James K. Willcox

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James K. Willcox  |  Feb 07, 2008  |  0 comments

In the beginning - well, at least 5 or 6 years ago - music stored on a PC generally either stayed there or was downloaded to a portable player. But as more and more audio and video content has become available online, people want to hear and see it on home entertainment rigs.

James K. Willcox  |  Dec 03, 2006  |  0 comments

Surge protectors - or, more precisely, transient-voltage surge suppressors - are becoming a necessary part of any home theater.

James K. Willcox  |  Sep 03, 2007  |  0 comments

Clearly embedded somewhere in America's national psyche is an obsession with getting thin. How else do you explain both the celebrity of Nicole Richie and the craze for flat-panel TVs? In fact, with the increased focus on TVs slim enough to be mounted on a wall, the environment for rear-projection HDTVs has gotten a lot tougher.

James K. Willcox  |  Jul 01, 2007  |  0 comments
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Without some form of protection, gear can be damaged or even destroyed by power surges - short bursts of voltage that exceed the U.S. standard of 120 volts.
James K. Willcox  |  Jul 06, 2006  |  0 comments

With its eye-catching design and seamless integration with the iTunes Music Store download service, Apple's iPod has taken the portable-music market by storm. But once you get beyond the iPod's distinctive, sexy styling and crack open its case, you'll find a collection of off-the-shelf components not all that different from those used in other personal media players.

James K. Willcox  |  May 03, 2007  |  0 comments

James K. Willcox  |  Feb 09, 2007  |  0 comments

James K. Willcox  |  Oct 11, 2007  |  0 comments

In-wall speakers have come a long way since the first models, which were essentially re-purposed car-stereo speakers. That dramatic improvement over the past decade is due largely to the boom in "architectural" audio products driven by the advent of flat-panel TVs, any-room home theater systems, and whole-house audio.

James K. Willcox  |  Dec 02, 2007  |  0 comments

Lost in the rush of attention being lavished on sleeker and sexier flat-panel HDTVs is the fact that there's still a lot of innovation going on in rear-projection microdisplay sets. In the past year, we've seen developments ranging from the prosaic - bigger screens, more models with 1080p resolution, and slimmed-down cabinets - to the exotic, such as 3-D video.