In his review of the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?23">Wharfedale Pacific Surround Speaker System</A>, John J. Gannon writes that, although Wharfedale is not a well-known company in the US, "By introducing cutting-edge designs at affordable prices, they're now obviously aiming to change that." Gannon listens carefully to determine how well they've succeeded.
<I>Tony Shalhoub, F. Murray Abraham, Shannon Elizabeth, Matthew Lillard, Rah Digga. Directed by Steve Beck. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1(anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French). 91 minutes. 2001. Columbia 22083. R. $24.98.</I>
Atlanta-based <A HREF="http://www.cox.com">Cox Communications, Inc</A>. is expanding its nationwide rollout of its new high definition television service with HDTV for the Las Vegas market, according to a July 22 announcement. Viewers in Cox's market of more than 600,000 homes in the desert city will be able to avail themselves of new set-top boxes using what the company describes as "completely integrated technology."
There are high-priced major-league baseball players (is that redundant?), and then there are the Mark McGuires and Sammy Sosas - players whose abilities and accomplishments leave even their overpaid teammates in awe. The same holds true as you approach the stratospheric reaches of high-end A/V receivers.
Computer networking isn't a subject you'd necessarily expect to read about in Sound & Vision. But because more and more home-entertainment gear wants to get connected to the Internet and because networking is a viable way to distribute compressed audio and video, it makes sense for us to look at where home networks are today.
The burgeoning market for digital television is being hindered by an increasing number of reports of radio-frequency interference from DTV transmitters. Although DTV is a "technology that is finally beginning to boom," according to a July 16 report from Reed Business Information, some broadcasters, in particular Paxson Communications, have complained about interference problems. Consumers who buy digital televisions are still disappointed by the skimpy high-definition programming offered by their local broadcasters. DTV's picture for the near future therefore remains unclear.