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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Feb 28, 2001 Published: Mar 01, 2001 0 comments
A mean machine isn't a lean machine.

I hate going shopping by myself. I don't know whether it's the result of nature or nurture (after mapping the human genome, maybe they'll discover a treatment for the cheapskate gene), but I am often afflicted with serious outbreaks of miserable, miserly thriftiness. At its worst, it can make an innocent trip to the grocery store a torturous hell—as I rub brain cells raw attempting to mathematically determine, among other things, which roll of toilet paper provides the best deal per square foot. Considering my penchant for the finer-but-cheaper things in life, I should be absolutely thrilled by the vertiginous free-fall of prices on entry-level DVD players over the last few years. It wasn't that long ago that the least expensive DVD player would set you back $1,000 or more. Today, it took me fewer than 10 minutes to track down a DVD player selling for less than $120 at a national retailer. While the available information on this machine was pretty sparse, I'd be shocked if it weighed more than five or six pounds. Giving it the weighty benefit of a very generous doubt, six pounds brings the cost of the player in at just under $20 per pound. That's a lot to pay for a roll of Charmin, but it's dirt-cheap for a DVD player. Interestingly, I've noticed that low-end DVD players and cheap toilet paper share a close correlation: The lower the price, the thinner and lighter each one gets. At some point, the performance of both really begins to suffer.

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HT Staff Posted: Feb 27, 2001 0 comments
Camarillo, California-based SineLock has introduced the first of a series of advanced AC conditioners intended for use in both the consumer and professional markets. The devices provide a minimum of -80dB reduction in line-borne noise and -50dB of isolation between outlets dedicated for either digital or analog gear. The result: better audio detail and clearer video images.
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HT Staff Posted: Feb 26, 2001 0 comments
There is sufficient doubt about digital television transmission standards that few manufacturers are putting tuners inside their monitors. Not even Philips will do that. The Dutch electronics giant will, however, take its latest video display as far into the future as possible while still making it compatible with the past.
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Barry Willis Posted: Feb 25, 2001 0 comments

An Asian telecommunications company has successfully transmitted uncompressed HDTV and SDTV video between Japan and the US using fiber optic cable. The results prove the superiority of fiber optics over satellite transmission, the company claims.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Feb 25, 2001 0 comments

Scientists at the Department of Energy's <A HREF="http://www.lanl.gov/worldview/">Los Alamos National Laboratory</A> say they have developed a technology that could make the coming transition from current analog television to high-definition television a whole lot easier. The scientists describe the technology as a new transmission algorithm capable of compressing a HDTV data stream to the point where the HDTV and analog TV signals can be broadcast over the same channel.

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Michael Metzger Posted: Feb 25, 2001 0 comments

M<I>ichael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Hal Holbrook, John C. McGinley, James Spader, Terence Stamp, Sean Young. Directed by Oliver Stone. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 126 minutes. 1987. 20th Century Fox 2000633. R. $24.99.</I>

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Posted: Feb 25, 2001 0 comments

For the first time in five years, New York City will play host to the largest hi-fi and home theater show in the US. Home Entertainment 2001 promises to be the largest and most comprehensive such event to date when it takes place this spring at the Hilton New York & Towers Hotel on May 11-13, 2001.

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HT Staff Posted: Feb 25, 2001 0 comments
Two thousand bucks buys a lot of technology these days. Yamaha's RX-V3000 is a good example: with seven channels of amplification, auto-detect surround sound decoding, and a learning touchscreen, it's hard to beat.
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HT Staff Posted: Feb 19, 2001 0 comments
The popularity of camcorders is proof positive that video hobbyists want to do more than watch movies. They want to make them too.
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Posted: Feb 18, 2001 0 comments

The video-on-demand saga marches on, as <A HREF="http://www.intertainer.com">Intertainer</A> and Universal Studios' Pay-Per-View division announced last week that they have signed a long-term output agreement that will deliver the studio's film content over Intertainer's digital VOD cable platform. The companies say that Universal movies will become available on the Intertainer service starting this month.

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