James K. Willcox

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James K. Willcox  |  Dec 28, 2011  |  2 comments

I’d had my AR ES-1 turntable for about 20 years when a tenant burned my house — and the turntable and about 3,000 records — to the ground the one time I decided to rent it. If this sad story has a silver lining, it’s that it sent me back into the world of vinyl and turntables.

James K. Willcox  |  Apr 05, 2006  |  0 comments
Remember when the DVD was introduced? Remember how all the hardware companies and Hollywood studios played nice together, bringing out a steady flow of players and movies? Well, you can forget about that when the HD DVD and Blu-ray high-def disc formats debut over the next few months.
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  |  May 03, 2007  |  0 comments

James K. Willcox  |  Oct 28, 2004  |  0 comments
For years, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers were the 98-pound weaklings of the speaker world. Lacking the muscle needed for realistic-sounding music playback - let alone action-movie soundtracks - they were ignored by anyone who took sound seriously.

But the once-ridiculed category has re-emerged, surprisingly pumped and ready to kick sand in the face of that conventional wisdom.

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  |  Oct 04, 2006  |  0 comments

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James K. Willcox  |  Mar 09, 2003  |  0 comments
This past fall, astute subscribers to the Time Warner digital cable service in New York City began to notice something unusual-and no, it wasn't that their bills were going down. It was the appearance of Channel 1000 on the onscreen program guide, accompanied by the letters MOD. Was this a new retro fashion channel? Actually, the truth is more interesting.
James K. Willcox  |  Jul 04, 2006  |  0 comments

Just a week before the May 9 release of their two-CD set Stadium Arcadium, the Red Hot Chili Peppers found that the whole album had been leaked to the Internet, letting fans download it free from file-sharing sites. These days, of course, leaks are hardly novel - but the reaction of the band's bass player, Flea, was.