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Chris Lewis Posted: Dec 19, 2002 Published: Dec 20, 2002 0 comments
Lexicon's MC-12 pre/pro gets a high-powered playmate.

I suppose that I'm starting to sound like a broken record when I talk about the concept of matching in home theater, but how else can I call attention to one of the most important aspects of creating a successful system? After all, matching audio/video equipment is not unlike matching in other areas of our lives. The proper combination of amps, speakers, room characteristics, and, well, everything else can create an exciting, dynamic, and highly satisfying experience for all involved. The wrong combination is usually mundane, lifeless, and, if you will, impotent. Sparks in the listening room come about in a similar way as sparks in other rooms of the house—they require experience and effort. A little bit of passion never hurts, either.

Chris Lewis Posted: Dec 19, 2002 Published: Dec 20, 2002 0 comments
A flagship pre/pro, Arcam's way.

If there's one thing I know about Arcam, it's that they like to do things their own way. Yes, this is a high-end company and, as such, is relatively small—which usually means that they wouldn't have the resources to do major product overhauls or built-from-scratch developments very often. This being Arcam, though, it didn't surprise me when I heard that they were spending gobs of time and money developing a new statement pre/pro for their top-shelf FMJ line. Back in February, I spent some time with their DV27 DVD player—another built-from-the-ground-up effort—and was sincerely impressed, so I was curious to see what these fellows across the pond could accomplish when they set their sights on the world of flagship pre/pros.

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David Katzmaier Posted: Dec 18, 2002 0 comments
Dreaming about a great big box under the tree this year? Sure there'll be rectangular boxes containing new shirts and maybe a bigger one with a jacket. You'll unwrap packages from the kids filled with golf tees and ties, and maybe even a nice-size box containing a new DVD player. But those miniature thrills just can't compare to what you really want: a big-screen HDTV.
SV Staff Posted: Dec 18, 2002 0 comments
This magazine has been a constant, vocal, and, above all, passionate supporter of DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD since they were first introduced. And we want to do everything we can to make sure these multichannel audio formats not just survive but thrive.But we haven't always been thrilled with the releases during these critical first years.
Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Dec 18, 2002 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza

Back in the Stone Age of Digital Audio (circa 1990), discerning audiophiles paid big bucks for elegant-looking CD players. Today the emphasis is on performance rather than looks. Most DVD players are visually boring, and their lack of heft hardly inspires confidence. Sometimes I yearn for the days when a player's quality could literally be weighed.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Dec 18, 2002 0 comments
Movie Images Courtesy of New Line

I'm standing in the rain watching a large group of soldiers in medieval armor poke at dead horses and slain warriors lying in the mud of a riverbank. There are bright lights, smoke, and machines spraying everything with water despite the steady downpour nature is providing.

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Robert Deutsch Posted: Dec 15, 2002 0 comments

<I>Voices of Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers. Directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (French). Two DVDs. 90 minutes. 1991. Walt Disney Video 786936171631. G. $29.98</I>

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Posted: Dec 15, 2002 0 comments

One of high definition TV's biggest draws will grow even more compelling thanks to a recent agreement between the <A HREF="http://www.nfl.com">National Football League</A> and <A HREF="http://www.directv.com">DirecTV, Inc</A>.

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Barry Willis Posted: Dec 15, 2002 0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.echostar.com">EchoStar Communications Corporation</A>'s long campaign to acquire competitor <A HREF="http://www.directv.com">DirecTV Inc.</A> is finally over.

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Posted: Dec 15, 2002 0 comments

Joel Brinkley notes that, although not quite as thin as a plasma screen, the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?70">Zenith D60WLCD HD-ready rear-projection LCD television</A> is only 17" deep and costs a fraction of its flat cousin's price. JB uncovers its strengths and weaknesses.

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