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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John J. Gannon checks out the <A HREF="/surroundsoundpreampprocessors/1003integra">Integra Research RDC-7 Preamplifier-Processor</A> and opines, "I'm happy to report that Integra Research has actually delivered."

Daniel Kumin Posted: Nov 09, 2003 0 comments

Photos by Tony Cordoza As I unpacked Athena Technologies' Audition Series home theater speakers, I recalled that Athena was the Greek goddess of wisdom, reason, and purity. Was it wise and reasonable, I wondered, to expect purity of sound from a six-piece system that costs less than $1,500? If anyone could make such a system, though, I figured Athena could.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Nov 03, 2003 0 comments

<I>Joe Messina, Robert White, Eddie Willis, guitar; Johnny Griffith, Joe Hunter, Earle Van Dyke, piano, organ; Bob Babbitt, James Jamerson, bass; Richard Allen, William Benjamin, Uriel Jones, drums; Jack Ashford, vibraphone; Eddie Brown, bongos; Bootsy Collins, Ben Harper, Chaka Khan, Gerald Levert, Me'Shell Ndeg&#233;Ocello, Joan Osborne, vocals. Directed by Paul Justman. Aspect ratio: 1.85 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, DTS 6.1 ES, Dolby Stereo 2.0. Two discs. 110 minutes. 2002. Artisan 13780. PG. $22.98.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Nov 03, 2003 0 comments

It's easy to visualize the operation of a CRT projector: three tubes, each operating much as the picture tube in the TV on your kitchen counter, flashing overlapping red, green, and blue analog images onto the screen. If you have a good model in top operating condition, and if you or your installer have slaved over its setup, you'll see an incredible picture&mdash;one that, on a home-size screen (not so large as to accentuate a CRT's main limitation of light output), is still as good as home video gets.

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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 03, 2003 0 comments

As of October 28, electronics manufacturers have little choice about whether to include digital tuners in new television sets.

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Convergence is upon us. Technology long associated with information processing is increasingly a part of many people's home entertainment experience.