Gary Dell'Abate

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Gary Dell'Abate Posted: May 29, 2012 0 comments

I just rewired my home audio/video gear — for the entire house. Wait a minute, you say. Didn’t I read in this very magazine 6 years ago that you built a house and wired it to the hilt?

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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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Gary Dell'Abate Posted: Dec 06, 2011 0 comments

Logitech is a cool company. It took all of the top aspects of its best-selling universal remote control and made it so that you could control your TV, set-top boxes, music systems, and other home gear on your iPhone or iPad. My kinda thing.

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Gary Dell'Abate Posted: Nov 20, 2012 0 comments

I'm trying to get my holiday shopping done early this year. I have my wife, my kids, and the gang at work to shop for, so I need to make sure everyone gets exactly what they need. My 18-year-old is probably the easiest. He's the one away at college (I wrote about him in November), so for him, I'll get the Slingbox 500 ($300).

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Gary Dell'Abate Posted: Jun 27, 2008 0 comments

I spend a lot of time playing with and reviewing cool gadgets that appeal to my taste and yours, so it's not often I get my mitts on something fun that I think your kids will enjoy. Enter the EYECLOPS Bionic Eye from JAKKS Pacific ($50; EyeClops.com).

Gary Dell'Abate Posted: Feb 11, 2011 0 comments

My home theater has been written about fairly extensively in this magazine. But there’s one part of my house that I haven’t talked about in print before: my attic. My kids refer to it as the Audio Museum.

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Gary Dell'Abate Posted: Jul 23, 2010 0 comments

A s many of you know, I built a house a little over 3 years ago and wired it to the hilt. I thought I had my future-proof bases well covered, but 3 years is a lifetime in today's techie world. When we first moved in there, my sons were 12 and 8 years old. They liked music to some degree, but since it wasn't a prioirty for them, I didn't bother to wire their rooms for speakers. Fast forward: My kids are now veterans in using iPods, iPod touches, and the Sonos wireless multiroom music system. It's no surprise, then, that my iTunes bill is through the roof.

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Gary Dell'Abate Posted: Aug 19, 2008 0 comments

The dictionary defines a gadget as "a sometimes small electronic device with a practical use but often thought of as a novelty." Well, I'm here to tell you that the creators of the CHUMBY ($180; chumby.com) have honored the spirit of that definition.

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Gary Dell'Abate Posted: Oct 29, 2010 0 comments

Do you ever sit around and daydream about inventions that could make your life easier? Whenever I get in my car for the 45-minute ride home from work and I’m feeling exhausted, I imagine roads where magnetic strips are built into the ground to guide my ride so that I can just plug in my destination, drift off, and wake up when I get to the driveway. Think about how great that’s gonna be!

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Gary Dell'Abate Posted: Nov 10, 2009 0 comments

I've often heard people who claim to be experts in the A/V business sing the praises of calibrating your TV. Me, I've always been skeptical. Why would I need to adjust something I just paid a ton of money for that's brand new? Isn't that like asking me to take in my factory delivered Porsche for a tune-up before I even put a mile on it? Why would I need that?

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