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Jamie Sorcher Posted: Dec 02, 2007 0 comments

Don't just stuff those stockings. Tech those halls! Make room on your list for small devices that will deliver big smiles.

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Sean Greer Posted: Dec 02, 2007 0 comments

The latest home theater trend is 2.35:1 constant-height display systems (provided, of course, that you ignore 1080p, 250,000:1 contrast ratios, HDMI 1.3a, Deep Color, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD, Blu-ray Disc, HD DVD, multi-terabyte media servers, and PS3).

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Dec 02, 2007 0 comments

How much is music worth? Nietzsche wrote, "Without music, life would be a mistake." That places a high value on sounds that entertain and sometimes inspire us. Then again, at 3 o'clock in the morning, you'd pay good money to have the music at the party next door shut off.

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Jamie Sorcher Posted: Dec 02, 2007 0 comments

Like many other A/V stores, California Soundworks (, 661-945-0971) started out as a home stereo store selling gear to audiophiles. That was back in 1979.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Dec 02, 2007 0 comments

It's no secret to regular readers that watching an HDTV on its default factory settings is like buying a high-performance car and never taking it out on the highway to let 'er rip.

Posted: Dec 02, 2007 0 comments

  • $399
  • Audio Decoding: DD, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, DTS
  • Ins and Outs: HDMI
  • Feature Highlights: 3rd gen HD DVD player with 1080p/24 output, DD+ and TrueHD decoding/transcoding (output as PCM over HDMI), upconverting HDMI and component outputs for standard-def DVDs
Daniel Kumin Posted: Dec 01, 2007 0 comments

Ed. Note: Readers are advised that prices for this system and its individual elements as reported in the December print edition of Sound & Vision were incorrect. Current prices, including premiums for the birds-eye maple finish on our review system, are provided here.

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Posted: Dec 01, 2007 0 comments

Deck the halls with boughs of Bowie…or Pearl Jam, or Coltrane, or even Haydn. And since we're talking boxed CD sets here (plus some music titles on DVD), there's plenty with which to deck.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Nov 30, 2007 0 comments

So, Sam, have you had a chance to breathe yet? It seems like you've been going, well, forever on all the Spider-man projects, especially Spider-Man 3. This is the longest movie cycle I've ever worked on. But yes, now I have a chance to breathe and spent time with my family, do some writing, and read some great books. I'm really enjoying myself.

Al Griffin Posted: Nov 30, 2007 0 comments
Samsung's Blu/HD combo player: BD-UP5000 36725607873 Samsung BD-UP5000 Both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD deliver fantastic picture and sound, and their onscreen menus and interactive features are light-years ahead o


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