Peter Pachal

Peter Pachal  |  Jul 05, 2006  |  0 comments

TERABYTE POWER Unless you're Sony BMG, you'll never run out of room for your music in the AudioReQuest S4.2500. Its massive 1.5-terabyte hard disk can hold 2,500 CDs worth of music - and that's uncompressed. If you go the MP3 route, there's enough room for 360,000 songs! Even the most dedicated Deadhead could fit his collection on that.

Peter Pachal  |  Jul 05, 2006  |  0 comments

Watts... uh THE DEAL Promising 75 real-world watts for each of five channels, Rotel's silver giant has the power to justify its heft. And 7.1-channel home theater buffs needn't fear - you can add an extra two channels with an optional upgrade. Bring on those action flicks!

Peter Pachal  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  0 comments

NO WIRES The Philips Streamium music system takes all the complexity - and cables - out of multiroom audio through the wireless magic of Wi-Fi (802.11g). As soon as you turn on the WACS700 main base (left) and its satellite, they automatically find each other - no pairing, seeking, or inputting required.

Peter Pachal  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  0 comments

BACK IN BLACK The Optoma HD7100 front projector takes contrast to a new level with Texas Instruments' DarkChip3 DLP technology, providing an impressive 5,000:1 rated contrast ratio. So no matter how dark things get onscreen, the picture stays sharp and detailed.

Peter Pachal  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  0 comments

NUMBERS GAME The hot spec on HDTVs this year is 1080p resolution, and the Sharp Aquos LC-37D90U 37-inch LCD joins the crowd with a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel screen and a 1080p input. That means it will not only show every last detail of a 1080i HD signal, but that the display is pretty much future-proof - until they start broadcasting holograms.

Peter Pachal  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  0 comments

ALL IN ONE Of course it has seven amplifier channels at 85 watts for each speaker - that's a given. The reason you get a flagship receiver like the Harman Kardon AVR 745 is the bells and whistles: automatic speaker setup, outputs for two subwoofers, and a USB port for digital music streamed from your PC.

Peter Pachal  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  0 comments

SING IN YOUR STEP You'll never forget to bring your MP3 player to the gym when you have a pair of Dada Code M sneakers. This flash-based footwear has enough memory for about 100 songs and transmits the music to the included wireless headphones. Battery life is six hours - sadly, they aren't able to harness all that energy you expend working out.

Peter Pachal  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  0 comments

SAVING GRACE In 2006, how can a DVD recorder - even one as snazzy-looking as the Toshiba RD-XS55 - justify a $600 price tag? How about a 250-GB hard disk for starters, giving you enough space for at least 300 hours of shows? Then there's its compatibility with DVD-R/RW and -RAM.

Peter Pachal  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  0 comments

PACK LEADER Up to 40 components will pledge themselves to Universal Remote Control's Medius TX-1000, probably out of respect for the capable touchscreen controller.

Peter Pachal  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  0 comments

SPIN ZONE Handy and fun! That's the Cableyoyo Pop, a stick-on spool that you can attach to most MP3 players. If you can bear making your iPod a bit thicker, the Pop adheres to its backside and serves as a place to roll up your headphones, which stay in place thanks to a tiny clip.

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