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HT Staff Posted: Feb 11, 2002 0 comments
In typical British understatement, product literature for B&W's new subwoofers mentions that "movies in particular can be very demanding of subwoofers and some special effects can test them to the limit."
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HT Staff Posted: Feb 11, 2002 0 comments
One of the biggest names in video projection technology has a hot new DLP projector on the market. (DLP, or "Digital Light Processing," originated at Texas Instruments and has been licensed to projector makers worldwide.) Runco's VX-1000c uses a new TI digital micromirror device (DMD) with a 1280 x 720 pixel array, ideal for 16:9 screens.
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Russ Herschelmann Posted: Feb 10, 2002 0 comments

Update from Russ Herschelmann: Wow! <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1203">I asked for feedback</A> about what to do with future Home Theater Architect columns, and you gave it to me! I got 60 replies&mdash;with <I>lots</I> (over 25,000 words) of suggestions and great ideas! Many of you (over 70%) want me to finish discussing Jack and Diane's home theater in detail. Five of you (8.3%) do not. The rest either didn't say, or want me to finish with J&D in the next several issues. Respondents seemed to fall into three groups:

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David Lander Posted: Feb 10, 2002 0 comments

Henry Kloss, whose prolific hi-fi design and manufacturing career spanned a half century, died of a subdural hematoma on January 31, three weeks before his 73rd birthday.

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Dan Yakir Posted: Feb 10, 2002 0 comments

<I>Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Brennan, Edward Arnold, James Gleason. Directed by Frank Capra. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full-screen). Dolby Digital mono. 121 minutes. 1941. Image Entertainment B000007SFA. NR. $19.95.</I>

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Fire up your HD VCRs, <A HREF="http://www.NBCOlympics.com">NBC</A> and <A HREF="http://www.hd.net/olympics.html">HDNet</A> have managed to put together an impressive schedule of Winter Olympics coverage this year to broadcast in high-definition television on NBC's DTV affiliates and HDNet (channel 199 on DIRECTV). One important caveat however, all programming is delayed one day.

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Barry Willis Posted: Feb 10, 2002 0 comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking carefully at the proposed acquisition of Hughes Electronics Corporation by Littleton, CO&ndash;based EchoStar Communications Corporation. Hughes is the parent company of EchoStar rival DirecTV. Voting shareholders of General Motors, Hughes' corporate overlord, approved the sale late last year. If the deal is approved, the two direct broadcast satellite (DBS) services could become one&mdash;and, with 17 million subscribers, one of the largest distributors of television programming in North America.

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Posted: Feb 09, 2002 0 comments

The music industry may be in the dumps, but the home video business is soaring, according to a January report from trade journal <I>Video Business</I>.

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HT Staff Posted: Feb 08, 2002 0 comments
Looking for a elegant way to mount your plasma display? Draper Inc. has announced a new series of stands and mounts for flat screen monitors that offer a solution for almost every conceivable installation.
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Barry Willis Posted: Feb 03, 2002 0 comments

With the advent of DVD, the death of videotape has been widely predicted. Standard VHS may be going the way of the dinosaur, but tape is re-emerging as a format for high definition movies. Some folks are even predicting that DVD may be relegated to a "mid-fi format."

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Too many home theater enthusiasts have an arsenal of remote controls. The arsenal&mdash;not the remotes themselves&mdash;can be the cause of everything from minor annoyances to full-scale domestic battles.

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FireWire, or IEEE1394, as it is technically known, has been bandied about as a leading contender for transmitting digital video for several years now. HDTV FireWire demos started popping up as <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?189">early as 1998</A>, but to date, little actual product has emerged for the consumer to buy.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Feb 03, 2002 0 comments

<A HREF="www.dlp.com">Digital Light Projectors (DLPs)</A> are clearly coming into their own this year, based on what we saw at the recent Consumer Electronics Show. Joining Sharp and its groundbreaking XV-Z9000 ($10,000)&mdash;and also based on Texas Instrument's 1280 x 720 DLP chip&mdash;are the new Sim2 HT300 ($14,995), the DWIN TransVision 2 ($12,999), and the Marantz VP12S1 ($12,499).

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Tank Menzies Posted: Feb 03, 2002 0 comments

<I>Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1. Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround 2.0 (English, French). 152 minutes (film). 1987. Warner Bros. 89391 17532. PG. $24.98.</I>

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HT Staff Posted: Jan 29, 2002 0 comments
The recent Consumer Electronics Show was a good one for Zenith Electronics Corporation. The company appears to have strong faith in the future of the flatscreen market, having debuted four new plasma display panels (PDPs) in Las Vegas, ranging from 40" to 60" diagonally. The flat, thin monitors can be hung on the wall for an elegant installation solution.

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