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SV Staff Posted: May 06, 2010 0 comments
Best Buy opened its first store in the United Kingdom last weekend, and it was met with record-breaking sales. The store opened in Thurrock, a borough in Essex County, and according to Best Buy CEO Paul Antoniadis, it was the largest opening...
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 26, 2008 0 comments
No one can deny that earbuds are everywhere. You can't see a walker or kid on the train without the ubiquitous white cords going up to their ears. Ever try to pass a jogger, announcing your presence behind them, only to realize they have no clue...
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
When I asked Samsung to demonstrate their HT-BD8200, the world’s first sound bar to incorporate a Blu-ray player, someone came rushing over saying, "Don’t touch that!" They finally conceded and allowed me to film a bit of video of...
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 02, 2010 0 comments
One of the greatest fears of any home theater buff is that their awesome HDTV will be tapped, knocked, or flung-Wiimoted, shattering the screen into many sharp, pointy, useless pieces. The large glass panes in HDTVs are fairly fragile, and like...
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 13, 2007 0 comments
Yearn to unleash your inner Liberace? Jimmy Crystal can help. (I'm not sure if that's just the name of the company or the name of an actual guy. Billy's brother, perhaps?) He can encrust  pretty much anything in crystals, it seems, and some of...
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 05, 2008 0 comments
JVC/Victor obviously believes in covering all bases. For Japanese release, they're launching two new HDD-based recorders, with a twist. The new DR-HX250 and DR-HX500 are 250GB or 500GB HD video recorders. Hope you can guess which model is which....
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SV Staff Posted: Nov 20, 2008 0 comments
Vizio is looking to expand from a new-comer in the TV market to leading player in the home theater world. They're introducing a new product line destined to turn your sporting viewing into a super-event.  120Hz is the latest buzz word,...
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 06, 2009 0 comments
A Japanese business journal has just reported that the Pioneer Corporation will be pulling the plug on the TV business. Almost as shocking, the report in the Nikkei Japanese paper stated that Pioneer will be moving its DVD business to a new...
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Michael Berk Posted: Apr 07, 2011 0 comments

The National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress-created by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 to preserve sound recordings of particular significance-yesterday announced its

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SV Staff Posted: Dec 21, 2007 0 comments
Yes, my friends, the Surround-Sound NOTwatch continues! Next up: Beck's 1996 album, Odelay. Seems that Geffen is releasing a Deluxe Edition on January 29. CD+DVD-A? No. CD+DVD-V? Sorry. SACD? Nope. DualDisc? Ha! MVI? That's only from Warner,...
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 26, 2008 0 comments
Following the successful release of the new lines of Kuro plasma sets, Pioneer is making the same commitment to LCD. Well, committing to Europe, at least. Those lucky folks across the pond will be seeing three new Kuro LCDs ranging from 32-inches...
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 25, 2009 0 comments
TiVo has just announced a partnership with Blockbuster to expand the availability of both TiVo DVRs and Blockbuster's on-demand video service. By the second half of 2009, TiVo will have integrated Blockbuster OnDemand content into its Series2,...
Michael Berk Posted: Sep 07, 2011 0 comments

A couple of weeks ago, I dropped by an active/passive 3D TV shootout held by LG as part of their effort to publicize the benefits of their passive 3D approach over competing active-shutter systems. LG has survey research data showing that some 80 percent of viewers choose their passive 3D system over any of their competitors' active sets, when asked about color, picture quality, brightness, and comfort of glasses. Format war over?

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SV Staff Posted: Mar 16, 2008 0 comments
Welcome to International Night! No, that's not an official SXSW designation for the last night of the festival. But even though I've already taken you to places as far flung as Australia and the Faroe Islands, tonight I'll take you to Brazil,...


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