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Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jul 09, 2001  |  0 comments

Tell me if any of this sounds familiar: You want to buy a DVD-Video player to impress your friends with your techo-hipness (and besides, you're tired of watching fuzzy VHS rentals). You have a digital surround receiver, so the player doesn't need a Dolby Digital or DTS decoder.

John Sciacca  |  Nov 12, 2009  |  0 comments
Key Features
$6,500 ($8,950 as tested) SUNFIRE.COM
 
 
• TGM-100 server rips and streams music and movies • 1-terabyte hard drive stores up to 145 DVDs or 1,600 CDs in uncompressed WAV format and supports up to 7 simultaneous streams with optional TGM- 100
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Dec 18, 2002  |  0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza

Back in the Stone Age of Digital Audio (circa 1990), discerning audiophiles paid big bucks for elegant-looking CD players. Today the emphasis is on performance rather than looks. Most DVD players are visually boring, and their lack of heft hardly inspires confidence. Sometimes I yearn for the days when a player's quality could literally be weighed.

Al Griffin  |  Jan 28, 2009  |  0 comments
The Short Form
$799 / PIONEERELECTRONICS.COM / 800-421-1404
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David Ranada  |  Apr 14, 2004  |  0 comments

The sense of déjà vu was overwhelming when I started working with Hitachi's DV-RX5000U - and not only because its DVD-RAM capabilities let me play a recording while it was still being made!

John Sciacca  |  Oct 04, 2007  |  0 comments

While it might take a village to raise a child, it takes an army and lots of time to build an estate! Custom Theater and Audio (CTA) in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, where I work as lead system designer, was recently involved in all aspects of the A/V design and installation for Phil and Janet Pate's new home in North Myrtle Beach.

David Ranada  |  Jun 07, 2005  |  0 comments
Download our tables summarizing features and lab results in handy PDF format.

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John Sciacca  |  Jun 15, 2009  |  0 comments
The Short Form
$799 / VUDU.COM
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Vudu sets the standard for regular and HD streaming and for downloaded movie quality.
Stan Horaczek  |  Oct 26, 2010  |  0 comments

Logitech's Revue Google TV box is quickly approaching, but that hasn't stopped the recent influx of boxes designed to get the Internet (or at least parts of it) onto an HDTV. The latest effort from Western Digital sounds like an impressive one. Inside, WD has packed a full terabyte of storage, to which you can add media from networked PCs and Macs or via its pair of USB ports.

Kevin James  |  Dec 03, 2010  |  0 comments

It's been more than a decade since the first TiVo digital video recorder (DVR) revolutionized the way many of us watch TV. While almost all cable companies now offer some degree of DVR capability, it's really been the satellite and telco TV service providers - as well as TiVo itself - that have pushed DVR innovation, offering features like access to online content.

David Ranada  |  Oct 21, 2002  |  0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza

At a glance, you'd probably think that Panasonic's $1,000 DMR-HS2 looks pretty much like every other DVD recorder out there-including the Panasonic DMR-E30 that I reviewed just last month. But the DMR-HS2's chassis carries clues that something more is going on here.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Dec 29, 2003  |  0 comments

Photos by Tony Cordoza When the DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD formats were launched, critics bemoaned the start of yet another format war, knowing that when incompatible formats compete, consumers often don't buy either one. Instead, they wait to see which format is left standing.

Geoffrey Morrison  |  Oct 14, 2010  |  0 comments

I review a lot of gear. While I don't think of myself as jaded, it does take a lot to get me truly excited about a product. The new Apple TV did it. I love this thing, and I am by no means an Apple fanboy.

The reasons why are simple. Apple TV combines several products I use on a regular basis into one user-friendly box. I use a PS3 or Blu-ray player for Netflix streaming, a Wadia 170iTransport for music playback, and my computer if I want to watch a TV show that I downloaded from iTunes. Apple TV takes care of all those things, and more.

Rob Sabin  |  Sep 01, 2006  |  0 comments
The Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray Disc player had been out just a couple of days when my phone began ringing with some interesting reports from the field. It didn't take long to realize that this would be no ordinary product launch.
Brent Butterworth  |  Dec 02, 2010  |  0 comments
Key Features
$499 sumikoaudio.net
• Separate motor assembly
• Fully adjustable S-shaped aluminum tonearm
• 3-point support with nylon cone feet
• Factory-installed Sumiko Pearl cartridge
• RCA output jacks with grounding screw

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