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Michael Gaughn Posted: Nov 03, 2007 0 comments

While wrapping up an article on director Peter Farrelly's adventures trying to get a high-end movie room installed ("Heartbreak Home Theater"), I had a chance to talk to Farrelly about his new movie, The Heartbreak Kid, and about filmmaking in general.

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John Sciacca Posted: Dec 03, 2005 0 comments

Back in elementary school, I loved reading those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. They'd begin like a normal book, but at the end of each page, you'd be faced with a decision that radically altered the story. "You discover a beautiful princess trapped in a dragon's lair. If you try and rescue the princess, turn to page ....

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David Ranada Posted: Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

At $2,800, the least expensive Vaio PC in Sony's MX desktop line doesn't seem like much of a bargain these days, even for a 1.7-GHz, Pentium 4 with an 80-gigabyte (GB) hard drive, 512 megabytes (MB) of memory, the exciting "home" version of Windows XP, and two better-than-average speakers (the 15-inch Sony LCD monitor shown is $600 extra).

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Posted: Jan 31, 2006 0 comments
[December] There are two really good reasons why the pros are turning to Sony's consumer high-def camcorders - by professional standards they're cheap, and by any standard they produce superb video.

Attend any meeting of video professionals, and you'll hear talk of Sony's HDV-format high-definition cam

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David Ranada Posted: Jan 08, 2006 0 comments

The Celestron SkyScout is a handheld device for locating stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies.

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John Sciacca Posted: Nov 23, 2008 0 comments
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While remote controls are one of the greatest inventions ever, that pile of them cluttering up your coffee table is an example of home automation gone awry.
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Posted: Feb 21, 2007 0 comments

Q. Does HDMI 1.3 improve on the rather anemic cable-run lengths that previous versions of HDMI supported? In my own case, I need a run of about 30 feet. Dave Ings Toronto, Ontario

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Michael Antonoff Posted: Jul 03, 2006 0 comments

Blockbuster, Netflix, and on-demand cable are among the expanding number of ways to rent movies. One of the latest is MovieBeam, a jukebox for your home theater that self-stocks via an off-air antenna.

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Aug 21, 2002 0 comments
Digital satellite receiver with high-definition digital outputs? Check. Widescreen HDTV with progressive-scan display? Check. Digital surround receiver with 100 watts each for six channels and lots of digital audio inputs and outputs? Check. DVD player with DVD-Audio and progressive-scan outputs? Check.

Great picture, but where's the sound? Oh, yeah - better throw in some speakers, too . .

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Posted: Apr 17, 2008 0 comments

Pity Brad Garrett. For 9 seasons on Everybody Loves Raymond and now on the sophomore Fox sitcom 'Til Death, the comic has excelled at playing the put-upon loser, his characters doomed to mope around the three-walled soundstage while suffering various indignities heaped upon them by brothers, mothers, and argumentative wives.

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Michael Antonoff Posted: Jan 11, 2004 0 comments

Hard-disk drives, the most mundane of devices, have the uncanny ability to launch whole categories of consumer-electronics products.

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Posted: Jun 17, 2004 0 comments
Home audio/video-based networks are made up of three basic components. Media servers take in content from the Internet and other sources, store music, video, and photo files, and distribute them to the network. Media receivers are placed in various rooms along the network to accept content from the server or a PC and transmit it to a TV, audio system, and so on.
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Rob Medich Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

It was an epic effort requiring superhuman vision and hearing and, above all, heroic resolve. For in order to download the high-definition version of Superman Returns onto Microsoft's Xbox 360 at the Sound & Vision video lab, I, too, would have to return - and return, and return ...

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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 06, 2005 0 comments

The popularity of flat-panel TVs with LCD (liquid-crystal display) screens was very much in evidence at CES 2005. From well-established names like Sharp and Toshiba to relative newcomers in the U.S. market like BenQ and Moxell, a good number of manufacturers displayed LCD models ranging from 15 to 55 inches.


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