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Gary Frisch Posted: Nov 18, 2001 0 comments

<I>Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Jackie Cooper, Terence Stamp, Valerie Perrine. Directed by Richard Donner. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 154 minutes. 1978. Warner Home Video 1013. PG. $24.98.</I>

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Posted: Nov 18, 2001 0 comments

Comdex 2001 witnessed the unveiling of Toshiba's new MT5 video projector, a lightweight (less than five pounds) device with big potential.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 18, 2001 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.magisnetworks.com">Magis Networks</A>, which develops <A HREF="http://www.80211-planet.com/">802.11a</A> wireless chipsets, announced it will offer what it is calling the world's first live demonstration of a wireless 5GHz network capable of transmitting HDTV. The company says that its chipsets enable wireless communications of TCP/IP data, high-quality video, and audio throughout the home and office. Magis adds the demonstration will be featured at the upcoming Western Cable Show, November 28&#150:30, in Anaheim, CA.

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HT Staff Posted: Nov 17, 2001 0 comments
Just a few months after officially becoming part of legendary audio manufacturer Klipsch Audio Technologies, Mondial Designs has produced several new Aragon-brand amplifiers and one new preamp/processor---all of them THX® Ultra certification.
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HT Staff Posted: Nov 14, 2001 0 comments
Is your coffee table littered with remotes? Do you want to clean up your act and insure a little domestic tranquility? Proton Corporation has the cure for what ails you.
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HT Staff Posted: Nov 14, 2001 0 comments
Home theater continues to be one of the electronics industry's fastest-growing segments, and within it, affordable systems are one of the fastest growing sub-segments.
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Posted: Nov 11, 2001 0 comments

The folks who are trying to bring us high definition television are in the process of creating a sub-group whose sole focus will be the promotion of the format. The move comes as the <A HREF="http://www.atsc.org">Advanced Television Standards Committee</A> approaches its tenth anniversary.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 11, 2001 0 comments

There are a variety of reasons you might want to watch a DVD while listening through a pair of headphones: You're on a plane, you need to be quiet while others sleep/work, or you've got a portable DVD player and no decent sound system to hook it up to. But there's also one big reason you wouldn't want to use headphones: no surround sound.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 11, 2001 0 comments

Recordable DVD has been struggling through a swamp of obstacles, from movie studio restrictions preventing DVD back-ups of movies to expensive, hard-to-find DVD recorders. Computer-based systems offer a popular alternative to pricey stand-alone units, but the real barrier to consumer acceptance of a recordable DVD format is likely the multitude of competing approaches fighting for domination: DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW.

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Posted: Nov 11, 2001 0 comments

The rollout of digital television will continue to be hampered, unless the <A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov">Federal Communications Commission</A> (FCC) assumes a stronger leadership role, according to a semi-annual report filed November 7 by the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA).

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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 11, 2001 0 comments

Expressing fear that consumers' fair use rights will be eroded, the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) has weighed in on a recent copyright infringement <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1144">lawsuit</A> brought against <A HREF="http://www.sonicblue.com">SonicBlue, Inc.</A> by a triumvirate of companies from the entertainment industry. At issue is the ability of SonicBlue's latest hard-disk video recorder to skip commercials and transmit recorded programs.

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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 11, 2001 0 comments

<I>Thelonious Monk, others. Directed by Charlotte Zwerin. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full-screen). Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. 89 minutes. 1989. Warner Home Video 11896. PG-13. $19.98.</I>

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HT Staff Posted: Nov 09, 2001 0 comments
Familiar to most of us as laptop computer screens, LCD displays have yet to win many converts among the home theater faithful. The product category is coming along, however, as evidenced by Samsung’s extended-definition SLK407W Tantus television receiver.
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HT Staff Posted: Nov 06, 2001 0 comments
Powered subwoofers have been used for years in combination with planar radiators and other types of passive loudspeakers to boost overall low-end capabilities. Definitive Technology, however, is the first company to apply the concept to bookshelf loudspeakers.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 04, 2001 0 comments

HDTV is finally getting another push from the cable industry, according to the announcement from <A HREF="http://www.comcast.com">Comcast Cable Communications</A> last week that it will soon launch HDTV services. Comcast estimates that the HDTV service will reach more than 1.3 million customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, providing access to high definition broadcasts of ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, and Showtime in November.

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