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Rich Warren Posted: Aug 29, 2004 0 comments

Looking for a good test DVD for Definitive Technology's BP7002 system, I settled on the swashbuckling Master and Commander. The commander, Jack Aubrey, portrayed by Russell Crowe, set sail in 1805 in this adaptation of Patrick O'Brian's historically accurate novel, but the special effects and sound quality are definitely 21st century.

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Rich Warren Posted: Jan 10, 2004 0 comments

Integra and Integra Research finally learned what pizza makers have known for decades. You establish a reputation for a great basic pie and finish it off to suit each customer's taste. Actually, these brands are simply designing high-end audio/video electronic components as if they were PCs.

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Rich Warren Posted: Jan 05, 2006 0 comments

DirecTV's latest HD-compatible satellite receiver supports both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video coding.

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Rich Warren Posted: Nov 20, 2002 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza

Spend $850 on a used car, and in a few days you'll spend another $850 on repair costs. Invest $850 in the stock market, and in a few weeks you'll have $600 worth. Spend $850 on Cambridge SoundWorks' new MegaTheater 510 DVD home theater system, and in a few minutes you'll have more entertainment than you bargained for.

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Rich Warren Posted: Mar 31, 2004 0 comments

I'm hearing voices from outer space. Even stranger, I'm hearing different voices in different rooms. Susan Stamberg lectures me in the kitchen, Frank Sinatra croons at me in the bedroom, and Swollen Member is scratching in the den.

Rich Warren Posted: Apr 12, 2005 0 comments

The soundtrack from the DVD of last year's King Arthur offers up barbarous sonic attacks and thrilling surround effects. The latest speaker release from Paradigm, the Cinema 110 Compact Theater, delivers some pretty exciting surround effects as well. But could this value-priced system produce truly civilized sound from King Arthur's medieval mayhem?

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Rich Warren Posted: Jan 04, 2006 0 comments

LGs FM30 (bottom) and JM53 hard-disk portable movie players have 1.8-inch OLED screens.

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Rich Warren Posted: Jan 09, 2002 0 comments
The Hitachi DZ-MV230 camcorder records on both DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs.
Recordable-DVD Gets More Compatible The Recordable DVD Council, with 83 members said to encompass all aspects of the DVD business, presented a cohesive plan for "DVD Multi"
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Rich Warren Posted: Jan 08, 2004 0 comments
In 28 years of attending the International Consumer Electronics Show, I never witnessed the tide of humanity that swept into the opening day of this year's CES. Usually the crowds swell on the second and third days of the show, but this opening day rivaled the most crowded days of yore, and then some.
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Rich Warren Posted: Jan 06, 2005 0 comments

Audio gear - designed for high-fidelity reproduction of recorded music - once ruled the Consumer Electronics Show, but now audio is for the most part only a handmaiden to video. However, for those who place sound first, some impressive components begged a hearing.