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SV Staff Posted: Oct 18, 2007 0 comments
Porcupine Tree mastermind Steven Wilson (holding down the middle position and leaning on the center channel in the accompanying photo) dropped by the S&V offices yesterday for a 2-hour surround-sound listening session with yours truly (at right)...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 18, 2007 2 comments

DisplaySearch is a company that produces technology assessments, surveys, studies, and analyses of the current state of video display technology. Every year for the past four years they organize a two-day HDTV event. This year's, the DisplaySearch 5th Annual HDTV Conference, was held at the Hilton hotel at Universal City, CA.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 18, 2007 0 comments
Say goodbye to outmoded TVs that stand in the way of progress. Best Buy is taking out the garbage, becoming the first big electronics chain to banish analog TVs from its stores. You go, mega-retailer!
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 17, 2007 0 comments
It was a lesson in perspective this week in Baja California, Mexico, where Sharp Electronics officially cut the ribbon on a $300 million LCD manufacturing plant in Rosarito. While American journalists were busy scribbling notes about screen sizes...
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 17, 2007 0 comments
A lot of profit, if you're talking about trusted names in consumer electronics. But some of those reassuring brands we grew up with - RCA, AT&T, Westinghouse, and Polaroid - bear no relation to the American companies we associate them with....
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 17, 2007 0 comments
A problem was looming in the kitchen--aside from my rudimentary cooking skills and haphazard sanitary habits, that is. I found myself avoiding my kitchen system. The kitchen rig seemed like a good idea at the time. By combining a mass-market mini-system with a sat/sub set, and wall-mounting the satellites, I'd squeeze music into a tight L-shaped place where only radio had gone before. Anyway, I soon tired of the system's rudimentary and haphazard performance and it devolved into a glorified radio. After a decade I threw in the dish towel and replaced the radio function with, well, a radio. Then I set about brainstorming a new music system for the kitchen.
Richard Charschan Posted: Oct 16, 2007 Published: Oct 17, 2007 6 comments

<I>The finished theater, and my dream recording studio. </I>

Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Oct 16, 2007 Published: Sep 17, 2007 0 comments
Part IV: Impressing the neighbors.

Well, all the parts are in, and it's time to build the beast. If you missed it, check out last month's GearWorks for all the doodahs and pieces for this all-new HTPC. If you're using this as a guide on how to build your own HTPC, let me give a few tips to start.

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Rebecca Day Posted: Oct 16, 2007 Published: Sep 17, 2007 0 comments
Bringing ReplayTV to the next frontier.

The company that invented the DVR is re-inventing it. ReplayTV has left the living room to TiVo, last-generation ReplayTV recorders, and cable and satellite providers that offer DVRs as a premium feature.

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Chris Chiarella Posted: Oct 16, 2007 Published: Sep 17, 2007 0 comments
The man who made October 31st scary again continues to carve new ground.

Coming off a pair of low-budget, high-concept films (Assault on Precinct 13 and Dark Star), John Carpenter forever changed the world of horror cinema with his landmark Halloween. He's been pushing the genre envelope ever since, with fan favorites such as Escape from New York and the truly original They Live, along with unexpected turns such as Starman and TV's Elvis starring frequent go-to guy Kurt Russell. He's also given fans the occasional sequel, as well as his remakes of horror classics The Thing and Village of the Damned, even as Hollywood has begun remaking his signature works, including The Fog and Rob Zombie's upcoming Halloween. Carpenter knows monsters and how to portray a tense siege, and his experience with both benefit his second installment of Showtime's Masters of Horror anthology series, "Pro-Life." Ron Perlman stars as a gun-toting conservative dad out to retrieve his young, pregnant runaway daughter—at any cost—from the abortion clinic where she seeks refuge, even though the "baby" was conceived in the underworld and really, really needs killin'. "Pro-Life" is out on a fully loaded special-edition DVD from Anchor Bay/Starz Home Entertainment, and it boasts the only audio commentary I've ever heard where the director exits in the middle of recording to catch a quick smoke.

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