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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Feb 05, 2007 0 comments
Canon's new HV20 HD Camcorder joins the ever growing field of consumer-oriented high-definition camcorders. Although it's not as small nor as inexpensive as Sanyo's $699 720p Xacti HD2 MPEG4 HD camcorder, at $1,099 the 1920 x 1080 Canon entry includes enough features and performance that it's a significant bargain for the money.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Feb 02, 2007 0 comments
Four new devices from TV One are designed to make life with HDMI a bit easier.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments
Paying premium prices to sit in the exclusive Club Level at Miami's Dolphin Stadium during this year's Super Bowl means you won't have to actually watch the game from your primo perch. Instead, you'll be able to munch crackers and caviar while spilling champagne on yourself, all in front of one of eight 103" Panasonic Professional 1080p HD plasma displays (TH-103PF9UK).
Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Dec 11, 2006 0 comments
The biggest bang for the box.

I was smitten with Polk's I-Sonic tabletop system when I first laid eyes (but no hands-this was a prototype) on it at a Polk press conference. The strong fixation, no doubt, grew out of my need to replace an aging Bose Wave radio that had served me well but was clearly at its watts' end. I was also enticed by the unusually swanky set of features (a built-in DVD player, XM capability, and HD Radio). And then, of course, there was the fact that I couldn't get my hands on one; exclusivity is often enticing.

Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Dec 04, 2006 Published: Nov 04, 2006 0 comments
Getting Morel of a good thing.

Released from the boxes of thousands upon thousands of plasma and LCD TVs was a nasty disease that's induced feverish thoughts of flatness and smallness in the minds of otherwise good and decent people, making them forget how important audio is to a home theater system. (That rumbling sound is Paul Klipsch rolling over in his grave.) For these poor, deluded folks, speakers are not much more than a flat-panel-TV accessory.

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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Nov 10, 2006 0 comments
NASA plans to once again make space history on November 15th when it broadcasts the first live High Definition Television images from the International Space Station (ISS). Next week's live HDTV video feed will be produced in cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Discovery HD Theater, and Japanese broadcast network NHK.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Nov 02, 2006 0 comments
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the folks at SpeakerCraft think it's quite possible you've never seen a more beautiful rear - speaker, that is.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Nov 02, 2006 0 comments
NeoDigits says the company is now shipping the only DVD player on the market with built-in upscaling that's capable of providing output resolutions up to 1080p through HDMI and component connections. The new H4000 can also send 1080i or 720p via the player's VGA/RGB-HV outputs.
Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 24, 2006 Published: Oct 25, 2006 0 comments
Hang a blue ribbon on the wall for these planar-driver speakers.

To stand out from the crowd, a speaker (or any product) needs to have a gimmick. "Gimmick" is too harsh of a word, really. "Unique element of differentiation" is too clinical but more on the mark. Maybe I should say, "thingamajig." On-wall speakers used to stand out from the crowd by their ability not to stand out. They were slim, contemporary in style, and loosely matched the flatness of plasma TVs, plus, until recently, only a handful were on the market. In some cases, these speakers were even voiced to sound their best when mounted on a wall. (Imagine that.) But on-wall speakers are no longer unusual. They're everywhere, including in some HTIB systems. Differentiation is definitely different now—it's a heck of a lot harder to do.

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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 18, 2006 0 comments
Even if you thought custom installation was expensive before, the new Gryphon Mirage Control Amplifier from Gryphon Audio Designs of Denmark will likely give you a new frame of reference when it comes to how much you can actually spend on multiroom audio.