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Ian G. Masters Posted: May 31, 2006 0 comments

July/August, 2006 CableCARD PIP; Hard-Driving iTunes; The Real 1080i; Missing Audio •June, 2006 A Classic Hummer; Cable Disconnect; Dub?

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Kevin James Posted: Sep 02, 2008 0 comments

Over the past 18 months, prices for entry-level 1080p front projectors have fallen faster than the Super Bowl repeat hopes of the NY Giants. As a result, you can get a pretty awesome DLP or 3LCD model for about $3,000, while an entry-level 1080p LCoS projector from Sony (SXRD) or JVC (D-ILA) will set you back about $4,500 to $5,000.

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Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments

Last month, we began exploring "how to listen." Now it's time to audition your favorite CDs. Note what you like about each one. Is there a common thread among them in the genre of music or the style of production?

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David Katzmaier Posted: May 01, 2006 0 comments

When a plasma TV isn't displaying an image, the stuff behind the name is just an inert gas - usually a mixture of neon and xenon - but it's a big part of what allows these TVs to measure just 3 to 6 inches thick.

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Al Griffin Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

Aside from a huge, costly flat-panel TV, the easiest way to put a big video image up on your wall is to buy a front-projector/projection screen combo. And with good high-rez front projectors now selling for as little as $2,000, that option can be particularly budget-friendly.

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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

So your new HDTV and surround sound system are all set up and ready to rock, but you still need a DVD player. What's that? You saw one at Wal-Mart for 50 bucks but can't remember the brand?

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James K. Willcox Posted: Apr 05, 2006 0 comments
Remember when the DVD was introduced? Remember how all the hardware companies and Hollywood studios played nice together, bringing out a steady flow of players and movies? Well, you can forget about that when the HD DVD and Blu-ray high-def disc formats debut over the next few months.
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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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Posted: Jan 06, 2005 0 comments

If the current trend continues, companies will offer music implants at next year's CES. This year merely tiny had to suffice. Ever-smaller flash-memory chips enable some amazing compressed-music playback devices that make the hard-disk-based Apple iPod Mini look elephantine.

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David Katzmaier Posted: May 01, 2002 0 comments

Leave it to Apple to encase the latest technology in a wrapper so irresistible that it appeals both to cutting-edge technophiles and to people who care more about how something looks than how it works.

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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 11, 2003 0 comments
Roaming the packed halls of CES 2003, I'm not surprised to see a continuation of many of last year's video trends. Flat-panel plasma and LCD TVs are everywhere. Tube-type HDTVs, though upstaged by their slim, wall-hanging cousins, are still around and selling at increasingly attractive prices.
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Posted: Dec 13, 2005 0 comments

Prices for TV sets - especially flat-panel models - can be volatile, which makes it hard to be precise about what you can expect for a given amount of money. Moreover, the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for a particular set, which is what the Buyer's Guide lists, will usually be higher than the best you can find if you shop carefully.

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Kevin James Posted: Feb 03, 2008 0 comments

For most people, Hawaii is an earthly paradise, filled with awe-striking natural beauty and blessed with a near-perfect climate. Even noted cynic Mark Twain wrote that in Hawaii, "the good that die experience no change, for they but fall asleep in one heaven and wake up in another." I can only guess he never tried to get a decent DirecTV satellite signal there.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jul 25, 2001 0 comments

When I reviewed the first Super Audio CD (SACD) player, Sony's ultra-expensive SCD-1, in these pages almost two years ago, I envisioned the format as designed for audiophile "purists" who turned up their noses at CD and even (for reasons still very debatable) DVD playback.

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John Sciacca Posted: Mar 31, 2004 0 comments
Everybody's had the experience of being breathlessly told some fantastic tale of woe as if it were gospel truth.


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