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Wednesday, 01 January 2003 ,  Written by Richard Elen
Escient Fireball Audio Server
Introduction Escient’s new Fireball is an early example of something that is going to become a lot more common in the future, believe me: it’s an audio component that links today’s broadband internet audio experience to your home audio system and with your existing CD collection. Essentially a dedicated audio server with a 40 GB hard drive, analog and digital I/O and network connections, the Fireball, list price $1,999, allows you to capture audio from the built-in CD drive or from external digital or analog sources, ripping the content to MP3 files and storing them on the internal hard drive. In addition, the Fireball interfaces with the Internet, either by phone line, Home Phone Networking (HPNA) or broadband. The Internet provides Internet radio, along with a transparent interface to the CDDB CD database, which provides track information and cover art. There is also an information and shopping interface that allows you to find out information about ...
Thursday, 01 November 2001 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Sony HD100 HDTV Satellite Receiver
Introduction I think it is fair to say the Sony HD100 is the most anticipated product in the short history of consumer HDTV. While RCA was the first to market with their $699 DTC 100 DSS and terrestrial receiver, this wasn’t exactly embraced as the most friendly AV component. Sony continually promised that the HD100 was just around the corner, with all of the convenience and performance we expect from the Japanese giant. It was significantly more than a year after we first saw the RCA box in stores that the Sony HD100 was available to the buying public. I purchased one of the first units and held onto it until my HDTV system was completed six months later. The Sony HD100 is both a DSS receiver and a terrestrial TV tuner. Of course, it receives HDTV signals from DirecTV, as well as many over-the-air channels. As you may have heard, digital TV reception is hit ...
Friday, 01 June 2001 ,  Written by Bryan Dailey
Sony SAT-T60 TiVo/DSS Receiver
Introduction Sony’s SAT-T60 combines TiVo, the most popular personal television service, with DirecTV, the most popular satellite service. This means that the SAT-T60 will not only save you some space in your entertainment center or equipment rack, it will also let you keep up on the latest television shows and still have a life. Before personal television units such as TiVo and ReplayTV, we were forced to manually program VCRs and were at the mercy of damaged, worn-out tapes and/or power outages. Then came VCR Plus, but that wasn’t exactly the most intuitive system, and it was never a huge success in the eyes of consumers. Sure, it was cool to see the little VCR+ logo on your VCR, but who wanted to hunt though the TV Guide to find a particular show’s special code number? With TiVo’s service, you simply browse through a complete list of the coming two weeks’ worth of programming. ...
Friday, 01 December 2000 ,  Written by Kim Wilson
Lansonic DAS-750 Digital Audio Server
Introduction Lansonic™, a division of Digital Voice Systems, Inc. (DVSI), a leader in the field of voice compression, has introduced the first unit in what may be a brand-new product category. The DAS-750 Digital Audio Server is a high-performance audio product that stores and plays music files, decoding all the standard MP1/MP2/MP3 compression rates, ranging from 32 kbps to 448 kbps (kilo bits per second), as well as uncompressed WAV files. Depending on the configuration, the unit ranges in price from $695 to $ 2,595. Unlike a PC that emits high levels of hum, noise and heat, the DAS-750 is far better suited for storing and playing a wide range of music files, since it employs 20-bit crystal A-to-D and D-to-A converters. Analog output is measured at 96 dB SNR from 0-22 kHz, which is considerably better than the typical computer soundcard. The DAS unit also contains a programmable 40-bit Digital Signal Processor to ...
Sunday, 01 October 2000 ,  Written by Kim Wilson
RCA DTC 100 HDTV Receiver
Introduction The RCA DTC100 receives, decodes and displays standard definition NTSC broadcasts from local and cable stations, plus all DTV formats, as well as DIRECTV satellite programming. Retailing for $ 649.00, the DTC100 provides a comprehensive array of audio and video outputs, serving a range of display devices from standard TVs to many high-definition display devices. RF, Composite, S-Video and 15-pin VGA video outputs are supplied, along with RCA-type connections for analog audio in addition to an optical (Toslink) discrete digital audio output (however, no COAX digital audio connection is included). The DTC100’s HD monitor output supports high-resolution video up to 1080i. To achieve this signal, the 15-pin D-subminiature connector is used to provide a component output (RGB) that is compatible with multi-sync displays. The horizontal resolution at the HD monitor output for standard definition digital broadcasts may be up to 720 pixels per line and, for high-definition broadcasts, can reach 1920 pixels per line. The ...
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