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Ron Williams Posted: Nov 07, 2001 Published: Nov 08, 2001 0 comments
RCA's F38310 HDTV is an easy yet high-quality way to introduce your family to satellite and HD programming.

RCA, that good old standby brand name, is still around and doing well. About two years ago, the company's entry into the HDTV market, the F38310, made a big splash. I saw this display at the National Association of Broadcasters show in 1999, and I was surprised not only by the set's excellent picture quality but by the fact that such a big CRT display could produce that quality. Back then, RCA showed high-definition images through the Sencore video streamer, an early version of the unit I now use in my test lab. Of course, back then, the Sencore was about the only source for displaying 1080i demo footage, and no 720p material was available. Since then, RCA (now officially known as Thomson, although they still trade under the RCA name) has made improvements to the F38310. In keeping with Home Theater's general philosophy regarding product reviews, senior technical editor Mike Wood and I agreed to wait and review the new version of the F38310. It was worth the wait.

Mark Fleischmann Posted: Nov 07, 2001 Published: Nov 08, 2001 0 comments
The B&W DM303 speaker system proves that bookshelf speakers are far from obsolete.

Badly named and generally underrated, bookshelf loudspeakers are possibly the most misunderstood of all speakers. First of all, they don't sound their best when placed on shelves; stands are usually recommended. Second, even though they haven't got the bottom-octave authority of powered towers, their smaller enclosures cause fewer acoustic problems, making them a perfect vehicle for vocals and the midrange frequencies in which most music resides. They lend themselves to wall-mounting almost as well as the smallest satellites, with the added benefit of genuine midbass response. The best bookshelf models—B&W's DM302, JBL's N24, NHT's SuperOne, Paradigm's Titan, KEF's Coda 7, Polk's RT-105, and PSB's Alpha Mini—deliver versatile stereo and surround sound for music or movies at an affordable price. So, it's good news that B&W has a new—um—bookshelf offering, the DM303.

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HT Staff Posted: Nov 06, 2001 0 comments
Powered subwoofers have been used for years in combination with planar radiators and other types of passive loudspeakers to boost overall low-end capabilities. Definitive Technology, however, is the first company to apply the concept to bookshelf loudspeakers.
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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 04, 2001 0 comments

General Motors has agreed to sell <A HREF="http://www.directv.com">DirecTV</A> parent Hughes Electronics, but upstart buyer <A HREF="http://www.echostar.com">EchoStar</A> may face opposition in Washington. The unanswered question: Is direct broadcast satellite (DBS) cable's competitor or an industry unto itself? How this issue is resolved will determine the fate of the merger.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 04, 2001 0 comments

Last week, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) reported that it has successfully developed what it describes as the world's first system for delivering 1.5 Gbps volume uncompressed HDTV video data in real time over the Internet. NTT says it will exhibit the Linux-based system during the International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition (InterBEE 2001) at the Nippon Convention Center from November 14 to 16, 2001.

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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 04, 2001 0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.sonicblue.com">SonicBlue, Inc.</A> has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over its new ReplayTV 4000. The device is a personal video recorder (PVR) that allows users to skip past commercials and send copies of recorded television programs over the Internet to other Replay-equipped viewers. The Silicon Valley company plans to introduce the ReplayTV 4000 early in November.

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Gary Frisch Posted: Nov 04, 2001 0 comments

<I>Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Ed Harris, Rachel Weisz, Bob Hoskins, Ron Perlman. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 131 minutes. 2001. Paramount Home Video 33862. R. $29.99.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 04, 2001 0 comments

HDTV is finally getting another push from the cable industry, according to the announcement from <A HREF="http://www.comcast.com">Comcast Cable Communications</A> last week that it will soon launch HDTV services. Comcast estimates that the HDTV service will reach more than 1.3 million customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, providing access to high definition broadcasts of ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, and Showtime in November.

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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 04, 2001 0 comments

A lower court injunction barring the DVD-cracking program known as DeCSS from being published has been overturned by a three-judge panel of California's Sixth District Court of Appeal in San Jose.

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