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Home Entertainment
by Richard Stevens
2 months ago
Our computer and home entertainment systems are similar in the way they display content and allow us to immerse ourselves in the experience. Even with that pretty big similarity, they can sometimes feel like two completely different and incompatible worlds, and unnecessarily so. Add a smartphone or tablet to the mix and things can become even more fragmented. Each of these devices offers audio...
2 months ago
Summer is in full gear, and while vacationers are packing up and hustling out, stay-cationers like me are checking out the new E-Series SmartCast TVs and tuner-free displays from VIZIO. With multiple models in this series ranging from 32" all the way to 70", there’s a display to suit anyone’s needs. A terminology tidbit first: if it’s referred to as a “tuner-free display,” you’ll need the...
4 months ago
As stubborn as it was, winter is finally over. For a while there it seemed as if the cold weather wasn’t quite ready to bid its farewell, but literally like clockwork, along comes spring and, with it, our desire to tidy things up a bit. As we let more sunlight into homes and bask in the delight of warmer weather, it’s only natural that we look around and begin to visualize a neater and more...
8 months ago
In the hundred or so years that TVs have been around, countless innovations have been made in the field, some of which I covered in a previous article. But this isn’t about history—this is about what’s available and innovative right now. Without further ado, let’s...
9 months ago
TVs have come a long way in their relatively brief existence. They’ve gone from 8 x 8 resolution in their first demonstration, in 1909, to various versions of what we call 4K, the most common of which is 3840 x 2160. Over this 106-year period, the science behind the screen has evolved, from the initial 64 selenium cell matrix to the CRT (tube) TVs you and I grew up with, to plasma, LCD, and LED....
9 months ago
For years, Casio was known as “that calculator company.” High-school and college students, and those in the fields of science, engineering, and advanced math were rushing out to buy the latest scientific or graphing calculator for their increasingly difficult equations. They chose Casio for a good reason: not only did Casio develop the first all-electric compact calculator in 1957, the company...
9 months ago
Installers the world over have long trusted Gefen for all their niche needs, from KVM switchers to wireless HDMI and more. Founded by Hagai Gefen, in 1998, the Chatsworth, California-based company received increased attention followed, naturally, by product demand after the company’s equipment was used for the digital signage setup in the 2010 X Games. Since that time, Gefen developed its Gefen...
10 months ago
VIZIO is a brand that we have affectionately covered on more than one occasion, and for good reason. To put it simply, VIZIO makes great high-definition televisions. That doesn’t tell the complete story though; the company makes great HDTVs at prices that won’t leave you staring hopelessly through store windows—you can save that sort of behavior for sports-car watching. This California-based...
10 months ago
If you walked into a car dealership and blurted out, “Sell me a motor vehicle,” the salespeople would hopefully spend a little time qualifying you as a customer before shepherding you into an office to sign paperwork. This also isn’t an effective way to buy speakers for your home. There are just too many options that serve totally different needs. This article will help you pinpoint your personal...
10 months ago
2015 is here, and it’s almost gone. Cars aren’t whizzing by above our heads, and there isn’t a fleet of robots waiting to make our beds and take out the trash. Ah, the potential of technology that’s yet to come—having to walk to the kitchen and prepare my own latte is so yesteryear. Looking back to a childhood filled with Jetsons-like expectations for the future, present-day technology hasn’t...
11 months ago
What is a projection screen and what is it used for? A projection screen is a large reflective surface, usually white, that’s typically hung on a wall in a room at some distance in front of any type of digital or film projector for the purposes of entertainment, training, education, or sales presentation. Compared to a bare wall, a projection screen affords higher reflectivity, resulting in a...
1 year ago
Talk to any business owner or key decision maker and they’ll tell you how important it is to reach and communicate with their customers effectively. If you speak with them about their marketing and advertising strategies, you’ll likely see a diverse set of techniques and blueprints for achieving their goals. Not all businesses are the same, so companies must take a customized approach that best...
1 year ago
In the ever-evolving landscape of home entertainment, home theater receivers remain the driving force behind high-powered stereo and multi-channel sound systems. Looking back, a lot has changed—gone are the tape decks and VHS players of yesteryear that delivered our audio and video entertainment—these days, smart devices, Blu-ray players, streaming devices, and gaming systems are the major...
1 year ago
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Microsoft Xbox One or Sony PlayStation 4 gaming consoles? Do you think of their high-performance hardware, extensive video-game catalogs, or making your friends bow to your gaming greatness? Of course you do—those are their biggest draws, and for good reason. As owners of these systems will tell you, however, these robust, multi-...
1 year ago
At first glance, it may be difficult to discern how a media player so small, at just 3.9 inches wide and 0.9 inches high, could serve as the brain of your streaming multimedia entertainment experience. And when I say multimedia, I mean just that—with this device you have the power to wield multiple media options with your fingertips. The Apple TV can adeptly bridge all of your stored content,...

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