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Profanity and the HTS "tight" posting rules...
Nov 26, 2015 - 10:21 AM - by lcaillo
Recently, there have been several discussions about why the traffic at Home Theater Shack has dropped significantly. Some have suggested it is because we are so restrictive about language and about bashing manufacturers and other posters.

So I think it is time to refresh on who we are, why we have the rules we do, and why Home Theater Shack does not allow certain use of language. Also, we need to be very clear about what censorship is and about "rights."

We have very strict restrictions on profanity and knowing for two reasons. The founder of the forum, to whom we all owe so much, Sonnie Parker, is a devout Christian. Any form of knowing, profanity, or using the Lord's name in vain or even remotely getting close to such is not OK in his view. Now that Sonnie is no longer owner, there are still many here who share this view. Personally, I am not so rigid on the matter, but it has served to promote a higher level of discourse, which is the much more important second reason for these rules, IMNSHO. I have no problem loosening up the rules a bit, but the fact is that knowing and profanity is shorthand for expressing feelings and opinions. Making...

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SVS Unleashes Black Friday Madness with an SB12-NSD Subwoofer Blowout
Nov 25, 2015 - 7:50 AM - by Todd Anderson
The holiday season is full of incredible deals on big-ticket items, and Black Friday and Cyber Monday traditionally kick-off the shopping season. It’s almost impossible not to find tempting gear tagged with prices slashed and hacked to pieces. Our great friends at SVS Sound have decided to throw their hat in the ring with an insane deal on one of their top-selling subwoofers of all time: the SB12-NSD.

If you’re looking to dip your toes into deep bass waters for the first time or have been thinking about adding a second sub to your system, then this is one sale you need to embrace.

The SB12-NSD is a 14.6-inch (h) x14.2-in x (w) 14.2-in (d) compact sealed subwoofer featuring a gorgeous premium grade black ash finish. Its proprietary 12-inch NSD driver carries technology to reduce induction and distortion, long-throw suspension to enable high output at deep frequencies, and a lightweight aluminum cone for enhanced sensitivity. Fueling the fire is an...

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Zoolander - Blu-ray Review
Nov 24, 2015 - 2:07 AM - by Mike Edwards

“Zoolander” has been thought of as almost as elusive a title as the constantly moving target that is “Rush Hour 2” or “Bad Boys II” (which ironically also JUST got a Blu-ray release), as it was scheduled to be released by warner brothers back in October of 2014. Part of the distribution agreement between Paramount and Warner Brothers, “Zoolander” went right up to release day and then “poof”, it vanished. A few people reported getting copies from Movie Stop, or other smaller facilities, and even a few Amazon orders made it through, but the title almost immediately went into perpetual backorder. Confusion reigned supreme as people struggled to understand what was up as WB was silent on the issue. The only tentative consensus was that Paramount or WB had pulled the title at the last minute and were going to release it when “2oolander” was released theatrically. Lo and behold those predictions turned true, as Paramount themselves (not WB) announced last month that “Zoolander” would get a special...

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Klipsch Reveals Updates to its X Series of Headphones (X20i, X12i, XR8i, X6i)
Nov 22, 2015 - 4:09 PM - by Todd Anderson
Klipsch recently announced an expansion of its X Series headphone lineup with four new models: X20i, X12i, XR8i, and X6i. Hitting price points ranging from $179 to $549, Klipsch has quite a few bases covered from a cost perspective, however the company is quick to point out that even their cheapest pair is far from an “entry model.” Today, we’ll take a quick-peek preview of what they have to offer.

The X Series: X6i, XR8i, X12i, and X20i (left to right).

Headlining the new group is the flagship X20i headphone. Like the others, it’s an in-ear headphone design, however the X20i is crafted from injection-molded surgical-grade stainless steel; its exterior sports a black finish. Klipsch endowed the X20i with sound reproduction capabilities powered by a two-way dual armature design and a high-res “super tweeter.” With a sound described as “full and warm,” Klipsch claims the X20i is its most sonically appealing headphone ever created. ...

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Good Bye and Good Luck!
Nov 19, 2015 - 4:39 PM - by mechman
Greetings everyone!

I just thought I'd post a note letting everyone know that I am stepping down as Admin of HTS at the end of this month. Over the years I've gotten to know many of you on the forums and have become quite close with several of you. It is with a sad heart that I say good bye and move on from HTS.

Sonnie Parker built HTS as one of the best home theater sites on the internet without all the junk that you find at other sites. And I think he accomplished that in spades. Since Sonnie sold the site, the vigor that was once here has faded despite the pleas of many for help from our current owner. I cannot sit and watch as HTS is allowed to wither on the vine!

I will still check in from time to time but I look forward to starting new elsewhere. Thank you for putting up with me all these years and I'll see you around!

Steve Mechelke

PS If you want to get in touch with me, just shoot me a pm!
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Power Sound Audio Improves Its Wicked Flagship Sub with an Upgraded Amp (T18HT)
Nov 19, 2015 - 3:04 PM - by Todd Anderson
With one of the industry’s most eye-catching cabinet designs, Power Sound Audio’s three-sided tri-woofer subsonic hammer, the T18HT, is getting a reboot. I recently spoke with Tom Vodhanel of PSA to discuss what’s new with their flagship product.

The T18HT subwoofer is a more powerful version of the company’s original three-sided sub, the Triax. What the 215-pound T18HT brings to the table are three 18-inch drivers, 4000W of power (8000W peak), and a typical in-room extension of 9Hz. Aiding in the journey to incredible depths of low frequency immersion is a triangulated driver array that eliminates reactive forces. If you’re looking for a theater room anchor, then the T18HT is a single sub solution that should rank near the top of your want list.

According to Vodhanel, the T18HT’s amp update has little to do with the actual amplifier section, meaning that potential performance...

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Yamaha Reveals the World's First Immersive Audio Soundbar (YSP-5600)
Nov 17, 2015 - 6:06 AM - by Todd Anderson
Last week we previewed Klipsch’s new budget-minded soundbar, this week we’re shifting gears into more elite price levels with Yamaha’s officially announced YSP-5600 Dolby Atmos capable soundbar solution. The YSP-5600 is the world’s first immersive audio soundbar, touting the ability to create an audio experience that places sound anywhere in the room (even overhead). While acoustically incapable of matching the sonic performance of dedicated speakers in a true 7.1.4 arrangement, the YSP-5600 is an intriguing option for buyers looking for a simple-to-install solution.

The YSP-5600 achieves immersive status through the use of 44 individual small speaker drivers, 12 of which are dedicated for height channel realism. The resulting beams of sound are meant to create an unrivaled multidimensional listening experience, completely unshackled from the necessity of having an AV Receiver in the audio chain. In addition to Dolby Atmos support, Yamaha says the YSP-5600 will also...

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Sony Confirms First Ultra HD Blu-ray Titles; DEG Releases 4K BD Packaging Specifications
Nov 15, 2015 - 11:41 AM - by Todd Anderson
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) has officially revealed its first round of Ultra HD Blu-ray titles, expected to hit store shelves sometime in early 2016. This announcement makes SPHE the second company to confirm title releases for the new format; Twentieth Century Fox made its first Ultra HD Blu-ray title intentions known in September at IFA 2015. Both announcements, paired with several manufacturers confirming future production of Ultra HD players, is more than proof that a physical disc format will survive for the foreseeable future.

“By some estimates, consumers will own over 100 million Ultra HD television sets by 2019,” said SPHE president Man Jit Singh. “Sony Pictures’ 4K Ultra HD Discs will deliver consumers the ultimate home theater experience, with stunning picture and sound quality.”

Singh’s reference is to prediction numbers reported by ISH DisplaySearch earlier this year. Singh also highlighted that Sony’s announcement comes exactly...

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