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PS3 Firmware Upgrade to Enable 3D Capabilities

Sony is reportedly set to unveil a new firmware upgrade for the PS3 which will enable 3D capabilities. This will only cover PS3 titles on the PlayStation Network and will not include Blu-ray movies. read more…

Samsung UN46B6000VF Television Review-The Unfair Upgrade Toll Box

I know that title is a little on the inflammatory side, so I assure you, there’s nothing libelous going on here.  I’m going to take issue with Samsung’s business practices as represented by today’s review target, the Samsung UN46B6000VF. read more…

Sweet Home Theater Setups – The Upgrade

I’ve always said right here that the greatest way to build a home theater is in the modular style, thus you can always take advantage of better technology as it becomes available.  And you can see in today’s sweet home theater setup why I believe that. read more…

Buses in Raleigh Get On-Board DTV Upgrade

Those lucky commuters in Raleigh, North Caroline will be able to watch some of their favorite shows while being driven to work. Sure they won’t exactly be able to stay until the end of each show but that’s not the point here. read more…

Antenna Upgrade Made Easy

The AntennaWeb.org mapping program, provided by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), locates the proper outdoor antenna to receive your local television broadcast channels. read more…

Screen Research announces upgrade of LeWing Home Cinema Screen Lineup

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Screen Research launched an upgrade to its LeWing product line at CES2008 with four custom JBL cinema speakers and a home theater solution. Offering audio/video home cinema solution, the product suits the video projection market. read more…

Tuning the Sound

Tuning the Sound

So, you’re sitting at home listening to your latest musical love and browsing a brand new issue of Hi-Fi for Insomniacs as the sun slowly rises above the greying neighbourhood chimneys. The emptying whiskey bottle, or coffee pot if that’s your poison, sits nearby, and the lines under your eyes betray the turmoil within your mind. Something isn’t quite right. The sound of the machine is wrong and you can’t tell how or why. It gnaws at you, diminishing the pleasure that is listening to music. and making your little audiophile world just a bit more uncomfortable. A normal person would let the moment pass, safe in the knowledge that it’ll be all right tomorrow, but you won’t let go. You reach for the credit card…

It’s happened to most of us, or so I’m told. Not me of course, I just listen to the music, bathe in the glow of aging tubes and up-to-date transistors, and add to my record collection. Occasionally I might attempt an affordable upgrade or consider changing a component that no longer satisfies my ears, but generally I’m happy with the kit I’ve assembled over the past decade. No longer the eager perusal of the music direct catalogue whenever their weekly newsletter arrives on our desktop, and no more lusting after the latest upgrade for the Isotonic PL54B Intercontinental Valve Loudspeaker with adjustable coffee filter and beryllium hat-stand. I mean, there’s no point in emptying my bank account to buy the upgrade if I don’t have the original. Is there? read more…

Getting Beyond The Upgrade-itis

The gateway towards sonic nirvana can be as simple as a few upgrades for some, and as difficult as a multitude of system alterations for others. Some people like bringing home various electronics just for the thrill of experiencing what they are about while others are caught in a quandary of system rolling trying to find “that” sound. If you are one of those caught in the circle, there is hope! Here are some things to think about: read more…

Speaker Odyssey

Speaker Odyssey

I wish I had a picture of it, the record changer in the big, maple-finished Zenith console “Cobra-Matic” stereo. This lovely unit, with a tonearm that looked like a snake, was the centerpiece of my family’s living room and the machine that allowed me to first start appreciating music – albeit the Three Stooges!

Even at that tender age, I knew I wanted more, and as I grew up, a sort of quest began. My first marriage began with a gift for my own home, a not-too-shabby little Sears “Silvertone” record player, with detachable speakers – not quite a toy, but not exactly sonic nirvana, either.

Along about 1970, I heard my first “real” stereo, a friend’s Dynaco-based rig. It was my first exposure to some semblance of “high fidelity.” The hi-fi bug had bitten! read more…

Audio Traning Camp – upgrading my audio system

Audio Traning Camp – upgrading my audio system

For years I have teased my wife about how much effort she expended preparing to shop. Now granted, she is a Professional Organizer. But still, the time spent laying the foundation for a shopping adventure seemed downright silly. Then, I got the itch to upgrade my audio system after an amazing 15 year run.

At first, I just wanted to re-acquaint myself with brands, statistics, and terms. I began where I had left off by perusing the audio equipment I had grown fond of in the wonderfully chaotic world of eBay, and later, the refined spaces of Audiogon. Names and numbers I hadn’t heard of in eons jarred my memory. Then came new names and designs, I felt as if I had ignored an old and dear friend. I knew that I was wholly unprepared to purchase, I needed to reawaken my auditory perception/ recognition. Below, is the regimen that led me to a successful upgrade. read more…

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