Avi Greengart is the Research Director for Consumer Devices at Current Analysis (Mobile Phones, Connected Devices, and Digital Home). He also regularly writes for Slashgear, sporadically blogs at Home Theater View and Tweets far too often as @greengartAvi's expertise lies in understanding consumer electronics marketing, consumer behavior, and technology adoption patterns: where new technologies meet the mass market. 

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Columns By Topic: Audio | Business and Marketing Issues | Computing & Digital Devices | DVD | DVRs | Home Theater (General) | TVs and Projectors
 

Column Summaries

Columns By Topic

 

Audio and Home Theater Sound

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Column 51 (10/9/03) More on In-Ear Headphones

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Column 50 (8/19/03) Travel Headphones

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Product Review: Outlaw Audio Model 7100 Amplifier published at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity Magazine, June 2003

bulletColumn 45 (2/4/03) What is "EX?"
bulletColumn 43 (11/27/02) Using a PC as an audio processor, ranking audio DSP modes
bulletColumn 40 (9/19/02) In-Wall Speakers, Receivers
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Column 37 (7/26/02) Samsung’s Summer Product Lineup

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Column 36 (7/19/02) Everything You Wanted to Know About: THX

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Column 24 (3/5/02) 1. Help With DVD Hookup, 2. Can You Wring the Resolution Out of HDTV?

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Column 23 (2/24/02) Is It Right For You? Other Bose Products

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Column 14 (11/26/01): SACD or DVD-A? Both DOA.

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Column 12 (11/12/01): Why Are All Speakers Black?

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Column 5 (9/24/01): The Dark Side of Successful Product Marketing: Bose

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Column 4 (9/17/01): CD Players: Mature Technology vs. Audiophiles

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Column 3 (9/10/01): Controversial Topics: Politics, Religion, and Cables

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Column 2 (9/3/01): Can Home Theater Come in a Box?

 

Business and Marketing Issues

bulletColumn 54 (5/16/07) Positive Customer Support Experience
bulletColumn 41 (9/27/02) Branding, Corrections, and Other Odds and Ends
bulletColumn 39 (8/19/02) HDTV Update: Mandates, Promises, and Mergers
bulletColumn 32 (6/13/02); Four Questions: Unauthorized Dealers, 27" TVs, Projectors, Screens
bulletColumn 30 (5/02/02) Authorization Denied: Dealing with Sales Channel Management
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Column 23 (2/24/02) Is It Right For You? Other Bose Products

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Column 21 (1/31/02) Consumer Electronics Arbitrage

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Column 20 (1/23/02) Why Does It Cost More to Buy Software Direct?

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Column 19 (1/16/02): What Women Want: Home Theater and the Other 51% of the Population

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Column 17 (1/3/02): Attention Shoppers -- Special on DLP in Aisle 6: What would it take to make home theater projectors mainstream?

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Column 7 (10/8/01): DVR Marketing: What Went Wrong?

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Column 5 (9/24/01): The Dark Side of Successful Product Marketing: Bose

Computing and Digital Devices

bulletColumn 53 (3/15/04) Problems with PDA screens, and Just What is WiFi, Anyway (and do I need DSL?)
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Column 52 (1/04/04) Emailing Digital Photos, Cell Phones

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Column 51 (10/9/03) Basic PDAs

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Column 50 (8/19/03) Digital Cameras, Digital Video Cameras

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Column 49 (7/9/03) Digital Cameras, Notebooks

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Column 48 (6/8/03) Mid-priced Palm-based PDAs

bulletColumn 43 (11/27/02) Using a PC as a video scaler, audio processor
bulletColumn 42 (10/10/02) Outfitting a PC
bulletColumn 38 (8/5/02) Product Review: Visual Communicator
bulletColumn 34 (7/5/02) TechXNY/PCxpo Show Report
bulletColumn 33 (6/22/02) PDA/Phone/Pager Combinations: Handset Designs Run Amuck?
bulletColumn 29 (4/24/02) The PDA Landscape: Nobody's Perfect
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Column 25 (3/14/02) Sharing a Cable Modem: Wired & Wireless Home Networking

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Column 8 (10/15/01): Digital Camera Basics

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Column 7 (10/8/01): DVR Marketing: What Went Wrong?

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Column 6 (10/1/01): Choosing a DVR

 

DVD

bulletColumn 53 (3/15/04) Problems with TV/DVD/VCR hookups
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Column 52 (1/04/04) A/V Hookup Question

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Column 51 (10/9/03) Integrated TV/DVD players, Moving Video Around the House

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Column 50 (8/19/03) Watching Photos on DVD Players

bulletColumn 46 (3/30/03) DVD 103: Still More on Those Black Bars
bulletColumn 45 (2/4/03) DVD 102: Connections, and a whole lot of reader mail
bulletColumn 44 (12/15/02) DVD 101: Taming the Black Bars
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Column 36 (7/19/02) Everything You Wanted to Know About: THX

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Column 26 (3/22/02) VCR/DVD Combo Players

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Column 24 (3/5/02) 1. Help With DVD Hookup, 2. Can You Wring the Resolution Out of HDTV?

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Column 22 (2/7/02) Renting DVDs Online

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Column 13 (11/19/01): DVD Players Revisited

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Column 11 (11/5/01): Just How Enhanced Are DVDs "Enhanced for Widescreen TVs"?

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Column 7 (10/8/01): DVR Marketing: What Went Wrong?

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Column 1 (8/27/01): DVD Player Basics

 

Home Theater (General)

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Column 51 (10/9/03) Automating Lights, Moving Video Around the House

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Column 48 (6/8/03) Speaker Cable

bulletColumn 45 (2/4/03) DVD 102: Connections, and a whole lot of reader mail
bulletColumn 44 (12/15/02) DVD 101: Taming the Black Bars
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(Almost) Everything You Wanted To Know About Remote Controls (Feature Article on published by Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity Magazine November 2002

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Column 36 (7/19/02) Everything You Wanted to Know About: THX

bullet Home Entertainment 2002 Show Wrap-Up (posted on Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity)
bulletColumn 31 (5/22/02) When to Buy: Dealing with the Rapid Pace of Technology Change
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Column 19 (1/16/02): What Women Want: Home Theater and the Other 51% of the Population

bulletColumn 18 (1/10/02): How to Make a House a Home (Theater, That Is)
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Column 3 (9/10/01): Controversial Topics: Politics, Religion, and Cables

TVs & Projectors

bulletColumn 53 (3/15/04) Problems with TV/DVD/VCR hookups
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Column 52 (1/04/04) A/V Hookup, Will People Ever Stop Asking About DLP Rainbows? Wireless HDTV?

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Column 51 (10/9/03) Plasma vs. DLP TVs, Small TVs/Combo Units

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Column 49 (7/9/03) DLP Rainbows

bulletColumn 45 (2/4/03) What Shape TV (Yes, Again...)
bulletColumn 44 (12/15/02) DVD 101: Taming the Black Bars
bulletColumn 43 (11/27/02) Plasma televisions, TV sitting distance, HDTV price drops
bulletColumn 42 (10/10/02) HDTV Antennas
bulletColumn 39 (8/19/02) HDTV Update: Mandates, Promises, and Mergers
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Column 37 (7/26/02) Samsung’s Summer Product Lineup

bulletColumn 32 (6/13/02); Four Questions: Unauthorized Dealers, 27" TVs, Projectors, Screens
bulletColumn 31 (5/22/02) When to Buy: Dealing with the Rapid Pace of Technology Change
bulletColumn 28 (4/16/02) The PLUS HE-3100 Piano Six Months Later (Follow-up review)
bulletColumn 27 (4/9/02) Projector/TV Connection Dilemma: One Set Of Components; More Than One Display
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Column 24 (3/5/02) 1. Help With DVD Hookup, 2. Can You Wring the Resolution Out of HDTV?

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Column 17 (1/3/02): Attention Shoppers -- Special on DLP in Aisle 6: What would it take to make home theater projectors mainstream?

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Column 16 (12/10/01): Review of the Plus HE-3100 "Piano" Home Theater Projector

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Column 15 (12/3/01): PowerPoint or Peckinpath: Business Projectors For Home Theater

bulletColumn 10 (10/29/01): Why HDTV Doesn't Matter
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Column 9 (10/22/01): Big Choices: Big Screen TVs

Column Summaries

Mini-Column 54 (5/16/07):

Good service is so rare (at least outside of hotels and Apple stores) that a positive experience deserves to be highlighted. I ordered a modular battery for my Fujitsu P-series subnotebook from SuperWarehouse.com. I found them via Google - they were one of the few places that claimed to have this relatively hard to find item, and at no point did I tell them I was a mobile devices analyst. Pricing was fair ($129 - high, but that's what these things cost), "ground" shipping was free, and it arrived the next day via FedEx (already exceeding expectations). The battery is supposed to come with two plastic cover doohickeys for different variants of the notebook; unfortunately, the one in the box didn't fit my particular model perfectly, leaving some gaps between the battery and the notebook casing. Do you know how hard it is to track down a plastic cover doohickey? I was resigned that it would have to be "good enough;" this notebook takes a fair amount of abuse - it's not a fashion statement. But then I got an email from SuperWarehouse's President & CEO thanking me for my order and encouraging me to contact him personally with any issues. So I did. I emailed him the problem and got back a prompt response. The next day, FedEx showed up with the correct part. Frankly, I'm blown away. -avi 

Column 53 (3/15/04) AskAvi Answers a Lot of Mail

In this column: Problems with Printers, Which A/V Cable to use, TV/DVD/VCR hookups (all in one, and stand alone), PDA screens, and Just What is WiFi, Anyway, and Do I also Need DSL?

Column 52 (1/04/04) A/V Hookup, Emailing Digital Photos, Wireless HDTV, and Cell Phones

In this column: VCR/DVD Hookup, Emailing Pictures from your Digital Camera, Will People Ever Stop Asking About DLP Rainbows?, Wireless HDTV?, Can Aluminum Siding Affect Cell Phone Reception?, and Cell Phones for Frequent International Travelers

Column 51 (10/9/03) TV, Lights, Headphones, PDAs, and Video

In this column: Plasma vs. DLP TV, Automating Lights - Custom, X10, or Timers?, More On In-ear Headphones, Basic PDA Functionality, Moving Video Around the House, Small TVs, Combo Units

Column 50 (8/19/03) Digital Cameras, Digital Video Cameras, Watching Photos on DVD Players, Travel Headphones

We are in the market for a digital video camera (new baby on the way) and have no idea what to get. I went on your site but didn't see anything... An inexpensive digital camcorder would suit your needs well. You could spend less on an analog model, but I don't recommend it...

Column 49 (7/9/03) Digital Cameras, Notebooks, and DLP Rainbows

I am going to be purchasing a laptop for a college student... The college has sent us a letter that they are actively promoting Wi-Fi around campus... Most college students need a notebook not just to save desk space, but for portability reasons...

Product Review: Outlaw Audio Model 7100 Amplifier published at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity Magazine, June 2003

I often get more excited by a high quality product at a low price than a price-no-object statement piece, no matter how divine the performance. Outlaw Audio’s model 7100 seven channel amplifier sells for $899 plus shipping, and represents a solid value...

Column 48 (6/8/03) PDAs, Speaker Cable

Choosing a midpriced Palm-based PDA; Is oxygen-free wiring necessary, and more AskAvi Cable Religious Dogma

Column 47 (5/6/03) Digital Cable/Satellite vs. Picture in Picture

I had to get a cable box... to keep getting New Jersey Devil [hockey] games... I lost PIP [picture in picture] - so am stuck watching (and recording) whatever the box is watching.  Is there a way to split the signal... here's what's going on: your feed goes to the cable box, the cable box separates out whichever channel you tell it to, and sends that channel...

Column 46 (3/30/03) DVD 103: Still More on Those Black Bars

What I'm wondering about is all those video cassettes I've been renting before. How come there aren't any black bars on those?  Surely they come from the same original source as the DVD? Actually, the source used for previously released movies on VHS and the source when they re-release the same movie on DVD is almost never the same...

Column 45 (2/4/03) DVD 102: Connections, and a whole lot of reader mail

It doesn't always have to be complicated here at Greengart.com -- we get plenty of basic questions, too.  The first two here are for anyone first buying a DVD player and wondering about how to connect everything...

Column 44 (12/15/02) DVD 101: Taming the Black Bars

I have a Denon 1600 DVD player but a regular TV - When I play a Widescreen DVD I have black bars on top and bottom - they look unusually large - is this normal?  The black bars on top and bottom of widescreen movies are perfectly normal - it means you're seeing the movie the way it was originally intended...

Column 43 (11/27/02) AskAvi Mailbox

Topics covered include plasma televisions, how far back to sit from a television, using a PC as a video scaler and/or audio processor, digital set top box hookup issues, HDTV price drop schedules, and ranking the best audio DSP modes. 

(Almost) Everything You Wanted To Know About Remote Controls Feature Article published by Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity Magazine, November 2002

...If you have eleven remotes on your coffee table, then something to contain the mess is obviously important.  But there's more to it than that. Believe it or not, some of the most innovative product developments in consumer electronics are being done for this couch potato device.

Column 42 (10/10/02) HDTV Antennas, Outfitting a PC

1.  I live in a New Jersey suburb... I would like to receive the DIGITAL channels for... HDTV broadcasts.  Which Antenna do you recommend...  The only HDTV being broadcast in the area (I live in N. NJ, too)... 2.  I  want [a new desktop computer] with a DVD player and a CD read-write drive... The advantage to having a combo drive is space... 

Column 41 (9/27/02) Branding, Corrections, and Other Odds and Ends

If you're a brand manager or marketing manager, one of the groups of people you have to make happy are your lawyers, who are always trying to make your licenses more restrictive, your trademarks more durable, and your life more difficult...  Well, give the boys in suits their due, because the sky has fallen. 

Column 40 (9/19/02) In-Wall Speakers, Receivers

...What might one expect to pay... for a "good sound" surround set up... 6.1 system with its own home theatre receiver? ...The front pair [will] be in-wall facing one another while the back pair [will] be in-ceiling.  In-wall speakers have several major problems to overcome... For these reasons, from a "best sound" perspective, in-walls are best for...

Column 39 (8/19/02) HDTV Update: Mandates, Promises, and Mergers

When you've got a capable, properly calibrated set, you really only have to see HDTV once.  The words... are: "I will never go back to regular television again."   The good news: there’s been a flurry of activity on the HDTV landscape lately, all making the transition itself less of an open question.

Column 38 (8/5/02; Corrected/Updated 9/27/02) Product Review: Visual Communicator Serious Magic Makes Everyone a Broadcaster; Broadcasters Not Quitting Their Day Jobs Just Yet

Having first seen... Visual Communicator... demonstrated at TechXNY/PCExpo, I had extremely high expectations.  To a large degree, they were met.  It certainly is an innovative, breakthrough product, and may spawn an entirely new category of software for creating short, TV-style video presentations.

Column 37 (7/26/02) Samsung’s Summer Product Lineup

Samsung... showed several new HDTV set top boxes with extensive connectivity options, announced their entry into the HTIB (Home Theater In a Box) and portable DVD markets with unique values, and displayed their latest DVD, camcorder, and portable audio products.

Column 36 (7/19/02) Everything You Wanted to Know About: THX

I’m looking for a new receiver.  Do I need one with THX to play THX DVDs?  No.  THX certified DVDs are not unique in any way; they’re simply discs which were authored following THX’s standards....  The THX program for home theater receivers has a lot more substance...

Column 35 (7/12/02) The Sacred Quest for... a Toaster Oven?

[Editor's Note: this column did not get fan mail, and will be the only appliance-oriented column AskAvi does] ...I have looked at four dozen toaster ovens.  Web sites... give you the interior volume in cubic feet - useful if you plan to cook feet, I suppose.  (We plan to cook pizza and lasagna.)...

Column 34 (7/5/02) TechXNY/PCxpo Show Report

After the dotcom and telecom crash, much of the floor space is now empty. However... Microsoft showed... a new direction for... PC design... and two companies added fresh ideas to existing technology to create whole new categories...

Column 33 (6/22/02) PDA/Phone/Pager Combinations: Handset Designs Run Amuck?

In ...(Column 29) I focused on PDA-phone combinations from the PDA perspective... Despite all the combo variants on the market, it may be time to reconsider the design of these gizmos based on what you actually do with them.

Column 32 (6/13/02); Four Questions: Unauthorized Dealers, 27" TVs, Projectors, Screens

Between server changes and the Home Entertainment 2002 Show, there haven't been any AskAvi columns in a while (and the peanut gallery has noticed - stop emailing me!).  To make it up to you, here are four of the questions I've gotten over the past month.

Home Entertainment 2002 Show Wrap-Up (6/4/02); posted on Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity)

Column 31 (5/22/02) When to Buy: Dealing with the Rapid Pace of Technology Change

I'm salivating at the thought of a big screen in my home. But there's always something new coming out.  And we all know that the price comes down if you wait... What's missing here is an approach for dealing with technological change based on an understanding that technology doesn't change in a linear fashion.

Column 30 (5/05/02; Follow-Up 9/27/02) Authorization Denied: Dealing with Sales Channel Management

What’s the deal with “authorized dealers?”  ...the rude sales guy told me that if I bought it online the warranty would be invalid.  Is this true? There are two basic types of dealers in the consumer electronics world: authorized dealers, and “grey market” dealers.

Column 29 (4/24/02) The PDA Landscape: Nobody's Perfect

Combine the PalmPilot's success with the march of technology, and today we have a confusing array of choices.  You can still get simple organizers, or combine them with PC functionality, wireless email, or a cellular phone.  ....To make an intelligent choice, you have to...

Column 28 (4/16/02) The PLUS HE-3100 Piano Six Months Later (Follow-up review)

Avi's initial review of the PLUS HE-3100 Piano was in Column 16. It’s actually only five months since I purchased the PLUS Piano projector, but it’s long enough to have some added perspective.

Column 27 (4/9/02) Projector/TV Connection Dilemma: One Set Of Components; More Than One Display

My father... wants to be able to transform his current study/TV room into a theater, from time to time, on the cheap. What's puzzling me is the cabling/components... Your question is something I've had to deal with in my own theater - I have both a 53" TV...

Column 26 (3/22/02) VCR/DVD Combo Players

Avi, our VCR died recently, and when we went to the store to replace it, we saw that they had a combination DVD/VCR machine for only $249... should we get a combo unit? A combination VCR/DVD player has several advantages and disadvantages.  Read on, and decide what matters most to you.  But before we begin, lets dispel a couple of myths

Column 25 (3/14/02) Sharing a Cable Modem: Wired & Wireless Home Networking

...I have two computers, and the cable company is offering cable modem access... Is there a way to share just one Internet connection with two computers? Yes... by setting up a home network.  This will also provide you with a host of other benefits...

Column 24 (3/5/02) 1. Help With DVD Hookup, 2. Can You Wring the Resolution Out of HDTV?

1. My DVD player has 5.1 channel output, RCA connections and an optical connection... All DVD players have at least one digital 5.1 channel output... 2. I'm confused about the resolution of HDTV compatible DLPs or HDTV-ready TVs)... Aside from CRTs with 9" electron guns...

Column 23 (2/24/02) Is It Right For You? Other Bose Products

I read your column about Bose speakers... what about other Bose products, like the Bose radio, or Bose sound systems in cars? You’re referring to Column 5... Bose products are highly targeted – ...for specific target markets.

Column 22 (2/7/02) Renting DVDs Online

...[Is] NetFlix... a good deal? $20/month equates to 7 movies... Are there competing services? My search turned up several online rental places, but Netflix is the big dog; it was one of the first sites to rent DVDs online, it has the best site

Column 21 (1/31/02) Consumer Electronics Arbitrage

I found a link for www.pricejapan.com is this site legit? What gives? How come the US price is so much higher than the price directly from Japan... PriceJapan engages in consumer electronics arbitrage. Here’s how it works..

Column 20 (1/23/02) Why Does It Cost More to Buy Software Direct?

I've been getting e-mails, mail promotions... to entice me to purchase TurboTax on-line. The price for the deluxe version is $39.95. But... in the stores for $29.95… Seems like it's more expensive to buy direct than to buy at the store, right? It is. And it's...

Column 19 (1/16/02): What Women Want: Home Theater and the Other 51% of the Population

I’m a retailer, and I’m losing sales to WAF – Wife Approval Factor. How do you get women “into” home theater? [Question #2] ...I want a front projector. I’m pretty sure my wife will be opposed... Welcome to the great post-feminist age, where it’s OK...

Column 18 (1/10/02): How to Make a House a Home (Theater, That Is)

Question: I've been reading your columns... What’s the most important factor for good home theater? There’s no single factor that makes for a great home theater. ...there are certainly things that are more important than others. Here’s my list,...

Column 17 (1/3/02): Attention Shoppers -- Special on DLP in Aisle 6: What would it take to make home theater projectors mainstream?

When friends hear that I have a projector, their first question is often, “where do you get the movies?”... Many of them have DVD players, yet connecting it to a projector seems like an exotic hobby... could this be something that catches on with the general public?

Column 16 (12/10/01): Review of the Plus HE-3100 "Piano" Home Theater Projector

In last week’s column, I covered whether you can use business projectors for home theater. To continue on this topic, I am reviewing one of the first home theater projectors from a major manufacturer of business projectors – Plus.

Column 15 (12/3/01): PowerPoint or Peckinpath: Business Projectors For Home Theater

I use a projector at work for PowerPoint presentations. Could I use this projector at home for watching movies on a really big screen? In most cases, you could. The question is whether you would want to. The biggest part of the theater experience is...

Column 14 (11/26/01): SACD or DVD-A? Both DOA.

Which of the two better-than-CD formats do you think will succeed? Neither. First, a little background for anyone who doesn’t speak acronym. There are two new CD-size music formats out there – SACD (Super Audio CD) and DVD-A (DVD Audio)...

Column 13 (11/19/01): DVD Players Revisited

Just last night, a neighbor of mine was inspired by how low the costs were for DVD players, and he bought one on sale for just under 80 bucks. My first column covered DVD player basics, but prices have fallen so quickly that it’s worth revisiting.

Column 12 (11/12/01; updated 9/27/02)): Why Are All Speakers Black?

Based on your recommendation, we bought a Kenwood HTB-504… but it doesn’t work for us...  the black color stands out too much against the white walls... Your needs are not unique. Clearly, many people want speakers that blend into the décor.

Column 11 (11/5/01): Just How Enhanced Are DVDs "Enhanced for Widescreen TVs"?

How much better do anamorphic dvd's look on a widescreen TV that enables the increased resolution? First, let's explain what we're talking about. Anamorphic refers to a type of lens used to shoot widescreen images onto regular film...

Column 10 (10/29/01): Why HDTV Doesn't Matter

Sorry to ask again but have been thinking again about which type to buy... "Is all HDTV 16:9 or just movies?" Nearly all HDTV shows will be in the 16:9 aspect ratio... You have to ask yourself: how much HDTV you're likely to watch over time, and weigh that vs...

Column 9 (10/22/01): Big Choices: Big Screen TVs

Avi, I’ve successfully convinced my wife we need a big screen TV. What should I get? Choosing a TV today is complicated! There are three main things to consider: the size of the TV, the capabilities of the TV, and the shape of the TV.

Column 8 (10/15/01): Digital Camera Basics

I want to get a digital camera. I want clear pictures but also one that is easy enough for my parents to know how to use... Digital cameras take pictures by capturing an image on a charge-coupled device (CCD). I have no idea exactly how this works either...

Column 7 (10/8/01): DVR Marketing: What Went Wrong?

What’s a PVR? If they’re so great, why doesn’t everyone have one? A PVR... is a box with a hard drive in it that records and manipulates video. It’s like a VCR in the same way that a toaster oven is like a microwave oven...

Column 6 (10/1/01): Choosing a DVR

Let's say I (hypothetically) just came into a bit of a nest egg and think I would like to blow it on a Digital Video Recorder. 1) Which DVR should I buy?... I'll cover DVR basics and marketing issues in a separate column. TiVo, RePlay, and Microsoft...

Column 5 (9/24/01; updated 9/27/02)): The Dark Side of Successful Product Marketing: Bose

I'm considering a Bose speaker system, and... the reaction I got was completely unexpected - he told me I was an idiot... Bose has an almost fanatical opposition in the audio community. Bose products are everywhere, they're popular, and...

Column 4 (9/17/01): CD Players: Mature Technology vs. Audiophiles

I'm looking to buy a CD player and have narrowed it down to a few choices: Marantz CC40000...  When buying audio gear, performance is my top priority. However, to my ears, on almost all program material, on almost all speaker systems...

Column 3 (9/10/01): Controversial Topics: Politics, Religion, and Cables

What’s the deal with expensive cables? Are they worth the money? Do I need them? My opinion on cables is to be practical. It's pretty clear that poor cables mask some detail in the music...

Column 2 (9/3/01): Can Home Theater Come in a Box?

I want to get a "surround sound" system with a DVD player. How much do I have to spend to get something decent? I have found that you start getting really good sound at the $1500 level, and you get crisp, exciting sound for around $500...

Column 1 (8/27/01): DVD Player Basics

I need a DVD player. Which one should I buy? There are two basic issues to consider - what kind of TV you have, and how many discs should the player be able to hold...

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