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SV Staff Posted: Apr 24, 2009 0 comments
In one of those nice instances of serendipity, classical music — specifically, Beethoven — is the foundation of a new play and a new film.On Broadway is Moisés Kaufman's 33 Variations. The play was first seen in 2007 in Washington, D.C., and...
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Posted: Jul 06, 2003 0 comments

A classic is returning to the home theater market.

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SV Staff Posted: Jul 19, 2007 0 comments
Okay, I'm not trying to make fun of the deadly incident itself . . . But c'mon, folks, hasn't anyone noticed the eerie similarity between the steam-pipe blast in New York yesterday - alias "Midtown Volcano!" (NY Post) or, more...
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 18, 2007 0 comments
My older son, Paul, is kinda bummed that he wasn't able to go with me to Rush's American tour finale last night at Madison Square Garden. Seems he was especially eager to hear "YYZ." That would be "YYZ" as made famous by...
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 13, 2008 0 comments
To design a consumer electronics product and ramp up its production costs lots and lots of money. To shut down the conveyor belts after marketing is already in full swing costs even more. Still, it sure hurt: Japanese business paper The Nikkei...
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 08, 2008 0 comments
Netflix has always had very reasonable rates, but if you want to keep getting Blu-ray Discs as part of your rental agreement, you're gonna have to pay to play. Not by much. The Blu-ray premium is only $1.00 per month. Is there anything to...
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 27, 2009 0 comments
When iTunes introduced their one-price-fits-all model for selling music, many record labels were unhappy with the situation. The ability to buy a single song for a dollar made full records a hard sell for some artists. But it was a hit with...
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Posted: Feb 03, 2002 0 comments

Too many home theater enthusiasts have an arsenal of remote controls. The arsenal—not the remotes themselves—can be the cause of everything from minor annoyances to full-scale domestic battles.

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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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SV Staff Posted: Oct 29, 2009 0 comments
If you've been holding off on getting a Blu-ray Disc player until the prices go down, you might want to start shopping. JVC has just announced a new budget-priced BD player, and Toshiba's long-awaited player has been spotted at Best Buy with a...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 17, 2010 0 comments
Until now the default price for an album download has been $9.99, with iTunes setting the standard for other music download stores. But a recent pricing experiment involving Arcade Fire and Amazon suggests that a lower price will turn more downloaders into paying customers.
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Posted: Oct 08, 2007 Published: Oct 09, 2007 0 comments

Could the cheapest Blu-ray Disc player on the market be about to get $100 cheaper? Hot on the heels of a UK announcement of a cheaper PlayStation3, speculation online began that a $399 US model would follow. The Hollywood Reporter cited industry sources that seem to be calling it a done deal, citing that the cheaper PS3 will hit US stores November 2nd.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Apr 09, 2000 0 comments

Watching TV on your computer is not a new idea. In fact, companies have been bringing regular DTV to the desktop for over a year now (see <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?289">previous story</A>). But HDTV is another matter&mdash;the high-definition specification for digital television has been struggling to get out of the chute ever since its launch in November 1998. Several factors have slowed the emergence of HDTV, with the high prices of HDTV sets a deciding factor in most cases.

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Posted: Jul 17, 2007 0 comments

Last week's rumor is this week's confirmed news: the 60GB PS3, which recently saw a $100 price drop, is being phased out for the 80GB model at $599. Although the door is certainly open to a later price drop on the 80GB model, the $499 price of the 60GB PS3 officially remains only until that model sells out. But don't worry- that won't be for a while.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 26, 2009 0 comments
The days when Napster was the world's largest free music library are long gone. Soon, though, it may become the world's cheapest legitimate music subscription service, with a new plan that asks consumers for a mere $5/month for five free tracks and a whole lot of streaming. That's hardly even lunch money!

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