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SV Staff Posted: Mar 07, 2008 0 comments
At first glance, Belfast, Ireland-based Ripfactory's just-released Ripserver looks like nothing more than a $1,400 1-terabyte hard drive. For those not keeping track of digital storage prices, that's about five times too expensive. But for...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 07, 2008 0 comments
Today Pioneer announced that it would stop manufacturing plasma panels. The company will continue marketing plasmas, probably using panels made by Panasonic. So maybe this isn't exactly the end of an era for the fabulous Kuro plasma line. Still, the news sent a chill through Kuro fans. Do you own a Pioneer Kuro? If so, what do you think of it? And while we're at it, which do you like better in general--plasma or LCD?
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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 07, 2008 0 comments

In a press release issued today, Pioneer announced it will stop manufacturing raw plasma panels, stating, "We have judged that maintaining the cost competitiveness of plasma display panels at projected sales volumes will be difficult going forward. Accordingly, we have decided to terminate in-house plasma display panel production and to procure these panels externally, after panel production for our next series of models is complete...Pioneer is currently in discussions on the feasibility of procuring panel modules that may incorporate the Company's proprietary technologies. Details will be announced as soon as they are finalized."

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SV Staff Posted: Mar 07, 2008 0 comments
Are flat-panel TVs going the way of Duff Beer? Simpson fans will recall the episode where Homer and Barney visit the Duff brewery and witness all the different varieties of beer - Duff Lite, Duff Ice, Duff Mountain Berry Blast - all being bottled...
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 07, 2008 0 comments
[UPDATE TO THIS UPDATE: Pioneer has officially announced that it's no longer in the plasma-making business. Go to the end of this post for a link to a Pioneer press release.] Don't give up on the super display qualities that made Pioneer's Kuro...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 07, 2008 0 comments
Today Pioneer confirmed a previous report that it would cease making--but not marketing--plasma DTVs. Pioneer's exit from plasma manufacture adds another name to a list of casualties that already included Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, and NEC, from whom Pioneer purchased two of its plasma production lines.
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David Vaughn Posted: Mar 07, 2008 0 comments

The A/V receiver marketplace is a crowded world these days. At one end are low-cost models sold through retailers such as Best Buy and Circuit City, while the other end is occupied by upscale brands with upscale prices. (Interestingly, some of these upscale brands are now showing up at the big-box retailers as the average selling price of AVRs increases, due in part to the influence of Blu-ray.)

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Mar 06, 2008 Published: Mar 07, 2008 9 comments

So now we have a single HD disc format. Hallelujah. No more excuses for sitting on the fence. No more "my upconverted DVDs look almost like high definition" claptrap. The clouds will part, angelic choirs will sing, and…oops, wrong blog.

Jeff Perlah Posted: Mar 06, 2008 0 comments
Brighter Than Creation's Dark New West
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A band that can steamroll through a 4-hour gig,

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SV Staff Posted: Mar 06, 2008 0 comments
They say the waiting is the hardest part. For HD DVD early adopters and other Blu-ray hold-outs, a Blu-ray player priced around $200 would be the only motivation needed to make the plunge into that high-def format. Unfortunately, its going to be a...

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