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Triad Speakers Factory Visit

Triad Factory Visit

Tucked away in a non-descript office park near the airport in Portland, OR is Triad Speakers. Looking at the outside of the building you would never imagine that inside the building is a complete speaker design and manufacturing company. Once you do enter you find a company where every speaker is made to...

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Musings of a Drummer

Musings of a Drummer

I have been a drummer for a very long time. I just turned 65 (August 21, 2010), and I started drumming in college when I was 20. At first, it was just four of us, one of my fraternity brothers played bass, I was on the drums, a singer...

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Anthem Room Correction (ARC) System - Part 1

Anthem Room Correction ARC System-Part 1Among the numerous room correction systems I have tested, the Anthem ARC currently stands out as the best for consumers. In this mulit-part review, I take you through how room correction works, and give you some results I obtained in several rooms of my home.

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California Audio Show 4 - Millbrae, California - August 9-11, 2013

California Audio Show 4The Fourth California Audio Show was held in the San Francisco Bay area (Westin Hotel in Millbrae which is south of San Francisco), August 9, 10, and 11, 2013. Constantine Soo, the CAS4 promoter, has moved the show to the Westin this year to better accommodate the exhibitors and guests.  Here is the coverage by the SECRETS team, John Johnson and Ross Jones.

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The New York Hi Fi Show: A 63-year History that Traces a Complicated Trajectory

The New York Hi Fi Show: A 63-year History that Traces a Complicated TrajectoryFor the past six weeks since attending the New York Hi Fi show, I have taken time to reflect how the show has evolved to its current form. I will report on a couple of items at the show, but the real coverage was by Mark Vignola. I have no idea how he could produce so many professional quality pictures and the accompanying annotation one day later

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Editorial: High Frame Rate (HFR) Movies and the Choice of Frames per Second

EditorialHigh Frame Rate (HFR) seems to be the new buzzword in movie production, these days, at least to some directors who are experimenting with it. For example, The Hobbit was shot at 48 FPS (Frames per Second), with a 4K digital video camera. The idea is that HFR makes motion much smoother. And it works. But, do we, as viewers, then feel that we are actually in the scene, as opposed to being in the audience? One industry professional who is working with 4K and 3D said he hated the 48 FPS. It takes away the "film look" that so many people like, and turns the motion picture into something that has the "Soap Opera Effect", namely, live TV. But, notwithstanding the visual effect, let's focus on the choice of 48 FPS and why this is a potential disaster.

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Spears and Munsil HD Benchmark Setup and Test Disc - Version 2

Spears and Munsil HD Benchmark, Version 2Readers of Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity are likely familiar with the names Stacey Spears and Don Munsil. They authored the Secrets DVD Benchmark and brought to light issues like Chroma Upsampling Errors, as well as our recent HDMI Benchmark for Blu-ray players. They also authored the Spears and Munsil HD Benchmark Blu-ray test disc. Version 2 of their HD Benchmark disc is now available, and reviewed here.

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Editorial: The Industry Learns a Lesson: The Death of 3D vs. Industry Predictions. Will this Change their Plans for Introducing 4K to the Public?

EditorialThe recent announcement that ESPN is eliminating its 3D channel on cable and satellite tells a sad story of overestimating the impact of 3D on selling more HDTVs. Although 3D movies continue to be released - for the time being - it appears that consumers are not interested in watching 3D at home. The "glasses" are claimed to be the scapegoat, but I think there is more to it than that.

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The New York Audio Show Report - April, 2013

The New York Audio Show ReportThe New York Audio Show took the Palace Hotel and surrounding area shops by storm this weekend. I had the pleasure of attending the show on Saturday and am here with a quick show report of what I was able to see before things got too hectic.

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Anthem Room Correction (ARC) System - Part 2 - Including a Subwoofer

Anthem Room Correction ARC Part 2 - Including a SubwooferIn Part 1 of this series, we discussed the Anthem ARC (Anthem Room Correction) firmware that is present in their SSPs as well as the AVRs which have a  reduced filter bank size. By far, the most significant sonic issue for acoustic music when a subwoofer is deployed occurs around the crossover from the subwoofer to the main speaker. In Part 2 of this series, we take a look at Anthem's ARC (Anthem Room Correction) when adding a subwoofer to the system.

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SSI 2013 Montreal HI-FI Show Report

SSI 2013 Montreal Show Report - Day 1

The Salon Son and Image HiFi Show in beautiful Montreal took place this past week and over weekend....I covered the show for SECRETS..please enjoy my report and check out the images on the Google+ CAVE too....

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