The Top 15 Movies Coming In 2018

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in Home Theater Blog, Just for Fun, Movies | No Comments
The Top 15 Movies Coming In 2018

Although 2017 had a 2% dip over 2016 in total box-office revenue, it certainly seemed like a good year with 35 films breaking $100 million, compared with only 28 in 2016. Like last year, we have a mouthful of superhero themed movies – 5 from Marvel alone (Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Ant-Man […]

The Top 5 Star Wars Character Movies We’d Like to See

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Home Theater Blog, Just for Fun, Movies | 4 Comments
The Top 5 Star Wars Character Movies We’d Like to See

Now that Disney has the reigns of the Star Wars franchise, we can expect a new Star Wars movie roughly every year from now until the end of civilization as we know it. Heck, these movies could even keep going once Skynet takes over as I hear the T-1000s are big Star Wars fans!  In […]

The Top Ten Albums of 2017

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in Home Theater Blog, Just for Fun, Music | No Comments
The Top Ten Albums of 2017

2017 was yet another great year for music with a myriad of excellent albums released in the ever mutating miasma of genres that is today’s pop music scene. One notable trend was the further fracturing of consensus among which albums were the best in their respective genres. Which isn’t too surprising, given the sheer volume […]

The Top 5 Non-Traditional Christmas Albums

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Home Theater Blog, Just for Fun, Music | No Comments
The Top 5 Non-Traditional Christmas Albums

Everyone knows the tried and true Christmas albums like Bing Crosby’s “Merry Christmas” and Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song“, but what about when you want something a little more offbeat or different, but still well within the realm of family friendly Christmas music? We’ve got just what you need to reinvigorate the spirit of […]

The Top Ten Halloween Songs

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Home Theater Blog, Just for Fun, Music | No Comments
The Top Ten Halloween Songs

Halloween, other than Christmas, is the holiday most identified with music. Which makes sense as the supernatural imagery of All Hallows Eve lends itself to the already often macabre lyrics of genres like metal, industrial, punk and even good old fashioned rock n’ roll. So if you’re hosting a party or just want to give […]

October New Releases Music Review Round Up

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Home Theater Blog, Just for Fun, Music | No Comments
October New Releases Music Review Round Up

It’s not often we have a new release day like the Friday before last, as it was a virtual bonzanza of new music. From ’90s stalwarts like Beck to relative newcomers like King Krule, there was a little of something for everyone. Here’s a grab bag of reviews for the most anticipated albums by some […]

20 Of the Most Expensive Amplifiers In the World

20 Of the Most Expensive Amplifiers In the World

There are audiophiles and then there are audiophiles. In the realm of extreme luxury, yachts, private jets and cars tend occupy the attention and shopping habits of the mega-wealthy. But the audiophile industry offers no shortage of ridiculously expensive gear to satisfy the most discerning of auditory palettes. Most of the amps listed here are […]

LCD Soundsystem Contemplate the American Dream

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Home Theater Blog, Just for Fun, Music | No Comments
LCD Soundsystem Contemplate the American Dream

LCD Soundsystem’s plan to “go out on top” and walk away from the music game at their peak back in 2011 got derailed a few short years later when they returned to hit the festival circuit in 2016. Bandleader James Murphy was sensitive to accusations of cash grabbery and at the outset of their second […]

The War on Drugs Achieve Studio Perfection with A Deeper Understanding

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Home Theater Blog, Just for Fun, Music | No Comments
The War on Drugs Achieve Studio Perfection with A Deeper Understanding

Philadelphia band The War on Drugs return with A Deeper Understanding and seek to top 2014’s Lost in the Dream, an album so superlative that many, including yours truly, named it album of the year. On that last outing, chief songwriter Adam Granduciel and co. offered a widescreen update of the classic rock motifs employed by heavyweights such […]

The Top 5 Reasons Behind the Vinyl Comeback

The Top 5 Reasons Behind the Vinyl Comeback

Vinyl records, once thought to be as dead as 8-tracks and dial up internet, are back with a vengeance and are expected to surpass one billion dollars in sales for the first time in decades. While LP records still only account for a small percentage of total music sales, around 6%, the vinyl comeback has […]

Arcade Fire Cools on Everything Now

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Home Theater Blog, Just for Fun, Music | No Comments
Arcade Fire Cools on Everything Now

Arcade Fire have indisputably been at the top of the indie rock heap for over a decade. Now, after a reinvention on 2013’s Reflektor, the big question is; can they remain the world’s most creative indie band with their new album Everything Now? Well, it would appear the jury is very much out on that […]

Nolan’s Dunkirk is a Skillful Tale of Sacrifice and Survival

Nolan’s Dunkirk is a Skillful Tale of Sacrifice and Survival

Writer/director Christopher Nolan returns with perhaps his most ambitious film yet, Dunkirk, a multi-perspective story set during the pivotal World War II Battle of Dunkirk. It’s no secret that a Christopher Nolan movie is an event, after all we’re talking about a guy that directed what many believe to be the best superhero movie of all […]

Composer Spotlight: Alexandre Desplat

Composer Spotlight: Alexandre Desplat

  Much like the French composers of yesteryear – ala Bizet, Saint-Saens, Ravel and Debussy – Alexandre Desplat has a distinctly lighter and more sensitive musical touch than most of his modern American counterparts. This makes him uniquely suited for portraying the emotional depth and dramatic subtleties required by most of his projects, of which […]

Which Video Streaming Service Has the Best Original Content?

Which Video Streaming Service Has the Best Original Content?

You hear the phrase “the golden age of television” quite a bit these days and with all the amazing shows, miniseries and documentaries that are available today, it’s pretty apparent that we are witnessing a virtual explosion of quality and content. Back in the day, original television content began and ended with the big three […]

Composer Spotlight: Brian Tyler

Composer Spotlight: Brian Tyler

Currently among the busiest composers in the business, Brian Tyler has positioned himself as one of the top A-list composers in Hollywood. He was named Film Composer of the Year in 2014 at the Cue Awards, and has received numerous awards for his work. With three movies already out this year (xXx: Return of Xander […]

Behind The Scenes Part 3: Mixing (Re-recording)

Behind The Scenes Part 3: Mixing (Re-recording)

In 1979, Apocalypse Now hit theaters as the first major release to include a new technology we now know as “surround sound.” The setup included three speakers in the front and two in the rear. Fast forward to today, where some theaters that are sporting the full arsenal of “Dolby Atmos.” This includes many more […]

Top 25 Movies Coming In 2017

Top 25 Movies Coming In 2017

With the slate of movies set to release this year, 2017 is shaping up to be one for the ages. I hope you like sequels and reboots, because almost every single film on this list falls into one of those two categories. Only The Great Wall, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and […]

Am I a Psychopathic Audiophile? Are You?

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Home Theater Blog, Just for Fun | No Comments
Am I a Psychopathic Audiophile? Are You?

What Is An Audiophile? The word was a bit creepy the first time I heard it. Most likely you’ve done research and learned what it means to be an audiophile to figure out if you qualify for the category or not. After learning what an audiophile truly is, you might be curious whether it’s a […]

How Audiophile Are You? The 15 questions you need to know.

How  Audiophile Are You? The 15 questions you need to know.

A CHICAGO ANALOGY Once upon a time, a long, long, time ago I would watch every Chicago cubs game I could. Yes, the entire 9 Innings. Needless to say, people thought I was completely nuts. The Cubs were my first love. I knew every player, their number, position, and almost every other random statistic I […]

Seven Tips to Creating Your Epic Man Cave

Seven Tips to Creating Your Epic Man Cave

Does your wife or girlfriend have a schedule packed with social appointments after work? Maybe she handles stress by visiting the spa with her friends, but that’s not your thing. It’s time you had a place of your own, too. You deserve a space to kick up your feet, crack open a beer, and drown […]

9 Movies Perfect For Testing Your Surround Sound

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Home Theater Blog, Just for Fun | No Comments
9 Movies Perfect For Testing Your Surround Sound

There is very little that compares to breaking in your new surround sound. The following selection is based off a combination of our preferences and Academy Award nominations and winners. To be quite honest, a great pair of speakers will make any move sound better. Enjoy! Transformers Avatar The Hurt Locker Any Lord of the […]

What You Should Know About Pono Music and the PonoPlayer

What You Should Know About Pono Music and the PonoPlayer

Chances are good you’ve heard about Pono Music by now. But just in case you haven’t, or aren’t quite sure what it is, here’s the short version: Pono Music consists of both a hi-rez capable, digital music store and a $399 playback device (the PonoPlayer) similar to the iTunes/i-devices model. However, any similarities to Apple-branded […]

Better in Theory than Reality? Three Home Theater Ideas to Avoid

Better in Theory than Reality? Three Home Theater Ideas to Avoid

As the saying goes in life, so it goes in the wondrous worlds of Quality Home Theater and Hi-Fi: “Hindsight is 20/20.” I can’t even begin to list all of the hare-brained things I’ve tried in my quest for better sound and picture quality, only to end up making my system perform worse. Most of my […]

3 Best Audio Apps You Need!

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Home Theater Blog, Just for Fun, Music | No Comments
3 Best Audio Apps You Need!

If you’re like most people these days, you probably have a smartphone that gives you access to a world of information.  And while it’s great to have instant access to email and Facebook, smartphones are a very versatile tool that is constantly getting better.  Smartphone applications (apps) come in a all forms, from social media […]

CES 2014 – Day 1

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Audio Technology, Just for Fun | No Comments
CES 2014 – Day 1

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is the largest industry event in the US. With approximately 140,000 attendees, navigating this event is like trying to shop in the middle of a stampede. It’s literally should to should here… but the bright shiny objects make it all worthwhile. The first day of the […]

Airplay with the Allaire Aris

Airplay with the Allaire Aris

With our new  Allaire Aris wireless speaker, one of the many advantages is controlling it with your smartphone.   At $374, in addition to our amazing sounding Allaire Aris speaker, you also will receive our wireless card that connects to your home network and is DLNA 1.5 compliant.  Using many of the free DLNA apps […]