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Joe Leydon Posted: Jun 07, 1998 0 comments

G<I>erard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye, Roger Planchon. Directed by Daniel Vigne. Aspect ratio: 1.66:1. Dolby Digital. One side. 123 minutes. 1982. Fox-Lorber FLV5008. Not rated. $29.99.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Jun 06, 1998 0 comments

In its continuing crusade to standardize soundtrack-playback levels, <A HREF="http://www.dolby.com">Dolby Laboratories</A> has introduced a new soundtrack-loudness meter, the Model 737. The device was unveiled two weeks ago at <A HREF="http://www.variety.com"><I>Variety</I></A>'s Dolby Tech Symposium at the Cannes Film Festival. According to a May 20 Dolby press release, the 737 "enables sound mixers to easily monitor the subjective loudness of trailers and other soundtracks as they are being prepared."

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Barry Willis Posted: Jun 06, 1998 0 comments

Video is hot and getting hotter. With HDTV looming on the horizon, no-compromise video demonstrations will be among the biggest attractions at <A HREF="http://www.hifishow.com">HI-FI '98</A>, beginning Tuesday at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

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Posted: May 31, 1998 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.prgr.com">Princeton</A>, a manufacturer of computer monitors and PC/TV convergence products, announced a contract with <A HREF="http://www.unitymotion.com">Unity Motion</A>, a high-definition distribution and programming company (see <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?66">previous article</A>) to develop a flexible, high-quality, widescreen multiscan TV monitor for consumers.

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Jon Iverson Posted: May 31, 1998 0 comments

Computer-game developers have been moving toward the home-theater market for the last couple of years. And with DVD players now catching on with computer buyers and home-theater buffs, the format is ripe for a crossover hit. What is needed, of course, is the killer title that makes good use of both a computer and a home-theater system.

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Jon Iverson Posted: May 31, 1998 0 comments

Recently, <A HREF="http://www.avacademy.com/">The Academy Advancing High Performance Audio & Video</A> (AAHPAV) released its 1998 Golden Note Awards Nominations. Winners will be announced at the Golden Note Awards banquet, to be held June 10 at The Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey, CA. John Hoskins, co-founder of Advantage Performance Group, will present the keynote address, "Why Bad Things Happen to Good New Products."

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Barry Willis Posted: May 30, 1998 0 comments

Is DVD hot news or merely lukewarm? Will it sell like hotcakes this year or more like day-old bagels? It all depends on whom you consult.

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Posted: May 24, 1998 0 comments

Several manufacturers will be demonstrating state-of-the-art home-theater products at <A HREF="http://www.hifishow.com">HI-FI '98</A>---some of which have never before been seen by the public.

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Posted: May 24, 1998 0 comments

For the last 25 years, about 1000 engineers from all regions of the world have gathered at the annual IEEE <A HREF="http://www.icce.org">International Conference on Consumer Electronics</A> (ICCE) in Chicago to review and discuss the emerging technology trends in the consumer industry.

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Barry Willis Posted: May 23, 1998 0 comments

Home theater just keeps getting better. New products from <A HREF="http://www.toshiba.com">Toshiba,</A> <A HREF="http://www.meitca.com">Mitsubishi,</A> and other companies promise huge improvements in picture quality and greater system flexibility. For example, Toshiba's ColorStream PRO technology in its Platinum Standard SD7108 DVD-Video player preserves the MPEG-2 480-line progressive video scanning inherent in DVDs and outputs it directly to one of the company's new Cinema Series projection TV sets, such as the 71-inch TP71H95.

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Barry Willis Posted: May 23, 1998 0 comments

Known for ultra-high-quality analog and digital audio electronics, <A HREF="http://www.sonicfrontiers.com">Sonic Frontiers</A> will soon enter the home-theater market. The Oakville, Ontario company announced its intentions less than two months after being acquired by the Lenbrook Group, which also owns <A HREF="http://www.psbspeakers.com">PSB</A>. In addition, Sonic Frontiers recently joined the growing group of companies represented by public-relations firm <A HREF="http://www.jbstanton.com">JB Stanton Communications, Inc.</A>

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Paula Nechak Posted: May 17, 1998 0 comments

J<I>ennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano. Directed by The Wachowski Brothers. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1. Dolby Digital. Two sides. 109 minutes. 1996. Republic ID4628DSDVD. Rated R. $29.95</I>

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Posted: May 17, 1998 0 comments

On May 14, <A HREF="http://www.hitachi.co.jp">Hitachi</A>, <A HREF="http://www.panasonic.co.jp/corp">Panasonic</A>, <A HREF="http://www.sv.philips.com">Philips</A>, <A HREF="http://www.grundig.com/">Grundig</A>, <A HREF="http://www.sharp.co.jp">Sharp</A>, <A HREF="http://www.sony.co.jp">Sony</A>, <A HREF="http://www.thomson-multimedia.com/">Thomson Multimedia</A>, and <A HREF="http://www.toshiba.co.jp">Toshiba</A> announced that they have compiled a core home-networks specification for AV electronics appliances. The eight companies plan to actively promote this spec, called HAVi (Home Audio-Video interoperability), as a home-network standard for the AV electronics and multimedia industries.

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Posted: May 17, 1998 0 comments

Several manufacturers will be demonstrating state-of-the-art home-theater products at <A HREF="http://www.hifishow.com">HI-FI '98</A>, some of which have never been seen by the public before.

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Posted: May 17, 1998 0 comments

On May&#160;18,&#160;James D. Dunning, Jr., Chairman and CEO of the Petersen Companies, Inc., announced an agreement to acquire <I>Stereophile Magazine</I> and <I>Stereophile Guide to Home Theater</I>---two of this country's leading high-end audio and home-theater publications---as well as HI-FI '98, The Home theater & Specialty Audio Show.

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