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HT Staff Posted: Jun 09, 2001 0 comments
Passive radiators fell out of favor with loudspeaker manufacturers in the early 1980's, but the technology always showed promise for extending the low-end response from small cabinets. Tigard, OR-based Aperion Audio, formerly known as EdgeAudio, has revived the design with the introduction of a new 150-watt powered subwoofer selling for just under $400.
Al Griffin Posted: Jun 07, 2001 0 comments

Working at Sound & Vision, we sometimes wonder if the artists who make the music and movies we play on our tweaked-out systems have the same gear fetish we do. When we heard that the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch had asked the prestigious Criterion DVD label to work with him on a collection of the trio's music videos, we suspected he might be a kindred spirit.

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Frank Doris Posted: Jun 06, 2001 0 comments

You probably already know that good speakers are essential to putting together a high-quality stereo or multichannel music system or home theater. You can invest several months' mortgage payments in first-rate audio/video components, but without good speakers you're simply not going to hear your system's full potential.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Jun 06, 2001 0 comments

Ground Control, this is Off-Road Gear One, a.k.a. ORG-1, as I'm still orbiting the earth in the experimental mobile-entertainment vessel I transmitted from last month. Do you copy?

Yes, I copy, ORG-1. This is Steve at Ground Control. I can hear you loud and clear - and without distortion, I might add.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Jun 05, 2001 0 comments
At some future date, someone, somewhere, will come up with a bigger, heavier, more powerful, and more fully featured A/V receiver than the one reviewed here. But until then we'll just have to make do with Denon's AVR-5800 - all 62 pounds, 1,190 watts, and seven THX Ultra-certified channels of it.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 03, 2001 0 comments

In the wake of Napster, movie studios are even more gun-shy about releasing new content without a digital chastity belt in place. Responding to calls for additional copy protection security from content owners and content providers concerned about the potential unlimited distribution of digital files over the Internet, <A HREF="">Thomson multimedia</A> says it is re-introducing its SmartRight system, which the company describes as a method of "robust content protection that could possibly operate as a secure layer to supplement less complete current approaches."

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Barry Willis Posted: Jun 03, 2001 0 comments

There's a curious three-way war being fought over Direct Broadcast Satellite television. Further court action has been put off until June 12 in the antitrust suit brought by DBSer EchoStar and its parent company Hughes Electronics Corporation against competitor DirecTV. The lawsuit alleges that DirecTV has conspired with retailers to shut EchoStar out of the expanding market for satellite TV. DirecTV has approximately twice the number of subscribers as its smaller rival; in all, there are approximately 40 million DBS subscribers in North America.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 03, 2001 0 comments

If companies like <A HREF="">nCUBE</A> have their way, hard-disc-based PVR manufacturers such as TiVo are going to have a tough time finding customers. nCUBE announced last week that it will demonstrate its scalable "network-based" personal video recorder (nPVR) systems at Cable 2001, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's (NCTA) Convention in Chicago, June 10&ndash;13.

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Lack of HDTV programming and uncertainties about interface standards have caused Hitachi to hold off on introducing any new fully integrated HDTV sets. In late May, <A HREF="">Hitachi Home Electronics America</A> announced its new UltraVision Digital line of television products, including 9 new rear-projection HDTV monitors, but there are no fully integrated sets or set-top boxes (STBs) among them.

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Dan Yakir Posted: Jun 03, 2001 0 comments

<I>Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw. Directed by Terence Young. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (widescreen). Dolby Digital mono. 115 minutes. 1963. MGM Home Entertainment 1001093. PG. $26.98.</I>


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