Sound & Vision (formerly Home Theater)
Source Interlink's Sound & Vision (formerly Home Theater) is the leading magazine in its subject area and is known for its breezy, conversational style. Now serving as audio editor, I write reviews of loudspeakers, surround receivers, and other hardware as well as news stories. My work appears in both the print and online versions and I do a monthly blog for the website. (Subscribe.)
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- Check out my blog
- Search the site for my other reviews, news stories, and blogs
- Buyer's Guide: Speaker Systems
- Buyer's Guide: A/V Receivers
- Buyer's Guide: Receivers vs. Separates
- Alfred Hitchcock in a Box
- Diablog: Glenn Gould at 75
- Diablog: Hubbert's Peak and Hundred-Dollar Doom
- Diablog: The Glass and Breath Machine
- Diablog: The Chesterfield
- Diablog: Adventure Robyn Hitchcock
- Diablog: We're Asking Nicely
- Diablog: Pray for DRM
- Diablog: RIAA Calling
- Diablog: Getting Your Data in a Row
- Diablog: Reading Tea Leaves
- Diablog: Snakes! Snakes!
- Diablog: Trade-Show Control Act
- Diablog: Morons in a Hurry
- Diablog: Thinking Inside the Box
- Diablog: The Cat Who Loved Music
- Diablog: Welcome to Hell
- Diablog: HTiB in Paradise
- Diablog: 10 Holiday Survival Tips
- Diablog: John Lennon at 65
- Diablog: Go Pro
- Diablog: The Innies and Outties of iPod Systems
- Diablog: The Eccentric Pilgrim
- Diablog: Optical vs. Coaxial Fracas
- DVD Review: 21st Century Vinyl
- SACD review: Beethoven -- The Symphonies -- Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan
- SACD review: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel -- Epics
- SACD review: Bill Evans Trio -- Portrait in Jazz
- SACD review: Elton John -- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
- SACD review: Mahler -- Symphony No. 3 -- Philharmonia, Benjamin Zander
- SACD review: Richard & Linda Thompson -- Shoot Out the Lights
- SACD review: Mel Tormé, George Shearing -- A Vintage Year
- SACD + DVD-Audio review: Steely Dan -- Gaucho
- DVD-Audio review: Bob Marley -- African Herbsman
- DVD-Audio review: Joey Ramone -- Don't Worry About Me
- Feature: Paradigm of Virtue
Founded in 2000, DigitalTrends.com (formerly DesignTechnica.com) has quickly become a major electronics-savvy voice on the web and receives more than two million unique visitors each month. For three happy years I wrote opinionated pieces for the Talk Back section. They resembled the columns I used to write for Audio Video Interiors, etown.com, and The Village Voice. Note that some are misattributed to other writers following a site redesign but I'm still identified in the bio-tag at the end.
- Falling in Love Again with High-End Audio
- Home Theater 2008: High-Def Predictions
- Little Things You Hate About Home Audio/Video
- Why Next-Gen Formats Have an Uphill Battle
- Roving CEDIA, the Sane Person's CES
- Full HD: Hip or Hype?
- The Greening of Entertainment Tech
- Cable Box Liberation Looms
- Pray for Vonage
- 10 Ways to Come Home to Music
- 12 Ways to Boycott the RIAA
- The Day the Music Died
- Tech Predictions for 2007
- In Praise of Sat/Sub Sets
- Don't Buy That Sub!
- Dolby and DTS Are Fruitful and Multiply
- Telcos Try Viral Lobbying
- Audiophilus Editorus Rex
- What's With All This Dolby Stuff?
- Why High-End Audio Matters
- Who's In Control?
- Don't Get Stampeded by the 7.1 Parade
- VOIP and the Leap of Faith
- Cable Unbundled
- When Will Analog TVs Go Dark?
- Tweak Your Way to Heaven
- In Home Theater, Installers Trump Lobbyists
- Widescreen TVs Get the Bends
- Shaded Dog Days
- Nailing Standards to the Wall
- The Commissioner and the Call Girl
- Interface Time
- The Other DTV
- The Truth About Cables, Part II (sort of)
- Why 1080p Is a Magic Number (and Letter)
- DVD Format Wars
- Thinking Inside of the Box
- Let's Burn the Flag (just kidding)
- Lost in the Middle
- Flat Enough But Not Black Enough
- The DTV Heist
- Cable Industry and HDTV: Are they getting smarter?
- Are DVD-Audio and SACD DOA?
- How to Choose the Right HDTV
Technology Integrator (formerly Custom Retailer) informs the custom-installation trade. An influential player in its category, the magazine keeps up with the latest tech trends in home theater, home networking, and whole-house audio systems. Now edited by my former boss Maureen Jenson, this is a magazine to watch! (Subscribe.)
- Feature: Correcting the Room -- acoustic correction products
- Feature: Audio Is Served -- hard-drive audio servers
- Feature: Are flat speakers the NXT big thing?
- Feature: Power to the People -- AC line conditioners
- Review: RBH AC speaker system
Now deceased, this website was once the most widely read publication in consumer electronics, with more than a million uniquely identifiable visitors per month. Much of its former content is still floating around the net. I created several bodies of work for etown, including much of the "how to" section, but I'm proudest of the columns below.
- Steal that Tune
- Bring Back Divx
- Hearing Loss
- Archival Blues
- Surround *.*
- Trouble Down Under
- Review: JVC micro-system (original site, 1997)
Audio Video Interiors
My home theater column appeared in AVI -- long described as "Architectural Digest with electronics" -- for 15 years, starting in the first issue.
My writing has appeared in more than 30 other magazines, newspapers, and online publications including Amtrak Express, Bloomberg Personal Finance, Business Week, Cable Choice (interview with Ted Turner), Cable Time, Cargo, Channels, The Courier-News, Crutchfield Advisor, Dealerscope, Details, Dirty Linen, Diversion, E-Gear, Elle Decor, Entertainment Weekly (video reviews), Guitar World (interview with Robert Fripp), Harper's Bazaar, Home Entertainment, Home Viewer (former contributing editor), Laser Video File, Long Island Monthly, The Men's Journal, Music & Sound Output, Musician, Newsday (still more video reviews), Penthouse, Popular Science, Premiere (former columnist), The Robb Report, Rolling Stone (chief audio critic for a decade), Satellite Orbit, Spin, Stereophile Guide to Home Theater (appreciations of Alfred Hitchcock and Billy Wilder), Stereo Review (interview with Robyn Hitchcock), Sync, Trouser Press, The Trouser Press Collectors' Magazine (former editor, interview with Richard Thompson), The Ultimate AV Guide, V Magazine, Verge, Video Business, Video Digest, Video Extra, Video Magazine (former senior & contributing editor), View, The Village Voice (former columnist), Vis a Vis (United Airlines), The Washington Post (The Trouble with Multimedia), World Screen News, and Wrap, and those are just the ones I remember. My work has appeared in several books -- including The Best of Audio Video Interiors, the Electronic Industries Association's Product Terminology Dictionary, The Trouser Press New Wave Record Guide, Rolling Stone's The Year in Rock, The Video Magazine Guide to What's on Tape, and The Virgin Rock Yearbook. I've written sleeve notes for several Criterion Collection videodisc releases of Alfred Hitchcock titles including Sabotage, Secret Agent, and Young and Innocent.