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Gary Merson Posted: May 01, 2004 0 comments
SIM2's new HD2+ DLP projector delivers the goods.

Digital Light Processing front projection has a short but interesting history. It began in the late '90s when the first consumer DLP projector was marketed. This new type of display—which uses a tiny, reflective chip called a DMD (digital micromirror device) that contains hundreds of thousands of hinged mirrors (instead of miniature LCD panels)—provided consumers with an early look at all-digital imaging. This primitive effort made big pictures, but it had many picture-quality issues.

Kevin Hunt Posted: May 01, 2004 0 comments
Athena's on the money with a petite 5.1 system.

It's called Micra—as in micron and minute—but Athena Technologies really didn't have to be so modest when naming their latest, and smallest, home theater speaker system. Micra, although dead-on accurate, somehow doesn't do justice to this rockin' little package. Visually, it's Micra. Monetarily, it's Micra. But sonically, it's definitely maxi, as in maximum volume. . . and maximum value.

Chris Chiarella Posted: May 01, 2004 0 comments
Where's the DVR? Come to think of it, where isn't the DVR?

Amazing but true, many TiVo and ReplayTV owners out there just see the devices as neat, little living-room boxes that record their television programs, and they simply don't care about the technology inside. Thanks to steady improvements in digital-video-recorder technology, consumers don't have to care if they don't want to. Not to be like that weirdo in the mask and spoil the magic trick, but there's a simple hard disk drive inside—in many cases, the same exact brand and model you have inside your PC. However, while computer-based "video capture" applications seem to have plateaued in terms of features and convenience (at least for now), the more user-friendly dedicated DVR hardware has undergone some interesting transformations, in and out of the home theater.

HT Staff Posted: May 01, 2004 0 comments
If you've got $5,000 to spend, we've got five great systems to show you.

It's tough being a consumer in the home theater market these days. You want eye-popping visuals and earth-shattering sound, but sometimes the only eye popping and earth shattering that occurs is when you find out the prices of some A/V systems. Never fear. We at Home Theater hear your cries for a powerful system that won't give your wallet a beating, and we understand. That's why we've gathered our top minds and put together five excellent home theater systems that cost around $5,000. Loudspeakers, universal disc players, HDTVs, projectors, and screens—you name it, we've got you covered. So take a peek over the next few pages, and see the systems for yourself. With all the money you'll save by purchasing the systems we've shown you, you'll be able to spend a little extra to upgrade your wire, cable, and interconnects—and maybe even purchase a sexy stand to hold your new gear. You definitely deserve it.

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HT Staff Posted: Apr 30, 2004 Published: May 01, 2004 0 comments
One complaint cropping up more frequently among custom installers is the cable length limit of DVI/HDMI connections to high-definition displays. Gefen, Inc. has introduced a clever workaround by using conventional Cat-5 cable, common in computer networks.
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Michael Riggs Posted: Apr 29, 2004 0 comments
After years of neglect, the once-lowly table radio is experiencing a rebirth.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 29, 2004 0 comments

Toshiba When it comes to recording TV shows, Toshiba's RD-XS32 gives you plenty of options: you can store them on the 80-gigabyte (GB) hard disk for a short stay, give them a permanent home on a write-once DVD-R, or burn them onto an erasable DVD-RW or DVD-RAM disc.

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Michael Antonoff Posted: Apr 29, 2004 0 comments
Every night has come down to an impossible choice. Do I revel in the convenience of my video hard-disk recorder (HDR) or exalt in the splendor of high-definition TV? Why can't a set-top box enable me to pause a premium HDTV movie as readily as an ad-glutted network newscast?
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HT Staff Posted: Apr 28, 2004 0 comments
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc., has unveiled almost two dozen new products to be delivered to dealers later this year.
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HT Staff Posted: Apr 26, 2004 0 comments
Elite Leather
You already know how much better it is to watch a new movie at home in your lush home theater. It's even better when you can nestle into a top-of-the-line recliner. Elite Leather's new Tahoe chair, which is reminiscent of a recliner, is available in two-, four-, and five-seat configurations to accommodate any room, and each seat features its own cup holder. The chair can recline almost completely horizontally, even when placed flat against a wall—perfect for saving space. It's available in your choice of over 200 leather or 100 Ultrasuede colors. Prices for a three-seat configuration range from $5,000 to $8,000, depending on the grade of leather.
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