• by Alan Lofft Axiom Audio Do find the digital output on the back of your DVD player before you connect any other cables to your equipment. It will be labeled "Optical" or "Coaxial" (your DVD player may have both or just one). An optical digital output uses a fiber-optic cable with a...

  • I often have people ask me some very basic overall questions about the acoustical design of a room, such as: How much will it cost? What will it look like? How much better is it going to sound? All of these are important questions and sometimes it’s difficult to give someone an...

  • Reprinted with permission from Knowledge@Wharton. The phrase “free shipping” is like a siren song to many who...

  • Reprinted with permission from Knowledge@Wharton. It's open season on the television industry's business model. In recent years,...

  • Reprinted with permission from Knowledge@Wharton. Although Microsoft recently unveiled an ‘ultra-mobile personal computer,’ or UMPC, in a...

  • Flat screen televisions have now become a preferred television choice for virtually any home. As the technology has improved and their popularity has expanded, the prices have lowered on flat televisions and made them accessible to virtually everyone. Plus, flat TV has a few built-in advantages (such as wider viewing angles that...

  • Connection Essentials: The ABC’s of A/V Plugs and Jacks Got the Home Theater system connection blues? It’s...

  • Reprinted with permission from Knowledge@Wharton. On Friday, February 24, the long-running patent dispute between Research In Motion...

  • Reprinted with permission from Knowledge@Wharton. Since announcing on October 6, 2004, that it had signed Howard Stern...

  • With all the hype surrounding high definition displays, 1080p and the future of television broadcasting becoming all digital, it’s surprising that more consumers don’t know the benefits of video scaling. Simply put, scaling in video means the reformatting of the picture through various algorithms, to occupy more or fewer scan lines than...

  • Regular readers of Stereophile should be familiar with the debate over the price of the equipment reviewed by the magazine. While one side threatens to cancel their subscriptions for the apparent editorial preoccupation with unaffordable components, the other defends the magazine by making the trite (if not irrelevant) claim that auto enthusiasts...

  • Best New TV (coming out this year) Pioneer Elite PRO-FHD1 50-inch 1080p Plasma HDTV – MSRP: $10,000...

  • Reprinted with permission from Knowledge@Wharton. Big media players are accustomed to watching the ratings for the most...

  • By Shelly Palmer (bio), Managing Director, Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC It's the dawn of a new year–filled with excitement, possibilities and promise. By now all of the new HDTV sets are hooked up, new iPods are formatted, iTunes accounts are set up, and BitTorrent 4.2.2 is properly installed. Let the media...

  • Reprinted with permission from Knowledge@Wharton. Apple's iPod again ruled beneath the Christmas tree in 2005 after the...

  • The Ground Rules Of all the annoyances that can afflict any audio/video home theater or even a simple stereo installation, the notorious “ground loop” may well be the most difficult and persistent one to track down and eliminate. A “ground loop” is caused by the difference in electrical potential at different grounding...

  • By Shelly Palmer (bio), Managing Director, Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC We hear the content industry and rights holders complaining about piracy everyday: file sharing, physical piracy, theft-of-services, derivative works, etc. But has anyone stopped to think about how many times consumers are asked to pay for the same content? Computer files...