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Bob Belden: A Second Chance for Surround?

Surround sound was supposed to deliver an incomparable experience. It was supposed to get more people excited about music. It was supposed to bring new life to cherished classic recordings. And it was supposed to counteract the trend toward illegal downloads. None of that happened. DVD-Audio, one of the two formats created to deliver music … Read More “Bob Belden: A Second Chance for Surround?”

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Behold the ’Phones

Thanks to the iPod, headphones have undergone an explosion of innovation. Here’s our guide to new models worth wrapping around your head

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’Tis the Season for Sound (and Sensibility)

Some fear that today’s weak economy will be the Grinch that steals the 2009 holiday season. Audiophiles, though, can rest assured of a happy December. While you might not emerge from your front door on Christmas day to discover a Maserati wrapped in a big red bow, you can certainly expect to find a couple … Read More “’Tis the Season for Sound (and Sensibility)”

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CES Unseen

Practically everybody knows about the Consumer Electronics Show, which occurs every January in Las Vegas. Network news is packed morning and night with segments about the latest gadgets at CES. Celebrities appear by the dozens to check out the latest technologies. Thousands of journalists swarm around new TVs, cell phones, digital cameras and computers. Beyond … Read More “CES Unseen”

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Alms for the Audiophile

Picture it: You’re spending a chilly December evening at home, savoring Nat “King” Cole’s The Christmas Song, a cup of eggnog, and the warmth of a wood fire and a favorite blanket. What denizen of the Western world wouldn’t enjoy that? Fortunately, most of it’s hard to mess up. Eggnog and easy-start fireplace logs you … Read More “Alms for the Audiophile”

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