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Posted: Jun 01, 2003 0 comments

Joel Brinkley gets his hands on the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?121">Integra DPS-8.3 universal player</A> to see if you really can have it all with a one-box machine. Brinkley reports that there may be a specific downside to the universal upside.

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HT Staff Posted: May 29, 2003 0 comments
San Francisco, CA—May 2003—Audiogon/Videogon.com—the online resource for buying and selling high-end audio and video equipment—has joined forces with Primedia and the Elf Foundation for a Charity Auction to be held at the Home Entertainment 2003 Show in San Francisco, June 6–8, 2003.
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HT Staff Posted: May 29, 2003 0 comments
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HT Staff Posted: May 29, 2003 0 comments
DVD: Die Another Day—MGM/UA
Video: 5
Audio: 5
Extras: 5
Forty years, 20 movies, and five Bonds. Technically, Die Another Day is the 22nd Bond film, as MGM/UA doesn't count the unofficial Never Say Never Again and Casino Royale. Die Another Day is one of the best in years, with picturesque locations, great action, and lots of special effects. Unfortunately, the dialogue seems to have been written by a 13-year-old boy. It's heinous and painful. Every line that doesn't directly relate to the plot is a brutally bad sexual innuendo. Not clever, just stupid. The plot is pure Bond, though, as the son of a North Korean general harnesses the sun's power to destroy all of the land mines that separate North and South Korea so that he can take over the country.
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HT Staff Posted: May 29, 2003 0 comments
Salamander Designs
Salamander Designs calls their TC2 theater chair a handsome, contemporary version of the movie-house original; but, if you ask us, these chairs look a hundred times more comfy than the seats we cram ourselves into at the local megaplex. The TC2 is available in sleek midnight-black leather and features a recliner mechanism, footrest, and adjustable headrest. It's the TC2's arm options that make this chair customizable for use in the home theater. Every arm has an integrated drink holder, made of either silver or black anodized aluminum. If you're interested in creating a curved row of seats, as seen here, Salamander offers wedge-shaped inner-arm pieces. An optional tactile sound transducer and push-button motorized recline mechanism are available as options. Each individual TC2 costs $1,299.
Salamander Designs
(888) 224-4113
www.salamanderdesigns.com
Joel Brinkley Posted: May 28, 2003 0 comments

As I write this, the annual Consumer Electronics Show is nearly upon us. While HDTV remains the big story in home theater, DVD still commands a lot of attention. And one sure hot-ticket item is the "universal" DVD player&mdash;one that plays most audio and video formats, particularly DVD-Audio and SACD. While we expect to see new universal player contenders at CES 2003, there are already several models on the market to choose from. Pioneer was first, with the DV-47A. Marantz followed up a few months later with the DV-8300. And now, from Integra (a division of Onkyo), we have the DPS-8.3.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: May 28, 2003 0 comments

<I>Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Directed by Doug Liman. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French), DTS 5.1 (English). 119 minutes. 2002. Universal 21551. PG-13. $26.98.</I>

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Robert Deutsch Posted: May 28, 2003 0 comments

<I>Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Aspect ratio: 2.20: 1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), 1.0 (Spanish), 1.0 (French). Two discs. 152 minutes. 1961. MGM 1004353. NR. $39.98.</I>

Thomas J. Norton Posted: May 28, 2003 0 comments

Founded just a few years ago, Revel has rapidly developed a reputation as a speaker company to reckon with. Its designs have been consistently praised by reviewers and sought by audiophiles. Revel's speakers aren't cheap, but, as they say in the movie business, the budget is all up there on the screen&mdash;or, in this case, in the sound.

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Al Griffin Posted: May 26, 2003 0 comments

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