Audio/Video, Home Theater

Remote controls proliferate despite strides for an all-in-one

By May Wong

As the creator of television’s first wireless remote control more than 50 years ago, Robert Adler spawned generations of viewers who do their channel changing from the couch.

But Friday, the retired engineer is just as confounded as millions of others who fumble with the remote controls that clutter their coffee tables and routinely fall into the cracks of sofas.

From High-Tech Gadget, Lower-Quality Music

By Randall Stross

Customers are led to believe that they are getting a CD in all respects except the trouble of going to the mall. The iTunes store does not warn about the permanence of its method of compression; Once freeze-dried, there is no way to reconstitute the music into CD quality for playing through a good stereo.

Linksys Wireless-B Music System, 802.11b

Linksys Wireless-B Music System, 802.11b

The Linksys Wireless-B Music System lets you bring the digital music stored on your computer to your Home Entertainment Center, without running cables through the house. Using a wireless connection, the Music System finally frees your digital music collection from those little computer speakers to play in full glory through your stereo system.

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