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Barry Willis Posted: Jan 27, 2002 0 comments

Are intellectual property attorneys required to have their senses of humor surgically removed? It often seems that way.

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Posted: Jan 27, 2002 0 comments

Flatscreen TV is on almost everyone's wish list. It's a product category that cuts across all demographic boundaries. From home theater enthusiasts to casual TV viewers, everyone agrees that flatscreens are "way cool."

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HT Staff Posted: Jan 24, 2002 0 comments
Home Theater's Joe Hageman loved RBH Sound, Inc.'s Signature Series loudspeakers. He may want to revisit the company's offerings now that they've launched the T1, a new flagship product.

The T1, which debuted at the 2002 Consumer Electronics Show, is intended "to provide the ultimate in performance in large-scale home theater systems." Capable of handling 500 watts of power, but boasting a sensitivity of 90dB, the T1 features four 6.5" aluminum cone midwoofers and three 1" tweeters, and is capable of putting out clean sound at an astounding 120dB sound pressure level---similar to a jet engine at takeoff. Low-end cutoff frequency is said to be 45Hz.

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HT Staff Posted: Jan 23, 2002 0 comments
The top of the home theater market is a very attractive niche. Scottsdale, AZ-based Accurate Imaging Technologies hopes to establish itself as a major player in the upper end of the market with a series of easy-to-use but no-compromise products. Among them are several new CRT projectors, and an HDTV upconverter. The company plans to introduce high-rez plasma displays and DVD players with SACD compatibility later this year.
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Russ Herschelmann Posted: Jan 20, 2002 0 comments

I've just cut 12 columns on room tuning and system tweaking out of my Home Theater Architect series. I was going to go into some serious detail about how to use analyzers to aim speakers and optimize chair positions, how to position acoustical treatments to get the best bass smoothing and imaging, and how to use things like SPL meters and color analyzers to dial in audio and video performance. But instead, I'm going to quickly wrap up my installation of Jack and Diane's home theater in the next five issues, and start working with new clients (Sam and Janet).

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uavKrissy Rushing Posted: Jan 20, 2002 0 comments

<I>Written by Genevieve Nicholas, Constantine Nicholas, Ron Fricke. Directed by Ron Fricke. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 104 minutes. 1992. MPI Home Video 30306 74927. NR. $19.98.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 20, 2002 0 comments

We know that DVD is hot, but few could have predicted that the video format would become the fastest growing in the history of consumer electronics. The latest statistics reveal that, in 2001, consumer spending on DVD purchases and rental combined were $6 billion, 2.4 times more than the previous year. This represents an increase that put DVD purchases ahead of VHS purchases for the first time, despite an installed player base of 25 million DVD households versus a VCR installed player base of 96 million households.

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Barry Willis Posted: Jan 20, 2002 0 comments

Last year, despite the relative lack of properly equipped sports fans, CBS broadcast the Super Bowl in HDTV. <A HREF="http://www.fox.com">Fox Network</A> is broadcasting this year's professional football championship game from New Orleans, but its video resolution will be scaled back due to cost constraints.

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Barry Willis Posted: Jan 20, 2002 0 comments

Say anything long enough and loud enough, the old adage goes, and people will believe it.

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HT Staff Posted: Jan 19, 2002 0 comments
Plasma screens are still one of the hottest commodities in the video marketplace. Sharp Electronics Corporation has added two new models to its new line of High Definition Plasma Televisions: the 43" PZ-43HV2U and the 50" PZ-50HV2U. The larger model was recently honored by an International CES Innovations 2002 Design and Engineering Showcase Award.
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HT Staff Posted: Jan 14, 2002 0 comments
Following the successful launch of its DVD-R/RW computer drives, Pioneer has released its first DVD recorder for the US market, the Elite DVR-7000. Camcorder inputs, progressive video output, and instant one-touch recording are among the recorder's attractive features.
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Tank Menzies Posted: Jan 13, 2002 0 comments

<I>Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony LoBianco, Marcel Bozzuffi. Directed by William Friedkin. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (widescreen anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0. Two discs. 104 minutes. 1971. Fox 2002065. R. $26.98.</I>

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HT Staff Posted: Jan 11, 2002 0 comments
Let's suppose you have a nicely installed home theater system and a TV upstairs in your bedroom. Let's further suppose that sometimes you'd like to watch a movie playing on your home theater system's DVD player in your bedroom. Without taking the player upstairs, or snaking a dedicated cable between the two, you can't do it.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2002 0 comments

Only home theater Neanderthals watch movies with a two-channel audio system, the standard wisdom has it. 5.1, 6.1, 7.1&mdash;will surround sound formats ever stop expanding?

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 09, 2002 0 comments

We continue to roam the Alexis Park complex, our antennae tuned for innovative home theater products. Among the most interesting: Legacy Audio's "Harmony" loudspeaker, perhaps the first truly high-performance in-wall we've ever heard. This unique design features a rigid back plate that's screwed into place in a sheetrock cutout between two studs on standard 16" centers. The fully assembled front baffle then slides into place and is secured by two screws. Unlike other in-wall designs that attempt to disappear, the Harmony actually protrudes about two inches from the surface of the wall. Its craftsmanship matched its sonic appeal&mdash;it was surprisingly deep and dynamic, but very natural sounding through the midrange and highs.

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