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SV Staff Posted: Oct 07, 2008 0 comments

Panasonic TH-50PZ800U 50-inch plasma HDTV $2,400 ($3,200 list), September 2008 Each generation of Panasonic plasma tends to be better than the last, and this THX-certified 50-incher is no ex

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Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments

"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women," -The Blu-ray format, when asked what's best in life

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Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments

Last month, we began exploring "how to listen." Now it's time to audition your favorite CDs. Note what you like about each one. Is there a common thread among them in the genre of music or the style of production?

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Gary Dell'Abate Posted: Oct 02, 2008 0 comments

If you travel a lot like I do, you probably lug along a laptop or a personal DVD player. The Myvu Crystal is much lighter and less bulky. Screen angle and glare are no longer issues - and best of all, you don't have to worry about other people seeing what you're watching.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Oct 02, 2008 0 comments

What is Reality?

The "Plato's Cave" allegory goes something like this: Imagine a deep underground cavern where prisoners have lived their entire lives chained to rocks, their heads immobile and facing one cave wall. Behind them is an illuminating fire. Between the fire and prisoners, statues of all sorts move back and forth.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Sep 30, 2008 0 comments

You've always been a bit of a hi-fi geek, haven't you? I have. On prom night, my boyfriend and I checked out stereo speakers at an all-night speaker sale. It was a big deal back then, a ritual - you had to get the perfect speakers, and set your room up a certain way.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Sep 29, 2008 0 comments

Ah, sweet home Chicago. I remember partaking in a number of great local traditions when I used to call the Windy City my backyard: Going to Buddy Guy's Legends club for a late night of tasty blues. Seeing the Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick's Day. Taking in a Chicago Cubs game in the bleachers at Wrigley Field.

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Posted: Sep 29, 2008 0 comments

Did you get interested in consumer electronics when you were kids? David (above, right): Yeah. Zach's been tinkering with electronics since he could stand.

Zachary (above, left): There are stories of me taking apart my grandma's clock radios back when I was a kid.

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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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$499 / ZEEVEE.COM / 877-493-3833
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$1,138 (as tested) / SONOS.COM / 877-807-6667
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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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