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Ultimate AV Staff Posted: May 21, 2004 0 comments

With two days completed and two days to go, Home Entertainment 2004 is packing them in at the NY Midtown Hilton.

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Posted: May 19, 2004 0 comments

Hardly a month goes by when we don't receive a reader letter or e-mail taking us to task for discussing the "2:3 pulldown" functions of DVD players instead of the more commonly found "3:2 pulldown." Let me immediately put the confused at ease by saying that both terms refer to the same thing.

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HT Staff Posted: May 17, 2004 0 comments
Marantz
With Marantz's new display, you can enjoy plasma technology without breaking the bank to do so. According to the company, the $6,000, 42-inch PD4220V widescreen monitor boasts high brightness and outstanding color accuracy and contrast. The monitor features an 853-by-480 resolution, 4:3 and 16:9 formats, and a DVI input. It's compatible with computer images up to UXGA resolution, and it automatically scales (up or down) video sources as necessary. An RS-232C serial port is also included.
Marantz
(630) 741-0300
www.marantz.com
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HT Staff Posted: May 17, 2004 0 comments
DVD: Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series—Shout! Factory
Video: 4
Audio: 3
Extras: 4
This series about high school misfits barely completed a semester during its original run, but it gained a devoted following. The six-disc, 18-episode series includes five installments that never aired on NBC, and they're a real find for fans that can't get enough of early '80s nostalgia.
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Ultimate AV Staff Posted: May 17, 2004 0 comments

Fred Manteghian writes up the <A HREF="/surroundsoundpreampprocessors/304aragon">Aragon Stage One preamplifier-processor and 3005 5-channel amplifer</A> after wiring both into his main system. "Their combined price of $7500 is definitely beyond the high-end receiver market, but these components are designed for maximum multichannel and stereo enjoyment," writes FM.

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Barry Willis Posted: May 17, 2004 0 comments

Low-cost TVs: Free trade may be good for American consumers, but it isn't always good for American workers. So concluded a US trade panel investigating charges that Chinese manufacturers have been "dumping" low-cost television sets on the US market over the past three years. On May 14, the US International Trade Commission voted unanimously to impose duties averaging 23% on imports of Chinese-made color televisions (CTVs), an action that could force up retail prices. Acting on a petition brought by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the Industrial Division of the Communication Workers of America (IUE-CWA), and Five Rivers Electronic Innovations, LLC, a TV manufacturer in Greeneville, Tennessee, the Commission found that between 2001 and 2003, total CTV imports from China rose 3000%, from 56,000 units to 1.8 million units. Imports of consumer goods reached an all-time high of $31.3 billion in March 2004, according to Five Rivers president Tom Hopson.

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Barry Willis Posted: May 17, 2004 0 comments

Most movie fans agree that earthshaking bass is an essential part of the home theater experience. They also agree that the presence of one or more high-powered subwoofers required to create it can cause severe fluctuations in domestic tranquility.

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Aimee Giron Posted: May 16, 2004 0 comments

<I>Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Chris Barrie, Noah Taylor, Ciarn Hinds, Djimon Hounson. Directed by Jan de Bont. Aspect ratio: 16:9 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English, French). 117 minutes. 2003. Paramount 340724. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

Fred Manteghian Posted: May 16, 2004 0 comments

The Stage One is Aragon's second-generation surround processor, replacing and retiring the original Stage. The Stage One combines a strikingly machined front panel with the latest thinking in surround processing, including no processing at all for us vinyl buffs. And in a concession to those who think there might still be something on the public airwaves worth listening to in this ClearChannel world, the Stage One also throws in an AM/FM tuner. Visually, the robust 5-channel Aragon 3005 and 2-channel 3002 amps share the Mondial-inspired "M" design with the Stage One.

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