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Peter Pachal  |  May 05, 2006  |  0 comments

Speaker engineers have turned to a lot of different materials over the years to make their creations sound better, but JVC's come up with a new one: sake. By soaking sheets of birch wood in Japanese rice wine, the labcoats at JVC were able to press them together to make wooden drivers, said to improve sound quality because of their natural acoustic properties.

 |  May 07, 2006  |  0 comments

Samsung's HL-S5679W HDTV ($4,199), coming in August, is the first rear-projection set to use LED (light-emitting diode) light sources instead of a conventional lamp. Among the reasons you should care: a 20,000-hour lamp life (more than double typical lamps), a shorter turn-on time (7 seconds), and being able to rattle off one more abbreviation when blabbing about your rig.

Drew Thompson  |  May 09, 2006  |  0 comments

Can't we all just get along? Up to 12 of your home entertainment devices can do just that, thanks to Logitech's Harmony Advanced Universal Remote for Xbox 360 ($130). Simple setup has you connect the remote to your computer, enter the model numbers of your A/V gear, and answer some easy questions.

Doug Newcomb  |  Jun 02, 2006  |  0 comments

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Ken Richardson  |  Jun 02, 2006  |  0 comments

0606_rp_gear200Whatever your personal-portable pleasure, you can hide it away with the latest in Father's Day fashions (clockwise from above): ScotteVest's Hidden Cargo Pants ($80) have 11 pockets to help you mobilize with ease. They're 100% cotton and designed for everyday use.

 |  Jun 03, 2006  |  0 comments
Ken Richardson  |  Jun 04, 2006  |  0 comments

Spring's turning into summer faster than you can say, "I wanna go outside!" Looking for the middle ground between your home theater and the local multiplex - but you're nowhere near a cozy drive-in? Direct from Germany comes "the original inflatable movie screen" by The Airscreen Company (for U.S.

Peter Pachal  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  0 comments

NO WIRES The Philips Streamium music system takes all the complexity - and cables - out of multiroom audio through the wireless magic of Wi-Fi (802.11g). As soon as you turn on the WACS700 main base (left) and its satellite, they automatically find each other - no pairing, seeking, or inputting required.

Peter Pachal  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  0 comments

BACK IN BLACK The Optoma HD7100 front projector takes contrast to a new level with Texas Instruments' DarkChip3 DLP technology, providing an impressive 5,000:1 rated contrast ratio. So no matter how dark things get onscreen, the picture stays sharp and detailed.

Peter Pachal  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  0 comments

NUMBERS GAME The hot spec on HDTVs this year is 1080p resolution, and the Sharp Aquos LC-37D90U 37-inch LCD joins the crowd with a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel screen and a 1080p input. That means it will not only show every last detail of a 1080i HD signal, but that the display is pretty much future-proof - until they start broadcasting holograms.

Peter Pachal  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  0 comments

ALL IN ONE Of course it has seven amplifier channels at 85 watts for each speaker - that's a given. The reason you get a flagship receiver like the Harman Kardon AVR 745 is the bells and whistles: automatic speaker setup, outputs for two subwoofers, and a USB port for digital music streamed from your PC.

Peter Pachal  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  0 comments

SING IN YOUR STEP You'll never forget to bring your MP3 player to the gym when you have a pair of Dada Code M sneakers. This flash-based footwear has enough memory for about 100 songs and transmits the music to the included wireless headphones. Battery life is six hours - sadly, they aren't able to harness all that energy you expend working out.

Peter Pachal  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  0 comments

SAVING GRACE In 2006, how can a DVD recorder - even one as snazzy-looking as the Toshiba RD-XS55 - justify a $600 price tag? How about a 250-GB hard disk for starters, giving you enough space for at least 300 hours of shows? Then there's its compatibility with DVD-R/RW and -RAM.

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