James K. Willcox

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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: May 03, 2007 0 comments

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James K. Willcox Posted: Dec 03, 2006 0 comments

Surge protectors - or, more precisely, transient-voltage surge suppressors - are becoming a necessary part of any home theater.

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James K. Willcox Posted: Oct 28, 2004 0 comments
For years, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers were the 98-pound weaklings of the speaker world. Lacking the muscle needed for realistic-sounding music playback - let alone action-movie soundtracks - they were ignored by anyone who took sound seriously.

But the once-ridiculed category has re-emerged, surprisingly pumped and ready to kick sand in the face of that conventional wisdom.

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James K. Willcox Posted: Oct 04, 2006 0 comments

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James K. Willcox Posted: Mar 09, 2003 0 comments
This past fall, astute subscribers to the Time Warner digital cable service in New York City began to notice something unusual-and no, it wasn't that their bills were going down. It was the appearance of Channel 1000 on the onscreen program guide, accompanied by the letters MOD. Was this a new retro fashion channel? Actually, the truth is more interesting.
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James K. Willcox Posted: Feb 07, 2008 0 comments

In the beginning - well, at least 5 or 6 years ago - music stored on a PC generally either stayed there or was downloaded to a portable player. But as more and more audio and video content has become available online, people want to hear and see it on home entertainment rigs.

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James K. Willcox Posted: Jul 04, 2006 0 comments

Just a week before the May 9 release of their two-CD set Stadium Arcadium, the Red Hot Chili Peppers found that the whole album had been leaked to the Internet, letting fans download it free from file-sharing sites. These days, of course, leaks are hardly novel - but the reaction of the band's bass player, Flea, was.

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