Home Entertainment - Music Reviews http://www.hemagazine.com/taxonomy/term/18/0 en Marantz Sponsors 21-City, U.S. Tour of World-Renowned Classical and Rock Violinist David Garrett http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22504 <div style="text-align: justify">Marantz® America has just announced that it is sponsoring world-renowned German classical and rock violinist David Garrett for his 21-city February U.S. Tour. Kevin Zarow, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Marantz America, explained how Marantz's new direction aligns with the David Garrett sponsorship:</div> <p style="text-align: justify">&quot;Marantz combines our commitment to creating the best sounding products using the most advanced audio technologies with our deep passion for music - all to deliver an extremely high quality and emotionally connected listening experience. And as a longtime supporter and proponent of both classical and rock music, our sponsorship of David Garrett is a perfect fit. David conveys both the excitement and emotion of classical music while engaging younger audiences with his stunningly modern rock and pop compositions. We are delighted to be working with such an exciting talent in this stage of a career that is sure to set the world on fire!&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Garrett is one of the most exciting crossover stars in the music world today. He made his first public appearance at the Hamburg Philharmonic when he was ten and at 13 became the youngest classical artist ever to sign a contract with a record label. After graduating from New York's prestigious Juilliard School in 2004, where he was among the first students to study with Itzhak Perlman, he launched a unique career that energetically combines classical elements with those of pop, rock and rhythm and blues. <a href="http://bcove.me/bvkkp9fy" target="_blank">He recently performed live on NBC's &quot;The Today Show&quot;.</a></p> <p>To learn more about Marantz and David Garrett, <a href="http://us.marantz.com/us/davidgarrett/index.html" target="_blank">click here:</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22504">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22504#comments Music Reviews News Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:30:20 -0800 MarkE 22504 at http://www.hemagazine.com Steve Noonan: Contemporary Traditionalist http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22083 <div style="text-align: justify">Steve Noonan's songs feel like he's talking to you. His delivery is casual, conversational and contemporary. As a matter of fact, Noonan has been contemporary for decades, ever since he began writing music during the 60's at Orange County's Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, CA. There, he and his writing partner, Greg Copeland served as songwriting models for the likes of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMgLx_2FSuQ" target="_blank">Jackson Browne (see our video interview with JB</a>).</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22083">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22083#comments Music Reviews Fri, 12 Nov 2010 10:49:58 -0800 MarkE 22083 at http://www.hemagazine.com Nirvana Bleach 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 2 LP Set Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Nirvana_Bleach_2_LP_Review <p>I still remember the first time I bought this album. I was going on fourteen years old, on a school trip to New York City. I found the tape in a little store off the beaten path. <em>Nevermind</em> had just come out, but no one could foresee the impact on music Nirvana was going to have. </p> <p>Fast forward to 2009 and I sit here admiring a gorgeous 180-gram white vinyl 2 LP set. Album #1 is a remastered pressing of the original <em>Bleach</em> LP. The other is a February 9th, 1990 show at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Nirvana_Bleach_2_LP_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Nirvana_Bleach_2_LP_Review#comments Movies/Music/Games Music Reviews Tue, 01 Dec 2009 01:14:56 -0800 geoffm 21442 at http://www.hemagazine.com Digital Hi-Fi http://www.hemagazine.com/Digital_Hi-Fi <p><strong>Digital hi-fi never really went away, but it’s back and better than ever after taking a bit of a beating.<br /></strong></p> <p>If your golden ears have shied away from the digital domain before, though, it’s time for another listen. Not only are old formats like SACD finally reaching their full potential thanks to pure digital interconnectivity, the new high-resolution audio formats found on Blu-ray are making access to eerily  high-fidelity music playback easier than ever. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Digital_Hi-Fi">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Digital_Hi-Fi#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Music Reviews Show-Offs Wed, 18 Nov 2009 00:28:10 -0800 geoffm 21420 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Beatles: Rock Band Review (With Video) http://www.hemagazine.com/Beatles_Rock_Band_Review I know what's about to happen. I'm about to sit here and type a thousand words or so, waxing left and right about <em>The Beatles: Rock Band</em>, how it fits into the current glut of music/rhythm games, whether it does justice to the band and their legacy, blah blah blah...<br /> <br /> When really, what it all boils down to is this: if you like The Beatles, go buy this game. Now. If you like the Beatles and don't own a PS3 or Xbox 360 (or Wii, I guess), go buy one of those. Now. And then buy this game. Right after that.<br /> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Beatles_Rock_Band_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Beatles_Rock_Band_Review#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Game Reviews Music Reviews Burger&#039;s Bloviations Mon, 07 Sep 2009 15:24:12 -0700 DennisB 21223 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Beatles Stereo Remasters Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Beatles_stereo_remasters <p>Within half an hour of Tweeting the fact that I finally got my paws on the new stereo Beatles remasters this week, my email inbox was clogged with the same question repeated practically <em>ad infinitum</em>: “So... don’t leave me hanging. How do they sound?” The ellipses were often stretched to the point of abuse, and the question marks ranged from solitary to the obscene, but I read that exactly question so many times I almost started to have Tweet remorse</p> <p>Honestly, though, who doesn’t want to know how these discs sound? So I’ll cut to the chase and tell you all what I told them:</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Beatles_stereo_remasters">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Beatles_stereo_remasters#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Music Reviews Burger&#039;s Bloviations Fri, 04 Sep 2009 13:37:23 -0700 DennisB 21214 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Home Entertainment magazine podcast - Episode 9 http://www.hemagazine.com/podcast/episode9 <p><strong>On Music and Filters</strong></p> <p>Did rock die in 1972? Are &quot;old people&quot; just glamorizing classic rock and ignoring modern music? </p> <p>In our most opinionated, animated and heated podcast yet, Brent, Geoff, Kevin and Steve get into a debate on the state of music. </p> <p>Download link after the jump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/podcast/episode9">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/podcast/episode9#comments Movies/Music/Games Podcasts Music Reviews Other Features Fri, 31 Jul 2009 17:44:04 -0700 geoffm 21138 at http://www.hemagazine.com LP Update II - Blue Note and more http://www.hemagazine.com/LP_Update_II <p><strong>Note Perfect  <br /></strong></p> <p>Along with the labels &quot;Riverside&quot; and &quot;Impulse,&quot; the words &quot;Blue Note&quot; are synonymous with Jazz.  </p> <p>Unfortunately for music lovers and record collectors, the original pressings of Blue Note's catalog are difficult to locate (especially in pristine condition) and often prohibitively expensive to acquire. Rejoice! There is no need to be blue anymore... for fans of the Blue Note recordings of the 50's and 60's, two separate vinyl reissue series are now at hand.  </p> <p>All the info after the jump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/LP_Update_II">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/LP_Update_II#comments Movies/Music/Games Audio News Music Reviews News Fri, 24 Apr 2009 09:40:16 -0700 geoffm 20955 at http://www.hemagazine.com LP Update http://www.hemagazine.com/LP_Update <p><strong>An Abundance of Riches!</strong>  </p> <p>Vinyl is having something of a resurgence, being pretty much the only category of physical media in the music industry currently showing growth.</p> <p>Having <a href="/node/Vinyl_Lives" target="_blank" title="Vinyl Lives">previously reported</a> on the sonic benefits available to those of us who spin the old fashioned vinyl LP, I would be remiss if I failed to call to your attention several of the titles which have been recently reissued on vinyl.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/LP_Update">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/LP_Update#comments Movies/Music/Games Audio News Music Reviews News Thu, 09 Apr 2009 00:01:28 -0700 geoffm 20923 at http://www.hemagazine.com Pandora http://www.hemagazine.com/Pandora <p><strong>The greatest thing... ever.<br /></strong></p> <p>I admit, I'm way late to the party on this one. </p> <p>Still, if you haven't checked out Pandora, you really have to.</p> <p>Mini &quot;review&quot; after the jump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Pandora">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Pandora#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Music Reviews Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Thu, 09 Apr 2009 00:01:01 -0700 geoffm 20927 at http://www.hemagazine.com 10 Best Software 2009 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/10_Best_Software_2009 <!--paging_filter--> <p>Our <strong>10 Best Software</strong> Award winners. </p> <p>Nothing less than our picks for the best demo material of the past year. </p> <p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/10_Best_Software_2009">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/10_Best_Software_2009#comments Movies/Music/Games Best Movies Blu-ray Disc Reviews Game Reviews Music Reviews News Other Features Show-Offs Thu, 01 Jan 2009 00:05:36 -0800 geoffm 20626 at http://www.hemagazine.com BLU NOTE http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Blu_Note <p><strong>Avoid the crowds and get your money’s worth with these spectacular concerts on Blu-ray.  </strong></p> <p>I’ve just about done with concerts.Not that I don’t love live music—nothing compares to being in the same room with talented musicians doing their thing—but it's just not worth the hassle anymore. </p> <p>Where is the joy in paying $250 for a nosebleed seat, only to have to strain to hear the music over all of the Chatty Cathys, while some old drunk dude in a two-sizes-too-small Motorhead T-shirt spills Bud in your lap? With the advent of Blu-ray, I honestly cannot find a reasonable answer to that question. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Blu_Note">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Blu_Note#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Music Reviews Show-Offs Thu, 11 Sep 2008 11:38:18 -0700 geoffm 20401 at http://www.hemagazine.com Downloads on the Up and Up – High Quality Music Downloads http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Download_high_quality_music <p><b>MusicGiants and iTrax give Internet music downloads an audiophile makeover </b></p> <p>Say what you will about the ethical and legal issues surrounding peer-to-peer music trading, but back in the good old days of Napster, Gnutella and other such illicit music download services, sound quality mattered. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Download_high_quality_music">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Download_high_quality_music#comments Movies/Music/Games Music Reviews Other Features Fri, 08 Aug 2008 11:49:35 -0700 geoffm 20271 at http://www.hemagazine.com hifiTunes http://www.hemagazine.com/node/hifiTunes_High-Resolution_Downloads <p><b>Looking for some sweet surround sound music to show off your system? Stop looking for discs and start looking at internet downloads. </b> </p> <p>If you’re still looking for great high-resolution, multichannel music Show-Offs on disc, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but you’re looking in the wrong place. These days, digital distribution via the internet has risen from the ashes of DVD-Audio and SACD as the format of choice for discerning audiophiles in need of a 5.1 fix. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/hifiTunes_High-Resolution_Downloads">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/hifiTunes_High-Resolution_Downloads#comments Movies/Music/Games Music Reviews Show-Offs Wed, 06 Aug 2008 00:03:46 -0700 geoffm 20266 at http://www.hemagazine.com Best Music Concert DVDs http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Best_Music_Concert_DVDs <!--paging_filter--> <p>Why just listen when you can watch? Combining the musical with the visual enhances the experience far beyond what you get from CDs, and the better of the 5.1-channel surround mixes found on many DVDs make you and your guests feel like you're right there in the audience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Best_Music_Concert_DVDs">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Best_Music_Concert_DVDs#comments Movies/Music/Games Music Reviews Show-Offs Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 -0700 Administrator 6206 at http://www.hemagazine.com Back to Basics http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Back_to_Basics <!--paging_filter--> <p>Anyone who says time travel is impossible obviously isn't a magazine collector. I recently thumbed through the premiere issue of <em>Home Entertainment</em> (from way back in the winter of 2002), and scattered throughout its pages I found quite a few surprises: bulky floorstanding rear-projection TVs, massive three-gun CRT projectors all over the place, and—what's this?—a Show-Offs column with nary a theme in sight.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Back_to_Basics">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Back_to_Basics#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Music Reviews Show-Offs Sun, 01 Jul 2007 05:00:00 -0700 Administrator 6069 at http://www.hemagazine.com Higher Fidelity http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Higher_Fidelity <!--paging_filter--> <p>Bill Cosby once said, "I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone." Apparently, the Coz never met Mark Waldrep, founder of AIX Records, who has created something for everyone with his magical little Los Angeles-based label.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Higher_Fidelity">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Higher_Fidelity#comments Movies/Music/Games Music Reviews Fri, 01 Sep 2006 05:00:00 -0700 Administrator 5651 at http://www.hemagazine.com A New Round Of Surround http://www.hemagazine.com/node/A_New_Round_Of_Surround <!--paging_filter--> <p>Could Monster Music&#8217;s SuperDisc be the salvation of surround-sound music?</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/A_New_Round_Of_Surround">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/A_New_Round_Of_Surround#comments Movies/Music/Games Music Reviews Sat, 01 Apr 2006 04:00:00 -0800 Administrator 5649 at http://www.hemagazine.com