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David Katzmaier  |  May 01, 2006  |  0 comments

When a plasma TV isn't displaying an image, the stuff behind the name is just an inert gas - usually a mixture of neon and xenon - but it's a big part of what allows these TVs to measure just 3 to 6 inches thick.

 |  Sep 05, 2005  |  0 comments
I watched the show when it was first on the air in 2001 and 2002 and have been waiting for it to come to DVD for a long time myself - so it must be satisfying for you to finally have all 19 episodes in one place on DVD. Yeah, it really is.
Peter Pachal  |  Mar 15, 2005  |  0 comments
Mixed Signals

What's Wrong Everything's hooked up, but why is Gandalf's voice coming from the left surround speaker?

John Sciacca  |  Nov 23, 2008  |  0 comments
$1,198 / UNIVERSALREMOTE.COM / 800-901-0800
While remote controls are one of the greatest inventions ever, that pile of them cluttering up your coffee table is an example of home automation gone awry.
 |  Jul 15, 2004  |  0 comments

The fun and sun capital of the world. Luxury yachts, fashion models, Cuban cigars, fast cars, and topless beaches. Tanned babes and boys, boats and bikinis, palm trees and piña coladas. Ocean Drive and Art Deco. The Magic City - Miami. Where better to get away from it all? A four-day weekend, a gold-star hotel, and - what the heck?

Al Griffin  |  Oct 03, 2006  |  0 comments

Aside from a huge, costly flat-panel TV, the easiest way to put a big video image up on your wall is to buy a front-projector/projection screen combo. And with good high-rez front projectors now selling for as little as $2,000, that option can be particularly budget-friendly.

Mike Mettler  |  Feb 17, 2011  |  0 comments

Some things you know right away in your rock & roll bones. When I first met Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins in 1991, we bonded over the contents of a suitcase he carried with him wherever he went: an ever-growing mountain of live Jimi Hendrix cassettes (some authorized, some not). As the Pumpkins’ trippily punishing debut album, Gish, had just begun melting the ears of the alt-rock cognoscenti, Corgan was already cocksure of where he was going in the world.

Rob Medich  |  Jun 01, 2007  |  0 comments

It was an epic effort requiring superhuman vision and hearing and, above all, heroic resolve. For in order to download the high-definition version of Superman Returns onto Microsoft's Xbox 360 at the Sound & Vision video lab, I, too, would have to return - and return, and return ...

Rob Medich  |  Apr 06, 2006  |  0 comments

Thirty-six floors above Rockefeller Center - or Times Square, depending on which side of the building you're gawking from - Jim Collins is giving a tour of Sirius Satellite Radio's Manhattan headquarters. The VP of corporate communications points out a bunch of empty cardboard equipment boxes propped up against a glassed-in control room.

James K. Willcox  |  Jun 02, 2003  |  0 comments

Illustration by Dan Vasconcellos

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Nov 01, 2007  |  0 comments

"Hey, stop hanging around! You're blocking the doorway!"

That's what shop owners were shouting at teenagers who were loitering outside stores and in malls. The kids were supposedly deterring adult customers - that is, the ones with more spending power.

John Sciacca  |  Jan 06, 2006  |  0 comments

Definitive Technology ProCinema 1000 surround speaker system

SV Staff  |  Jun 26, 2004  |  0 comments
While there's certainly no shortage of people clamoring for dedicated home theaters they can fine-tune for optimum performance, there's also a growing number interested in creating flexible entertainment systems that can deliver sound, video, and even Internet-based content throughout the house.
Reed Tucker  |  Jun 17, 2008  |  0 comments

To the list of life's great mysteries - which already includes what's our purpose on earth, and how does Keanu Reeves keep getting work? - you can add one more: Just how in the name of 1080p do studios decide which titles to re-release on Blu-ray Disc?