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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Make way for Blu-ray

As James Cameron made the publicity rounds to promote his then soon-to-be-blockbuster Avatar this past December, he had more than the film’s theatrical release on his mind: “Probably the initial Blu-ray release of Avatar won’t be in 3-D and then a subsequent release will be in 3-D,” he told MTV at the time–three months before […]

Casual video gaming is now serious business

About 2 million people have helped transform a virtual greasy spoon into a four-star restaurant by becoming Flo–a character in a video game who diligently seats customers and takes orders. The ponytailed waitress is the central figure in Diner Dash–one of the best-selling casual video games. These online amusements are usually filled with cute cartoon […]

Home theater setup

Living room cluttered with budget gear? Upgrade your system and do Hollywood’s gems some justice. When it comes to TV screen size, everyone can agree: as huge as your room’s viewing distance will accommodate. For the best cinematic experience, get something big and beautiful like (1) Samsung’s PN60E7000FF plasma ($2,120) . The slim design makes […]

Traynor YGL-2

When the discussion turns to North American-made tube combos under $1,000, Traynor’s YGL–2 deserves to be on the short list of top contenders. Its look is classic Traynor, and it isn’t laden with functions, but this combo packs everything needed for a wide range of gig-worthy tones at a price that’s quite impressive. As with […]

Just Audio’s Headphone Amplifiers: AHA-120

Never mind the source file, why does mobile music lack sound quality? Style headphones are just that–style over substance–while iPods, MP3 players and phone/music player variants are barely satisfactory. This situation can be improved, however, by inserting a headphone amplifier between your player and the headphones. Just Audio has two on offer: the µHA-120 (55 x […]

Yamaha THR10

Packed in a crafty retro radio-like casing that shouldn’t trigger any angst from home-design freaks if you leave it on a coffee table or in your bedroom studio, the Yamaha THR10($460 retail/$299 street) is a powerful tool for guitarists who want to practice, compose, or record without dragging a full rig into the house. And […]