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Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 10, 2006  |  First Published: Jan 11, 2006  |  0 comments
Gear from the Net that demands respect.

Outlaw Audio and Aperion Audio both pursue the decidedly nonmainstream business model of selling quality surround gear directly to consumers over the Internet. Back when I worked for an Internet startup—don't fall asleep now, or I'll poke you with a stick—my now dead-as-a-doornail company caught a lot of flak for facilitating Internet sales of audio equipment. Isn't it unwise to buy something you haven't heard?

Geoffrey Morrison  |  Jan 10, 2006  |  First Published: Jan 11, 2006  |  0 comments
Dipping into the black (level).

Despite my lauding of projectors, it seems like the only question people ask me about TVs is, "What's the best plasma?" I usually respond, as you would imagine, with a detailed description of the strengths and weaknesses of several brands, what that means to the viewer, and a cost/performance analysis. All the while, I'm trying to ignore the bored and distracted look on my questioner's face. "Yeah, but who's the best?" he'll ask. "The Patriots," I reply. At this point, the average questioner's face scrunches up to resemble the average raisin. In an effort to finish the conversation so that I can be left alone to eat my burrito in peace (mmm, Chipotle), I tell them: "Panasonic for black level; Pioneer for processing." There, I said it. There are plenty of companies that make great-looking plasmas, but these guys are the leaders. They shine with regard to their respective specialties but don't screw up the rest of the display. What I love about this business, though, is that nothing is stagnant—everything advances. Just last month, I reviewed a Panasonic plasma that went a long way in improving the company's major processing shortcomings. While its black level was still good, its scaling improved for a much better-looking image overall. So, it's Pioneer's turn. Their processing, on all levels, has been good in the past. Their black levels, on the other hand, have left much to be desired. I was told that Pioneer's past few models have improved black levels. We'll see.

David Ranada  |  Jan 08, 2006  |  0 comments

Canon's prototype 36-inch, 720p SED panel.

David Ranada  |  Jan 08, 2006  |  0 comments

The Celestron SkyScout is a handheld device for locating stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 08, 2006  |  0 comments

Sony Ericsson W810i quad-band Walkman phone

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Sirius S50 satellite radio/MP3 player in Directed Electronics Executive Dock

Mike Mettler  |  Jan 08, 2006  |  0 comments

Pioneer's AVIC-Z1 car navigation system features a 30-gigabyte hard drive and a touchscreen user interface.

Mike Mettler  |  Jan 08, 2006  |  0 comments

Kicker CompVX Series car subwoofers

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 08, 2006  |  0 comments

Samsung YP-Z5 flash-memory MP3 player

You will be surprised to hear that there weren't any new MP3 players at CES. Just kidding - checking to make sure you were paying attention. There were a few players on display - like maybe ten zillion. And they were all pretty desirable, naturally with the higher-priced models sporting the highest capacities.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 08, 2006  |  0 comments

The Garmin nuvi 350 is an MP3 player and GPS navigation system all rolled into one.

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