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John Sciacca  |  Oct 13, 2008  |  0 comments
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$10,990 (as tested) / FUSIONRD.COM / 925-217-1233
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Kim Wilson  |  Oct 08, 2008  |  0 comments

VUDU Inc., has unveiled HDX, a high definition video format that delivers full HD 1080p material using the company's existing set-top box. Content is delivered over the Internet and optimized for 40 inch and larger HDTVs. According to VUDU, the HDX content is the highest quality available from any Internet, broadcast, cable, or satellite on-demand service. HDX movies are available to all VUDU customers and will be rented for the same price as standard HD titles.

John Sciacca  |  Oct 06, 2008  |  0 comments

Being a custom installer is no easy feat. More often than not, the job involves problem-solving and figuring out a way to make a square peg fit in a round hole. Fortunately, the manufacturers that support the world of custom installation have produced a lot of terrific products to make these possible.

Al Griffin  |  Oct 02, 2008  |  0 comments
Kim Wilson  |  Sep 30, 2008  |  1 comments

Integra is the first manufacturer to offer Imaging Science Foundation's Certified Calibration Controls (ISFccc), which provides a simplified facilitation of individual calibration for different video sources. The Integra DHC-9.9 ($2000) is the first preamp/controller to include this technology (along with 2 new Integra AVRs) that ensures optimal image quality for every HDMI video input.

John Sciacca  |  Sep 11, 2008  |  0 comments

You may consider Jim Carrey to be many things - comedic genius, overpaid goofball - but technological futurist probably isn't one of them. However, his prediction in the 1996 movie The Cable Guy has proved to be surprisingly accurate: "The future is now!

Jamie Sorcher, Photos Neil Wilson  |  Aug 25, 2008  |  0 comments

<I>A home with historic heritage goes high tech.</I>

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$399 / PANASONIC.COM / 888-843-9788
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$399 / SAMSUNG.COM / 800-726-7864
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$7,697 (as tested) / NIVEUSMEDIA.COM / 866-258-2929
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John Sciacca  |  Jun 17, 2008  |  0 comments

They say luck favors the prepared. It also doesn't hurt to be in the right place at the right time. Whatever. The planets aligned in my favor, resulting in my being one of the few reviewers handpicked by Kaleiedescape co-founder and COO, Cheena Srinivasan, to audition and preview their latest addition.

Blake Jochum  |  Feb 20, 2008  |  6 comments

<I>An installer tackles his own home, including the attic.</I>

Steve Guttenberg  |  Feb 05, 2008  |  467 comments
When it comes to home theaters, I thought I'd seen it all. But nothing's come close to this. First, I'm going to try to describe the sheer magnitude of Jeremy Kipnis' theater. His Stewart Snowmatte laboratory-grade screen is the biggest I've ever seen in a home, and in the back of the theater, there's a Sony ultra-high-resolution (4,096-by-2,160) SRX-S110 digital projector. I'm looking everywhere, jotting down questions, and Kipnis sounds almost giddy talking about his theater's capabilities. He refers to his baby, the Kipnis Studio Standard (KSS), as "The Greatest Show on Earth." And from the looks of it, he may be right.
Ray Coronado  |  Feb 04, 2008  |  10 comments

<I>We wired the room, installed the equipment, and calibrated the system ourselves&mdash;and we couldn't be prouder.</I>

Al Griffin  |  Feb 02, 2008  |  0 comments

One of the biggest news items to emerge from last year's Consumer Electronics Show was LG's announcement of a dual-format deck that could play both Blu-ray Discs and HD DVDs. We subsequently got our hands on that player, the BH100 Super Multi Blue, and we found it an intriguing but frustratingly incomplete solution.

Steve Faber  |  Jan 31, 2008  |  1 comments
Lighting, acoustic treatment, and other details to really make your theater your own.

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