James K. Willcox

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James K. Willcox Posted: Oct 14, 2003 0 comments

For more than a decade, the arrival of high-definition television was trumpeted with all the bluster of a carnival barker and the sincerity of a contestant on a reality-TV dating show.

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James K. Willcox Posted: Sep 05, 2006 0 comments

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James K. Willcox Posted: Sep 14, 2008 0 comments

Has it really been 2 years since I last wrote about my efforts to install the A/V and networking systems in the new addition to my home?

James K. Willcox Posted: Aug 19, 2011 0 comments

When it comes to tubes, I guess you could say I'm, well, biased. I like the way tube amps look, I like the way they sound, I like being able to swap tubes to get different sounds, and I especially like hearing my British friends call tubes valves.

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James K. Willcox Posted: Jun 02, 2006 0 comments

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James K. Willcox Posted: Dec 02, 2007 0 comments

Lost in the rush of attention being lavished on sleeker and sexier flat-panel HDTVs is the fact that there's still a lot of innovation going on in rear-projection microdisplay sets. In the past year, we've seen developments ranging from the prosaic - bigger screens, more models with 1080p resolution, and slimmed-down cabinets - to the exotic, such as 3-D video.

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James K. Willcox Posted: Dec 28, 2011 2 comments

I’d had my AR ES-1 turntable for about 20 years when a tenant burned my house — and the turntable and about 3,000 records — to the ground the one time I decided to rent it. If this sad story has a silver lining, it’s that it sent me back into the world of vinyl and turntables.

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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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James K. Willcox Posted: Sep 03, 2007 0 comments

Clearly embedded somewhere in America's national psyche is an obsession with getting thin. How else do you explain both the celebrity of Nicole Richie and the craze for flat-panel TVs? In fact, with the increased focus on TVs slim enough to be mounted on a wall, the environment for rear-projection HDTVs has gotten a lot tougher.

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James K. Willcox Posted: May 03, 2007 0 comments

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