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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Mar 29, 2001 0 comments

The slow march toward that new digital broadcast standard has brought us a small but rapidly swelling flow of new DTV widescreen televisions—far better sets than anything the average consumer has ever seen before. These TVs are still very much high-end products, but despite their cost, sales are increasing at a steady rate.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Mar 29, 2001 0 comments

"The world's most advanced Home Theater Receiver" is Denon's claim for the AVR-5800, and, now that I've spent a few months with it, they'll get no arguments from me. It's the world's first 7.1-channel receiver with DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1, DTS Neo:6, THX surround EX, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Pro Logic. It's like one of those new cruise ships that more closely resembles a floating city. What Denon has managed to pack into its large, sleek, heavy black hull (at 62 lbs, it's the most massive I've seen) is remarkable in terms of both versatility and performance. Denon's marketing manager, David Birch-Jones, proclaims the AVR-5800 to be "Without question the finest A/V receiver ever created." But are "most advanced" and "finest" necessarily the same thing? We'll have to dig deeper to find out.

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HT Staff Posted: Mar 29, 2001 0 comments
Let's face it. The bottom octaves don't convey much information. Neither music nor dialog has any real need for ultra low bass, but no movie fan would argue that it doesn't make a huge difference in the impact and realism of a film.
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HT Staff Posted: Mar 29, 2001 0 comments
Twenty-five years of research and development by Canada's Energy Speaker Systems have culminated in the company's new Veritas series loudspeakers. Refinements have been made in every aspect of their design, from driver materials and cabinet construction to power handling and dispersion.
Fred Manteghian Posted: Mar 29, 2001 0 comments

Only three years after their debut, the prices of budget DVD players have dropped below $200. That paltry sum wouldn't even cover the Connecticut sales tax on the Theta David II. If you're already seeing red, come back next month, when I'll undoubtedly review something that won't have you gagging as if a Chinese pepper has gone down the wrong pipe. On the other hand, if you've always wondered why caviar from the Caspian goes for more than the Rhode Island variety, stick around.

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Dan Yakir Posted: Mar 25, 2001 0 comments

C<I>andace Hilligoss, Sidney Berger, Frances Feist, Art Ellison, Stan Levitt, Herk Harvey. Directed by Herk Harvey. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full-screen). Dolby Digital mono. 78 minutes (original version), 83 minutes (director's cut). 1962. Criterion Collection 63. NR. $39.95.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 25, 2001 0 comments

Flat screen fans will be pleased to hear that, last week, <A HREF="http://www.plasmavision.com">Fujitsu</A> announced that it is lowering the suggested retail prices on its PDS-4222 and PDS-4214 Plasmavision Slimscreen 42-inch widescreen plasma display monitors. Effective immediately, the suggested retail price for the PDS-4222 has been reduced from $13,999 to $9999, while the PDS-4214's suggested retail price has been reduced from $9999 to $7999.

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Posted: Mar 25, 2001 0 comments

Audio and video retailer <A HREF="http://www.tweeter.com/">Tweeter Home Entertainment Group</A> announced last week that it has reached an agreement in principle to acquire Big Screen City, located in the greater San Diego and Temecula, CA areas. Big Screen City is a four-store specialty consumer electronics retailer with annual sales over $15 million, and has been in business in the San Diego market for 20 years. The companies say that they expect to complete the transaction on or about May 1, 2001.

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Posted: Mar 25, 2001 0 comments

Last week, the <A HREF="http://www.hrrc.org">Home Recording Rights Coalition</A> (HRRC) issued a statement condemning the encryption of terrestrial broadcast television programming, which the organization says will threaten established home recording rights. The HRRC made its comments in a letter sent to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Michael Powell in response to issues raised in a letter sent to Chairman Powell last week from members of Congress. In its letter, the HRRC expressed concerns that television programming producers may decide to provide content only to channels with strong copy protections.

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Gary Frisch Posted: Mar 18, 2001 0 comments

R<I>ichard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonia Moreno. Directed by Jack Arnold. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full-screen). Dolby Digital 2.0. 80 minutes. 1954. Universal Home Video 20760. NR. $29.98.</I>

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