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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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SV Staff Posted: May 31, 2004 0 comments

SamsungHere we go folks - both your video playback and recording needs are handled by Samsung's DVD-VR300 combo DVD/VHS recorder. Each side can record from an external source or from a disc or tape loaded in the other side (though neither will let you dub copy-protected movies).

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Peter Pachal Posted: Oct 04, 2006 0 comments

FREE MUSIC Slim, easy, and sexy - Logitech's Wireless DJ scores a trifecta in modern gadget design. Plug the transmitter into your PC's USB port and the Bluetooth receiver into any music system on which you want to listen to your downloaded tunes, even if it's a few rooms away.

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Brent Butterworth Posted: May 19, 2013 0 comments

If there's anyone who writes about audio who hasn't raved about GoldenEar Technology speakers, we don't know 'em.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Feb 05, 2007 0 comments

TRICKS FOR THE TRADE Denon threw that conspicuous "CI" into this receiver's product number to let you know it has some special tricks for custom installers. Trick 1: Source renaming, so your front panel doesn't just have to say "DVD" - call your player "Philips 721" or even "Ralph" if you want.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Apr 03, 2006 0 comments

It's the side view of a speaker with no sides - and no back either! Jamo's dipolar Reference R 909 ($15,000 a pair) has two 15-inch woofers, a 5.5-inch midrange, and a 1-inch tweeter. But it doesn't have a traditional cabinet.

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Doug Newcomb Posted: Nov 07, 2006 0 comments

DOME IF YOU WANT TO So you need to pimp your ride with the ultimate speakers because your car tunes are that important - and you wanna shut up the dude down the block who goes on about his titanium tweeters (that match his titanium wheels, naturally)? Throw in a set of Focal's high-end Utopia BE component speakers, and tell that sucka that titanium is just so '90s.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Apr 03, 2007 0 comments

CLASSY STORAGE If that Ikea TV stand you got in college is now looking like your system's idea of a studio apartment, Salamander's Hampton 236, from its new Chameleon series, is a four-bedroom house. With its elegant black finish and options such as a plasma mount, power conditioner, and cooling fans, your gear will be living a life of luxury.

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Peter Pachal Posted: May 04, 2006 0 comments

If you think Netflix is a convenient way to watch the movies you want, take a look at MovieBeam. After buying one of its shiny silver boxes ($228 after rebate), you can stream flicks right into your home for $2 to $5 a pop, and there are even high-def titles available.

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Michael Berk Posted: Dec 22, 2011 0 comments

Through with music games? Gone as far as you can with Guitar Hero? (There's always someone willing to go further - but that's not for you). Time to dust off that axe that's taking up space in the closet, plug it into your computer, and learn to play for real, once and for all.

Plug it into your computer? Yep, you heard me right.

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Doug Newcomb Posted: Feb 03, 2008 0 comments

Entertainment in the car has come a long way since the first "fitted" AM radios of 1930. And even back then, a few killjoys wanted to ban in-dash radios for fear of distracting the driver. Thankfully, logic and the love of music prevailed - and with each evolution in mobile entertainment over the past 50 years, drivers and passengers have benefited.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Jun 06, 2006 0 comments

PACK LEADER Up to 40 components will pledge themselves to Universal Remote Control's Medius TX-1000, probably out of respect for the capable touchscreen controller.

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Dan Nosowitz Posted: Sep 29, 2010 0 comments

Roku just announced that it'll be bringing Hulu Plus to its low-cost streaming video boxes later this fall. It's a great move, one that will move the evolution of TV one step further towards true connectedness. Along with Google TV, Apple TV, Boxee Box, and all the rest, this is part of a major push towards making your TV as web-happy as your computer.

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