John Sciacca

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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.

John Sciacca Posted: Oct 01, 2009 0 comments

Without dredging up the unpleasantness that is the current state of the economy, it's probably safe to say that many of us have made some adjustments in our lives. And whether that means cutting back on travel, skipping the morning latte, or not eating out as often, you might find that you're staying home more and going out less.

John Sciacca Posted: Aug 27, 2009 0 comments
The Short Form
$999 ($1,078 as tested) / Linksysbycisco.com
John Sciacca Posted: Jun 15, 2009 0 comments
The Short Form
$799 / VUDU.COM
Snapshot
Vudu sets the standard for regular and HD streaming and for downloaded movie quality.

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