John Sciacca

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John Sciacca Posted: Feb 07, 2008 0 comments

As a custom installer, I find that education is one of my main jobs. Every day, people come into my shop seeking advice on how best to spend their A/V dollars. And whether their budget is $1,000 or $100,000, they want to be sure they're getting the best bang for their buck.

John Sciacca Posted: May 07, 2010 0 comments

Wireless media streaming once seemed exotic, but these days we take it for granted. Between Blu-ray Disc players, A/V receivers, TVs, and gaming systems, chances are you have multiple components in your home capable of shuttling music (or even photos and videos) from one room to another.

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John Sciacca Posted: May 05, 2006 0 comments
The Short Form
$499 / 2 x 10.6 W x 9.5 IN (LCD closed) / 5 lbs / / 800-726-7864
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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 14, 2008 0 comments
The Short Form
$2,000 (as tested) / ELANHOMESYSTEMS.COM / 859-269-7760
John Sciacca Posted: Jun 05, 2012 0 comments

Elite is Pioneer’s premier home audio line, much like Lexus is to Toyota. That means you can expect better build quality, a longer warranty, step-up features, and premium performance. New to Elite this year are two network audio players, the N-30 and N-50, that stream audio (including high-rez files up to 192-kHz/24-bit) from a computer, play Internet radio, and use Apple’s AirPlay for easy wireless networking with iOS devices. When it comes to basic features, the two are essentially the same. But there are several key performance differences between the players that make it easy to argue the case for the N-50’s $200 price premium.

John Sciacca Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

You've finally done it: You've decided to hire a custom installer to ensure your project goes off with nary a hitch. So now what? Where do you begin, and how do you find the installer who's right for you? If your install is relatively simple - like mounting a flat-panel TV or connecting an existing audio system - it shouldn't be too hard.

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John Sciacca Posted: Apr 21, 2003 0 comments
Illustration by Turnstyle Imaging Years ago, if you wanted a new piece of gear, you'd go down to your local stereo shop, describe what you were looking for, audition a couple of pieces, make your selection, and then pay the sticker price.
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John Sciacca Posted: Feb 03, 2007 0 comments

Chances are you turn to Sound & Vision to read about the latest cutting-edge gear - and perhaps dream about ultra-high-end systems or components you might never be able to afford. This is not one of those reviews.

John Sciacca Posted: Jul 16, 2007 0 comments

Certain things will automatically mark you as uncool. Walking down the street wearing a Michael Jackson "Beat It" jacket, for instance. Or admitting you voted for Sanjaya. And I certainly don't expect to wow the ladies with the fact that I belonged to my high-school chess club - all 4 years.

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John Sciacca Posted: Dec 03, 2005 0 comments

Back in elementary school, I loved reading those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. They'd begin like a normal book, but at the end of each page, you'd be faced with a decision that radically altered the story.


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