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The Secrets Salon Presentation - March 1 and 2, 2014

Salon PresentationOn March 1 and 2, 2014, Secrets hosted a Salon Presentation as part of our 20th Anniversary Celebration of publishing. The presentation consisted of three rooms containing state-of-the-art equipment, both solid state and tube, and both two-channel and home theater. It was a resounding success, with attendees stating that they had never heard such fantastic sound, and were totally unaware that certain items even existed. The Secrets Editor, John Johnson, presented all of the equipment, with CD, SACD, DVD-A, as well as vinyl and Blu-ray movies in the home theater room. The attendees were people who don't attend audio shows, but who want to have good quality components and are unable to find local shops that can demonstrate the products. The success of the Salon Presentation indicates that this may be a way of bringing new members into our audiophile community. The manufacturers are more than willing to put in their products. Some of our readers around the world need only invite them to participate in your own presentation, and consumers will come.

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AVR – Audio Video Receiver – Build Quality: Part III – Component Choices for a High Performance Design

AVR-Audio Video Receiver-Build Quality: Part III

In Part III of this article series, I discuss jitter, digital filtering, and Large Scale Integrated Circuits (LSI) in relation to AVRs.

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Dirac Research Room Correction Technology

Dirac Research Room Correction Technology

Digital audio room correction is nothing new of course yet researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden have developed their own. Dirac Research was founded in 2001 and has not only applied their technology in the automotive...

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Sundance Film Festival 2014

Sundance Film Festival 2014

As in previous years it became just a little more difficult to get tickets.  But, I am less and less concerned about this since it forces us into more offbeat movies. I enjoyed all the movies we saw this year but in many cases that is simply because it was a film at Sundance. Some of them were surprisingly bad. I'll try to point those out in my reviews.

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SECRETS Best of 2013 Awards

SECRETS Best of 2013 Awards

The SECRETS Editorial Team is pleased to announce the Best of 2013 Product Awards.

Congratulations to all of our Winners!

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AVR - Audio Video Receiver - Build Quality: Part II - Design of High-Performance AVRs and Pre/Pros

Audio Video Receiver - Build Quality: Part II

Following on my technical article"AVR - Audio Video Receiver - Build Quality: Part I", here, in Part II, I dig a bit deeper into the performance of a single-chip Large Scale Integrated (LSI) analog AVR chip and introduce better solutions employing Small Scale Integrated (SSI) analog chips. Herein, I refer only to Pre/Pros, but everything discussed applies equally to AVRs. Pre/Pros tend to use analog SSI chips, while most AVRs use the LSI solution (see the chart in Part I of this article for the make and model numbers of the AVRs and Pre/Pros using the LSI chip). I carryover the term, AVR LSI, from the first part of this article and refer to AVR when I comment on products with power amplifiers.

 

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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013

Rocky Mountain Audiofest 2013

Well, the 10th annual Rocky Mountain Audiofest has come to a close. The show has outgrown its original venue. That meant that this year there would be some rooms set up at the nearby Hyatt Regency. I once again wore out my shoe leather in an attempt to squeeze as much coverage as possible into a three day agenda.  We hope that you checked some of the real-time coverage in the CAVE, including some video. Here is all of our coverage.

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CES 2014 Final Thoughts

CES 2014

CES 2014 has come and gone, or in process of being gone with the breakdown of the many exhibits…..the attendance made even the Las Vegas Convention Center seem almost too small! The weather on the East Coast and Midwest really played havoc with many, we understand that many hotel rooms ended up empty, but sure did not seem like it! It is always a madhouse, but also good to catch up with so many friends.

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The 2013 Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show

The 2013 Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show

The Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES) was a Big Success its third year.  TAVES 2013 presented  over 50 high-end audio manufacturers, distributors, and exhibitors with products from around the world.  If you haven't had a chance to see the SECRETS Coverage, do check it out.......while companies from around the world exhibited, our From-the-Show- Floor Coverage highlights the Canadian companies exhibiting at this years's show. 

 

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CES 2014 Show Coverage

CES 2014

CES 2014 is underway in Las Vegas!  Covering the show this year is our veteran team: Robert Kozel, Chris Heinonen, Piero Gabucci and Stephen Hornbrook!  And of course Cynthia Johnson, Managing Editor and John Johnson, Editor-in-Chief are on the ground as well.  This year is no different than past years, with respect to the multiple venues to cover, but it does seem that the off-site meetings, in hotels other than the main venue,s are increasing, so getting to all of the great new products in audio and video is getting to be a race.  And this year is full of travel challenges for those travelling from the East and Midwest.... Coverage will begin tomorrow, here, but do check out the real-time postings on Google+ all week.  Primary audio and video coverage will be from the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Venetian Hotel.  Also planning some coverage of THE Show, later this week.

 

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CEDIA EXPO 2013 Show Summary and Final Thoughts from the Team

CEDIA EXPO 2013 Show Summary

The CEDIA EXPO 2013 Coverage Team spent several days covering the press conferences the exhibits and attending training. The Team Members have summarized their impressions and final thoughts on the EXPO....with particular attention to 4k and the direction of the industry, as presented by the Expo. For full coverage don't miss the full report here and on the CAVE.

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