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AVRant #7: The Best Seat in the House

This week we conclude our discussion of the Circuit City undercover operation. Tom shares his listening experience with $25,000 electrostats – hence the title of the Podcast. Some more discussion about small cube speakers and how manufacturers are conspiring to trick the uninitiated into buying them, and a short discussion about Apple’s DRM free downloads (Dina reveals the depth of her Apple brainwashing). Lots of laughs on this one. See you next week!

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  1. June 21st, 2007 at 09:23 | #1

    “Best seat in the house” underwear… nice.

    PS. Sad day in AV… Denon now officially pronounces itself as De-NON. I recorded Jeff Talmadge’s voice mail as proof and will email you… The snobs. lol.

  2. Coheednme13
    June 21st, 2007 at 10:44 | #2

    Hey Tom just to let you know you can use iTunes to transfer music to other devices. There is a program called Mass Storage Syncronizer which allows you to send music to your music cell phone and other devices. It creates a folder in iTunes and you put what music you want in that folder and then when you hook up your device it automatically updates that playlist to your phone or device.

    PS – My cats said that it’s De-NON!! Tom & J

  3. June 21st, 2007 at 10:59 | #3

    You are kidding, Clint! Are you saying that Denon has changed the pronounciation of it’s name? Seriously? That’s just bizzare. What’s worse is that some kid at Circuit City in SC was the one that tipped the Audioholics gang off!!!!

  4. June 21st, 2007 at 11:23 | #4

    “Hey Tom just to let you know you can use iTunes to transfer music to other devices. There is a program called Mass Storage Syncronizer which allows you to send music to your music cell phone and other devices. It creates a folder in iTunes and you put what music you want in that folder and then when you hook up your device it automatically updates that playlist to your phone or device.”

    LIES!!!! lol.

  5. egr2rst
    June 21st, 2007 at 13:07 | #5

    Dina you are a …
    “…reall, really sweet spot…
    keep it up.

    Tom,
    Gore is scary and almost President.

  6. June 21st, 2007 at 13:22 | #6

    I’ve spoken to Jeff, I don’t remember him ever saying deNON before?!?

  7. June 21st, 2007 at 17:02 | #7

    I think it’s new. Like I said, I think they are all becoming snooty about it. My guess is it came down from on high…

  8. Awesomebase
    June 22nd, 2007 at 17:18 | #8

    Hey, I enjoyed the rant — especially the part on the golf-ball size speakers and the DRM stuff. I do want to clarify something about Apple’s DRM and why their “FairPlay” technology is exclusive to the iPod. To summarize, the DRM is actually largely responsible for this and that DRM is a result of agreements made with record labels and the price-point of the music. The only way to enforce the DRM was to use a proven codec (AAC) in combination with firmware that could be controlled in-house. If third party hardware vendors were allowed to use the DRM technology, there would be no way to properly enforce the DRM requirements and Apple would be liable to the record labels for violations. Add to that the fact that transaction, distribution, and development costs ride largely on Apple, and the model for distributing music at a profit became more clear. Money would need to be made from the ipod, plane and simple. The fact that songs can be purchased DRM free allows Apple to finally make money off of the actual sale of the music in lieu of the hardware without having to risk litigation from record labels for lossing control of their DRM agreements.
    In other words, if anything you can thank Steve Jobs for at least attempting to bring the record labels out of the dark ages in terms of how they do business. Victory is only partial though… they’re still pretty insistent on keeping their revenue model intact despite declining physical-media sales around the globe. It is something that they’ll probably leave kicking and screaming about, but not for a number of years…

  9. chris_the_rock
    June 26th, 2007 at 12:52 | #9

    This podcast is fantastic. After listening to this episode, I went back to the beginning to catch all of them. I’m only part of the way through #2, and I realized something: Tom is taking the words right out of my mouth! I swear, I’ve “ranted” about these same things! The dialog between Tom and Dina is a very close approximation to my wife and me – but certainly more entertaining.

    Keep up the awesome work.

  10. June 26th, 2007 at 17:16 | #10

    So your DRM point Tom is: I bought a DVD-Audio and I have the right to play it on my CD player? Apple’s DRM is to protect the rights of the artists, if they didn’t they couldn’t get the distribution deals. You know how panicking the labels are about piracy right?! Steve Jobs is actually against DRM too, like all of us. And I don’t see how it could be Apple’s fault that other MP3 players don’t support *ANY* DRM.

    Your statement that it is unfair that you can’t copy your own DVDs anymore, well there you go, it could be easily solved by… DRM.

    To clarify my view: I’m not a fan of DRM, but somehow we have to protect the intellectual properties of artists (and maybe labels), especially now Dual Layer DVDR burners are not more than $30. Piracy is becoming too easy and too broadly accepted.

    There is only one party to blame and that is the record industry, if they had invested in new technology and offered us way more added value compared to MP3′s this whole degration of quality and comfort wouldn’t have happend.

    If recordlabels can’t defend the artists rights, let alone guarantee revenues, the only way for the artist is to go on the internet and give/sell us crappy MP3′s. 256Kbs might be sufficient for you but I stil prefer CD’s… (and DVD-A and SACD)

    Still love your podcasts!!! Nasty sweet spots… As you see, more realism is not always more pleasant (like having your head fixed on the microphone stands, exactly how it was recorded).

  11. June 28th, 2007 at 01:27 | #11

    Dittos Joshua. You nailed it. This goes back to the record labels, and the fact that a bunch of corporate suits who look at spreadsheets run them. They say the technology changing and instead of looking forward they hunkered down. Say what you want about Jobs, but he brought them into the modern age, albeit kicking and screaming. DRM has nothing to do with Apple. If you don’t like Apple’s flavor of DRM, don’t use iTunes or iPods. Simple as that. But there is a reason so many people DO use iTunes.

    I want to see artists protected, but DRM sure makes it stink for those of us who are honest and pay for our music rather than steal it…

  12. BobMac
    July 15th, 2007 at 13:40 | #12

    Dittos, chris_the_rock. It’s like listening to myself in the third person.

    I’ve always loved the sound of electrostatics and considered a complete Magnepan system. Unfortunately, my wife loves her cats more than me, so no fabric speakers in this house.

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