John Sciacca

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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.

John Sciacca Posted: Apr 20, 2010 0 comments

What constitutes "green"? Shipping items in smaller packaging that uses less material or has been recycled from other packages? Being in compliance with RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances)? Owning Energy Star-rated electronics that draw less "vampire power" when off?

John Sciacca Posted: Mar 31, 2010 0 comments

People are generally either good with numbers or good with words. Pretty early on I discovered that my destiny lay with words. I don’t hate math, but I don’t really go out of my way to seek it out, either.

John Sciacca Posted: Feb 11, 2010 0 comments
Key Features
$1,899 sony.com
• Holds up to 400 DVDs, CDs, or Blu-ray Discs in any co
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John Sciacca Posted: Jan 19, 2010 0 comments
Key Features
$249 US.MARANTZ.COM
• Compatible with all A/V receivers and current
John Sciacca Posted: Jan 10, 2010 0 comments

Without question, bass performance is one of those factors that define a great system. Admit it: You've never loaded up a kick-ass tweeter demo when guests come over. Instead, you select DVDs where bombs and bullets eviscerate the landscape, planets explode, and vehicles perform 100-mph mating dances. Fact: Solid bass brings the emotion and excitement to movie watching.

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John Sciacca Posted: Dec 14, 2009 0 comments
If you've never heard of XStreamHD, that's OK. Up until now, they've kept a pretty low profile. But that doesn't mean they haven't been busy quietly building the groundwork and infrastructure for a system that may very well be a total game changer for the way you view movies, listen to music and play games. I actually had heard of them.
John Sciacca Posted: Nov 12, 2009 0 comments
Key Features
$6,500 ($8,950 as tested) SUNFIRE.COM
 
 
• TGM-100 server rips and streams music and movies • 1-terabyte hard drive stores up to 145 DVDs or 1,600 CDs in uncompressed WAV format and supports up to 7 simultaneous streams with optional TGM- 100
John Sciacca Posted: Oct 20, 2009 0 comments
Key Features
$8,590 KALEIDESCAPE.COM
 
 
• Movie/music server with two additional music-only zones • Uncompressed storage for all movies and music • Sigma Designs VXP processing • System holds up to four 500-gigabyte hard drives for storage of 225 DVDs or 2,475 CD
John Sciacca Posted: Oct 11, 2009 0 comments

The first "real" A/V component I ever bought was a subwoofer - a glorious 15-inch beast that made no attempt to hide what it really was: a big, black, utterly style-less cube. At the time, there weren't really any other options available, so adding a sub meant a big, black cube.

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