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Peter Pachal Posted: Feb 07, 2007 0 comments

HIGH-DEF CRED A nice side effect of everyone going gaga over 1080p displays is that 720p gear is more affordable than ever. Case in point: Sanyo's PLV-Z5 projector, which will fill your wall or screen with 100-inch HD images for less than 2 Gs.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Jun 06, 2006 0 comments

NUMBERS GAME The hot spec on HDTVs this year is 1080p resolution, and the Sharp Aquos LC-37D90U 37-inch LCD joins the crowd with a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel screen and a 1080p input. That means it will not only show every last detail of a 1080i HD signal, but that the display is pretty much future-proof - until they start broadcasting holograms.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Apr 03, 2007 0 comments

ROOM WITH A CLUE The downside of having an entertainment room is that it demotes your other rooms' status. But not if you set up a multiroom system, and Sonance's C4630SE can spread the joy to six other areas in your house.

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Peter Pachal Posted: May 04, 2006 0 comments

COOL FACTOR With music controls on the outside of its clamshell exterior, Sony Ericsson's W300 Walkman phone knows your tunes are important to you. The included 256-MB Memory Stick Micro card will hold around 75 MP3 or AAC songs, depending on the bit rate; 1-GB cards are available.

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Peter Pachal Posted: May 04, 2006 0 comments

At $1,700, Sony's HDR-HC3 high-def camcorder is just $100 cheaper than the previous model, but it still takes a step forward by being the first HD cam with an HDMI output - the digital video connector most common on new HDTVs.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Sep 04, 2006 0 comments

CRYSTAL CLEAR Whether you're just jumping into HDTV or have been getting the high-def picture for a while, Sony's line of SXRD sets deserves a look.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Feb 07, 2006 0 comments

Sony has re-established itself as a visionary TV maker with its SXRD models (see "Editors' Choice"), a variation of the difficult-to-manufacture LCoS technology. The first SXRD front projector, the Qualia 004, cost about $30,000.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Nov 07, 2006 0 comments

SXRD FOR ALL Sony raised the bar when it debuted its SXRD front projectors a couple of years ago, although they also set a new standard for price. Today, the vibrant high-def images SXRD is known for can be yours for just $5,000 (!) from the VPL-VW50, a front projector that'll bestow upon you all the 1080p-res goodness you can stand.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Apr 03, 2006 0 comments

Take a good look at that rack (the one above, wise guy). Notice anything missing? If you said shelves, you'd be wrong - Soundations F1 equipment racks ($949 in black, blue, or red, $999 in cherry) don't need any. Instead, adjustable "fingers" support your gear while preventing it from vibrating at resonant frequencies.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Apr 03, 2007 0 comments

AUDIO DÉCOR Wireless speakers haven't exactly taken off, partly because they're never really cable-free since you have to connect them to power. The duo speaker from Soundolier (think "chandelier") skirts that problem by building the drivers into a lamp, which you'd be plugging in anyway.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Sep 04, 2006 0 comments

ROCK ON Are you still dragging your old boombox out to the backyard for your barbecues? Son, it's time for an upgrade. StereoStone's DaVinci Cinema Rock speaker can fill your patio with sweet sounds without messing up the outdoor ambience, thanks to its rocky camouflage, available in seven colors or your own custom color.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Feb 07, 2007 0 comments

BIT PIPELINE One thing about HDMI - the supposed be-all and end-all of HDTV connectors - is that it's one of the most rapidly changing standards in A/V history.

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