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John Sciacca Posted: Jan 08, 2014 Published: Jan 09, 2014 0 comments
Many people think that a Kaleidescape movie server system is just for people needing to manage a massive movie collection. And while it is certainly great for them, the company feels that its new Cinema One system featuring the company’s award winning interface offers many benefits for even the casual movie collector, and that once someone experiences how easy the system is to use, they will become collectors.

Now, Kaleidescape is giving you a reason to purchase its new Limited Edition Cinema One movie server even if you don’t already own a large movie collection. In fact, the company is giving you 50 reasons, in the form of 50 preloaded titles that have been hand-selected by the company!

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John Sciacca Posted: Sep 05, 2007 0 comments

"Two hundred channels and nothing to watch!" How many times have you felt that way? Or maybe you've wanted to finish watching a DVD in another room but didn't have a second player. Or wished you could keep an eye on the kids outside without sitting in the sweltering heat. Or wanted to see the video display from your iPod docked in another room.

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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: Dec 02, 2006 0 comments

Many people hide their A/V gear behind cabinet doors or put the system off in a closet somewhere. But how do you control everything when you can't point the remote at any of it? The oh-so-simple solution is to install an infrared (IR) repeating system, which carries signals from your remote to wherever your gear may live.

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John Sciacca Posted: May 05, 2006 2 comments

Is getting a flat-panel set out of the box and onto the wall something you can do yourself, or do you need to hire a pro? Assuming you don't want to run any wires inside the wall, mounting a flat-panel is probably a "6" on the difficulty scale. So if you think you're up to the challenge, read on!

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John Sciacca Posted: Jun 04, 2006 0 comments

STEP 1: CHOOSE THE RIGHT REMOTE "You get what you pay for" definitely holds true with universal remotes. Cheap models offer basic features such as channel-changing and play-stop-skip controls but usually can't handle full system control.

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John Sciacca Posted: Apr 05, 2007 0 comments

With all the press that wireless technologies like Wi-Fi have been getting, it's easy to forget that hard-wired systems make the A/V world go round. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, adding a component to your system means running at least one wire.

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John Sciacca Posted: Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

Jeremy Levee of Houston, Texas, wrote to say that he enjoyed my "Step by Step" column on how to mount a flat-panel TV. But he realized that a TV on the wall is just artwork until you've fed it the proper cabling and asked if I might shed some light on wiring behind walls. Jeremy, your wish is my command!

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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

A receiver is your home theater's brain as well as its brawn. It doesn't just power your speakers; it's also the switching center for your gear and decodes the various surround sound formats. After connecting your speakers and components, here are the steps to take to ensure your receiver produces all the sound you paid for.


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