Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity

Home Media

Media

Mark Levinson: For the Love of Music - Part 2

Mark Levinson: For the Love of Music, Part 2

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of interviewing Mark Levinson, one of the most influential men in the entire high-end audio industry. We spent hours discussing a wide range...

Read more...

Mark Levinson: For the Love of Music - Part 1

Mark Levinson: For the Love of Music, Part 1Audiophiles the world over know the name Mark Levinson. For some, it's one of Harman International's high-end brands. But long before that, it was—and still is—the name of a multitalented man with an unswerving vision of what audio recording and reproduction can and should be.

Read more...

A Collection of New Vinyl for the Audiophile - April, 2013

I'd not paid a lick of attention to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds until 2008's Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! That album rocked. Their latest does not. It's called Push The Sky Away, and it is fantastic. Like a lot of what's going on nowadays...

Read more...

A Collection of New Vinyl for the Audiophile - June, 2013

Big Jack White was ambassador for this year's Record Store Day.  I don't know what that means except that he had a video of some sort that I never watched on the official RSD website.  I think the word's pretty much out about this guy by now.  He likes analog.  In fact, there's a note in the Elephant liners explaining that "No computers were used during the writing, recording, mixing or mastering of this record."  And Elephant is why we're here.  The White Stripes classic was reissued for RSD on double vinyl.  Double crazy super vinyl, that is.  I'll try my best to explain...

 

Read more...

Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - April, 2013

movie-april-2013-hydepark

Hyde Park on Hudson is the story of FDR’s (Murray) special relationship with Margret Stuckley (Linney), a distant cousin!

Read more...

Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - June, 2013

movies-jun-2013-Thief

 Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy lead an all-star cast in this hilarious comedy. Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Orlando. There's only one glitch: she's financing her shopping sprees with an ID stolen from Sandy Patterson (Bateman), an accounts rep who lives halfway across the U.S in Denver. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Patterson is forced to extreme measures to clear his name.

Read more...

A Collection of New Vinyl for the Audiophile - March, 2013

Perhaps no record is as representative of what Ellington and his Band could do live as Ellington At Newport. Here, a little historical perspective is helpful. This recording was made in 1956, well after the band's...

Read more...

Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - May, 2013

movies-may02013-Boom

Frankie go Boom (Blu-ray), Jack Reacher (Blu-ray), Charles Swan III (Blu-ray), Side Effects (Blu-ray), John Dies at the End (Blu-ray), Open Road (Blu-ray)

Read more...

A Talk with Grammy Nominee Joyce DiDonato

A Talk with Grammy Nominee Joyce DiDonato

Kansas-bred mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato seems to go from strength to strength. Not long after the release of her latest album for EMI Classics, Drama Queens, her video Homecoming - Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato, which was broadcast nationwide on PBS, received a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Performance.

Read more...

A Collection of New Vinyl for the Audiophile - May, 2013

As I mentioned, there wasn't tons of stuff going on for this year's Record Store Day that really blew my skirt up. I got off especially light on the long players. My priorities were the Big Star, White Stripes, and Willie sets that we've looked at already.

Read more...

Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - March, 2013

movie-march-2013-ralph3D

Wreck-It Ralph has spent 30 years playing the bad guy in the classic video game Fix-It Felix.  The other game characters don't like him and he's relegated to live in a garbage dump...

Read more...