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Posted: Dec 08, 2002 0 comments

A government survey of 1000 people indicates that most Americans know little or nothing about digital television. Fewer than half of those surveyed claimed to know the difference between analog and digital: 40% said they had never heard of digital television, while 43% claimed to be "somewhat aware" that a change is taking place in TV and broadcasting technology.

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Barry Willis Posted: Dec 08, 2002 0 comments

Flatscreens are getting bigger and better.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Dec 05, 2002 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza

Most people never see hard-disk drives, but their impact on our lives is becoming universal. We take them for granted, remembering how essential they are only when they occasionally fail. While CDs pretty much own the data of the audio world, hard-disk drives are providing exciting new possibilities. Take Yamaha's CDR-HD1300, for example.

Joel Brinkley Posted: Dec 05, 2002 0 comments

RCA has been making commercial televisions longer than anyone, and they can take some credit for having invented the technology. Vladimir Zworykin, the chief engineer on the company's TV project during the 1930s and '40s, created the first workable picture tube, while his competitor, Philo Farnsworth, developed the first workable receiver and other elements. A federal court ruled that Farnsworth was the true inventor of modern-day electronic television, but RCA played a critical role—and was entirely responsible for its successful commercial introduction.

Thomas J. Norton Posted: Dec 05, 2002 0 comments

Fred Manteghian reviewed the Krell Home Theater Standard 2 in our January 2002 issue, and while he raved about its performance, a few features were missing that any well-turned-out, high-end surround-sound preamplifier-processor should have to compete on even terms in today's hot home-theater market. Those features, as promised, are now available in the Home Theater Standard 7.1. But owners of the earlier model haven't been left out in the cold; the HTS 2 can be upgraded to the HTS 7.1, and while Krell charges $1500 for the upgrade, the HTS 2 originally cost $6500, so your total out-of-pocket costs will be comparable to the price of a new HTS 7.1. And just as the HTS 2 can be upgraded to the HTS 7.1, the basic flexibility of the design allows for possible future upgrades to the hardware and software of the HTS 7.1 as well.

SV Staff Posted: Dec 02, 2002 0 comments
Maybe This Christmas, Various Artists
Here's one of the best various-artist collections in years, focusing on new names like Coldplay, Phantom Planet, and Bright Eyes.
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David Ranada Posted: Dec 02, 2002 0 comments
Within seconds of firing up Miramax's DVD release of the classic Beatles movie A Hard Day's Night, I knew that the Fab Four had been deep-sixed by the new set's producers. The image quality is excellent-the movie appears for the first time in a widescreen (1.66:1) video transfer-but the music is another story.
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David Katzmaier Posted: Dec 02, 2002 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza

Riding the bus to school was always a drag, so it felt great to be able to slide behind the wheel of my new car and drive there on the morning of my 16th birthday. Each day after that I'd wake up late, then get halfway home before all the losers who didn't have wheels even got on the bus.

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Posted: Dec 01, 2002 0 comments

"The next best thing to being there?" Thomas J. Norton tries to find words to describe the <A HREF="">Reference Imaging CinePro 9x Elite & Teranex HDX Cinema MX CRT video projector and video processor</A>. Why such an expensive product for <I>SGHT</I>? Because, as TJN notes, "these are the products against which all others can be measured."


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