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Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jul 21, 2002  |  0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza
Feel like some shopping? How about a brand-new Porsche 911 for $10,000? Or an Armani suit for $200? Or maybe a vacation in the Swiss Alps for $1,000? I'm sorry, but those items are not available.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Oct 20, 2003  |  0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza Not so long ago, the VCR reigned supreme. Much like the proverbial chicken in every pot, there was a VCR in every house. If you wanted to time-shift the soap opera that your job inconveniently caused you to miss, you programmed your VCR. If you wanted to watch a movie, you turned to your trusty VCR.
John Sciacca  |  Feb 25, 2009  |  0 comments
The Short Form
$11,600 / SOOLOOS.COM / 866-606-0333
Snapshot
Audiophile-level build quality and a terrific user interface let this server do much more than just manage a music collection
John Sciacca  |  Nov 05, 2007  |  0 comments

Cathedrals are almost preternaturally quiet havens where even the softest whispers, shuffling in the pews, or footsteps across marble floors can seem blasphemously loud.

John Sciacca  |  Sep 17, 2010  |  0 comments

Lots can happen in the A/V world over a 3-year span, but that same length of time is an eternity in the computer world, where changes take place almost daily. Any new A/V gear that you buy is likely to remain up to date for at least a few years, but it’s not unusual for a state-of-the-art computer to become a paperweight in almost no time.

Rob Sabin  |  Jun 03, 2006  |  0 comments
As soon as you pull it from the carton, you know that the Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD player means business. Its 17-inch rack-size width and 20 pounds of heft beckon to a day when men were men and DVD players were both taller and heavier than a slice of white bread.
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
Kevin James  |  Sep 25, 2012  |  0 comments

There’s no use pretending that Google TV wasn’t a dud when the first products shipped back in late 2010. In fact, sales of Logitech’s $300 Revue player were was so bad the company ran screaming from the settop-box market entirely, never to return. But now, like the Backstreet Boys and collateralized mortgages, Google TV is getting another shot, fueled by some much-needed upgrades to the software, including a more streamlined interface, improved search capabilities, and the ability (finally) to access the Android market, now called Google Play.

David Ranada  |  Jan 21, 2002  |  0 comments

The players are in position, and the pieces are now on the board. But this is not a chess game, and the stakes are even higher than in the richest of Grand Master tournaments. This is the beginning of another video-recorder format war, but unlike the VHS vs. Beta conflict of the late 1970s and early '80s, there are three competing formats.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jun 10, 2003  |  0 comments

Opening photo, remotes, and back panels by JaymeThornton.com

John Sciacca  |  May 07, 2010  |  0 comments

Wireless media streaming once seemed exotic, but these days we take it for granted. Between Blu-ray Disc players, A/V receivers, TVs, and gaming systems, chances are you have multiple components in your home capable of shuttling music (or even photos and videos) from one room to another.

David Ranada  |  Dec 21, 2004  |  0 comments

Yamaha's remarkably trim DVD-S1500 manages to go beyond most other "universal" players. Of course it plays DVD movies plus DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD music discs, most varie-ties of recordable DVDs, and CDs with standard audio, MP3 files, or JPEG-format still images. But it also plays DVDs in the European PAL format on a U.S.-standard TV.

David Ranada  |  Feb 03, 2006  |  0 comments

Like swimmers in some Darwinian gene pool, DVD recorders are quickly mutating to fill every possible niche. Yet as they evolve, you can count on finding a core set of features in most decks - a TV tuner, a VCR-style timer, and a handful of recording "modes" that let you trade picture quality for playback time.

John Sciacca  |  Nov 16, 2010  |  0 comments
Key Features
$7,500 meridian-audio.com/sooloos
• 500-gigabyte hard disk stores approximately 1,000 CDs in lossless FLAC format
• 17-inch, 1,280 x 1,024-rez color touchscreen with slot-loading CD drive for importing discs

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