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Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper

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Steve Cooper is an applications software developer with over 30 years of experience. His specialty is database programming using C, C++ and SQL. His other business endeavors include building custom home media solutions. He particularly enjoys building solutions for smaller budgets and family-friendly rooms.

His interests include reading, music & movies, guitar and woodworking. He's a golfer with interests in sports that include Baseball (SF Giants), Football (SF 49ers), Hockey (San Jose Sharks), IndyCar racing (Tony Kanaan), NASCAR racing (Matt Kenseth) and NHRA drag racing (John Force).

steve@nextstepae.com


Articles by Steve


New Denon X-Series AV Receivers – AVR-X1300W and AVR-X2300W

New Denon X-Series AV Receivers – AVR-X1300W and AVR-X2300W

  On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, Two new Denon X-Series AV receivers were announced. Both the AVR-X1300W and the AVR-X2300W are 7.2 channel, Dolby Atmos®, Full 4K Ultra HD network AV receivers that include built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® connectivity. These two new Denon...

Onkyo Home Theater Systems Announced

Onkyo Home Theater Systems Announced

On Monday, April 25, 2016, Onkyo announced two new home theater systems. The HT-S3800 is a 5.1 channel home theater system aimed at entry-level consumers. The HTS-7800 is a 5.1.2 channel network home theater system that is designed for consumers who want to update...

Kodi Playlist Download Soundtracks

Kodi Playlist Download Soundtracks

  This week's Kodi Playlist Download is “Soundtracks.” This Kodi playlist is kind of a catch-all for all of the songs you have from those soundtrack albums you bought after sitting through to the end of the credits of your favorite movies (like you do) and saw...

Yamaha RX-V381 AV Receiver Introduced

Yamaha RX-V381 AV Receiver Introduced

On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, the Yamaha RX-V381 AV Receiver was introduced. The new receiver is a 5.1 channel surround sound home theater receiver that offers full HD Audio format decoding, including Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™. Also included is built-in...

VIZIO SmartCast Launched

VIZIO SmartCast Launched

On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, VIZIO, Inc. announced the launch of VIZIO SmartCast. Debuting on its P-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display collection, SmartCast is VIZIO's next generation smart entertainment ecosystem. Available on the P-Series displays now, it will...

Four New Onkyo AV Receivers

Four New Onkyo AV Receivers

On Monday, March 14, 2016, the details for four new Onkyo AV receivers scheduled to debut this year were announced. The new lineup includes the TX-NR757, TX-NR656 and TX-NR555 Dolby Atmos® network AV receivers and the TX-SR535 5.1 AV receiver. The first three...

Kodi 16.0 – Jarvis – Mark XVI

Kodi 16.0 – Jarvis – Mark XVI

On Monday, February 21, 2016, the XBMC Foundation and Team Kodi announced the release of the latest version of Kodi 16.0 – Jarvis – Mark XVI. Kodi is a free and open source media center software application for Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, Android, Jailbroken iOS,...

Kodi Playlist Download The 2000’s and 2010’s

Kodi Playlist Download The 2000’s and 2010’s

This week's Kodi Playlist Download is “The 2000's and 2010's.” This playlist caps a group of playlists that were requested by our daughter. Until her request for an 80's and 90's playlist, it had never occurred to me to build this kind of playlist. After building her...

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