Rob is back but Liz makes a brief appearance. News on Tom’s absence plus the release date for Bob Moore: Hostile Territory is revealed. Tentatively. This week, Gene reviews the new Status Acoustics Titus 8Ts. Grab your wallet and pull out $50k for your pair. Plus, get some friends to help you move the things. Kaleidescape releases a new Blu-ray bit for bit download service – but only for their products. Rob has hopes to see something similar for mass market consumption. Denon employee wins powerball, vows to keep working. Tom calls BS on that one. Netflix is bringing you content, but at a high cost. Will it be worth it? More importantly, will they have to raise their prices? Amazon has an unlimited service just for kids. Tom is very interested but not enough to buy a new Kindle Fire. Netflix increases resolution by reducing file size. Will better encoding give you what you want? Not if you want surround, apparently. Two tips of the day from Gene – Bass Management and Hot Swapping Speaker Cables. Targeted advertising built in to newest Sony TVs. What’s your take? Pop Secret builds an app to sell popcorn?
Rob steps in for Liz because Tom can’t get up in the morning. This week, it is all about video quality and streaming. The new 4K resolution players are being announced. You’ve already heard of the one from Sony, but Red has one as well. A rebuttal to the “HBO is making me pirate” argument makes a surprising amount of sense. Even if we don’t like to hear it. Mitsubishi drops their RPTV line, Sony and Panasonic have record lows, and Rob is worried about what it all means. Netflix gets an exclusive with Disney and wants to be HBO while Chill.com wants to sell you DRM-free content. Redbox streaming is delayed (well, it was a leak to begin with so no one should be surprised). Tom previews his reviews of the Dirac HD Player app (increases the quality of your stock earbuds), I-MEGO Throne Gold headphones, Phiaton PS 210 BTNC bluetooth/noise canceling headphones, and RHA SA950i headphones.
Liz found a retro TV that she sort of loves. Tom thinks it would be a better screen saver. Check out the Kuba Komet here. The House of Cards trailer surprises both Tom and Liz as being something that they are actually interested in. If you have $25,000 to spend on a TV, do you really need an incentive to buy? Sony promises free 4k “delivery solution” loaded with full length 4k movies with every purchase. Get out those checkbooks. The Roku/3M streaming portable projector gets a review. Tom and Liz weigh in. Tom helps a friend shop for a processor. A comparison of the Emotiva UMC-200 and Outlaw Audio Model 975 processors. Very different processors for very different consumers. Both priced under $600. Tom makes his big announcement.
Boy, not a lot happened this week. Tom and Liz try to stretch this out as best as possible. Black Friday is on the way. What will you be shopping for? Audioholics has a gift guide for Christmas. Unmonday has a wireless speaker that Tom doesn’t quite get but that Liz sees a place for. Check it out if you are looking for a portable AirPlay surround speaker. Internet Direct brands of speaker practically require in-home auditions. Audioholics puts together a list of their audition policies. Would you eat caffeinated Cracker Jacks? More importantly, what would be the prize? Liz is your go-to woman for online shoe shopping. AC/DC signs up for iTunes.
Clint DeBoer, Editor-in-Chief of Audioholics.com steps in when Liz has technical problems. He brings a report from the 2012 Audioholics Get Together which happened a few weeks back. Check out the full coverage here. Hulu has a new area for kids. Tom likes the idea but it sounds like he wants Hulu (and Netflix and Amazon and everyone else for that matter) to help him parent. Remember that politician that got attacked for being a World of Warcraft player? She got elected. Should you be able to select the gender of the character you play in a game? Clint and Tom discuss. Tom mentioned the Internet Brand Comparison article over at Audioholics but it never came up. Here is the link. Feel free to discuss on our Facebook page. More on speakers and spikes. Clint makes a promise. A preview of Tom’s review of the RHA MA350 earbuds. Are these the best earbuds $40 can buy?