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Friday, 01 February 2008 ,  Written by Bryan Dailey
Dish Network Vip722 High-Definition DVR
Introduction Every time I hear about a new high-def DVR from Dish Network, I get excited. “Will this be the one that finally has dual-zone HD output via HDMI?" I ask myself. I have been successfully using Dish Network’s line of non-high-def and high-def dual output DVRs for years. The one feature I have been waiting for is dual HDMI support, so I could run two HDTVs independently and simultaneously. I currently have a mirrored version of the picture on my big screen also going to the smaller kitchen LCD, but ideally I want to be able to have two different high-def shows on simultaneously. Dish Network has been a real innovator in the DVR market for several years, as they were the first company to feature units with multi-room capabilities. This not only saves the consumer on monthly DVR fees, but ...
Tuesday, 01 January 2008 ,  Written by Ken Taraszka, MD
Definitive Technology Mythos ST Super Towers/Mythos Ten Speaker System
Introduction Speaker technology is growing and designs are constantly evolving to adapt to the changes in display technology and lifestyle. Definitive Technology has been breaking the price point of full-range sound for decades, and now comes to the table with the new Mythos ST Super Tower, a speaker promising to exceed all of our expectations. A tall, slender speaker designed to fit into any décor yet offer sound beyond reproach, the Mythos ST has a built-in powered subwoofer, eliminating the need for a separate one in a home theater system. They are available in a brushed aluminum or gloss black finish and cost just $1,999 each. For my review system, Definitive was kind enough to send me four of the new Mythos STs and one of the new Mythos Ten speakers, designed as an L/C/R. The Mythos Ten retails for $899, ...
Thursday, 13 December 2007 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
title: Do It Yourself Room Treatments category: Feature Article reviewed by: Jerry Del Colliano forum link: Comment on this review here... Do It Yourself Room Treatments The Problem. The single most important element of your music or theater system sounding great is not your speakers. It's your room. I know, it is unlikely you're going to rip down your drywall to re-brace your joists or load sonically deadening material into your walls. Nor do I expect you to tack on sorry-looking egg crate anywhere in your listening room. I am not interested in doing that either, but I am always interested in making my system sound significantly better, especially without spending thousands on new equipment.
Friday, 01 June 2007 ,  Written by Kevin Miller
DVDO by Anchor Bay iScan VP50 Video Processor
Introduction Anchor Bay Technologies, makers of DVDO system products offers a full line of video processors that deliver great performance at extremely competitive prices. Last year, I gave the company’s second from top-of-the-line processor, the iScan VP30, very high marks for the price performance ratio with really only one serious caveat or downside, which was how it handled de-interlacing of 1080i HDTV sources. Since then, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of their latest flagship processor, the iScan VP50, which purportedly solved the above issue. I have now been living with the VP50 in my system for about a month, have used it with several 1080p resolution projectors, and have it driving my reference Samsung SP-H710AE one-chip DLP projector. Anchor Bay’s VP50 is an extremely impressive video processor in terms of video performance and system set-up flexibility. Some might suggest that, at $2,995, a VP50 is probably overkill for most consumer TVs like DLP and LCoS ...
Tuesday, 01 May 2007 ,  Written by Ken Taraszka, MD
Denon DVD-5910CI Universal Disc Player
Introduction The format war for high-definition discs wages on, but for now, DVD is still the reigning king of home video formats. We all have years of back catalogue DVDs in our collections, and a solid player is of paramount importance to any theater. High-resolution audio in the form of SACD and DVD-Audio are still prominent and Denon makes several levels of players capable of spinning CD, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio and SACD discs, with their top of the line spinner being the DVD-5910CI priced at $3,800. The DVD-5910CI is designed to be the primary source for a high-end home theater or whole home distribution system and, as such, offers connectivity not often found on consumer level goods. The “CI” stands for Custom Integration. This is Denon’s way of identifying their products with connectivity and control features for home integration and theaters using advance control systems. This flagship DVD player in the Denon line offers a vast array ...
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