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Steven Hirsch Posted: Nov 30, 2003 0 comments

My father always attributed his early interests in technical matters to his maternal grandfather, who, in his words, "knew a little bit about everything." In those days, the lowly telephone was not commonplace in rural America, international calling was an exotic luxury for the wealthy, and the Internet was the stuff of pulp science-fiction novels.

Josef Krebs Posted: Nov 30, 2003 0 comments

Hey, we're not making this up as we go. We're on a crusade to unearth the best box sets of the holiday season. And here they are - not in any particular order, but simply the ten coolest treasures on DVD and CD. Is your friend's home theater starting to seem like a temple of gloom? Do you and your girl keep going out on, shall we say, bad dates?

Barry Willis Posted: Nov 30, 2003 0 comments

In my student days, I coped with perpetual financial shortfalls in part by moving furniture. After a weekend of toting hide-a-beds and refrigerators to fifth-floor walkups, I would imagine a perfect world in which everything was designed to work with everything else. Not a world of bureaucratic regimentation, but one in which, by common agreement, every sofa would fit into every elevator and every table would slip through every open door.

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Robert Deutsch Posted: Nov 30, 2003 0 comments

<I>Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), 1.0 (French). 117 minutes. 1957. Warner Home Video 62251. NR. $19.90.</I>

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

<I>Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Surround (French), Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, DTS 5.1 Surround (English). Two discs. Miramax Home Entertainment 24017. R. $29.99.</I>

Michael Fremer Posted: Nov 28, 2003 0 comments

The relatively small German company Audio Physic has had remarkable success among audiophiles worldwide with its line of mostly slim, relatively expensive, high-performance speakers. For two decades now, music lovers have responded to the brand's fast, detailed sound&mdash;a sound that places a premium on re-creating a musical event along with the music itself. Audio Physic speakers are best known for pulling a sonic disappearing act by producing holographic, 3-dimensional images and dramatic 2-channel soundstages, but communicating music's emotional content has always been paramount to founder and chief designer Joachim Gerhard. In my opinion, he's succeeded: My current reference speakers are Audio Physic Avanti IIIs; before that, I owned a pair of the original Virgos.

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SV Staff Posted: Nov 26, 2003 0 comments

Julian Hirsch, an engineer and magazine writer who was instrumental in transforming hi-fi from an esoteric hobby into a multibillion-dollar global industry, died Monday, November 24, at the age of 81 after a long illness.

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Michael Metzger Posted: Nov 24, 2003 0 comments

<I>Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Chris Elliot, Lee Evans, Lin Shaye, W. Earl Brown, Markie Post, Jeffrey Tambor, Keith David, Brett Favre, Jonathan Richman. Directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 119 minutes. 1998. 20th Century Fox 37985. R. $21.99.</I>

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Joel Brinkley Posted: Nov 24, 2003 0 comments

Faroudja has long made among the very best video processors&mdash;the company virtually invented the industry. NEC has made outstanding plasma televisions for several years. Combining an NEC plasma that incorporates several important Faroudja enhancements with a top-of-the-line Faroudja processor and selling them as a package was an inspired idea that presented me with an intriguing product for review.

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HT Staff Posted: Nov 24, 2003 0 comments
The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) may up the ante in the digital broadcasting game, according to a November 22 report from New York.