Archive for February, 2009

SOHOer wellcome to tradestead

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Tradestead Corporation Limited is a Chinese based general trading and wholesale company located in the city of Shenzhen, the global manufacturing and sourcing center of electronic products. It is a leading wholesale exporter of consumer electronics, IT equipment, and accessories direct from China. Doing business with Tradestead, customers are ensured with superior product quality, convenient payment, fast delivery, and brilliant after-sale service. (more…)

Media Center Integrator Alliance Sponsors Media Center University at EHX Spring 2009

Friday, February 13th, 2009

In addition to co-sponsoring the 3rd annual Ultimate Install Contest, MCIA plans to debut a new training program at this year’s Media Center University. (more…)

Aurora Multimedia Strengthens Sales Team With Appointments of National and Regional A

Friday, February 13th, 2009

MORGANVILLE, N.J. ― Feb. 11, 2009 ― Aurora Multimedia Corp., a leading provider of IP-based control systems, processors, and touch panels for A/V systems, today announced that it has made two appointments to strengthen its sales team. Tim Brennan has been promoted to the position of national account manger, where he will work closely with Aurora manufacturer representatives across the U.S., in addition to being responsible for the Northeastern sales region. Jonathan Begleiter has been named as the company’s Southeast regional account manager, where he will be responsible for developing, supporting, and managing direct accounts in this region. Both positions report directly to Andy Fliss, vice president of sales and marketing. (more…)

The Great Kat’s New Masterpiece “Beethoven’s Guitar Shred” DVD is Out Now

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Feb. 12, 2009, NY, NY – THE GREAT KAT www.greatkat.com “Top 10 Fastest Shredders Of All Time” (Guitar One Magazine)/“50 Fastest Guitarists Of All Time” (Guitar World Magazine)/Juilliard Graduate Violin Virtuoso-turned Guitar Shred Virtuoso unleashes today the REVOLUTIONARY and GROUNDBREAKING SHRED/CLASSICAL MASTERPIECE “BEETHOVEN’S GUITAR SHRED” DVD, available now at major retailers and at www.greatkat.com. (more…)

The Great Kat’s New Masterpiece “Beethoven’s Guitar Shred” DVD is Out Now

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Photos:
“Beethoven’s Guitar Shred” DVD cover: http://www.greatkat.com/beethovensguitarshreddvd.jpg
More DVD Photos: http://www.greatkat.com/08/dvd/beeth…dvdphotos.html (more…)

Aurora Multimedia Strengthens Sales Team With Appointments of National and Regional A

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

MORGANVILLE, N.J. ― Feb. 11, 2009 ― Aurora Multimedia Corp., a leading provider of IP-based control systems, processors, and touch panels for A/V systems, today announced that it has made two appointments to strengthen its sales team. Tim Brennan has been promoted to the position of national account manger, where he will work closely with Aurora manufacturer representatives across the U.S., in addition to being responsible for the Northeastern sales region. Jonathan Begleiter has been named as the company’s Southeast regional account manager, where he will be responsible for developing, supporting, and managing direct accounts in this region. Both positions report directly to Andy Fliss, vice president of sales and marketing. (more…)

Media Center Integrator Alliance Sponsors Media Center University at EHX Spring 2009

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

In addition to co-sponsoring the 3rd annual Ultimate Install Contest, MCIA plans to debut a new training program at this year’s Media Center University. (more…)

Three NuVo Technologies Tuners Earn the ENERGY STAR®

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

The source units join NuVo’s Essentia E6G, the world’s first ENERGY STAR-qualified multi-room audio system, to form the category’s most comprehensive offering of energy-efficient products. (more…)

Home Theater Systems to fit most any budget….

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

I have put together a pretty decent home theater system over the years.  Like so many other enthusiasts, I started out with a stereo system and systematically transitioned it into a full-blown home theater with surround sound.  Along the way, I have dabbled, tweaked, laughed, cried and learned a few things.  I have owned and sampled components with legitimate high-end aspirations as well as components that were decidedly mid-fi.  It has been an exciting adventure and the results are very rewarding.
This brings me to the point of my blog: I now believe that there is a fairly pronounced point of diminishing returns when considering the purchase of any piece of home theater or hi fi equipment.   I would surely have a super expensive system if I could reasonably afford the cash out lay, but I am an entrenched middle-classer.  And now with all the economic problems in the world, the time has never been better to help people get the most bang for their buck.
I have especially enjoyed helping my friends make equipment upgrades or when they want to build whole new systems from scratch.   Sometimes I can tell that my friends are afraid to ask for my help because they think I might recommend something that’s really expensive.  If this is the case, then I ask them to tell me what their budget is and then I can move forward with some recommendations.
The pictures accompanying this Blog are of one such system.  My friend had a decent monitor and he wanted to upgrade his DVD player and build a sound system.  He lives in a condominium and the room is not very big.  He budgeted $1,000 for this upgrade.  I recommended an Oppo DVD player, an Onkyo stereo receiver, a pair of Hsu Research HB1 bookshelf speakers and a Hsu Research STF-1 subwoofer.  By the time we got the speaker stands and some cabling, we had exceeded his budget by about $30.  The really great part is that my friend has been tickled to death over the quality of this set-up and I am so happy that I was able to help him.
Home Theater Systems to fit most any budget

There are some products out there that are such a great value that they are almost iconic to me.  Which budget products would you recommend?  What products do you feel provide the best balance of performance and value?  Would you be interested if Secrets made system recommendations for different budget levels like $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 and so forth?

Let us know….

Jim “Maverick” Clements

Three NuVo Technologies Tuners Earn the ENERGY STAR®

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

The source units join NuVo’s Essentia E6G, the world’s first ENERGY STAR-qualified multi-room audio system, to form the category’s most comprehensive offering of energy-efficient products. (more…)

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