Monthly Archives: February 2011

Cabasse La Sphere

Okay, this is a little belated, but I doubt that I will ever get an opportunity to review them in my office, so I wanted to mention them here. I’m talking about the Cabasse La Sphere speaker system. Last Thursday … Continue reading

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Imputing meaning to nothing

Lately I’ve been going through the oeuvre of Brian Dunning, specifically his Skeptoid podcasts. As I’ve previously noted, I think he probably does the highest quality skeptical stuff on the web, and a lot of his podcasts are on things … Continue reading

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Why most subwoofers disappoint me

I’m reviewing an Anthem MRX700 home theatre receiver. This has a very elaborate EQ system called ‘Anthem Room Correction’. It comes with a USB microphone and a long cable to reach to a computer. A disc with the software that … Continue reading

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… is the name of a four member music group, of which two of my daughters constitute half. They’ve been writing songs for quite a while, and practising pretty assiduously. They have now uploaded to Facebook a couple of their … Continue reading

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I’ve just emailed off my review of the Blu-ray release of Disney’s 1940 classic, Fantasia, for publication in Australian HI-FI. But so much to write about and only 400 words available. I didn’t even get to mention the censorship. In … Continue reading

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Mad Max is 1080p24

When I mentioned the forthcoming Blu-ray release of Mad Max a couple of weeks ago, the view was expressed in comments that the interlacing problems with the DVD wouldn’t be replicated on the Blu-ray since it would be 1080p24, and … Continue reading

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The Evil Dead – hidden extra featurettes

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has kindly sent me a bundle of interesting catalogue titles on Blu-ray. The first one I ran through the BDInfo MRI Scanner was The Evil Dead which, weirdly, I have never seen. I’ve been meaning to … Continue reading

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Getting more puritanical

I have just received the Blu-ray version of Easy Rider from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Thanks Sony! One immediate and obvious difference from the DVD: this disc is rated MA rather than the M at which my DVD copy is … Continue reading

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Around the world

In the previous post I made reference to the┬áNEW Unofficial Blu-ray Audio and Video Specifications Thread thread on the AV Science Forum. For a long time this showed only titles which were from the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and … Continue reading

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