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David Ranada Posted: May 10, 2005 0 comments
No home-entertainment technology in years has been as eagerly anticipated as the upcoming Blu-ray and HD DVD high-definition disc systems. In fact, the last time we techie types were this excited about something new was when the CD was introduced.
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Jamie Sorcher Posted: Jan 03, 2008 0 comments

Former jazz musician and big-band arranger/composer Dave Schulz isn't too far from his passion these days. His stage now is the store he opened 7 years ago, Audio Video Synergy (908-213-0001).

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Posted: Dec 09, 2005 0 comments

Most of us would have our hands full just getting a whole-house audio/video system installed. Imagine taking on that task while starring in a Broadway play, directing your first feature film, and supervising the renovation of a 3,000-square-foot apartment.

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David Ranada Posted: Feb 03, 2006 0 comments

Getting the best picture resolution remains one of the chief goals of HDTV shoppers. But as I explained in last month's "Tech Talk," human visual acuity limits how much detail you can see in any image, live or onscreen.

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Rob Medich Posted: Sep 04, 2008 0 comments

Really, there should be a law. Oh, sure, the F.C.C. has a regulation that TV commercials can't be louder than the programming surrounding them, but the advertisers skirt around that with some kind of compression trick. So ultimately, the commercials still sound . . . loud. And as for why so many TV stations come in at different sound levels . . . anyone?

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Posted: Aug 02, 2006 0 comments

Variety is the spice of life - clichéd but oh so true, especially when it comes to TV. No one wants to watch reruns of 24 on the tube 24/7. That's just boring, even if the show does kick butt and Jack Bauer is one tough hombre.

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Al Griffin Posted: May 05, 2006 0 comments

Back in October 2004, we tested the ZVOX audio system, an all-in-one "virtual" surround option for those who want something better than built-in TV speakers. Now comes the $199 ZVOX mini audio system, a shrunk-down, portable version intended to provide sound for music players like the iPod or for TVs.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments
As someone once said, "I see that we meet again." Here we are, 40 years after Woodstock, the festival you were recruited to record onsite.
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Posted: Dec 02, 2007 0 comments

So just how big a Santa are you? A stocking-stuffer, who shills out a mere $21 for the latest two-disc Blade Runner DVD set? Or the kind that enlists all available elf-muscle to deliver an $870, 90-motion-picture gift-a-ganza: the United Artists Super Deluxe Gift Set?

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Rob Sabin Posted: Sep 14, 2006 0 comments
It all began with my obsession with snakes. Not the slithering, on-a-plane type; I mean the kind that pull wires through walls. What is it about hidden cables that so impresses people? As A/V buffs, we conquer the imposing web behind our racks with hardly a bored yawn from our wives or girlfriends.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Sep 24, 2003 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza Take a good look at the Yamaha MusicCAST system: it just might be a glimpse into the future of home audio entertainment. The MCX-1000 server (above), essentially a CD recorder on steroids crossed with a digital music server, provides two main improvements over traditional playback devices.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Apr 08, 2009 0 comments

Okay. Let's begin by taking a deep breath. Breathe in and then out. Again. Good! Now, let me explain that it might be time for another paradigm shift. Remember the first time you drove a car? Or kissed your sweetheart? Or chugged an entire spray can of cheese? Yes, your life was never the same afterward.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Sep 15, 2010 0 comments

Illustration by Raquel Chilson

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Doug Newcomb Posted: Jul 29, 2002 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza

I consider myself very fortunate to have a wife who indulges my obsessions. There's the time last summer when she sat in a rental car on a sweltering beach in Baja while I surfed for more than an hour.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Oct 02, 2005 0 comments

As I unpacked the box, I kept asking myself, "Yes, but where are all the speakers?" Your friends will ask, too, when they see the SurroundWorks 200 from Cambridge SoundWorks - and might wonder if you've decamped from the 21st century and returned to the days of mono.


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