Michael Antonoff

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Michael Antonoff Posted: Jul 29, 2002 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza

Over the years personal stereo has evolved from an offensive weapon (think boombox) to a defensive one. When you're wearing earphones in a crowd, you're ensconced in a zone of privacy. People don headphones at a health club or on the street in part to signify they don't want to be approached.

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Michael Antonoff Posted: Jul 09, 2002 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza The launch of a new cassette format in 2002 made me wonder whether those who invented the Walkman were back in charge at Sony. The payoff is that the tape cassettes, so tiny they could be mistaken for audio microcassettes, are for high-quality video recording in Sony's new MicroMV camcorders.
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Michael Antonoff Posted: Jun 25, 2002 0 comments
You might suppose Minerva & the Bell Ringers was a 1960s girl group, but it's actually a mechanical clock located outdoors in New York City's Herald Square. On the hour, pivoting statues strike a bell up to 12 times, temporarily dislodging a pigeon or two. A still camera is inadequate for capturing the sound and motion. If I were a tourist, I might reach for a camcorder.
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Michael Antonoff Posted: Jan 28, 2002 0 comments

Running with a stack of my favorite CDs compressed into a player no larger than a deck of cards, I set a personal best on the trail around the Central Park Reservoir.

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Michael Antonoff Posted: Jan 09, 2002 0 comments

Microsoft CEO Bill Gates was giving the keynote address at CES on Monday evening, January 7, when he suddenly realized (or so he said) that he'd neglected to instruct his personal video recorder to save the Monday Night Football broadcast then in progress. No problem.

Michael Antonoff Posted: Dec 21, 2001 0 comments

A DVD player is already a terrific bargain - an inexpensive black box that can play discs full of razor-sharp images, immersive surround sound, and fascinating extras. But what if you could wed a DVD player with another popular entertainment device like, say, a TV, VCR, or game console? Well, it's already being done.

Michael Antonoff Posted: Dec 21, 2001 0 comments
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Michael Antonoff Posted: Nov 25, 2001 0 comments
It's the week before Christmas. You've taken a good look at your extended family, gotten all of the naughty and nice stuff out of the way, and finally arrived at a list of who's deserving of a little holiday cheer. But you're drawing a big blank when it comes to little Susie, big brother Ned, and jolly Uncle Phil.
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Michael Antonoff Posted: Aug 05, 2001 0 comments

When Dr. Amar Bose visited the magazine where I worked in the early 1990s, he teased staffers by hiding under a cloth the source of the luxurious-sounding music filling the room. Moments later he revealed that it was actually emanating from an unassuming clock radio. Since then, the Bose Wave radio has landed on countless tabletops and nightstands.

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Michael Antonoff Posted: Jun 12, 2001 0 comments
Stroll through any large store that sells audio and video equipment, and it's mind-numbing how similar the products in each category look. If you close your eyes, point to any receiver or DVD player, and guess "black and boxy," you'll almost certainly be right.

Conventional wisdom dictates that there are good reasons why A/V design is so homogeneous.

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