• Home Theater for the Holidays Just hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing, ring ting tingle-ing too! And who wouldn’t want to hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing on a new home theater system this holiday season? Unless you are an expert audiophile, how do you decipher a woofer from a tweeter or sift through...

  • Dell is driving down prices on Media Center notebooks with the introduction of its new M140 to its consumer-focused XPS notebook line. Featuring a 14W chassis and Microsoft’s Windows Media Center Edition (MCE) OS, Dell’s M140 line has a starting price of $999. The Dell M140 will be available in November 2005....

  • Ideal placement of surround speakers in a Dolby Digital 5.1-channel home theater setup, featuring the Axiom QS...

  • by Alan Lofft, (bio), Axiom Audio 1. I have an A/V receiver rated to drive "8-ohm or 6-ohm" speakers, but a home theater system I'm considering has a 6-ohm center speaker, 4-ohm main speakers and 6-ohm surrounds. How do I match the impedances? You do not have to match speaker impedances! A...

  • Are We Developing New Technologies Faster than Consumers Can Use Them? TiVos and Treos and BlackBerrys. Wi-Fi and HDTV and plasma screens. Picture phones, digital cameras, iPods and now iPod cell phones. Using sophisticated products and keeping pace with their new features requires significant time, interest and a certain amount of smarts...

  • This is a list of car audio articles and buying guides to help anyone interested in better automotive sound systems. Even though many of the links are a few years old, there was still enough relevant information to keep this page in our archive.  Also, see our latest car audio articles. How...

  • Closing the Gender Gap The conventional wisdom is that men absolutely, positively and unequivocally hate to shop....

  • The Grokster vs. MGM last month shouldn’t have come as a big surprise to anyone last month...

  • From PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition by Steve Bass (O’Reilly Media). The Annoyance: I have several gigabytes of...

  • From PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition by Steve Bass (O’Reilly Media). The Annoyance: I was outraged to find...

  • From PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition by Steve Bass (O’Reilly Media). The Annoyance: Microsoft Office products have a...

  • From PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition by Steve Bass (O’Reilly Media). The Annoyance: I upgraded to Outlook 2003....

  • From PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition by Steve Bass (O’Reilly Media). The Annoyance: Most of the time, the automatic numbering feature in Word works great. I type some paragraphs, select them, and click the Numbering button on the toolbar. Even easier, I start the list by typing a number before the first item,...

  • From PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition by Steve Bass (O’Reilly Media). The Annoyance: I just hate it when...

  • From PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition by Steve Bass (O’Reilly Media). The Annoyance: I’m primed for a fast...

  • From PC Annoyances, 2nd Edition by Steve Bass (O’Reilly Media). The Annoyance: I sometimes think that the only reason Hotmail exists is to attract spam. (Wait-isn’t that AOL’s job?) If I wait a few days before checking my inbox, I’ll sometimes rack up 150 pieces of junk mail. And getting rid of...

  • Hack #57 from PC Hacks by Jim Aspinwall (O’Reilly Media). Roughly 60% of all disk drive failures are mechanical in nature–from spindle-bearing wear to read/write heads banging into delicate disk platters–and now technology built into the drives can report anticipated and specific failures to give you a chance to rectify the situation,...