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Brent Butterworth Posted: Sep 25, 2008 0 comments

Many A/V enthusiasts dream of having a custom theater designed by home theater pioneer and Sound & Vision columnist Theo Kalomirakis. But mystery novelists Jonathan and Faye Kellerman (Capital Crimes, When the Bough Breaks) have something twice as nice: two theaters designed by Theo.

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Michael Antonoff Posted: Sep 23, 2008 0 comments
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Al Griffin Posted: Sep 22, 2008 0 comments

OVERSCAN BLU(ES)

Q. My HDTV has a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and its overscan is about 2.5%. Does that mean that I'm losing 2.5% of the image area that I should be seeing?

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Nick Kolakowski Posted: Sep 16, 2008 0 comments

On the NBC action-comedy series Chuck, geeky electronics store employee Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) unwittingly becomes the U.S government's most valuable secret agent - helping save the world from the threat-of-the-week.

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Theo Kalomirakis Posted: Sep 15, 2008 0 comments

Ten years ago, when home theater was just becoming the hot trend in new-home construction, I came up with an inexpensive, ready-to-assemble theater design for a large corporation in the housing-supplies business. Our target was the builder of homes for the average American family.

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Theo Kalomirakis Posted: Sep 14, 2008 0 comments

Ten years ago, when home theater was just becoming the hot trend in new-home construction, I came up with an inexpensive, ready-to-assemble theater design for a large corporation in the housing-supplies business. Our target was the builder of homes for the average American family.

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James K. Willcox Posted: Sep 14, 2008 0 comments

Has it really been 2 years since I last wrote about my efforts to install the A/V and networking systems in the new addition to my home?

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Michael Antonoff Posted: Sep 11, 2008 0 comments
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 08, 2008 0 comments
There's this gig that's been on our minds All the time, CE-CE-CEDIA. Expo-oh-oh . . .Whoa - sorry about that, Phil Collins. But we here at S&V are still buzzing about the 2008 Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo! We hit the convention floor in full force, sticking our cold, wet noses into every little exhibit booth in Denver, Colorado.
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Reed Tucker Posted: Sep 08, 2008 0 comments

No matter how much time you spend watching TV and DVDs, it's always comforting to know there are still people out there who spend more hours in front of the panel than you. Many, many, more hours.

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Kevin James Posted: Sep 07, 2008 0 comments

Given the wide disparity of price points we're seeing at CEDIA, custom installers are hoping to maintain their steady stream of upscale customers while embracing a category relatively unknown just a few years ago: first-time projector owners with considerably lower budgets.

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Sep 07, 2008 0 comments

Some people's idea of a perfect speaker might not be a big ugly black box that delivers pristine performance. Obviously, these folks' priorities are way out of whack.

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John Sciacca Posted: Sep 05, 2008 0 comments

Regular readers know I'm a nut for media servers, especially ones capable of managing and streaming DVD movies around the home. Not too long ago, if you wanted to enjoy this awesomeness, you were pretty much limited to the pricey Kaleidescape system.

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Rob Medich Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments

Really, there should be a law. Oh, sure, the F.C.C. has a regulation that TV commercials can't be louder than the programming surrounding them, but the advertisers skirt around that with some kind of compression trick. So ultimately, the commercials still sound . . . loud. And as for why so many TV stations come in at different sound levels . . . anyone?

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