Coolest Products and Tech of the Decade

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Flat-panel TVs didn’t arrive in the 2000s, but they became standard by decade end.

We take a look back at some influential A/V of the past decade.


Dec. 31, 2009 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Back in 2000, few people had high-definition televisions, DVD popularity began phasing out VHS, speedy broadband Internet wasn’t mainstream, and people had just started stocking up on MP3s (the majority illegally obtained).

Companies like TiVo and Netflix that would dramatically change people’s viewing habits were barely out of infancy.

Now we can watch just about anything we want, whenever we want, and almost wherever we want — on our TVs, computers, cell phones. And super-high quality TVs don’t cost a fortune either ... far from it, even for sizes equivalent to the super-space-hogging rear-projection sets popularized in the 90s.

To go with higher-quality TVs we also have better looking video content, as Blu-ray (and HD DVD briefly) brought HD to disc form. Those Blu-ray players can even do much more than play Blu-ray discs as the decade comes to a close now too.

We also have higher-quality audio to complete the full home theater experience. Higher resolution of uncompressed soundtracks on disc, and expanded audio options that have come about with the rise of iPod and other mobile/computer-based listening.

So we’re taking a look back at some of our favorites from the decade. We’re not getting into the automation category (though you can use your iPhone to control some of that too), but there’s been plenty else to change the landscape of A/V and home theater.

Sure, we couldn’t fit all things cool in here, so feel free to add your picks in comments below.

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