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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 27, 2008 0 comments
Price: $350 Highlights: Five channels times 105 watts • HDMI with high-resolution PCM • Includes Yamaha’s YPAO auto setup

Home Theater Out of the Box

Why would anyone buy a budget receiver and satellite/subwoofer speakers instead of a simpler home theater in a box system? To the uninitiated, the HTIB seems like a no-brainer. It spares the consumer the rigors of equipment matching and sometimes even throws in a disc drive.

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user Posted: Oct 27, 2008 0 comments
Downloads and streaming are nothing new. But lala.com offers both with an unusual angle on streaming. Instead of paying an all-you-can-eat subscription fee, you can pay 10 cents for the right to stream a song indefinitely. If that's not convenient, you can also pay to download it in the conventional way.
Michael Trei Posted: Oct 26, 2008 0 comments
The Short Form
$7,000 (as tested) / TOTEMACOUSTIC.COM / 514-259-1062
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Mike Mettler Posted: Oct 26, 2008 0 comments

Walk me through your recent HDTV buying experience. I found myself attracted to the LCD. Two of my very good friends - Dave Rodriguez, who's directed two upcoming films that I'm in, and John Barr, the director of photography on those films - they're plasma guys.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Oct 26, 2008 0 comments

As I noted in one of the five entries I wrote for our Top 50 Albums of All Time list (actually, I also penned three of the uncredited entries for albums 41-50 - see if you can guess which ones once our master list posts), I became an audio journalist to extol the virtues of great-sounding recordings.

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David Vaughn Posted: Oct 25, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/casinoroyale.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Before he can be licensed to kill, James Bond (Daniel Craig) must earn his stripes. With two quick professional assassinations, he is elevated to "00" status and M (Judi Dench) sends him on his first mission that takes him to Madagascar, the Bahamas, and eventually Montenegro to face Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a ruthless terrorist financier, in high-stakes poker game at the Casino Royale.

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 24, 2008 0 comments
Henry Ford famously said that customers could buy a Model T in any color, as long as it was black. The equally famous reason, probably apocryphal, was that he chose black because it dried faster than other colors, and that let him crank up the...
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David Vaughn Posted: Oct 24, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/achristmasstory.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Taking place in Indiana in the 1940s, the story centers on Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) and his one wish for Christmas&#151;a genuine Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. Unfortunately, whenever he expresses this wish, he's greeted with, "You'll shoot your eye out!" Will Ralphie get his wish? If so, is his vision safe?

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David Vaughn Posted: Oct 24, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/incrediblehulk.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) scours the Earth for an antidote to the unbridled force of rage within him: The Hulk. But military mastermind General Ross (William Hurt) wants to control this power and will stop at nothing to capture Bruce to obtain the secret contained in his blood. In desperation, the general unleashes a nightmarish beast of aggression whose powers match the Hulk's own: the Abomination (Tim Roth).

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David Vaughn Posted: Oct 24, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/bond1.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>His name is Bond, James Bond, Ian Flemming's immortal action hero who has graced the silver screen for over 45 years. Everyone has their favorite Bond&#151;is it Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, George Lazenby, or Daniel Craig, the latest actor to prefer his martinis shaken, not stirred?

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