People often ask me, "How do you keep up with all the new technologies? The market changes so fast." One of the best ways to stay current is to attend trade shows where the latest gear is on display and you can actually talk with the folks who designed it.
Plasma televisions are all the rage these days, and Proview has a new model that might be what you're looking for. The MH-462SU is a 46-inch widescreen EDTV that features dual NTSC tuners and is HD-compatible. It sports a 1,500:1 contrast ratio and 1,000 cd/m2 brightness. Connections are plentiful and include DVI-D with HDCP and component video inputs. The MH-462SU also features Faroudja video processing with 3:2 pulldown and a V-Chip for parental control. This model is available now for $3,199.
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DVD: The Alamo—Buena Vista
I'm not a huge history buff myself, but this version of the story of the men who held the Alamo against Mexican General Santa Ana is compelling and beautifully told, though some may argue that the story isn't historically accurate. As usual, Billy Bob Thornton (as Davy Crockett) steals the show, but the rest of the cast (Dennis Quaid, Jason Patric, and Patrick Wilson) hold their own as well.
HD DVD is gaining momentum with Hollywood studios. Several studios have announced their intentions to go with the Toshiba format, among them New Line Cinema, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Brothers Studios, according to a Toshiba press release from Tokyo.
Home Theater is proud to present the first edition of its new free monthly eNewsletter. The first Monday of each month, Home Theater will publish exclusive content for readers who either opt-in with a subscription or sign-up using the online form.
In the first issue, Maureen Jenson explains how to pick a great installer, while Darryl Wilkinson reveals his top AV holiday picks for under $100. Wilkinson also tells us why he thinks Dual Disc is in deep trouble, why HD-DVD may be taking the lead, and what you'll find if you watch Girl with a Pearl Earring on DVD.
<I>Ultimate AV</I> is proud to present the first edition of its new free monthly eNewsletter. The first Monday of each month, <I>Ultimate AV</I> will publish exclusive content for readers who either opt-in with a subscription or sign-up using the online form.
I don't know whether it's the silliest or the slickest player design to come along since the invention of the DVD format, but the new YAHOO! MetroRetro DVD Player is certainly worth a second look from anyone tired of the typical black- or silver-box chassis design that makes even some of the most expensive machines look like cheap commodities. The "retro" styling involves rounded sides and front-panel circular VU meters that give the player a look that's reminiscent of a 1960s/1970s-era Chevy.
Despite the fact that financial analysts remain nonplussed by VOOM, the HD-content leading satellite service (provided by Rainbow DBS, a subsidiary of Cablevision System Corp.), those of us on the receiving end of the small-dish system see big promise in such a large selection of HD channels from which to choose. That's why the recent announcement that Rainbow DBS has selected Lockheed Martin to build five more geostationary telecommunications satellites to provide direct broadcast services across the continental US (conus) should make all HDTV owners smile. The first of the five satellites is expected to be completed and launched before the end of 2007. VOOM anticipates an ultimate capacity of over 5,000 HD channels.