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SV Staff Posted: Aug 26, 2008 0 comments
Okay, not really a bargain. The behemoth retails for about $50,000. However, consider that the price has dropped by $20,000. Maybe rich people look for bargains too. Wouldn't know. This isn't just about a price cut. The Viera TH-103PZ800 has...
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 06, 2010 0 comments
Toshiba has just unveiled CELL TV, a new image processing engine the company claims is 143 times more powerful than the engines found in previous models. At the heart of the CELL TV is the Cell Broadband Engine, the same processor used by the...
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 14, 2009 0 comments
There has been a lot of talk lately about all the various boxes that now stream Netflix's on-demand service, but Blockbuster is apparently eager to remind us that big red isn't the only game in town. Starting in the fall, owners of certain...
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 21, 2008 0 comments
When the Federal Communications Commission auctioned off about $19 billion worth of wireless spectrum last week, the most voracious bidders were wireless companies like Verizon and AT&T who plan to use the airwaves for expansions of phone and...
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 10, 2008 0 comments
YouTube is all good and fine, but jeez, sometimes the quality of the video is so poor you can barely see what's going on. Viddyou, a service similar to YouTube, had already launched an HD service (for a fee) but they just announced they're getting...
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SV Staff Posted: May 18, 2010 0 comments
We're heading into Back to the Future Part 2 territory 5 years early. Panasonic has just announced that Skype is coming to VieraCast-equipped HDTVs, with support for video-chat. While the Skype software is free and Skype-to-Skype calls can be...
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 22, 2008 0 comments
We reported just a few days ago that Netflix is expecting about 500,000 subscribers, or 6% of their subscribers, to pay their Blu-ray premium. $1 a month to get Blu-ray movies delivered to your home. We thought that was good.  However, a...
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 07, 2009 0 comments
The merits of “high-end” vs. generic “lamp cord” speaker cable have been, and will be, endlessly debated. I personally have heard differences between speaker cables — there, I said it! Use common sense — $500 worth of cable with a $200 speaker...
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 21, 2008 0 comments
Forgive me, A/V gear, for I have sinned! Even though you have been so good to me - providing me with not only years of entertainment but also a terrific career in the custom installation business, - I have wronged you in the past. I've broken things...
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SV Staff Posted: May 20, 2008 0 comments
Okay, we'll be the first to admit it. The new Cisco Tuning Adapter isn't the most glamorous new product out there, but the STA1520 will certainly make TiVo owners quite happy. Kinda like how a fuzzy old bathrobe ain't exactly sexy, but it does serve...
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 07, 2008 0 comments
Imagine watching a TV show, then - as the closing credits start to roll - you roll up the TV screen and tuck it in your pocket. Yup: Roll it up. Sony and researchers from the German company Max Planck Institute have revealed a new OLED screen...
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 17, 2010 0 comments
It seems that Oakley is joining the 3D glasses market. The fashion optical company recently announced that it will make a full range of 3D glasses, all equipped with Oakley's fashion sense, branding, and (presumably) hefty price tags. ...
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SV Staff Posted: Nov 19, 2008 0 comments
Funai. Get used to it. Philips had pulled out of the TV-making business in the US and Canada and pulled out Australia and New Zealand monts ago. It still handles design and manufacturing for the European market, its home field. They turned that...
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 06, 2010 0 comments
The CES news bombs have started dropping and Vizio is on the front lines with some ambitious announcements. Their XVT series is getting three new additions in the form of a 47-inch, a 55-inch and a monsterous 72-inch, each running at 480 Hz and...
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 13, 2008 0 comments
Sure, many people's entire music library is now in their jeans pocket, and the playback space is somewhere between their left and right earbuds. That's cool. Other folks are into fancy home theaters and surround sound. Cool. But a few old-school...

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