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AV Rant #285: With Tongue

May 8th, 2012 4 comments

It’s our 5 year anniversary (but we don’t mention that on the podcast). Hurray for us! Liz is back and this week we talk about the upcoming summer movies. Are you excited? We dissect the trailers for Spiderman, Dark Knight Rises, and Prometheus. Also, Mother’s Day is around the corner and we discuss the Audioholics gift guide and add a few of our own. Tom talks about his Sonomax eers Molded Earphone PSC-250 review (coming to Audioholics soon) and a bit more on the new Axiom speakers. Liz got her husband an Emotiva amp for his birthday. Now that is true love. After the break – some words on PCM from Clint. Oh, and here is that interview with Joss Whedon that everyone is talking about and that video of a lion trying to eat a child. Read more…

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AV Rant #284: Weird and Awesome

May 2nd, 2012 6 comments

Listen after the final music for a spoiler-free review of the new Avengers movie (it is out in Australia so Tom went and saw it). Liz is out of town this week so Rob H. steps back in. Lots to discuss including a listener question about PCM, an article on Ars about Mastered for iTunes, and 4k/8k news. We have a Netflix news this week – CEO has been ranting and they’ve been affecting ratings. Tom and Rob debate the new Hobbit movie being shot and shown in 48fps. Rob thinks no, Tom thinks all the people that are whining about how it looks need to shut up. Rob has a warning about Windows 8. Star Trek: The Next Generation is getting an update for Blu-ray.

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AV Rant #283: Ribbon Tweeters

April 24th, 2012 No comments

Because Tom was a slacker over the weekend, he missed doing the podcast with Liz. Enter Rob H., once again, who, by virtue of having much free time, gets another guest spot on the podcast. This week Tom and Rob discuss Apple iPhone rumors (Liquidmetal and a new screen), Google Glasses (uber-cool), and Valve’s “wearable” computers (whatever those are). What does $9000 get you in a sub? The Paradigm Sub 2. Tom and Rob analyze. For soup to nuts, Rob lists some of the most popular Internet Direct speakers and Tom gives his “off the cuff” opinion. This includes offerings from GoldenEar Technology, Emotiva Pro, Ascend Acoustics, and Philharmonic Audio. Lastly, high-end audio demos and how they try to trick you. Being prepared for the BS is key. And knowing is half the battle. Tom is in the process of reviewing the new eers PSC-250 custom-molded earphones. Look for a full report on a podcast soon.

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AV Rant #282: For the Record

April 17th, 2012 1 comment

Tom starts with a listener complaint. Hopefully that will be sorted. Feel free to report back if there is still a problem. So, if you don’t want to hear Tom insult the entire Internet, make fun of a colleague’s name in an extremely inappropriate way (he really is sorry for that one), and mock pretty much everything, you should skip this episode. Someone must have slipped something in his coffee. To start with, Tom takes a peak at CloudOn, a FREE app that gives iPad owners (and soon others) access to Microsoft Office. How is this legal exactly? Tom doesn’t care, it works and he loves it. Steven Spielberg proves that you can release a movie on Blu-ray, remaster it, and not add 3D (take note Lucas). Tom is taking the credit for the new Nook (and whatever Amazon comes out with that has a light). Tom takes a stab at CE Pro (again). Here is the source article. You judge. CE Pro’s article on HDMI problems was a little better, though. D-Link MovieNite gives you (up to) 1080p streaming from Vudu, Netflix, and Pandora for less than $60. Oh, and YouTube but seriously, who cares? Tom reviews the OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPad 2/3. Review on Audioholics on the way. How much is your privacy worth? This article doesn’t answer the question at all, draws dubious conclusions from the cited data, and generally confused Tom and Liz. What’s your take? This week in Netflix – a new PAC. Too little too late? We’ll see.

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AV Rant #281: Geek Cred

April 10th, 2012 1 comment

You’ll have to listen past the music for the explanation of the title. Is crowd-funding the wave of the future? Tom and Liz discuss the new Drifter project (it’s not looking good so if you want to see it made, you might want to throw some money their way). Home theater projectors are on the rise (though the study that revealed it is a bit suspect). Liz has made life easier for AT&T iPhone owners (you’re welcome). Consumerism is ruining society! Or it might be the organ harvesters. Depends on your point of view we suppose. A bit on the new ending of Mass Effect 3 – because if we don’t talk about it we lose all our geek cred.

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