Posts by: Marshal Rosenthal

Marshal Rosenthal is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and journalist specializing in technology, consumer electronics and pop culture.

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Blu-ray Players (list)

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Don’t be befuddled by the “Cloud,” because having content local and at-hand guarantees you can watch what you want when you want. A Blu-ray disc not only provides an uncompressed high-resolution 1080p picture, but gives you choices for audio that streaming a video can’t. Blu-ray players now come with features...

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Televisions (list)

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There’s never been a better time to get a new TV to place in your living room, den or bedroom. Today’s TVs don’t just offer bigger screens, but there’s also high-definition to make the picture stand out like it was real. Then add image enhancing technologies and Internet-capable features and...

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Soundbars (list)

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Flat-panel TVs may look great, but the chassis doesn’t allow for the room necessary to add great sound to the mix. That’s the reason for a sound bar — it can go below the TV, if on a wall, or just in front of it if seated on a cabinet....

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Sony BDP-S790 3D Blu-ray Player Review

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There are those who say that a Blu-ray player should do more than just play discs, but also provide a conduit to the Internet and access to applications and websites in a manner similar to that of “Smart TVs” and mobile devices.  Sony’s BDP-S790 3D Blu-ray Player does that in spades...

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VIZIO SB4021M-A1 Home Theater Sound Bar Review

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VIZIO is known for their TVs, but you wouldn’t say the same when it comes to stand-alone sound systems. In fact, when the UPS guy delivered the rectangular box to my door, I couldn’t figure out how VIZIO got a TV into the box. As it turns out, VIZIO didn’t,...

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Proficient Audio MaxTV MT2 TV Sound Speaker Review

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Sound bars make a lot of sense, especially now that TVs have gotten so thin. There’s no space for large speakers or heavy-duty audio amplification of them. So a stand-alone set of speakers that don’t take up the space of a traditional arrangement that requires speaker stands, strung out wiring...

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ThinkGeek iCADE 8-bitty Game Controller Review

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Back in the day when Atari was God — a one button, one joystick controller was all that was needed. Your thumb and the side of your index finger against the stick got calluses, you lived with it. Then along came Nintendo’s NES — making the “candy bar” controller the...

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Logitech TV Cam HD Review

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Video conferencing has been around for a while — heck I can remember as a kid trying out a version of it in a booth at Walt Disney’s EPCOT center. But for the consumer, “conference” isn’t sexy. Or interesting. And as a result of that, the technology for linking a...

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Viewsonic VX2460h-led 24″ Monitor Review

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 There was a time when a high-definition monitor and a large monitor were two separate issues to consider: you bought a monitor that had one of these attributes only because the price would otherwise be astronomical. That was then — now we’ve 24-inch monitors which cost less than an Apple...