Maniacaly Perfect Phantom

I love music. But there are three things that consistently spoil what should be an immersive experience: Distortion Minuscule sweet spots Volume controls that don’t go to 11 Number 1 is all about quality; number […]

iTunes RIPs

And not in a good way. One of the paramount features of computer software–or any automation–must be to absolve the user from having to perform tedious or confusing (or worse, both) actions which the computer […]

Invisible Surround

I continue to be amazed by the poor documentation Pioneer provides about how to get surround sound working with sources other than DVD, DVD-A, and SACD discs. The manual suggests that you leave the stereo/surround […]

My First Surround System

OneCall had specified that delivery of my Pioneer HTIB system for today, so I was quite surprised Friday when the FedEx Express truck (the real corporate FedEx, not a Home Delivery contract driver) pulled up […]

A Pioneering Purchase

After realizing that the one home theater system I could find for less than $500 was about to disappear into the black hole of discontinued products that were well-designed but horribly marketed, I plunked down […]

Wanted: SACD and DVD-A Home Theater

After being tempted many times by the enhanced music-listening and movie-watching experience of surround sound, I’ve decided to splurge on a home theater system. For my first one, a home theater in a box (HTiB, […]