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John Sciacca Posted: Dec 02, 2006 0 comments

Many people hide their A/V gear behind cabinet doors or put the system off in a closet somewhere. But how do you control everything when you can't point the remote at any of it? The oh-so-simple solution is to install an infrared (IR) repeating system, which carries signals from your remote to wherever your gear may live.

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John Sciacca Posted: Nov 02, 2006 0 comments

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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 05, 2006 0 comments

Having lived on both coasts, I've personally sampled from the buffet of natural disasters each has to offer. I lived through the 1989 World Series earthquake, standing in a doorway trying to decide whether to be more worried about myself or my large tube TV, which was doing the Hippy Hippy Shake on its stand.

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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

the listAnd the Trojans wheeled the great wooden horse into their city and shut the gates. Later, while the city of Troy slept, Greek warriors slipped out from inside the horse and pillaged the city.

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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

A receiver is your home theater's brain as well as its brawn. It doesn't just power your speakers; it's also the switching center for your gear and decodes the various surround sound formats. After connecting your speakers and components, here are the steps to take to ensure your receiver produces all the sound you paid for.

John Sciacca Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

You've finally done it: You've decided to hire a custom installer to ensure your project goes off with nary a hitch. So now what? Where do you begin, and how do you find the installer who's right for you? If your install is relatively simple - like mounting a flat-panel TV or connecting an existing audio system - it shouldn't be too hard.

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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

the listAudio distribution is the custom-installation industry's bread and butter. Sure, home theaters are sexier, but with only five or seven speakers, they can't compete with the ten, 20, 30, or more that need installing for a housewide music system.

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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 02, 2006 0 comments

the listNearly 3 years have passed since my first encounter with Kaleidescape. It was the first real hard drive-based movie player, and, at $32,000, monstrously expensive.

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John Sciacca Posted: Sep 05, 2006 0 comments

Ever drive a car where the controls just didn't feel right? Recently, my wife and I were shopping for a small SUV, and we looked at the Honda CRV. But at nearly 6-foot-4, I was unable to get my knees under the steering wheel. It might be the best SUV in the world, but ergonomically, it just didn't work for me.

John Sciacca Posted: Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

With all the hullabaloo over format wars and switching to server-based storage, many of you are probably planning new additions to your home theater system. Well, I'm planning one, too, but it won't be a Blu-ray or HD DVD player, a hard-disk video server, or any other cutting-edge piece of technology.

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