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Posted: Apr 16, 2009 0 comments

The future is now! Or rather, the future is on its way. If the future was now, then we'd call it the present. Regardless, Sound & Vision's best minds have gazed into their technological crystal balls and have plenty of news about what's on the way to the world of A/V.

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Rich Warren Posted: Jan 10, 2002 0 comments

The Full Spectrum of DVD The buzz sang the blues at CES, specifically blue lasers. High-definition DVD players generated plenty of talk at CES without being present. A blue laser with its short wavelength will enable a DVD-size disc to store full-length HD movies. Toshiba showed a mock-up of its blue laser.

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Gary Merson Posted: Oct 15, 2004 0 comments
Before premium cable channels like HBO began appearing 30 years ago, you were more likely to have a bowl of waxed fruit atop your TV than a black box that changed channels.
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Stephen A. Booth Posted: Aug 21, 2002 0 comments
You're all set to record a pay-per-view movie through the digital set-top box your cable provider installed just hours ago. But when you program it to record, your DVD recorder flashes a cryptic message indicating that the show can't be copied. Must be the usual screw-up by the cable company, you reason. No big deal: you'll just watch it live and call service in the morning.
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Ivan Berger Posted: Nov 06, 2005 0 comments

Digital sound from FM and AM? It's here, in the form of HD Radio, which drapes digital data like saddlebags over the existing FM and AM carrier waves. Broadcasters already use that added digital capacity to enhance their signals' sonics, to carry several programs at once, and to tell you what they're transmitting.

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Posted: Feb 04, 2010 0 comments

Another year, another roundup of 20 amazing products. Yes, for those of us who regularly write about and test the best that the A/V world has to offer, life can get pretty repetitive - until we step back from the test bench and take a look at the big picture. What we're seeing in our 2009 Editors' Choice Awards assortment is gear that ranges in price from around $300 on up to $85,000.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Apr 03, 2008 0 comments

The finale for Season 5 of Nip/Tuck just aired [on February 19]. Are you happy with how the year went on the show? Yeah. The overall tone of this season was pretty cool. I grew to like the direction they took it this year.

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Posted: Jan 31, 2006 0 comments

[May] This megasized receiver offers more power, more channels, and more smarts than you're ever likely to need.

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Rich Warren Posted: Jan 06, 2006 0 comments

Seldom unseen yet ubiquitous at CES are batteries. Last year Panasonic debuted its Oxyride non-rechargeable batteries. This year was Sanyo's turn to deliver an improvement on nickel-metal hydride batteries. Its new Eneloop batteries come fully charged, meaning you don't have to charge them for hours before using them.

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Oct 14, 2008 0 comments

On my very first visit to Costco, I saw something that burned itself into my brain: a shopping cart loaded with baby formula, junk food, and a 23-inch flat-panel TV set. I felt the same way a fashionista would watching someone use an Armani shirt as a dust rag.

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Posted: Feb 12, 2007 0 comments

CES Photo Galleries

Editors' Choice Awards Ceremony See the people behind the products (and the awards) for the best audio and video gear of 2006.

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James K. Willcox Posted: Jun 02, 2006 0 comments

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Michael Antonoff Posted: Jun 12, 2001 0 comments
Stroll through any large store that sells audio and video equipment, and it's mind-numbing how similar the products in each category look. If you close your eyes, point to any receiver or DVD player, and guess "black and boxy," you'll almost certainly be right.

Conventional wisdom dictates that there are good reasons why A/V design is so homogeneous.

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Posted: Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

Unless you're the Dalai Lama or head of an African nation, your chances of being in the same room with U2 anytime soon are pretty slim. Consider U2 3D the next best thing.

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John Sciacca Posted: Nov 02, 2006 0 comments

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