- Written by SECRETS CES Coverage Team
- Published on 10 January 2012
CES 2012 is a wrap! Another very successful year for the International CES. The SECRETS CES Team included Robert Kozel, Piero Gabucci, Chris Heinonen and Stephen Hornbrook....along with the Editor in Chief, John Johnson and Managing Editor Cynthia Johnson. Coverage of the show is in the CAVE .
Everyone has commented on the huge crowds and long lines. Senior Editor, Robert Kozel, summarized the show: Display Technology dominated the audio/visual arena with 4k, OLED, 3D (not so much). Personal Audio was very prevalent in the Audio world with lots of earphones, headphones, etc. Finally connectivity was prevalent throughout.....See John's Final Notes from CES and read all of the final reports in the CAVE.
- Written by Jared Rachwalski
- Published on 08 December 2011
It is surprisingly easy to build a high performance speaker for considerably less than purchasing a commercial product. All it takes is a few inexpensive tools, the right plans, a little time and patience. Even for those with little to no construction aptitude. So what to do if you're like me and are able to screw up the most basic home improvement projects, yet still desire to build your own speakers? Answer: Flat-Pack speaker kits.
- Written by Rick Schmidt
- Published on 19 September 2011
The place to be over Labor Day Weekend, if you love movies and want to have an advance look at the films that will be released over the next few months, was this years Telluride Film Festival. Rick Schmidt from the SECRETS team and and Festival Photographer Ray Keller made it to 18 films over four days at the 2011 Telluride Film Festival. Most of these films will be making their way to theaters over the next weeks and months and Rick and Ray are thinking that a number of these will be Oscar contenders.
See the full report of the Telluride Festival and the film reviews.
- Written by The SECRETS Editorial Team
- Published on 30 November 2011
The SECRETS Editorial Team is pleased to announce the Best of 2011 Awards. This year we have added a new Media Category for 3D Movies, in addition to Blu-ray, CD and Vinyl Recordings. And this year we have two products winning the "BAD ASS" Award, and one Media "BAD ASS" for Audio. This year the Editorial Team is highlighting two technology areas for particular attention in 2012, so be sure to check out the "Technologies on the Rise Awards".
Congratulations to all of our 2011 WINNERS!!
- Written by SECRETS CEDIA Coverage Team
- Published on 08 September 2011
The CEDIA 2011 Expo is back in Indianapolis this year. The SECRETS Team arrived earlier this week and have already seen some impressive new gear. The first reports are in.....Check back frequently for reports from the team: Cynthia Johnson, Chris Heinonen, Robert Kozel, Sumit Chawla, Piero Gabucci and Nick St Denis. David Rich is with the team as well, focusing on some of the technologies with in-depth interviews with the manufacturers.
NEW.....David Rich has added a post show report in the CAVE.
Head for the CAVE. Or for Individual Team Reports, go to Read More for the link.
- Written by Mark Vignola
- Published on 18 October 2011
In the last section of this series I am going to talk little about where I am looking to go with this theater. I think we all have a wish list of things that weâ€™d like to address in our systems...new equipment we want to get and places we want to make changes. Iâ€™ll address my own personal thoughts here, and talk a little about what goes in to my decision making.
- Written by Rick Schmidt
- Published on 01 September 2011
There was a minor email kerfuffle amongst the press corps just prior to this year's Telluride Film Festival. We received an announcement that there would be no photography at the George Clooney tributes.
- Written by Jim Clements
- Published on 17 October 2011
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2011 exceeded expectations......so many exhibitors and attendees. Great Show! Exhibitors filled the Denver Marriott Tech Center this past week, October 14-16. Jim Clements, Senior Editor, covered the show for SECRETS of Home Theater this year. And was it busy...some very special sounds and spectacular products. Jim's coverage includes many great names in Audio.....Linn, Legacy Audio, Harman Kardon family, Velodyne, Naim, NAD, Clarus, ClearAudio, OPPO, Acoustic Signature, DynAudio, Emotiva, and so much more.
Wrap-up Commentary......All images are in......50 plus!!!!
The 2011 installment of the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest turned out to be the tale of two technologies. I am personally something of a generational 'tweener'. I was born at the tail end of the Baby Boom Generation - but I'm not really a Baby Boomer and I'm not really a GenXer. I am young enough that there was a computer in my HS math class. I am old enough that I completely grew up on analog audio.
- Written by Jason Victor Serinus
- Published on 19 July 2011
The second California Audio Show, produced by Constantine Soo of Dagogo.com, took place July 15-17 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame. If neither attendance nor room layout was exactly what dealers and manufacturers had hoped for, the combination of several fine sounding rooms, live performances, and information-packed seminars left many audiophiles smiling.
- Written by David A. Rich
- Published on 28 June 2011
It is useful to have the Blu-ray player read downloaded MP3, FLAC, and WAV files off a memory stick. If the player is well designed, the MP3 files should display information on the work and the performer on the TV screen. FLAC files encoded at sampling rates of 96kHz, or a sampling rate or 192kHz, should be bit-accurate at the both the S/PDIF or HDMI outputs. Be careful; many Blu-ray players do not support FLAC data files.
Most Blu-ray players USB ports will also work with Hard Drives. Another option on many Blu-ray players is to find music across a computer network if you establish an Ethernet connection for the Blu-ray player to your computer router. Special software must be resident on the computers. How to do this is way out of the scope of this article.
It is most important that your Blu-ray player should read MP3, FLAC or WAV files that are burned to DVD on a computer.......
See Sidebar: The Impracticality of Analog or DSD signal-transfer in multichannel