John Sciacca Writes...
Features, Reviews and a Blog by John Sciacca
Links to different products that I have reviewed.
An exclusive look at the PRIMA Cinema system which lets you watch first-run Hollywood films in the comfort of your own home!
Marantz AV8801 and MM8807
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!
D-BOX Tech Motion Platform
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!
Martin Logan Motion Vision Soundbar
I take a look -- and listen! -- to Martin Logan's high-end foray into the soundbar market. Verdict: Impressive!
DISH Network Hopper and Joey Multiroom DVR
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!
Control4 Automation Controllers
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.
Pioneer N-50 Audiophile Network Audio Player
This plays high-res audio and sounds every bit as good as it looks. Which is awfully good.
OmniMount PLAY40 Action Mount
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.
Lutron Sivoia Automated Shading
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!
Russound AirGO outdoor speaker
Combine a great sounding speaker, with a built-in amplifier and Apple AirPort and you've got the makings for one cool, entertainment hub!
Autonomic Mirage Media Server
Why would you consider buying a dedicated music server? Read about this and maybe you'll understand.
KanexPro HDMI extenders
Two ways -- wired and wireless -- to get HDMI from your source to your display.
PS Audio PerfectWave System
A combo -- especially DAC -- that performs nothing short of sonic magic!
Kaleidescape M700 Integrated Disc Vault
My exclusive hands-on review on Kaleidescape's new 300 disc combo vault/player!
Meridian DSP3200 / Sooloos Media Core 200
A minimalist listening dream! This combo gives amazing audio performance in a teeny-tiny footprint!
Wall Wizard SA52 motorized arm mount
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!
Runco D-73d 3D Video Projector
After great skepticism of the whole "3d thing" I spend a whole day with Runco's double-stack projector solution...
Industrial grade surge protection at the panel level. Probably one of the most surefire surge elimination systems on the market.
Lexicon's new 8-channel, digital power amplifier proves big things can come in tiny packages!
Meridian-Sooloos Control 15
The first product collaboration following the Meridian-Sooloos purchase. And even sweeter music server!
Audyssey MultEQ Pro
A review of Audyssey's professional calibration suite for maximizing your room's sonic performance.
Kaleidescape Modular Disc Vault
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
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
Why would you ned to have IP control over your surge protector? Why indeed!
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
Yamaha's YID-W10 is one of the coolest accessories to come along for the iPod
Lutron's brand new wireless, lighting control system, RadioRA2
NuVo Renovia Distributed Audio System
NuVo's powerline audio distribution system, with a name that sounds like a skin regenerator!
Russound Collage Powerline Audio System
My review of Russound's new housewide audio system distributed over your home's existing electrical cabling.
Kaleidescape Blu-ray Player
A link to the review I did for Kaleidescape's new M500 Blu-ray player.
Sony 400-Disc Blu-ray Changer
A detailed review of Sony's latest ES-Series 400-Disc Blu-ray Changer.
Marantz IS301 iPod Dock
My review of Martantz's IS301 Bluetooth Wireless iPod Dock.
Sunfire's entry into the movie/music server category.
Kaleidescape Mini System
Kaleidescape's latest system update---the Mini System!
Linksys by Cisco Wireless Music System
Linksys by Cisco's Premier Wireless Audio kit for distributing music around your home.
A super cool way to stream High Def movies.
Sooloos Music Server
One of the coolest music servers out there....Sooloos!
Niles ZR-6 Multi-room audio
A review of Niles new ZR-6 iPod friendly multi-room audio system.
Acoustic Research HDP100
HDMI signals run over your home's powerlines.
Universal Remote Control MX-980/MSC-400
A powerful remote control combo from URC.
Niles iC2 Theater Controller
The replacement to the long-heralded IntelliControl from Niles is here.
Elan System 8
Elan's System 8 multi-room audio/video distribution system.
Fusion Research Genesis Movie server
Fusion Research serves up the Genesis for movie and music distribution.
Sonos 150 Bundle
The Sonos 150 music bundle might be one of the most powerful DIY music systems ever!
Universal Remote Control MX-450
Universal Remote's computer-less programmable remote.
Outdoor audio made easy.
An Internet Spam offer just too good to pass up!
Qsonix Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox
The coolest looking music server around.
Crestron Adagio Entertainment System
My review of Crestron's Adagio system.
SpeakerCraft's MODE audio distribution system.
Russound ComPoint Intercom
An ingenious intercom system from Russound.
Lutron's new, low cost lighting solution.
A high-end media-center solution.
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.
Part of a series I wrote on improving bass performance.
Maximizing Your System
6 Tips for getting the most out of your current system with spending little or no money.
Showing Your Cards
Sharing your budget can help your system designer get the best system for your buck.
Ultimate Media Center Install
Why Microsoft's Media Center can be the hub of your A/V and automation system.
Two Screens are Better than One!
Why having two screens can be the perfect solution.
Serving Up DVDs
Why hasn't movie-serving caught on?
Surviving Tough Times
Recession tips for both installers and home owners.
Cat5 - Miracle wire?
All the handy-dandy things that you can do with a $.20 cent a foot piece of Cat5 wire.
Ways to Hide Your Sub
Nobody likes that big, black, bass cube. Here's some tips on hiding it!
It All Adds Up
The potential high-price of change orders mid-job.
The Art of the Demo
Many stores are losing the fine art of giving a killer demo.
Put it There!
Finding the right cabinetry for your A/V gear can make all the difference.
Are You Ready to Retrofit?
Retrofitting new technology into an existing home can be tough. These are some things an installer will look at.
Distributing Audio for Audiophiles
There's no reason why distributed audio can't sound great.
Keep It Moving
A project manager can insure that your job goes smoothly.