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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Jan 07, 2006 0 comments
Sometimes, as you wander the aisles and hallways of CES, a pattern or theme appears among the various demonstrations you see. In some cases, this is by design (if you were a real journalist and carefully planned out your day ahead of time). More often than not, however, it's from sheer dumb luck or an unavoidable preponderance of manufacturers chasing a particular, small segment of the market.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Jan 06, 2006 0 comments
Two things are different about this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas: the weather is nicer; and there's even more square footage - and plenty more people covering those square feet with their own feet - to walk through. But all grumbling and protestations aside, no matter what day of the Show it is, you can always find at least two cool things that make you glad you made the trip. Here are my first two.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Dec 31, 2005 0 comments
Pioneer says they'll begin shipping one of the industry's first Blu-ray disc computer drives during the first quarter of 2006. The new Pioneer BDR-101A will be able to store up to 25 GB of data on a single-layer Blu-ray disc.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Dec 28, 2005 0 comments
Taking the term "multi-function" to new extremes, LG Electronics has given its TV Refrigerator a fresh-not-frozen digitally converged makeover. The new side-by-side unit, the LSC26990TT, includes a built-in, cable-ready, 15-inch standard-definition LCD TV on the right-side door. There are also inputs for an external DVD player (sorry, you'll have to provide your own) and a built-in FM tuner. LG says the combination will provide "hours of cooking and kitchen entertainment."
Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Dec 22, 2005 0 comments
So little, yet so big.

Flat-panel TVs—both plasma and LCD—are wall candy. I've never heard anyone say, "I'm going to buy a plasma TV because the picture looks so much better than what you get from a (fill in your favorite display technology acronym here) projection TV." Nope. People buy flat-panel TVs for one or more of three reasons: they're thin; they're cool; and, boy, do they make your friends RGB with envy. Half a millennium ago, I'm sure that people who could afford it covered their walls with the finest tapestries for exactly the same reasons. Is it any wonder then that panel after panel goes into homes with teeny, tiny, embarrassingly little home-theater-in-a-grocery-bag speakers next to them—or simply with no speakers at all? I blame the salespeople (or lack thereof). I blame the imperialistic, aggressive TV manufacturers who would have us all on bended knee in subservience to the great, glowing flat-panel on the wall. (Talk about must-see TV. . .) And I blame AM talk radio for convincing people that the idea of really good audio cohabitating with nice video is just another wacko liberal concept that will undermine this country. (Yeah, I have issues.)

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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Dec 15, 2005 0 comments
Once again, at the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards, The Recording Academy will present an award for "Best Surround Sound Album". This year's nominees, for vocal or instrumental albums released October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005, include:
Brothers In Arms - 20th Anniversary Edition
Chuck Ainlay, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Chuck Ainlay & Mark Knopfler, surround producers (Dire Straits) [Warner Bros.]
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Dec 07, 2005 0 comments
The era of scratched CD-Rs (and soon CD-RWs plus all flavors of DVD recordables) could be at hand. Scratch-Less Disc Industries has announced that their Scratch-Less optical discs are now available "at various retail outlets throughout the country and online at major Internet retailers."
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Dec 07, 2005 0 comments
If you ever wanted to take the latest episode of "Law & Order" with you to watch while traveling on a train/plane/bus/camel caravan, you now have reason to rejoice. (You'll also be ecstatic to know that it'll only cost you $1.99 per episode - although that doesn't include the cost of one of Apple's newest iPods.)
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Nov 29, 2005 0 comments
The 2005 Surround Music Awards nominees, chosen from more than 100 submissions and judged by a panel of surround-sound producers and journalists, were announced yesterday. (No, I wasn't asked so I can say anything I want about the list of nominees, and you can't stop me...)
Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Nov 22, 2005 0 comments
There's beauty in these boxes.

When you live with something or somebody long enough (no matter how good the body—or how great the personality), it's all too easy to become complacent about how well off you are. That thought came to mind the other night when I was watching, of all things, The Blues Brothers. I had forgotten how great the music is in that movie. But then I noticed that part of what had made me rediscover my appreciation for the movie was the truly nice Triad Silver speaker system I had been living with for a little while but had stopped noticing.