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Ultimate AV Staff Posted: May 31, 2004 0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.brilliancorp.com">Brillian Corporation</A> is making waves among the HDTV elite with its first-ever rear projection monitor, a 65"-diagonal widescreen unit with exceptional specifications&mdash;among them a 160-degree viewing angle and 2000:1 contrast ratio. At the heart of the new BR6501m/I are three 1280x720 microdisplays, the latest in the company's patent-pending Gen II LCoS line.

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HT Staff Posted: May 31, 2004 0 comments
Toshiba has announced a new lineup of ten big screen rear-projection televisions built around Texas Instrument's HD2+ digital light processing (DLP) chip.
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Steven Stone Posted: May 30, 2004 0 comments

<I>Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Season Hubley, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau. Directed by John Carpenter. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 2.0 (French). Two discs. 99 minutes. 1981. MGM Home Entertainment 1005690. R. $29.98. </I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: May 30, 2004 0 comments

Apart from a slight change in the color of the case, there's little that visibly distinguishes Sharp's new XV-Z12000 DLP home theater projector from its predecessor, the XV-Z10000. The winner of our last Editors' Choice Platinum Award, in January 2004, the Z10000 sailed through the viewing sessions for its coverage in SGHT: a full review in October 2003 and a "Take 2" in November.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: May 30, 2004 0 comments

<I>Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening. Directed by Kevin Costner. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 139 minutes. 2003. Two discs. Buena Vista Home Video 32055. R. $29.99.</I>

Thomas J. Norton Posted: May 30, 2004 0 comments

Most high-end speaker companies arrived late to the home-theater party. Dedicated to 2-channel music playback, they eventually split into three groups. One group would banish you to the Mines of Moria if you even uttered the words "home theater" in their presence. Another recognized the bottom-line impact of multichannel and reluctantly designed a few home theater pieces&mdash;perhaps a simple center and a subwoofer&mdash;for their dealers to sell along with their 2-channel models. A third developed a little more enthusiasm for home theater and built serious centers, subs, and surrounds to match the sophistication of their traditional designs.

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uavKrissy Rushing Posted: May 30, 2004 0 comments

<I>Raoul Bova, Lindsay Duncan, Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Vincent Riotta. Directed by Audrey Wells. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English). 102 minutes. 2003. Buena Vista 76122. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: May 30, 2004 0 comments

When Sony announced the development of a new home video projector last spring, the buzz began. Would it be the fabled Grating Light Valve technology, which the company is known to be working on? Would it be LCD, DLP, or LCoS? Would it be something completely new?

HT Staff Posted: May 28, 2004 Published: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments
Artison Portrait Speaker System and Velodyne DD-12 Subwoofer
Chris Lewis Posted: May 28, 2004 Published: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments
Marantz gets universal for less than four figures.

Slowly but surely, more readers are asking questions about high-resolution, multichannel audio. They want to know what kind of progress the SACD and DVD-Audio formats are making. In most ways, I think they're right where we thought they'd be at this point, if not ahead in some respects. Sure, the naysayers are out in force, but it's entirely predictable that they would be. A technology's early days are the safest time for naysayers, as this is when all new technologies inevitably struggle. It wasn't so long ago that the DVD-Video detractors were out in force, and I think we all know how that turned out. Am I saying high-resolution/multichannel audio will ultimately have the impact of DVD-Video? Hardly, at least not in these videocentric times. Am I saying that SACD and DVD-Audio will change the world? Obviously not. But I am saying that it doesn't make much sense to dismiss a technology, or technologies, before they've had a chance to show what they can really do.

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