Home Entertainment - Geoff&#039;s Blog http://www.hemagazine.com/taxonomy/term/54/0 Editor-in-Chief Geoff Morrison shares his thoughts and opinions on all things A/V en Great Performances (on YouTube) - Covers http://www.hemagazine.com/Great_Covers <strong>Own it</strong><br /><br />Covers are tough. Sounds too much like the original, and everyone will wonder why you wasted their time. Sound too different, and you risk not doing the original justice. <br /><br />But strike that Goldilocks balance, taking the song and making it your own but still showing the original reverence, there's the potential of being as good (if not better) than the original. That's what these covers do in spades. <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Great_Covers">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Great_Covers#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Tue, 27 Jul 2010 00:42:11 -0700 geoffm 21830 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Ramones - Judy is Punk - Live at CBGBs 1974 http://www.hemagazine.com/Ramones_Judy_is_Punk <strong>Second Verse, same as the first<br /></strong><br />Arguments on whether they were the first, the best, or even the most influential punk band are irrelevant. The Ramones rocked. Case closed. <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Ramones_Judy_is_Punk">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Ramones_Judy_is_Punk#comments Blogs Geoff&#039;s Blog Wed, 19 May 2010 00:59:25 -0700 geoffm 21714 at http://www.hemagazine.com Great Performances (on YouTube) - Art Tatum "Yesterdays" http://www.hemagazine.com/Art_Tatum <p><strong>Turns out, the piano does start here.<br /></strong><br />At first glance, what's impressive about Tatum's performance, and indeed his style and skill, is his right hand: clean, effortless runs at tremendous speed. <br /><br />But it's not his right that's amazing, it's his <em>left</em>. <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Art_Tatum">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Art_Tatum#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Fri, 23 Apr 2010 00:03:24 -0700 geoffm 21682 at http://www.hemagazine.com Great Performances (on YouTube) - Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 - Martha Argerich & Riccardo Chailly http://www.hemagazine.com/Rach_3_Martha_Argerich <p><strong>Hands</strong><br /><br />So I'm starting a new feature here on the website. YouTube is great for a lot of things, but I think one of its greatest uses is as a repository of amazing performances by the world's greatest musicians. <br /><br />Now I'm not talking about ripping a concert DVD, but of meaningful, remarkable performances that are likely not found anywhere else. First up, the Rach 3 by Martha Argerich. <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Rach_3_Martha_Argerich">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Rach_3_Martha_Argerich#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Fri, 12 Feb 2010 00:28:32 -0800 geoffm 21570 at http://www.hemagazine.com THX II 5.1 Audio System in the Lincoln MKS Review http://www.hemagazine.com/THX_II_Lincoln_MKS_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Sync Sounds<br /></strong><br />I don't drive big cars. Hate them. In my book, if a car's going to weigh 4,300 pounds it better have a second car sitting on top of it. </p> <p>And despite all that, I was sad to see the MKS go. It's a fantastic ride, mostly due to the THX sound system and, gasp, Microsoft's Sync.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/THX_II_Lincoln_MKS_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/THX_II_Lincoln_MKS_Review#comments Product Reviews Blogs Other Audio Gear Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Tue, 09 Feb 2010 02:22:22 -0800 geoffm 21564 at http://www.hemagazine.com Geoff on TVs http://www.hemagazine.com/geofftalksTVs <p><strong>TV Talk</strong></p> <p>I was interviewed for a podcast over on DigitalTrends.com about the future of TVs.</p> <p>Shockingly, I don't make too much of a fool of myself, given that it wasn't edited. </p> <p>So if you want to hear me babble on for 20 minutes about all sorts of TV stuff, you can check it out <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/podcasts/hdtv-trends-of-2010/" target="_blank" title="HDTV Trends of 2010">here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.hemagazine.com/geofftalksTVs#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Thu, 29 Oct 2009 14:18:17 -0700 geoffm 21386 at http://www.hemagazine.com There's no such thing as an LED TV http://www.hemagazine.com/Theres_no_such_thing_as_an_LED_TV <p><strong>Pure Marketing Obfuscation<br /></strong><br />I understand the need for a manufacturer to differentiate their product. It's a crowded field out there, and anything you can do to make your product stand out is a good idea. <br /><br />Well, almost anything. <br /><br />But let's not call it lying, let's call it a gift for fiction.<br /><br /> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Theres_no_such_thing_as_an_LED_TV">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Theres_no_such_thing_as_an_LED_TV#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Fri, 25 Sep 2009 21:28:51 -0700 geoffm 21329 at http://www.hemagazine.com Slacker Radio http://www.hemagazine.com/Slacker_Radio <p><strong>More Free Music</strong></p> <p>A few months ago I did a <a href="/Pandora" target="_blank" title="blog on Pandora">blog on Pandora</a>, the free online radio station. </p> <p>I was immediately deluged with emails about Slacker Radio, a similar service. So I gave it a try. As an inveterate music junky, the more places I can find new music, the better.</p> <p>Mini-review after the jump. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Slacker_Radio">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Slacker_Radio#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Tue, 09 Jun 2009 15:04:45 -0700 geoffm 21038 at http://www.hemagazine.com Why High-End Audio? http://www.hemagazine.com/Why_High-end_Audio <p><strong>Myths, Facts, and Self Doubt</strong></p> <p>Our friends over at Gizmodo recently did an &quot;Audio Week&quot; where they talked about all aspects of audio, from music to the <a href="http://i.gizmodo.com/5214792/giz-explains-the-difference-between-100--and-100000-speakers" target="_blank" title="Giz Explians the difference between 100 and 100,000 speakers">high-end</a>. </p> <p>Results were mixed, at least in reading the comments. It seems most people think high-end, or even &quot;decent&quot; audio is some kind of myth.</p> <p>The problem, as I see it, is all in the head. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Why_High-end_Audio">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Why_High-end_Audio#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Wed, 22 Apr 2009 00:07:36 -0700 geoffm 20947 at http://www.hemagazine.com Bach in Color http://www.hemagazine.com/Bach <p>A friend of mine sent me a link to this video with nothing more than &quot;The most mezmorizing thing I've seen in a very long time.&quot;</p><p>I have to agree.</p><p>Video after the jump. <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Bach">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Bach#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Tue, 14 Apr 2009 00:35:39 -0700 geoffm 20933 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 Where have all the plasmas gone? http://www.hemagazine.com/Future_of_Plasma <p><strong>Why has the once shining symbol of the future of TV almost completely disappeared from the landscape?</strong></p> <p>It seems like every TV manufacturer either makes or sells LCDs, but only a handful make plasmas anymore. </p> <p>With the departure of Pioneer from the market, what does that mean for the future of plasma?</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Future_of_Plasma">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Future_of_Plasma#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Tue, 03 Mar 2009 00:23:36 -0800 geoffm 20846 at http://www.hemagazine.com 3D - White Elephant or Pipe Dream? http://www.hemagazine.com/3D <p><strong>3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup> is getting a big push both at movie theaters and in TVs at home, but does anyone care? Should anyone care?<br /></strong></p> <p>I was a big fan of 3D. When I was 12. All those things zooming out from the screen made even <em>Captain Eo</em> watchable. </p> <p>But 3D has been &quot;just around the corner&quot; for years. Why aren't we any closer?</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/3D">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/3D#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Fri, 20 Feb 2009 00:43:27 -0800 geoffm 20826 at http://www.hemagazine.com Pioneer Rumors http://www.hemagazine.com/Pioneer_Rumors <p><strong>No More KURO?</strong></p> <p>Last Friday several outlets, including our friends over at <a href="http://hdguru.com/pioneer-to-exit-the-tv-business/366/" target="_blank" title="HDGuru.com">HDGuru.com</a>, broke a story about Pioneer leaving the TV business. </p> <p>What does this mean for the rest of the market?</p> <p>Well, it depends on how you look at it. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Pioneer_Rumors">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Pioneer_Rumors#comments Blogs Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Tue, 10 Feb 2009 12:36:14 -0800 geoffm 20792 at http://www.hemagazine.com Geoff's Blog... The Return http://www.hemagazine.com/GeoffsBlog_The_Return <p><strong>Blogging!</strong> </p> <p>Well if the title didn't give it away, here's the offical announcement: We're blogging. </p> <p>You can read my blog <a href="/taxonomy/term/54">here</a>.</p> <p>Scott's Blog <a href="/taxonomy/term/55" target="_blank" title="WASSERWORDS">here</a>.</p> <p>And Dennis's blog... well, as soon as he gets us one.  </p> http://www.hemagazine.com/GeoffsBlog_The_Return#comments Other Features Geoff&#039;s Blog Tue, 10 Feb 2009 10:57:57 -0800 geoffm 20790 at http://www.hemagazine.com