A/V Components

HDMI 2.0: A New Resolution

September 20, 2013

It has been 11 years since development began on the HDMI format. Nowadays, HDMI has become a standard household item for High-Definition entertainment. Anything recent, audio and video related, is more than likely to contain a form of the HDMI connector whether it is an A, B, C, D, or E type of connector. The […]

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How to Connect Your Streaming Devices

October 4, 2011

Streaming has become one of the buzzwords in modern home theater, offering consumers the ability to access directly on the TV a vast array of new and favorite music, video or still photos, either across the worldwide web or locally on the home computer. As always, there’s a lot to be said for the comfort and […]

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Hands On Review: Onkyo HT-RC370 Receiver

We used to call these things surround sound receivers or home theater receivers, but it seems that as the technology evolves the home theater is only a portion of what they’re all about.

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Hulu to Debut Original Programming

August 8, 2011

It was kind of weird when Netflix first announced plans to air the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey show, “House of Cards.” Now, Hulu is following suit, planning its own original programming, with the help of documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. Best known for his work in “Super Size Me,” Spurlock will capture “A Day in the Life.” Inspired by […]

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Are We Spoiled By Streaming Media?

August 4, 2011

Steaming content—both videos and music—is so easy now, and so cheap, that I worry we’ve gotten a little spoiled by the experience and will begin to expect everything to be as easy and cheap, forgetting the huge backend infrastructure it takes to make these systems work. A couple of weeks ago the web went berserk […]

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Hands On: Kaleidescape Music Server and Disc Vault

August 2, 2011

Since the company’s introduction, the Kaleidescape line of hard-drive-bases media servers have taken the throne as the king of all movie devices. That kind of accolade , from both Kaleidescape owners and professional installers, is due to the system’s ease of use and performance, and also to the fact that the company has consistently stood nose-to-nose with […]

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How to Choose A Multiroom Audio System

July 25, 2011

Consider these features when choosing a whole-house entertainment system.

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9 Alternatives to Netflix

If you’re thinking about ditching Netflix, you may want to look at this list of other movie rental options.

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Multiple Images the Modern Way

July 13, 2011

Picture-in-picture was once state-of-the-art, but we are way beyond that now. Dig this from the Sept./Oct. 1987 issue of Electronic House: Double Play allows users to scan channels on the smaller screen without interrupting views on the bigger screen. VCR is required. Now you can forget that old picture-in-picture stuff. Today you have picture next […]

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The High-End Name Game: Who are these guys?

March 4, 2010

Quick….name a luxury automobile. Maybe you thought of Bentley, or Rolls Royce, or something sportier like Aston Martin or Ferrari. Now…..name a high-end watch. You probably thought of Rolex or maybe Omega or Patek or Cartier. How about a luxury kitchen appliance? There’s Viking, Sub-Zero, Thermador or Wolf…

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