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John Sciacca Writes...

Features, Reviews and a Blog by John Sciacca

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Product Reviews

Links to different products that I have reviewed.

www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/prima-cinema-brings-hollywood-inside-your-home/

An exclusive look at the PRIMA Cinema system which lets you watch first-run Hollywood films in the comfort of your own home!

www.residentialsystems.com/new-products/0019/marantz-av8801-pre-amp/mm8077-amplifier/84206

Ever wonder what pre-amp and amp combo I use in my own theater? It's these two. And they sound frickin' amazing! Great dynamics, amazing surround, and the ability to go to 11!

www.residentialsystems.com/new-products/0019/d-box-technologies-motion-platform-and-motion-controller/83910

Want to take your home theater to an 11? Add a D-BOX motion platform! I guarantee that movies will *never* again be the same!

www.residentialsystems.com/new-products/0019/martinlogan-motion-vision-soundbar/84114

I take a look -- and listen! -- to Martin Logan's high-end foray into the soundbar market. Verdict: Impressive!

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/test-report-dish-network-hopper-and-joey-multiroom-dvr-package

DISH Network housewide DVR system may very well reinvent the way that you watch TV. With 3 HD tuners and 2 TB of storage, this might be the last DVR you'll ever need!

www.residentialsystems.com/new-products/0019/control4-automation-system-additions/83549

The latest additions to Control4's automation system. These new controllers feature more power and HDMI outputs. Plus you can do video intercom on the color touchscreens. Tres cool.

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/test-report-pioneer-elite-n-50-audiophile-network-audio-player

This plays high-res audio and sounds every bit as good as it looks. Which is awfully good.

www.residentialsystems.com/new-products/0019/omnimount-actionmount-play40/83651

Yes. It's true. This is the mount that punched me in the face and sent me to the doctor. But, I hold no animus towards it. It's still a revolutionary step in TV mounting technology.

www.residentialsystems.com/product-reviews/0036/lutron-sivoia-qs-honeycomb-shades/82175

Want to impress the crap out of your friends and family? Get motorized shades. That you can retrofit into any home. Cause they run on battery power. And tie-in to your automation system. The Awesome!

www.residentialsystems.com/product-reviews/0036/russound-airgo-outdoor-speaker/81939

Combine a great sounding speaker, with a built-in amplifier and Apple AirPort and you've got the makings for one cool, entertainment hub!

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/review-autonomic-controls-mms-2-mirage-media-server

Why would you consider buying a dedicated music server? Read about this and maybe you'll understand.

www.residentialsystems.com/product-reviews/0036/kanexpro-wireless-and-hdbaset-hdmi-extenders/81622

Two ways -- wired and wireless -- to get HDMI from your source to your display.

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/review-ps-audio-perfectwave-system

A combo -- especially DAC -- that performs nothing short of sonic magic!

johnsciacca.webs.com/apps/blog/show/7726427-exclusive-hands-on-review-kaleidescape-s-m700-disc-vault

My exclusive hands-on review on Kaleidescape's new 300 disc combo vault/player!

www.soundandvisionmag.com/arti... (more)

A minimalist listening dream! This combo gives amazing audio performance in a teeny-tiny footprint!

www.residentialsystems.com/article/61902.aspx

OK. TV mounts are rarely cool. But, this one is! Trust me. If you have a TV that needs to go in a slightly off-center location, this could be the *perfect* solution!

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/runco-d-73d-3d-projector

After great skepticism of the whole "3d thing" I spend a whole day with Runco's double-stack projector solution...

www.residentialsystems.com/article/57882.aspx

Industrial grade surge protection at the panel level. Probably one of the most surefire surge elimination systems on the market.

www.residentialsystems.com/article/63450.aspx

Lexicon's new 8-channel, digital power amplifier proves big things can come in tiny packages!

www.soundandvisionmag.com/tests-reviews/miscellaneous/2010/11/review-meridian-sooloos-control-15-music-server

The first product collaboration following the Meridian-Sooloos purchase. And even sweeter music server!

www.residentialsystems.com/article/56006.aspx

A review of Audyssey's professional calibration suite for maximizing your room's sonic performance.

 Kaleidescape Modular Disc Vault

www.resmagonline.com/article/52462.aspx


The missing link in the Kaleidescape Blu-ray streaming chain is no longer missing. I give the Disc Vault a thorough vetting...

 Disney WOW! System Optimization Disc

www.resmagonline.com/article/51686.aspx


I take a thorough look at the new Disney WOW! Blu-ray for system calibration. Is it a "Wow!" or a "Whoa!"?

Panamax BlueBOLT IP enabled surge

www.resmagonline.com/article/50416.aspx


Why would you ned to have IP control over your surge protector? Why indeed!

Olive 4HD Music Server

www.soundandvisionmag.com/2010/08/olive-4hd-music-server


A relatively inexpensive, audiophile music server that can support 96/24 high res music files.

Yamaha YID-W10 Wireless iPod Dock

www.resmagonline.com/article/50424.aspx


Yamaha's YID-W10 is one of the coolest accessories to come along for the iPod

Lutron RadioRA2

www.resmagonline.com/article/49106.aspx


Lutron's brand new wireless, lighting control system, RadioRA2

NuVo Renovia Distributed Audio System

www.resmagonline.com/article/48630.aspx


NuVo's powerline audio distribution system, with a name that sounds like a skin regenerator!

 Russound Collage Powerline Audio System

www.resmagonline.com/article/41760.aspx


My review of Russound's new housewide audio system distributed over your home's existing electrical cabling.

Kaleidescape Blu-ray Player

www.soundandvisionmag.com/tests-reviews/media-players/2010/05/kaleidescape-m500-player


A link to the review I did for Kaleidescape's new M500 Blu-ray player.

Sony 400-Disc Blu-ray Changer

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/sony-bdp-cx7000es-blu-ray-disc-changer


A detailed review of Sony's latest ES-Series 400-Disc Blu-ray Changer.

Marantz IS301 iPod Dock

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/marantz-is301-wireless-ipod-dock


My review of Martantz's IS301 Bluetooth Wireless iPod Dock.

 Sunfire TGM100

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/sunfire-tgm-100


Sunfire's entry into the movie/music server category.

Kaleidescape Mini System

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/kaleidescape-mini-system


Kaleidescape's latest system update---the Mini System!

Linksys by Cisco Wireless Music System

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/linksys-cisco


Linksys by Cisco's Premier Wireless Audio kit for distributing music around your home.

Vudu XL2

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/vudu-xl2-internet-movie-player


A super cool way to stream High Def movies.

Sooloos Music Server

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/sooloos-music-storage-and-server-system


One of the coolest music servers out there....Sooloos!

Niles ZR-6 Multi-room audio

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/niles-audio-zr-6-multizone-audio-system


A review of Niles new ZR-6 iPod friendly multi-room audio system.

 Acoustic Research HDP100

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/review-acoustic-research-hdp100


HDMI signals run over your home's powerlines.

Universal Remote Control MX-980/MSC-400

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/universal-remote-control-mx-980-remote-control-and-msc-400-master-controller


A powerful remote control combo from URC.

Niles iC2 Theater Controller

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/niles-ic2-home-theater-automation-control-system


The replacement to the long-heralded IntelliControl from Niles is here.

Elan System 8

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/elan-system-86av-multiroom-audiovideo-controller


Elan's System 8 multi-room audio/video distribution system.

Fusion Research Genesis Movie server

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/fusion-research-genesis-media-server-and-vr-vcp2-cinema-player


Fusion Research serves up the Genesis for movie and music distribution.

Sonos 150 Bundle

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/sonos-bundle-150-wireless-multiroom-music-system


The Sonos 150 music bundle might be one of the most powerful DIY music systems ever!

Universal Remote Control MX-450

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/mx-450-remote-back-future


Universal Remote's computer-less programmable remote.

 Soundcast Outcast

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/soundcast-outcast-all-weather-wireless-speaker-system


Outdoor audio made easy.

 HD Glasses

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/we-give-critical-eye-high-definition-glasses


An Internet Spam offer just too good to pass up!

 Qsonix Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/qsonix-qjb110-nostalgic-digital-jukebox


The coolest looking music server around.

Crestron Adagio Entertainment System

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/crestron-adagio-entertainment-system


My review of Crestron's Adagio system.

 SpeakerCraft MODE

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/speakercraft-mode-multiroom-audio-system


SpeakerCraft's MODE audio distribution system.

Russound ComPoint Intercom

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/russound-compoint-intercom-system


An ingenious intercom system from Russound.

 Lutron AuroRA

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/lutron-aurora-wireless-lighting-control-system


Lutron's new, low cost lighting solution.

S1 Digital

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/test-report-s1digital-es400-and-p250-entertainment-server


A high-end media-center solution.

Harmony ONE

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/logitech-harmony-one-advanced-universal-remote-control


Is Harmony's latest remote really, The ONE?

Custom Installer Columns

Links to my monthly "The Custom Installer" column.

Getting the Best Bass Out of Your Sub.

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/best-place-put-your-sub


Part of a series I wrote on improving bass performance.

Maximizing Your System

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/6-cost-saving-tips-maximize-your-home-theater


6 Tips for getting the most out of your current system with spending little or no money.

Showing Your Cards

www.soundandvisionmag.com/blog/2008/12/03/showing-your-cards


Sharing your budget can help your system designer get the best system for your buck.

Ultimate Media Center Install

www.soundandvisionmag.com/blog/2008/09/12/microsoft-achieves-complete-home-domination


Why Microsoft's Media Center can be the hub of your A/V and automation system.

 Two Screens are Better than One!

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/now-showing-two-screens


Why having two screens can be the perfect solution.

 Serving Up DVDs

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/serving-dvds


Why hasn't movie-serving caught on?

Surviving Tough Times

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/recession-tips-home-sellers-and-installers


Recession tips for both installers and home owners.

Cat5 - Miracle wire?

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/custom-installer-little-cable-can


All the handy-dandy things that you can do with a $.20 cent a foot piece of Cat5 wire.

Ways to Hide Your Sub

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/7-ways-hide-your-subwoofer


Nobody likes that big, black, bass cube. Here's some tips on hiding it!

It All Adds Up

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/custom-installer-it-all-adds


The potential high-price of change orders mid-job.

 The Art of the Demo

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/custom-installer-lost-art-demo


Many stores are losing the fine art of giving a killer demo.

 Put it There!

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/custom-installer-put-it-there


Finding the right cabinetry for your A/V gear can make all the difference.

 Are You Ready to Retrofit?

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/custom-installer-are-you-ready-retrofit


Retrofitting new technology into an existing home can be tough. These are some things an installer will look at.

 Distributing Audio for Audiophiles

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/custom-installer-distributing-audio-audiophiles


There's no reason why distributed audio can't sound great.

 Keep It Moving

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/custom-installer-keep-it-moving


A project manager can insure that your job goes smoothly.

Feature Stories

Links to feature stories that I have written.

Aston Martin DBS Sound System

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/tech-trends-09-licensed-thrill


My feature story of my weekend spent with the new Aston Martin DBS.

My Theater Makeover

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/my-diy-home-theater-makeover


Ever wonder what my personal system looks like? Wonder no more...

In-Ear Headphone Face-Off

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/ear-headphone-face


Four Sound + Vision editors weigh-in on different headphones.

CEDIA Gear Hall of Fame

www.soundandvisionmag.com/blog/2008/10/07/gear-hall


The first 10 inductees into CEDIA's Gear of Fame.

Walt Disney's New Theater Furniture

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/theo-and-walt-genius-you-can-sit


I attended the launch party of Theo Kalomirakis's new theater furniture line for Walt Disney.

Making of The Force Unleashed Video Game

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/behind-scenes-making-new-star-wars-videogame


My trip out to Lucas Ranch to go behind-the-scenes of the new Star Wars video game.

Theo Kalomirakis: The Man Who Invented Home Theater

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/now-playing-man-who-invented-home-theater


My interview and profile of Theo Kalomirakis, one of the most respected theater designers in the world.

THX Certified

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/thx-certified


The process to becoming THX Certified.

Choosing an Installer

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/how-choose-custom-installer


A step-by-step guide to choosing the right installer for your job.

A/V Urban Legends

www.soundandvisionmag.com/features/582/top-6-av-urban-legends-exposed.html


6 of my favorite Audio/Video Urban Legends debunked.

High Seas Theater

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/high-seas-home-theater


My overnight adventure aboard the USS Truman aircraft carrier.

 A Day in the Life

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/day-life-custom-installer


A typical day in the life of a custom installer....me!

 TV Calibration Demystified

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/picture-perfect-tv-calibration-demystified


Ever wonder what exactly goes into calibrating a TV?

Trinity Wall Street Audio Remodel

www.soundandvisionmag.com/blog/2007/11/06/installations-higher-power


Following the events of September 11, the Trinity Wall Street Church, located just a block from Ground Zero, needed to totally redo their pipe organ system.

How To...

Links to a series of "How to..." articles that I have written.

Mount a Flat Panel TV.

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/step-step-how-mount-flat-panel-tv


A step-by-step on mounting your new flat panel.

Program a Remote Control

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/step-step-how-program-universal-remote


Programming a smart remote.

Install a Media Server

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/step-step-how-install-music-server


Getting your music onto a hard drive is just a few steps away.

Run Wire Through a Wall

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/step-step-how-run-wire-through-wall


Getting wire from A-to-B is the toughest part of most installs.

Set-up an A/V Receiver

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/step-step-how-set-av-receiver


The A/V receiver is the quarterback of your system and properly setting it up is imperative to proper performance.

Install an IR System

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/step-step-how-install-ir-repeater


Ever wish you could control your gear behind closed cabinetry?

Calibrate Your HDTV

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/how-calibrate-your-hdtv


With a test disc and a little time, you can have your TV looking its best.

Position Your Home Theater Speakers

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/step-step-how-position-your-home-theater-speakers


A little care in placing your speakers can yield big rewards.

Run Wire Like a Pro

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/step-step-how-run-wire-pro


Some tips for running wire the right way.

Soundproof Your Theater

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/step-step-how-soundproof-your-home-theater


Want to keep sound in (or out) of your theater? Follow these steps.

Create a Video Distribution System

www.soundandvisionmag.com/article/step-step-how-create-video-distribution-system


Routing video around your home might be easier than you think.

Blogs

Links to various blogs that I have written for other sites.

Residential Systems

www.resmagonline.com/section/john-sciacca.aspx


A link to all the brilliant blogs I've written for Jeremy G over at Resi Systems

Theo's Roundtable

theosroundtable.com/category/john-sciacca/


A link to blog's I've written at Theo's Roundtable

Sound + Vision Blog

bitstream.soundandvisionmag.com/blog/john_sciacca/


A link to blogs that I have written for Sound + Vision's Website.

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