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Stan Horaczek  |  Jan 22, 2009  |  0 comments

If you have ever been to an Oscars party where the guests actually compete by picking winners, you know that everything is won or lost on the technical categories. Why? Mainly because it's hard to pick a winner when you're not even entirely sure what the award is for. Here is a quick rundown of what many consider to be the less-glamorous categories and who we think (or hope) might win.

Bob Lefsetz  |  Jun 03, 2006  |  0 comments

P2P. No longer the story. The press is burned out on it. As are the insiders at music conferences. Bring up file-trading, and they wince. But more people are downloading more files than ever before.

Rob Medich  |  Feb 07, 2008  |  0 comments

How thin are the displays on display at this year's CES?

John Sciacca  |  Aug 14, 2012  |  0 comments

My family recently visited the Magic Kingdom park at Disney World in Orlando. One attraction we checked out was “Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress,” a revolving theater that follows a “typical” family through the decades, starting around the 1920s and winding forward to the future.

 |  Nov 05, 2008  |  0 comments

Eleven months into the 50th-anniversary year of this magazine, we still just want to celebrate. And ever since we ran our "Top 50 DVDs of All Time", you just knew we'd have to do the music side of the Sound & Vision equation.

Reed Tucker  |  Sep 08, 2008  |  0 comments

No matter how much time you spend watching TV and DVDs, it's always comforting to know there are still people out there who spend more hours in front of the panel than you. Many, many, more hours.

 |  Dec 06, 2005  |  0 comments

CableCARD, a PC card-like device that slips into the back of most new big-screen HDTVs, lets you tune standard- and high-definition cable channels (even premium ones) without a digital cable box.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jul 10, 2008  |  0 comments

[Note: After we posted this story, Warner Bros. contacted us to give comment. (As we note in the story, we had made numerous attempts to interview someone from the studio before the story went live.) Skip past the end of the article to read a response from Ned Price, VP Mastering, Warner Bros. Technical Perations.]

SV Staff  |  Oct 31, 2004  |  0 comments
PDF: What's on Free TV Here's what the major broadcast networks have to offer. PDF: What's on Pay TV Blockbuster movies, mega sports events, and premium-channel series are just the tip of the high-def
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.
John Sciacca  |  Apr 29, 2009  |  0 comments
When two titans of industry join forces, you expect the results to be something special.
Michael Trei  |  Feb 02, 2008  |  0 comments

The video-tech evolution has been swift and in-your-face. From the square little black-and-white picture tube, we went to "in living color," rear projection, and the flat-ering DLP, plasma, LCD, and OLED. And on these displays we've watched broadcast, cable, VHS, Laserdisc, DVD, Blu-ray, and HD DVD (and the occasional porno - okay, that's neither here nor there).

Gear Guy  |  Jun 26, 2002  |  0 comments

A lot has changed since a year ago, when I was last given the chance to offer some advice in these pages. Home theater systems in general - and DVD players in particular - have gotten a lot cheaper; new formats like DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD, and recordable DVD are becoming established; and convergence gear like hard-drive audio and video recorders is cheaper and more common.

John Sciacca  |  Oct 21, 2002  |  1 comments
Illustration by Chris Gould; room photo by Tony Cordoza

See if this doesn't sound familiar: You don't just love movies, you love the whole moviegoing experience. When the time comes to check out a film, you drive miles out of your way to go to the best theater around-one with stadium seating, digital surround sound, and that awesome THX trailer that comes on before the movie.

John Sciacca  |  Jan 10, 2007  |  0 comments

January 11, 2007 - Modern A/V systems are so complex, it's easy to miss a setting and end up with an experience that is less than ideal. Setting aspect ratio is a perfect example.