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Leslie Shapiro  |  Aug 27, 2008  |  0 comments

Air travel is such a hassle these days. Seriously, who really enjoys flying anymore? Any way to make that experience just a bit more pleasant is a welcome relief.

John Sciacca  |  Aug 26, 2008  |  0 comments
The Short Form
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Brent Butterworth  |  Aug 25, 2008  |  0 comments

Everyone who's hip to home theater knows the state-of-the-art in video is a constant-height projection system. And everyone who's hip to home theater also knows they can't afford one.

Or can they?

Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 25, 2008  |  0 comments
Simple ways to set free your photo, music, and video libraries for the “10-foot” home theater experience.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Aug 24, 2008  |  0 comments

Red states, blue states. Which color do you subscribe to? My fellow Americans, as November approaches, our country faces a monumental decision. Our great society must choose between two very different candidates with visions of the future that are profoundly diverse. All of us must look into our hearts, and answer the question: satellite or cable?

John Sciacca  |  Aug 20, 2008  |  0 comments

Despite the awesome advances in high-def graphics and killer surround sound, a lot of people still don't even think about playing videogames on their home theater systems. But today's games offer A/V performance that often exceeds some Blu-ray Discs, while delivering excitement that lasts far beyond one or two viewings.

Gary Dell'Abate  |  Aug 19, 2008  |  0 comments

The dictionary defines a gadget as "a sometimes small electronic device with a practical use but often thought of as a novelty." Well, I'm here to tell you that the creators of the CHUMBY ($180; chumby.com) have honored the spirit of that definition.

Brent Butterworth  |  Aug 18, 2008  |  0 comments

Some people have the common sense to get alarm systems. Others set up all sorts of lights and timers to make the bad guys think they're home when they're not. I thought I was pretty smart for being a member of the latter group - until last week when my neighbor asked, "Were you gone Monday and Tuesday? I noticed your light timer was on."

Mike Mettler  |  Aug 12, 2008  |  0 comments

When asked how he'd like to see his own role defined in our ever-escalating high-definition home-entertainment world, Masi Oka, star of NBC's hit fantasy/sci-fi series Heroes, reaches for the stars. "I'd like to be known as a visionary Blu-ray Bluetooth," he smiles.

Theo Kalomirakis  |  Jul 31, 2008  |  0 comments

Hi Theo, There are things I wished I hadn't done with my home theater. For example, I shouldn't have spent so much on my receiver and should have waited for one with HDMI inputs and the new Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats. Also, I heard really good things about Sony's 1080p projectors, but was persuaded that a Runco 720p model would look better.

John Sciacca  |  Jul 30, 2008  |  0 comments
The Short Form
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Brent Butterworth  |  Jul 30, 2008  |  0 comments

What's the most popular audio evaluation tool in the world? It's RadioShack's model 33-4050 sound level meter. What's the most controversial audio evaluation tool in the world? That same little $45 meter.

Kevin James  |  Jul 28, 2008  |  0 comments

After two straight years of heady double-digit price drops, it's sometimes hard to get beyond the fact that high-def TVs of all stripes are far more affordable than ever. But to just focus on price misses the bigger picture, so to speak: TVs haven't just gotten cheaper, they've also gotten better.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jul 28, 2008  |  0 comments

The sight of a dancing iPod user, and particularly her white earbuds, is a genuine cultural icon. But it would be a mistake to overlook the iPod's nonportable applications. Most of your music collection might be on a 'Pod, but you don't have to condemn your tunes to the lowly fidelity typical of most 'buds.

Al Griffin  |  Jul 28, 2008  |  0 comments

Q. I'm concerned about the accuracy of the standards used for professional HDTV calibration. In ISF-calibrated sets, the color white always has some other shade mixed in that makes it look slightly gray, brown, or green. But the whites I've seen on most uncalibrated HDTVs look more like the color white as it appears in reality.