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Michael Antonoff Posted: Jun 05, 2007 0 comments

In the last 5 years, more than 50 companies have introduced home-network-ready receivers that connect your computer with your TV and audio system so you can stream music, TV shows, movies, and photos from the home office to your home theater. As place-shifting devices go, Apple TV - the slickest media receiver yet - is decidedly late to the game.

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Michael Antonoff Posted: Oct 04, 2005 0 comments

Even before Apple's iPod changed the way we listen to music on the go, audio hard-disk recorders - also called music servers - were altering how we store and listen to music at home. When ReQuest Multimedia christened the category with its ARQ1 some five years ago, the promise of putting away all your CDs and having any song accessible by the push of a button seemed too good to be true.

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Michael Antonoff Posted: Jun 11, 2001 0 comments

Backward-compatibility can come at the expense of innovation, as we learned from the failure of the Digital Compact Cassette in the early '90s. The DCC format enabled a new generation of hardware both to record digital tape cassettes and to play standard analog cassettes.

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SV Staff Posted: Jul 05, 2007 0 comments

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Rich Warren Posted: Jan 07, 2006 0 comments

Vizio L32 LCD HDTV

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John Sciacca Posted: Jul 06, 2006 0 comments

Step 1: Check file compatibility While computers can accept a variety of music file types, servers have more limited compatibility. If your server isn't "friendly" with your formats, you'll either have to re-rip, download, or buy them all over again, or convert them to a compatible format, which will cause additional compression artifacts.

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John Sciacca Posted: Sep 05, 2008 0 comments

Regular readers know I'm a nut for media servers, especially ones capable of managing and streaming DVD movies around the home. Not too long ago, if you wanted to enjoy this awesomeness, you were pretty much limited to the pricey Kaleidescape system.

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David Katzmaier Posted: Mar 20, 2002 0 comments

Ever since that Philips commercial where a European-looking couple try hanging their thin TV in every room of a minimalist apartment, finally settling for a spot on the ceiling above the bed, plasma sets have been creating a stir. From airports to movie theaters to corporate boardrooms, these slimmed-down big-screen TVs draw stares from almost everybody.

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Jun 25, 2008 0 comments

Americans are fearing the future. And not just because there's a fourth Jurassic Park movie in the works.

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Michael Antonoff Posted: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments

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Posted: Jun 17, 2005 0 comments

Four years ago, Carl approached the custom-installation company that columnist John Sciacca works for - Custom Theater and Audio - and asked it to install his home theater. But he also wanted to have a fully integrated whole-house audio and video system, plus a computer network that would let him work anywhere in the house and on the road.

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Rich Warren Posted: Jan 09, 2004 0 comments

In a town where poker is a religion, there's nothing like laying down a royal flush. Arousing the press for an early morning press conference on the far side of the Strip from the Convention Center, JVC introduced the ultimate DVD/VHS combo player-recorder.

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Gary Dell'Abate Posted: Jan 27, 2009 0 comments

My biggest issue when I pack for travel is what book(s) to bring. Should it be a hardcover (awfully heavy in my carry-on), or a couple of paperbacks? Sometimes I choose a book based on its size rather than if I think I'll like it. It looks like SONY has solved that problem for me with the PRS-505 portable reader system, a.k.a.

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Posted: Jan 14, 2006 0 comments

All the biggest news about the latest trends and products used to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show - no more. Intimate compared with the vastness of CES, the CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) Expo gives companies a chance to push some products into the spotlight that might get lost in CES's Vegas glare.

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Posted: Dec 31, 2006 0 comments

Ever want to see a little bit more of an installation? Maybe another angle on a piece of equipment we're reviewing? Well, now you can with Sound & Vision Photo Galleries! Check out the examples below, and look for the Photo Gallery icon in future test reports and articles.


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