J. Gordon Holt Posted: Jun 24, 2002 0 comments

It's an article of faith among audiophiles that you can "hear" materials. It just stands to reason that, if a loudspeaker cone has a certain sound when tapped with a fingernail, then everything it reproduces will be colored by that sound. This is why an audiophile will tap the exposed cones of an unfamiliar loudspeaker to see what they sound like. But not every material has a characteristic sound; some aren't stiff enough to vibrate. A wet dishrag, for example, has no sonic "signature." Only if you hit something with it does it make any sound at all, and then it just goes splat. But any material stiff enough to push air without wilting is likely to have some kind of resonant mode that we can hear, so you just know that a metal loudspeaker diaphragm is going to sound metallic.

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HT Staff Posted: Jun 23, 2002 0 comments
Speaker stands are one of those things you just don't think much about---until you need them. Once you do, finding the right ones for your speakers and your room can be a time-consuming chore. Too often, those that are available look like they would be more at home in an auto repair shop.
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Posted: Jun 23, 2002 0 comments

As promised <A HREF="">last April</A>, Discovery Communications launched their new 24-hour 1080i high definition television (HDTV) network, called Discovery HD Theater, last week. The network has been launched on HD platforms recently rolled out by EchoStar Communications on its Dish Network satellite TV service nationwide, AT&T Broadband's greater Chicago market (where plans are set to launch HDTV service later this summer), and in numerous other markets serviced by cable providers Charter and Cox.

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Barry Willis Posted: Jun 23, 2002 0 comments

A surprise announcement from the nation's second-largest consumer electronics retailer may put the decline of videotape into hurry-up mode.

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Hilary Lynch Posted: Jun 23, 2002 0 comments

<I>Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Alfre Woodard, Mary McCormack. Directed by Iain Softley. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1. 121 minutes. 2001. Universal 21553. PG-13. $26.98.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 23, 2002 0 comments

The final curtain has fallen for the financially troubled Vidikron, as the company's dissolution has been announced by its secured creditor, Markland Technologies. As <A HREF="">reported</A> nearly three years ago, in August of 1999, Vidikron narrowly escaped bankruptcy at that time by arranging a line of credit and was then <A HREF="">independantly financed</A> by a group of international investors one month later.

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Posted: Jun 23, 2002 0 comments

<A HREF="">Zenith Electronics Corporation</A> is serious about pushing plasma displays (PDPs). The company's forthcoming flagship 60" high-definition model was announced June 20 at a price of $14,999, half the original suggested retail price of Zenith's DPDP60W, the first 60" plasma screen to hit the market, in August 2001.

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HT Staff Posted: Jun 19, 2002 0 comments
Do you have an apartment, condominium, guesthouse, or mother-in-law suite where you'd like to install a low-cost home theater system? If you've got a monitor, Onkyo can supply the rest.
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Steven Stone Posted: Jun 18, 2002 0 comments

DLP projectors are the future. Of course, Sony and Philips said the same thing about the compact disc in 1983. When I heard my first CD player, the Sony CDP-101, I lasted 15 seconds before I left the room&mdash;it sounded that horrible. The first Digital Light Processing (DLP) projector I laid eyes on fared much better. I watched it for a full five minutes before I fled, blinded by the "rainbow effect."

Joel Brinkley Posted: Jun 18, 2002 0 comments

Mitsubishi sells more high-definition televisions than anyone else, and with the WS-65909 Diamond Series rear-projector they've pulled out the stops. The WS-65909 has a 65-inch-diagonal, 16:9 screen and 7-inch CRTs. Its huge cabinet has a glossy burl wood finish of various shades of dark brown and black accents&mdash;this TV will dominate whatever room holds it. (The product is delivered in one piece, but can be separated into two pieces for delivery in the home.) It includes everything you might want, including an integrated DTV receiver, a digital cable receiver for unscrambled signals, and the company's NetCommand system for linking all your components so they can be controlled from the TV. In fact, in all my years of reviewing digital televisions, I've never encountered one with as many interesting and useful features.


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