Mark Fleischmann

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Mark Fleischmann  |  Mar 15, 2018  |  2 comments
The State of Washington has become the first state to pass its own full-fledged net neutrality law, grabbing the regulatory reins from the FCC, which had axed its own net neutrality rules a few months ago.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Mar 02, 2018  |  0 comments
With the death of Mark E. Smith, The Fall are no more. Britain's longest-running postpunk band burned through 66 members and recorded 31 studio albums over a four-decade span. The defining element was always Smith, who poured torrents of vituperation, fragments of wit, wry observations, and occasional startling insights into a microphone, mesmerizing multiple generations of Fall obsessives.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Feb 22, 2018  |  0 comments

PRICE $999

Normal or high-gain output
Full and microSD card slots
Native 384/32 PCM and DSD support
Bulky Not as pretty as some other A&K players
USB charger not included

Astell & Kern’s KANN is not only a subtly gorgeous-sounding performer loaded with features. It’s also a great value.

Astell & Kern’s KANN (along with the recently announced AK70 MK II) makes its debut at a time when the dedicated music player is looking more and more like the passenger pigeon. Apple has just killed the innovative, shape-shifting iPod nano and the puny iPod shuffle, leaving only the now unprecedentedly cheap iPod touch, basically an iPhone without the phone, at $199. With Apple uncharacteristically catering to the middle of the market (let’s not even contemplate the $20 nano knockoffs on Amazon), that leaves the high-resolution musicplayer carriage trade to companies like Astell & Kern, FiiO, and HiFiMan, as well as newly hi-res-conscious big brands like Sony, Onkyo, and Pioneer.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Feb 12, 2018  |  0 comments
TiVo wants the world to know that it’s more than just a pioneering DVR platform.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Feb 12, 2018  |  0 comments
Like any good competitor, LG is always looking for ways to set itself apart in the always cutthroat, hyper competitive TV market.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Feb 02, 2018  |  4 comments
Smart speakers, I harrumphed. That's something I'll never want, I said hubristically. A speaker's job is to sound good, isn't it? I watched in dismay as smart speakers became the fastest-growing speaker category, leaving righteous makers of good-sounding speakers in the dust. Then my roommate gave me a refurbished Amazon Echo Dot for my birthday and everything changed.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Feb 02, 2018  |  0 comments
News briefs from the world of home and mobile entertainment.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 31, 2018  |  0 comments
CEDIA Expo, the annual trade show of the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association, has been steadily shrinking, and its management has been turned over to an outside company. So it’s curious to see InfoComm, the trade show devoted to pro AV, moving into consumer territory.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 24, 2018  |  0 comments
Analysts can’t seem to make up their minds about cord cutting. We’ve covered loads of studies asserting that viewers are shifting from traditional pay-TV to other viewing options. But some analysts demur, and occasionally we’ve cited them too.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 18, 2018  |  1 comments
Left for dead at the side of the road, RadioShack is still twitching. Following its latest bankruptcy filing, it has emerged with a reorganization plan that would mix an online presence with 400 independently owned dealerships and 27 company-owned stores in Colorado, Texas, and New York. Eight new RadioShacks have recently opened, and another 18 are being considered. However, RadioShack probably will not return to the days when it lived in a $200 million HQ in Fort Worth, overseeing an empire of 7,000 stores nationwide.