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Al Griffin  |  Oct 20, 2003  |  0 comments
Most new A/V trends are slow out of the gate. It seemed like forever before high-definition TV got off the ground, and audio formats like DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD are still struggling for recognition. By contrast, radical advances in computer technology seem to take the world by storm at least once a year. First there was the Web, which bleary-eyed users accessed via sluggish dial-up modems.
David Ranada  |  Oct 19, 2003  |  0 comments
Photo by John Wilkes Visiting a local Circuit City recently, I saw several customers in front of the display of DVD recorders, mulling over the three or four models shown. Unfortunately, that's all they were doing - mulling. Although each of them probably yearned to replace an aging VCR with a shiny new DVD recorder, nobody had the gumption to lay down the bucks.
James K. Willcox  |  Oct 14, 2003  |  0 comments

For more than a decade, the arrival of high-definition television was trumpeted with all the bluster of a carnival barker and the sincerity of a contestant on a reality-TV dating show.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Sep 24, 2003  |  0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza Take a good look at the Yamaha MusicCAST system: it just might be a glimpse into the future of home audio entertainment. The MCX-1000 server (above), essentially a CD recorder on steroids crossed with a digital music server, provides two main improvements over traditional playback devices.
Michael Antonoff  |  Sep 21, 2003  |  0 comments
Photos by Michelle Hood Normally, you'll find the former bat biologist Jeff Corwin and his TV crew keeping one step ahead of stampeding elephants in Botswana or some place equally exotic. But on this stifling day in late June The Jeff Corwin Experience is on location in New York City doing a show about how wild animals adapt to urban environments.
Michael Gaughn  |  Sep 21, 2003  |  0 comments
Photo by Tony Cordoza Come with me back to the first days of portable computing, when two now extinct titans named Osborne and Kaypro ruled the land.
SV Staff  |  Sep 15, 2003  |  0 comments
Illustration by Rick Wessler Confused about HDTV? Well, it can be hard to find somebody who isn't - which is why I recently had a consultation with my esteemed colleague, Dr. Hidef, who isn't the tiniest bit perplexed when it comes to high-definition TV.
Michael Antonoff  |  Sep 15, 2003  |  0 comments

The transition to high-definition television really picked up steam this fall as ABC, CBS, NBC, and the WB filled their 2003-04 prime-time schedules with more hours of HDTV programming than ever before. During an entire week, these networks are offering some 70 hours of HDTV.

Peter Pachal  |  Aug 27, 2003  |  0 comments

Photo by Tony Cordoza In the future, people won't have to worry about speakers for their TVs. At least that's the message from most Hollywood filmmakers, who invariably depict future TVs as super-sharp wall-size screens with audio that comes out of thin air.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Aug 19, 2003  |  0 comments

Ilustrations by Gary Locke Do you really care? - about home-entertainment gear, that is. If you're only browsing through this issue in the doctor's waiting room, it might be low on your list.

John Sciacca  |  Aug 04, 2003  |  0 comments

The quest for the perfect remote control has earned a place in the pantheon of noble but futile human endeavors alongside those for the Holy Grail or a fabulous "undiscovered" wine under $10. For some people, remotes are a necessary evil, creating clutter and increasing complexity until it seems you have to solve a puzzle like Rubik's Cube just to watch a movie or play a CD.

David Ranada  |  Jul 29, 2003  |  0 comments

So there I was, in the middle of a crowded and hectic Times Square, right when all the Broadway shows let out, shooting all the bright lights and action with this ultra-brand-new $3,500 camcorder.

Michael Antonoff  |  Jul 28, 2003  |  0 comments

Photos by Tony Cordoza Electronic program guides (EPGs) that help you choose what to watch from among hundreds of channels are built into a variety of devices from TV sets and set-top boxes to satellite receivers and hard-disk recorders. What they have in common is an onscreen display that, if it doesn't cover the TV picture, reduces the show to a small window.

Rich Warren  |  Jul 28, 2003  |  0 comments

Photos by Tony Cordoza The Pioneer Elite ES-DV1000 will grab your eyes as much as the DVD movies it plays will. Its sophisticated electronics are hidden inside a beguilingly simple and elegant brushed-aluminum and gray cabinet.