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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.

Al Griffin Posted: Dec 02, 2007 0 comments
JVC LT-47X898 47-inch LCD HDTV 46838030581 JVC 47X898 JVC is perhaps best known in the TV world for LCoS-based projectors, but the company also has some impressive flat-panel LCDs.
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James K. Willcox Posted: Dec 02, 2007 0 comments

Lost in the rush of attention being lavished on sleeker and sexier flat-panel HDTVs is the fact that there's still a lot of innovation going on in rear-projection microdisplay sets. In the past year, we've seen developments ranging from the prosaic - bigger screens, more models with 1080p resolution, and slimmed-down cabinets - to the exotic, such as 3-D video.

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Marc Horowitz Posted: Dec 02, 2007 0 comments

John Sciacca Posted: Dec 02, 2007 0 comments

Giving consumer electronics as gifts used to be easy. You picked out what you wanted, wrapped it up, and were off the hook for another year. If you took the time to look at the package, you might have noticed the micro-sized print advising "*Batteries Not Included" and decided whether or not to toss in a pack of AAs for good measure.


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