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Monday, 01 November 2004 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
AV Education on RHT The Art of the Demo Written by Jerry Del Colliano November 2004 In the glory days of high-end audio, the demo sold at the local stereo store often made indelible impressions on consumers, causing people to save every penny to afford that new tone arm or tube preamp. Today, the audiophile market is basically dead in all places other than eBay and Audiogon. Dealers have had to adapt in order to sell engineered systems in increasingly complex homes that come complete with touch screen control of distributed audio, a full home theater system, lighting, HVAC, a wine collection and so much more. The problem is that many dealers in this time of real estate boom (and the impending home theater sales that go along with such a boom) have forgotten how to really blow a customer’s socks off.
Wednesday, 01 September 2004 ,  Written by Mike Levy
AV Education on RHT The Pros and Cons of LCD TVs Written by Michael Levy Introduction I remember the first time I saw “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Of all of the wonders predicted in Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, I was most taken by the flat screen TV displays. In one scene, the displays are like pads on the table. The LCD monitors that now come with most computers come closest to looking like them. LCD displays have quickly become the reference for personal computing, but they have not expanded in size enough to compete with plasma for home entertainment. While plasma is well ahead in this race, many think LCD displays will be first across the finish line when one format dominates. As the technology advances and LCD conquers its limitations its strengths give it greater viability.
Thursday, 01 July 2004 ,  Written by Mike Levy
AV Education on RHT The Pros and Cons of Plasma TVs Written by Michael Levy Introduction Audio/video product designers tend to be dreamers. When I was young, I would dream of a George Jetson-inspired day when you could just hang a picture on the wall and view a bright, clear, vivid moving image. Plasma TV has made that seemingly impossible dream real. Believe it or not, plasma screen technology goes back to the ‘60s. It took advancements in chip design and miniaturization through the decades to make it commercially feasible. Growing up in that era, I could daydream of the concept, but somewhere in the back of my mind, I doubted it could really make it to the walls of my home. Now, people go every day to vendors ranging from CostCo to the best custom home theater designers to get a sexy, thin plasma-beaming HDTV in their living rooms. Walking through the vast hallways of ...
Tuesday, 01 April 2003 ,  Written by Ed Masterson
Transparent Audio PowerIsolator 4 Power Conditioner
Introduction I have long dreamed of having a custom A/V room, designed from the ground up in order to obtain optimum performance from my audio/video system. The design would address everything from room acoustics to EMI noise isolation. When it comes to AC power, if cost was no object, I would have separate dedicated transformers on the power pole for each electronic component. Although totally impractical, this would be the best way to keep noise generated by other electronic devices, such as computers, water heaters, refrigerators and even other audio components, from infiltrating my beloved sound system. A more practical approach would be to use power filters like the new Transparent PowerIsolator IV, which provides both noise filtering and surge protection. On the surface, this may not sound so impressive, since you can purchase a device at your local hardware store ...
Saturday, 01 March 2003 ,  Written by Richard Elen
Toshiba SD-K610 DVD Player
Introduction With the Digital Versatile Disk (DVD) now firmly established as the most popular consumer electronics product in history, the economics of mass production have kicked in, with the result that an increasing number of players are available for absurd prices. I’ve already reviewed one of these players, the Sampo DVE-611, which is specifically notable for its ability to become a multi-standard, multi-region player, all for under $120. Some of the players that are around now are even cheaper, and you can pick one up for well under $100 – in fact, for close to half of that. The secret is manufacturing in the People’s Republic of China, where costs can be kept down. But are they any good? Some Chinese players have been of dubious quality, with unreliable hardware and buggy software. I took a look at the Toshiba SD-K610, with an unrealistic list price of $179.99. It is available new at national retailers ...
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