Hardware Spotlight -- Sharp
June 1, 2003

Sharp LC-37HV4U LCD TV By Joe Paone Throw out every misgiving you've had about LCD TV. Forget your disdain for poor viewing angles and dreaded screen-door effects when you move your head or sit at a sharp angle. Disregard your distaste for the digital artifacts and blotchiness that make it so difficult to watch high-action movies or fast-moving sports on an LCD without getting eye-strain or simply frustrated. Forget about tinny sound from built-in speakers that were largely a design afterthought. That's because the Sharp LC-37HV4U high-definition AQUOS liquid crystal television responds to every one of those concerns. This 37-inch widescreen beauty is

Gear Guide
June 1, 2003

SONANCE'S FIRST SOURCE COMPONENT Sonance has introduced the Concierge, a dual-drive, 160-GB music server that can store 2,500 hours of audio and play different selections simultaneously in up to four zones, with the option of expanding to a total of seven. The Concierge offers comprehensive media-management features, including on-screen menus and access to online services, while providing everyday users with simple, one-button operation from any listening area. The Concierge comes with three independent analog and one Toslink digital output. When combined with the company's new Networked Audio Modules (NAM), which fit in the back of Sonance SAT amplifiers, the unit can be expanded to

Long Live Plasmas?
June 1, 2003

Telling Customers About Plasma's Darker Side By Joe Paone Techies, and most salespeople, know all about the inner workings and potential pratfalls of plasma display technology. But lots of customers don't. That creates an ethical, not to mention bottom-line, dilemma for C-tailers. Should they be proactive and upfront with customers about issues such as burn-in, burn-out and general plasma life expectancy, or should they wait for the customer to ask about such issues? Do they know or care that once something in a plasma goes irreparably bad, the whole set might have to go? And are plasmas really any more of a risky

Shopping the Forbidden
February 1, 2003

Protected Brands on the Web By Ron Goldberg Some time ago, I was involved in a dotcom (OK, let's not go there) that among other things, served as a content-driven shopping aid for buying consumer electronics. Many of the products were available for online purchase, while others, because of vendor policies, could only be "fulfilled" at authorized brick-and-mortar dealers. Because E-commerce and the CE industry's reaction to it were both in a nascent state, the methods of protection for brands and product prices were still being established. A brief look at the Web circa 2003 clearly shows that the situation hasn't evolved all that

Who Gets It? A/V at the Furniture Store
December 1, 2002

Bose Does Jordans Bose has been something of a sleeping giant in the custom business. In many ways, the company's line of smaller, "lifestyle"-oriented systems are both the essence of the custom concept and at the same time, its antithesis. On the one hand, the concept of "invisible" systems is very much what many consumers have in mind when they think about an integrated home entertainment system. On the other hand, the custom world is still largely a high-end specialty business, and traditionally speaking, Bose products aren't necessarily at the top of the recommendation list for these types of dealers. Jordans is a Boston-area