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Michael Berk Posted: Feb 02, 2012 0 comments

It's pretty clear that TVs are going to keep getting thinner - the hot sets at CES this year were downright wraithlike, measuring mere millimeters in thickness (Bose has been bucking the trend with their Videowave, but that's another kettle of fish entirely). That doesn't leave much room for amps and speakers, so built-in audio can't help but suffer. Sure you can add a full system, but what if you're challenged for space in the first place, or looking to outfit a secondary viewing room? Audio Solutions has a new all-in-one wall mount and sound system that might fit your needs.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Jun 06, 2006 0 comments

SPIN ZONE Handy and fun! That's the Cableyoyo Pop, a stick-on spool that you can attach to most MP3 players. If you can bear making your iPod a bit thicker, the Pop adheres to its backside and serves as a place to roll up your headphones, which stay in place thanks to a tiny clip.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Feb 07, 2007 0 comments

PIXEL FACTORY DVD isn't as exciting as it used to be, but Oppo's DV-981HD player still manages to impress. After all, you don't find a Faroudja video processor for upconverting video to 1080p format in any old bargain-basement machine. And with the HDMI output, hookup to your cutting-edge flat-panel TV is seamless.

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Apr 29, 2013 0 comments

Speaker Standouts
An old-school category sees surprising innovation

One could argue that this spring will see as much innovation in the speaker category as in headphones. But when you think about it, that’s not really so surprising. After all, speakers can be almost any size, almost any shape, almost any weight, while headphones will always have to be small and light enough to fit on your head.

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Michael Berk Posted: May 24, 2012 0 comments

We've long been fans of Sonos' mesh-network wireless system; the company's range of products deliver great functionality at reasonble cost, and with a simple setup routine that rivals anything coming out of Cupertino, the system has gotten countless people into the notion of whole house audio. Sonos' recalibrated last year as a lower-cost-of-entry, more li

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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: Apr 03, 2007 0 comments

YOU'RE SO MONEY A few short years ago, a 50-inch plasma TV was a toy of the super-rich, reserved for those who could drop as much coin on a set as their kids' college tuition. At $2,500, Hitachi's P50H401 HD plasma heralds a new era, where bigscreens are within reach of ... well, at least someone you know.

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Michael Berk Posted: Sep 24, 2012 0 comments

It's no secret that we're big fans of Oppo's line of universal players; in fact, we suggested last year that the company's BDP-93 would likely be the last disc player you'd ever need to buy.

Well, we were wrong. The just-announced BDP-103 ($499) and BDP-105 ($1,199) replace the BDP-93 and 95, and add enough new features to the enticing Oppo package that we just might have to rethink our position.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Oct 04, 2006 0 comments

PADDED UP You've got a souped-up multiroom system - don't settle for a low-tech keypad. Elan's Olè suspends a touch-sensitive button membrane above a backlit slide graphic to give the illusion of a touchpad without the crazy expense of one.

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Nov 12, 2009 0 comments

Denon's AVR-4810CI A/V receiver is the first product that exploits the full 11.1-channel capability of Audyssey DSX processing. Here are our initial impressions:

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Jun 06, 2011 0 comments

We seem to be going through a mini-renaissance in the hallowed tradition of the American hi-fi show, what with this year's burgeoning crop of existing shows and welcome upstarts. Yet Southern California audiophiles, despite living in what some would consider the nexus of the audio industry, haven't been treated to a good show for years.

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SV Staff Posted: May 15, 2013 0 comments

Almost all high-end audio products focus on stereo music, fovcing those who dig 5.1 music – and, of course, movies – to use audio products designed primarily for home theater.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Apr 03, 2006 0 comments

For the past few years, the trend in speaker design has been to make models that blend into the environment - from super-flat on-wall speakers to paintable in-walls that disappear entirely. But the Energy RC-Mini speakers ($200 to $250 each) scream that loudspeakers can be beautiful!

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 07, 2002 0 comments

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