With Logitech’s axing of its Harmony line, programmable remote controls for home theater seem to have taken a big step back. A cut above conventional remotes, Harmony represented the perfection of the genre: Just download the app or desktop software, enter your system’s components into the program, zap the data…

Motorola CT610 (left), AT&T CL4940 (right), shown to approximate scale.

A long time ago a dear friend gave me a Christmas gift that changed life for the better: my first answerphone. I had had answering machines before, even tapeless ones, but having the answerer built into a phone uncluttered my desk and made life simpler. All good things must come…

Photo by Rev. Colleen Darraugh, Wikipedia

The Rev. Elder Troy D. Perry has led an epic American life. The Florida native began preaching at age 15 and worked his way through opposite-sex marriage, parenthood, divorce, ouster from his church, military service, and a suicide attempt before finding his voice as a gay minister and founding the…

For a journalist and critic, sleeping with your subjects is a potential conflict of interest, not to mention a monumental act of bad taste. But that’s what I’ve been doing with the OontZ Angle 3 Plus. This little portable speaker is my new bedtime music companion.

I was drawn to…

Does this look like a cannister of disinfectant wipes to you?

Some time ago I paid an internet scammer more than a hundred bucks for disinfectant products that never shipped. In such instances of fraud, credit card companies typically take the side of the customer and refund the money. This case worked out differently — the scammer got the credit card…

HSU Research VTF-2 MK5 subwoofers

Now that I have gone from full-time audio equipment reviewer to semi-retired person, I am at liberty to make choices not available before. When my subwoofer expired of old age and reviewer-abuse syndrome — oh, the beatings it took — I saw this not as a loss but as an…

When I moved to New York City in 1975 Columbus Circle was a pedestrian nightmare. The 2005 redesign has made the southwestern corner of Central Park more pedestrian-friendly but one of Columbus Circle’s chief flaws stubbornly remains — its name. For the indigenous peoples of the Americas, Christopher Columbus has…

Screenshot of brandjacking website — not affiliated with Clorox

It’s amazing what you’ll believe if you want to believe it badly enough. I wanted to believe that a Facebook ad led me to a genuine Clorox-sanctioned website where I could buy that brand’s disinfecting wipes. You might well ask why the reputable maker of bleach and other cleaning products…

Mark Fleischmann

Author of The Friendly Audio Guide and the annually updated Practical Home Theater ().

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