Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Soundbar speaker systems

Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Soundbar speaker systems

Some enthusiasts want the accuracy of a full surround-sound speaker setup handling their home theater audio output, but judging from the number of soundbar solutions that have been hitting the marketplace, many people are willing to trade fidelity for a single speaker (and often a subwoofer) that doesn't require you strewing cables all around your living room. They provide a sleek look and adequate audio for those you don't mind their virtual surround sound technology.

December 16, 2008 by in Hardware

Wireless HD standards battle for supremacy

Wireless HD standards battle for supremacy

It's pretty clear that the future for sending high-definition content to HDTVs is wireless, since it eliminates all those cables that everyone is trying to hide behind walls, in home theater cabinetry, or however else they can. But as is often the case with nascent technologies, the best approach for transmitting wireless HD is up for grabs.

December 13, 2008 by in Networking

Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Three Ultimate HDTVs

Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Three Ultimate HDTVs

Though putting together a high-end home theater for a few thousand dollars might seem like an awful lot of money in this economy, there are a lucky few who can afford to spend the same amount just on their TV. (Of course, many also choose to go the projector route when creating an ultimate home theater costing many, many thousands of dollars.

December 9, 2008 by in Hardware

Holiday Gift Guide 2008: High-end home theater setups

Holiday Gift Guide 2008: High-end home theater setups

Economy be damned, you want to upgrade your home theater—and do it right—for the holidays (and/or in anticipation of the Super Bowl). If you have the means to spend more than two grand on a set and the hundreds and hundreds more to round out your setup with primo components, you won't lack for superb options.

December 3, 2008 by in Hardware

Circuit City Black Friday ad finally leaks. More yawns.

Circuit City Black Friday ad finally leaks. More yawns.

After Best Buy's Black Friday ad leaked online the other day, bargain hunters were waiting for someone at Circuit City to slip up and its ad to reach the Internet, which has finally happened. And as with other ads already unearthed, the deals aren't so hot considering the economy and—in this case—the bankruptcy filing earlier in the week.

November 16, 2008 by in Samsung

Sony dishes out VGF-HS1 VAIO home server

Sony dishes out VGF-HS1 VAIO home server

Like seemingly every other tech company, Sony has been trying various approaches to bridging the gap between the living room and the PC, whether it's the VAIO VGX-TP25E Home Theater PC or the KDL-52WL140 HDTV, which can stream media via its Internet Link module. Now it's released another device for this space, the VGF-HS1 VAIO home server, in a very low-key fashion on its Sonystyle.

November 7, 2008 by in Servers

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