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Daniel Kumin Posted: Mar 05, 2002 0 comments

The two-tiered THX certification system for A/V components reminds me of canned black olives: the smallest ones you can buy are labeled "large," and they range upward from there to "jumbo," "colossal," and, I suppose, "gargantuan." Similarly, the lowest THX rating, THX Select, is awarded to very good midprice gear, while THX Ultra2 (an upgrade of plain ol

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Mar 05, 2002 0 comments

For a century we've been industriously broadcasting radio programs all across the globe, with the great majority of programs received free of charge. After light bulbs, radios are probably the most ubiquitous electrical devices on earth. Radio is cool. Life is good.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Mar 05, 2002 0 comments

He may not have known all the chords . . . but he knew "a lot more than we knew," as John Lennon said, remembering the day in 1957 when Paul McCartney introduced him to George Harrison. And that was enough for John to agree with Paul that George should join them in the band that would eventually become, with Ringo Starr, the Beatles.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Mar 03, 2002 0 comments

Sometimes boring is better, like Canada's boringly complete and universal health care, boringly low crime rates, and boringly high educational levels. And then there's the boringly predictable excellence and value of the speaker systems that march south from Canada to the showrooms and home theaters of the lower 48.

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Barry Willis Posted: Mar 03, 2002 0 comments

Just a week after a consortium of electronics companies announced its commitment to a new <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1228">high-capacity DVD</A>, the DVD Forum voted to approve the use of low-bit-rate compression for high-definition DVD. The vote was approved by 11 of the Forum's 17 members, with Matsushita, JVC, and Philips abstaining.

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uavKrissy Rushing Posted: Mar 03, 2002 0 comments

<I>Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, John Leguizamo. Directed by Baz Luhrman. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, Spanish Dolby Surround 2.0. Two discs. 128 minutes. 2001. Fox 2000870. PG-13. $29.98.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Mar 03, 2002 0 comments

Excessive caution over copyrights could inhibit the already slow rollout of digital television, electronics industry executives told a US Senate committee last week.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 03, 2002 0 comments

Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology has been gaining ground in the home theater market over the last several months, in large part due to the implementation of Texas Instrument's native 16x9 display chip as seen in Sharp's popular XV-Z9000U projector, released late last year.

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Barry Willis Posted: Mar 03, 2002 0 comments

Can direct broadcast satellite services make good on their promises? Representatives of EchoStar and Hughes Electronics Corporation (owner of DirecTV) have promised federal lawmakers that if their merger is approved, they will roll out broadband digital services, retransmit local television signals, and generally saturate the nation with satellite television&mdash;all within three years.

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HT Staff Posted: Feb 27, 2002 0 comments
After you've spent your life savings on electronics and furnishings, are you still unhappy with the sound of your home theater? Perhaps you should have budgeted a little something for room treatment.

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