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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 05, 2005 0 comments

Along with a deluge of bigger, flatter HDTVs of various technological stripes, a hot TV news item at CES 2005 was the arrival of digital cable-ready TVs with slots for a CableCARD. This credit-card-size device was designed to eliminate set-top cable decoders - those ugly black boxes that have squatted, like parasites, on or below our TVs for the past two decades.

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Jamie Sorcher Posted: Nov 03, 2007 0 comments

Like many other A/V stores, California Soundworks (californiasoundworks.com, 661-945-0971) started out as a home stereo store selling gear to audiophiles. That was back in 1979.

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Feb 23, 2010 0 comments

Call it the projection paradox. Projector owners are so devoted to their pursuit of a cinematic effect that they're willing to spend thousands of dollars more than the average TV buyer and endure lights-out viewing.

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Al Griffin Posted: Jun 18, 2008 0 comments

Q. I've been using separates in my surround system for some time and have a collection of high-end amplifiers. But the surround processing modes, HDMI connectivity, and video upconversion on my preamp/processor are now out of date. New receivers seem to have the latest technology at a much more reasonable price than most of the pre/pros with similar attributes.

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Posted: Apr 06, 2006 0 comments
•4-inch, 320 x 480-pixel color touchscreen •128 MB of memory (expandable with memory card) •Plays MP3 audio files •Displays JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD, and PSX image files •Plays AVI, WMV,
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John Sciacca Posted: Apr 03, 2006 0 comments
What We Think
This multiroom music server offers excellent sound and an interface as gorgeous as it is easy to use.
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Gary Dell'Abate Posted: Jan 27, 2009 0 comments

The first thing I noticed about the new Blackberry Bold ($300 with a 2-year AT&T contract and rebate; blackberry.com, att.com) when I took it out of the box was how good-looking it is.

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Posted: May 13, 2007 0 comments

Gifts for Gearheads - The S&V Hot 100 Need a great gift for a great guy (or guys)? We're here to help. Click the links below to check out our techno-treat picks for 2007, courtesy of S&V contributor and gift-guider extraordinaire Pete Pachal.

For The Home

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments

So I was just in the S&V sound room, listening to the surround mix of Gillan's Inn.

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Peter Pachal Posted: Jan 27, 2003 0 comments
(Photo Illustration by Tony Cordoza) Ever since Sean Connery shot a bad guy out of his Aston Martin's ejector seat in Goldfinger, James Bond's gadgets have become a staple of the franchise. In each Bond flick, the cantankerous Q outfits 007 with a few ordinary-looking items that can do much more than meets the eye.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 17, 2005 0 comments

We regret to inform you that the contest to win a GEORGE (the tabletop music system from Chestnut Hill Sound) ended at 12:00 PM on August 28.

But fear not! We'll have other great prizes to win real soon.

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John Sciacca Posted: Jan 03, 2007 0 comments

Like a tune-up on your car, a few tweaks can have your HDTV running better than ever. But unlike an auto overhaul, you can make these adjustments yourself.

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SV Staff Posted: Apr 15, 2004 0 comments

Is convergence dead? Not the concept - the term. With the Consumer Electronics Show awash in TVs, components, and speakers full of computer technology, maybe it's time to just dump "convergence" and embrace ever-shrinking, ever-more-powerful chip sets as our home-entertainment destiny.

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Posted: Dec 28, 2004 0 comments

Winning product: B&W FPM Series on-wall speakers. Accepting the award: Peter Wellikoff.

rev-choice-bose.jpg Winning product: Bose Lifestyle 38 uMusic home entertainment system. Accepting the award (left to right): Jim Scammon, Bob Maresca, and Chris McCann.