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HT Staff Posted: Mar 06, 2001 0 comments
Parasound doesn't make a huge distinction between "Home Theater" and "Custom Installation." In most cases, if you have one, you have the other.
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HT Staff Posted: Mar 06, 2001 0 comments
If thirteen thousand bucks doesn't sound too steep for a video projector and processor, DWIN Electronics has just what you're looking for. The Burbank, CA-based manufacturer has packed the most advanced features into its TransVision DLP projector and dedicated processor for what are claimed to be "film-like images."
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Barry Willis Posted: Mar 04, 2001 0 comments

Many of <A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com/">Blockbuster Inc</A>.'s 5100 US video outlets will soon become satellite stores for <A HREF="http://www.radioshack.com/">RadioShack Corporation</A>, thanks to a partnership agreement announced by the retailing giants February 27.

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The direct broadcast satellite industry is making great progress over cable providers in the digital TV arena, according to a recently published study by research firm <A HREF="http://www.strategyanalytics.com"> Strategy Analytics</A>. Worldwide, more than twice as many new subscribers to digital television signed up with DBS services than with cable last year, the study finds.

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Wes Phillips Posted: Mar 04, 2001 0 comments

F<I>red A. Leuchter, Jr. Directed by Errol Morris. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 2.0. 91 minutes. 1999. Lionsgate Films 20717. PG-13. $24.98.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 04, 2001 0 comments

Obviously taking the concept of a "director's cut" quite seriously, Francis Ford Coppola announced this week that he will soon be releasing a radically different version of his 1979 classic <I>Apocalypse Now</I>. The new version of the film will feature 53 minutes of new material and will debut at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in France May 9&ndash;20.

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Mike Mettler Posted: Feb 28, 2001 0 comments
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Mike Wood Posted: Feb 28, 2001 Published: Mar 01, 2001 0 comments
Toshiba's SD-9200 and Onkyo's DV-S939 are part of a new breed of what might as well be called "super" DVD players. Like a handful of others, they're high-quality DVD players that offer a progressive-scan video output and can decode the high-resolution audio signal from DVD-Audio recordings. With the category becoming almost appliancelike, these players are a welcome addition to any writer's queue of review products.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Feb 28, 2001 Published: Mar 01, 2001 0 comments
Better than I pixelled it.

The first step in overcoming any problem is admitting that you have one, so I'll admit that I don't normally like LCD projectors. There's no point in hiding the fact—it was bound to come out. Of course, I'm ashamed to admit that I'm prejudiced against an entire class of display devices. This is America, after all, where products should be judged on merit and not the composition of their pixels. But, you know, they're fine for other people. It's just not the kind of projector I'd have in my living room . . . . So, I was fully prepared not to like Sharp's XV-DW100U LCD projector. Sure, it can accept input signals from an analog NTSC tuner all the way up to 720p and 1080i from an outboard DTV tuner. So what if it easily connects to your computer, too? All right, it is amazingly easy to set up. OK, it works as a front or rear, floor or ceiling projector. I'll even give you the fact that it's a blast to watch. But, hey, it's still an LCD projector, remember?

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Mike Wood Posted: Feb 28, 2001 Published: Mar 01, 2001 0 comments
The world's most complete guide to DVD-player features.

If you're thinking of buying a DVD player, the number of features most players offer might overwhelm you. Sure, you know the basics: DVD is the hottest thing since the first time man invented something round. It consists of a disc the size of an audio CD but with 10 to 15 times more storage capacity. The disc has enough room to store a full-length motion picture with a digital picture that's better than that of laserdisc or satellite broadcasts. A progressive-scan DVD player connected to a widescreen TV can even approach the quality of high-definition television. The digital audio can include up to five full-range, discrete (meaning separate) channels with one LFE, or low-frequency-effects (aka the .1), channel for impact. The best part is that DVD players and movies should be compatible with your current system, no matter how archaic it is. You can buy a DVD player now and almost certainly enjoy the benefits right away, and you can upgrade various parts of your system and glean even more performance from the DVD software that you'll undoubtedly start collecting. What you really want to know, though, is what features to look for in your first/next DVD-player purchase. As usual, we're here to explain them to you. We've also included a couple of tips on how you can take your DVD/home theater experience to the next level.

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