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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 02, 2002 0 comments

<I>Directed by Chris Hilson. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround, PCM 16-bit/48kHz. Two DVDs. 180 minutes. 2001. Columbia Music Video C2D 54071. NR. $29.98.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Jun 02, 2002 0 comments

Long noted for its non-participation in the rollout of digital television, the cable industry is now making conciliatory noises about supporting the new format. But even with its support, the changeover from analog is going to take a long time, according to recent statements from Robert Sachs, president of the <A HREF="">National Cable Television Association</A> (NCTA).

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<IMG SRC="/images/newsart/he2002.infocus.jpg" WIDTH=100 HEIGHT=63 BORDER=0 ALIGN=LEFT>A great demo can be a thing of beauty&mdash;and InFocus, NAD, and PSB put together one of the best we've ever seen here at HE 2002. They started with a great concept: $10,000 can purchase a complete home theater package that can give anybody all the magic of a true cinema showcase. The system starts with InFocus' new $5000 ScreenPlay 110 DLP projector, which is optimized for DVD with a dual-mode TI DLP chip capable of both 16 X 9 and 4 X 3 projection. The unit incorporates Faroudja DCDI processing and a six-element four-speed color wheel. It will accept high definition inputs (though downscales them to 480p), has component inputs, and is NTSC, PAL, and SECAM compatible. The system included NAD's 80Wpc multichannel 761 A/V Receiver and T531 DVD player ($1500). PSB contributed a pair of Image 5T loudspeakers ($799/pair), an Image 9C center channel speaker ($399/each), a pair of Image 10S ($649/pair), and an Image SubSonic 6 powered subwoofer ($649/each). Add a Dalite grayscale screen and you'll "have enough left over from $10,000 for a nice meal," as the presenter put it.

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Lawrence B. Johnson Posted: May 31, 2002 0 comments
Meridian's chief designer and chairman Bob Stuart speaks out on musical truth as the Holy Grail of audio.
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Posted: May 31, 2002 0 comments

What the best-looking video displays at HE 2002 were showing wasn't HDTV&mdash;New York is still crippled by the loss of the World Trade Center transmitter&mdash;and it wasn't DVD. In fact, it made DVD look broken. It's D-VHS, which outputs 1080i, and which has a total catalog, if you count the sampler included with the player and the five titles scheduled for release next week, of six titles.

Joel Brinkley Posted: May 31, 2002 0 comments

For the last two years, only Pioneer has made products that bridge the gulf between DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD, the new, competing formats for high-resolution audio. The company's estimable DV-AX10, first offered more than a year ago, played both formats, plus DVD-Video discs&mdash;no other company offered a similar product. Back then, however, Sony and Philips, SACD's backers and licensers, sold only 2-channel versions of the hardware.

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HT Staff Posted: May 30, 2002 0 comments
Widescreen Digital Light Processing displays are dropping in price, thanks in no small way to companies like Samsung Electronics. On May 31, Samsung announced two new high-definition rear-projection DLP screens that should get the attention of movie fans everywhere.
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Posted: May 30, 2002 0 comments

Sharp, Zenith, and Samsung held press conferences within hours of one another in which the messages were remarkably similar. Each trumpeted the growing popularity of HDTV, each strove to distinguish its chosen technology from the others, and each showed impressive products at prices significantly lower than the previous generation's.

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Michael Metzger Posted: May 26, 2002 0 comments

<I>Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Donnie Wahlberg, Bruce Norris. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1. Two DVDs. 107 minutes. 1999. Touchstone Home Video 18307. PG-13. $24.99.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: May 26, 2002 0 comments

The Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC), part of the University of Southern California's School of Engineering and a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center announced last week that it has developed Remote Media Immersion (RMI), which the center described as a "breakthrough Internet technology that generates an immersive three-dimensional experience on home theater-sized screens."


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