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John Sciacca

John Sciacca

John Sciacca is one of the principals of Custom Theater and Audio in Myrtle Beach, SC.

  • Looking Back on CES: More Play-Fi, IoT Security, Hi-Res Audio, and Shaq Diesel

    January 11, 2017

    With 2.5 million square feet of show floor space, there is just too much eye-candy at the International Consumer Electronics Show to cover everything in a single post. In my first part (click here to read) I covered some video-centric items like LG’s OLED, Sony’s CLEDIS, HDMI version 2.1, and Dolby Vision. 

  • CES Takeaways: HDMI 2.1, OLED, Alexa, Dolby Vision, and More

    January 09, 2017

    To be honest, this year’s CES was stressful in a way that the other 10-plus shows that I’ve attended haven’t been. Perhaps there were just more exhibitors, or that it was more companies exhibiting in the same category, and though walking the halls of the Sands Expo and Eureka Park were exciting in the past, this year I found them to be a bit overwhelming.

  • The Magnificent Seven Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

    December 20, 2016

    The Magnificent Seven is Hollywood’s latest big western offering, a remake of the 1969 original, which starred Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson, and Steve McQueen. That film, of course, was an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 masterpiece, The Seven Samurai

  • Why Did Alexa Stop Talking to My Automation System?

    December 06, 2016

    As we increasingly wind down paths that are ever more interconnected and more software based, problems taking place out in “the cloud” will likely become more commonplace and more and more beyond our control.

  • My Kaleidescape Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    November 28, 2016

    For years I’ve wanted to visit Kaleidescape’s corporate headquarters, but time and circumstances just never made the visit possible. But during my recent visit to the Bay Area, I made a special trip to Sunnyvale to meet with the team and tour through Kaleidescape’s new offices.

  • Dolby Unveils the World’s Ultimate Theater

    November 22, 2016

    On November 17, Dolby Laboratories unveiled Dolby Cinema at 1275, the newest and largest of more than 100 working labs at Dolby’s San Francisco headquarters. I was fortunate enough to attend a Dolby Cinema Master Class at the new lab, followed by the world’s first screening at the newest Dolby Cinema.

  • The Drawbacks of Providing Good Service

    November 15, 2016

    Many of us pride ourselves on providing above-and-beyond service. And like it or not (and it’s totally not), we’re there for those late night calls to solve the inevitable crises that arise after hours. But lately, we’ve seen kind of a blowback from this in that our reputation for great service is resulting in lots of phone calls about issues with items that we didn’t sel...

  • DISH Modeling Predicts Presidential Outcome

    November 08, 2016

    DISH satellite is taking a unique “tell me what you watch, and I’ll tell you how you’ll vote” approach to prediction modeling by using the viewing habits of millions of customers to try to predict the next President, as well as the results for the House of Representatives. (Sufficient historical viewership data was not available to meaningfully predict the outcome at the Se...

  • Star Trek Beyond Shines in UHD and Atmos Optimized Blu-ray

    November 01, 2016

    Arriving today on Ultra HD Blu-ray is the latest installment in the Star Trek Franchise, Star Trek Beyond. Whether you're a Trekkie or not, this film is a mostly fun ride that will give home theater systems a workout for virtually its entire two-hour runtime.

  • Day and Date: How Much for Video’s Holy Grail?

    October 20, 2016

    Watching first-run, Hollywood movies in your home the day they come out is pretty much the dream of true home theater ownership. But, if you’re a law-abiding citizen, and care anything about quality, then this has remained a dream for most.

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