Thomas J. Norton  |  Jul 12, 2007  |  0 comments
The $499 BDP-S300 is an important product, giving Blu-ray some much needed traction in the affordable player category. Combine that with recent news from rental powerhouse Blockbuster that it is expanding Blu-ray titles in its stores (at the expense of HD DVD in most cases), and the BDP-S300 looks like a no-brainer.
SV Staff  |  Jul 12, 2007  |  0 comments
"It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself." -Johann Sebastian Bach The bust at left resides in the onsite S&V soundroom (we've got an offsite facility...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jul 12, 2007  |  0 comments

The price of machines that will play Blu-ray or HD DVD high-definition discs is coming down. The drop is faster on the HD DVD side of the battle lines, but at $499 Sony's new BDP-S300 is half the price of its (still available) first generation <A HREF="">BDP-S1</A>.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jul 12, 2007  |  0 comments
Housing. Transportation. Home theater. Your local bank offers loans for those first two things, but not for the third, surely one of the most pressing needs of human life. What's up with that? Aren't big-screen television and surround sound at least as important as a house or a car? The General Electric Money Bank says yes!
 |  Jul 12, 2007  |  0 comments

At the E3 gaming expo Microsoft announced a key strategic acquisition of content, landing a deal that brings Disney's feature films online for download through the Xbox Live service over the Xbox 360 game console. Included in the deal will be new and catalog movies from Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax Films.

Shane Buettner  |  Jul 11, 2007  |  First Published: Jul 12, 2007  |  0 comments

Talk about a win-win. Not only is the BBC's <I>Planet Earth</I> series spectacular hi-def eye candy, it's so well-made and narratively compelling that it holds up to an insane number of repeated viewings. And I should know- my two-year old son has us watching several of these episodes (especially <I>Shallow Seas</I> and <I> Ocean Deep</I>) several times a week.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jul 11, 2007  |  0 comments
The world is well supplied with iPod-compatible micro-systems. Unfortunately, many of them don't look so good. An exception is Sonic Impact's curvaceous T24.
SV Staff  |  Jul 10, 2007  |  0 comments
The countdown is truly winding down now - less than 4 hours to go (Eastern time) until the midnight premiere of Film No. 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. And less than 2 hours to go until my wife and son get in line! (Not me, alas. If...
SV Staff  |  Jul 10, 2007  |  0 comments
How gratifying was it to see that The Traveling Wilburys recently debuted at #9 in the U.S. and at #1 in the U.K. with The Traveling Wilburys Collection (Rhino/Wilbury), a three-disc compilation that includes both of their albums (1988's Volume 1...