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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Sep 04, 2008 Published: Sep 05, 2008 2 comments

Like its immediate predecessors, TiVo's latest DVR, the HD XL, has garnered THX certification for video and audio. The whopping 1TB (yes, that's 1 terabyte) hard disc can store up to 150 hours of HD content, and it can be yours for only $600.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 04, 2008 Published: Sep 05, 2008 0 comments

The BD1 control center from the Thiel Zoet collaboration is shown here driving multiple Thiel SCS4D speakers. The current version of the controller can only accept optical and coaxial digital signals, and can distribute Dolby Digital and DTS audio as well. However, TrueHD and DTS-HD MA will have to wait for another version (I'm guessing the BD2) that will come out sometime next year.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 04, 2008 Published: Sep 05, 2008 2 comments

This is the latest trend in whole house mobility. Face it, you'll be in the kitchen, the den, the bedroom, the bathroom or the garage with your iPod Touch not far from hand. But nobody carries around a remote. Other companies making the iPod Touch part of their tool drawer include SpeakerCraft. The ability is there, why not use it?

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 04, 2008 Published: Sep 05, 2008 2 comments

The Thiel SCS4D is an the IP addressable version of their SCS4 debuted at the last CES. The SCSrD is powered by 250 watts of class-D amplification. The Cat5e cable in the back and the power chord are the only indications that we're not in Kansas anymore.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments
This is odd. But, it kinda makes sense. Sony and computer memory manufacturer PNY Technologies are odd bedfellows indeed. They've come out with a 2GB USB flash drive that's preloaded with the comedy classic Ghostbusters, just in time for the 25th...
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Brent Butterworth Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments

Ever notice how many custom installers are losing their hair? That's because they pulled it all out in frustration over HDMI.

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John Sciacca Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments

Remember not too long ago we had a little format war between HD-DVD and Blu-ray? Whether you think Blu-ray won or HD-DVD just lost, the result was that one format knew when it was time to take their ball and go home.

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Rob Medich Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments

Really, there should be a law. Oh, sure, the F.C.C. has a regulation that TV commercials can't be louder than the programming surrounding them, but the advertisers skirt around that with some kind of compression trick. So ultimately, the commercials still sound . . . loud. And as for why so many TV stations come in at different sound levels . . . anyone?

John Sciacca Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments

Don't feel bad because you couldn't make it to Denver to experience the CEDIA Expo first hand. Tag along with me and share my all-access press pass as I point out the things that caught my eye each day as I walk the show floor.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments
Sure, anyone can upconvert anything to air on an HD station. However, TBS-HD just started airing syndicated episodes of Seinfeld in HD. How is that possible, when HD was in its infancy when it was shot? Like many sitcoms, Seinfeld was shot on 35mm...

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