Category Archives: Home Entertainment

Sonos One

I’ve been a Sonos fan for years, and recently talked about my first experience using Alexa to control older Sonos equipment.  I have one room, my exercise room, that isn’t covered by the Niles multi-zone system.  I was using an … Continue reading

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Sonos and Alexa, now for Niles…

It seems like I’m on a continuous journey of how to play music at home.  It all started when we built our ranch back in 2003-2004 and I had the bright idea of doing a whole-house A/V system.  Our timing … Continue reading

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Microsoft has a near miss with the Xbox One Media Remote

Regular readers will of course be familiar with my Xbox: Fail from January, and I thought a little update was in order. To get something out-of-the-way, the February and March updates did nothing noticeable to improve voice recognition.  I did … Continue reading

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The Smart TV Market

I (and many others) have opined on the need for Microsoft to have a device to compete in the lower-priced mass market segment for smart TV add-ons.  I want to refine my thinking and explain why Microsoft may not have … Continue reading

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Don Mattrick departs Microsoft

Microsoft has lost another senior executive, and a number of people have asked me if this is good or bad for Microsoft.  I’ll render judgment at the end of this piece. I never interacted with Don Mattrick though no doubt … Continue reading

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Apple TV and Xbox 720 to usher in new era of A/V-control interfaces

As a computer guy I’ve always hated the control interfaces that the Consumer Audio/Video (A/V) Equipment companies have put on their components.  They just can’t seem to get it right.  The Zenith-invented ultrasonic remote control interface dominated the field for over 20 years … Continue reading

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