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The demand for HDTV is growing faster than that for broadband services. One result is that more satellites may soon be converted for <A HREF="http://www.directv.com">DirecTV</A> high-definition broadcasting.

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<A HREF="http://www.tivo.com">TiVo, Inc</A>. is enjoying its best season yet. The San Jose, CA&ndash;based maker of digital video recorders (DVRs) announced November 4 that subscriptions for its service have exceeded the one million mark and are on course for further growth during the coming holiday season.

Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Nov 10, 2003 0 comments

PDF: No Limit Six Bob Dylan albums are remixed in six channels for Super Audio CD.

PDF: Tracking Surround Old and new Steely Dan on DVD-Audio and SACD . . . plus Train, Shania Twain, and more.

David Katzmaier Posted: Nov 10, 2003 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza My uncle is an architect who works in Orange County, California, and I've always loved visiting the palatial homes he helps design while they're still under construction.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Nov 10, 2003 Published: Nov 01, 2003 0 comments
The PT-L300U is the little projector that could.

Some of the most affordable front projectors are coming from the pro divisions of well-known companies. Want to pay around $2,000 for an LCD projector? Consider the Panasonic PT-L300U. It hails from the Presentation Systems Group of the Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company, but don't let that deter you. This projector is fully home-theater-worthy. Judging from the happy-android family pictured on the cover of the instruction manual (as opposed to happy-android executives), that must be intentional.

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Nov 10, 2003 Published: Nov 01, 2003 0 comments
Fujitsu's new plasma is more than just a pretty face.

Ah, plasma. There's nothing sexier in the home theater world. Where else can you get a bright, sharp image without any box to speak of? It just hangs there on your wall and attracts attention like a supermodel walking into your local Denny's.

Steve Guttenberg Posted: Nov 10, 2003 Published: Nov 01, 2003 0 comments
Feeling blah? I've got the cure.

My friend Gene is a professional musician. Back in the early '80s, he used Klipsch Heresys as PA speakers in clubs. One hot August afternoon, I dropped by his Greenwich Village apartment. Just for fun, he set up the Heresys at home. Hot damn, I was absolutely floored! The first LP (remember, this was in the pre-digital era) he played was the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street. Oh man, I thought I knew that record inside out, but not like that—the Klipschs sounded like a mini version of a concert system. We listened at extremely high levels, easily 100-plus decibels. Gene's neighbors must have thought Mick and the boys were gigging in his apartment.

Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Nov 10, 2003 Published: Nov 01, 2003 2 comments
2D is for armadillos in the middle of the road. Sensio's 3D processor grabs you by the eyeballs and won't let go.

No matter how much bigger your TV is than mine, no matter how much higher the resolution or how much brighter the image, there's one hitherto immutable aspect that both TVs have in common—the pictures on our respective TV screens are two-dimensional. They've got height. They've got width. But they ain't got depth. (Talk about flat-screen TV!) The final frontier of TV viewing is the third dimension; try as we might, watching a good 3D image on TV has always seemed about as impossible as Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera starring in a performance of Verdi's Aida as a fund raiser for PBS.

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Michael Metzger Posted: Nov 10, 2003 0 comments

<I>Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Fred Ward, Dennis Quaid, Barbara Hershey, Kim Stanley, Scott Paulin, Lance Henriksen, Veronica Cartwright, Pamela Reed, Levon Helm, Donald Moffat, Mary Jo Deschanel, Jeff Goldblum, Harry Shearer. Directed by Philip Kaufman. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. Two discs. 193 minutes. 1983. Warner Bros. 24499. PG. $21.99.</I>

John J. Gannon Posted: Nov 10, 2003 0 comments

When I reviewed the Integra Research RDC-7 preamplifier-processor in our February 2001 issue, I waxed enthusiastic about the unit's promised upgradeability&mdash;on that issue's cover, we even tagged it "Ready for Y3K!" Amid the Dolby/DTS battles of a few years ago, when a new "must-have" surround format was sent into the fray every six months, such an upgradeable chassis was exciting and welcome.

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