer the latest combination of connectivity and performance features including HDCP 2.2 compliant, HDMI® 2.0 specification for the highest video signal transfer, built-in Wi-Fi®, built-in Bluetooth®, DSD file playback, subwoofer EQ and more. In addition, the VSX-1130 offers Dolby Atmos® (5.1.2) and MCACC Pro refining its Dolby Atmos capabilities.

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One Installer's Opinion: Subtraction as a Means of Addition

By Terry Paullin • Jan 28 2013, 3:08pm

No, I haven't invented yet another "New Math". I think there are many examples in life where Less is More. This time I'm talking about one relatively new case that's close to our home (theatre) - or, at least half of our home, the audio half.

I was thinking lately about how Audio has been getting a short shrift in recent H.T. print. A scan of contemporary periodicals dedicated to Home Theatre reveals more inch/columns aimed at; "4K", "streaming video", "edge lit", Big Screen", "black levels", "2.35 aspect ratio" ...... all video fair.

So why the Aural snub?

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Hi-End Audio Legend McIntosh Labs Meets HDTV Magazine on the East Coast

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 1 2011, 4:46pm

Last week McIntosh Labs stop by the Washington DC/Virginia area in Fairfax, VA to reach out to fans and to introduce their products, the event included live music as well.

McIntosh was and still is up there among the few American companies that still work very hard to continue producing quality audio products. They still have their traditional metered displays and blue-hued backlighting and unique knobs. Audio quality and elegant appearance made McIntosh so special to many for decades.