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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 12, 2003 0 comments

<I>Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lucas, Peter Lorre. Directed by Richard Fleischer. Aspect ratio: 2.55:1 (anamorphic). Two discs. Dolby Digital 5.1, THX. 127 minutes. 1954. Walt Disney Home Video 27853. G. $29.99.</I>

Robert Deutsch Posted: Jul 12, 2003 0 comments

For the benefit of those who find it difficult to keep straight all the different manufacturers whose names begin with "Audio," Audio Refinement is the brand name of YBA's affordable line of electronics. YBA itself&mdash;if you're really out of the loop&mdash;is probably the best-known manufacturer of audio equipment in France. YBA is a family business, the initials standing for the name of the designer, Yves-Bernard Andr&#233;, whose wife, Ariane Morin, is the company's CEO.

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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 12, 2003 0 comments

<I>William L. Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Paul Guilfoyle. Various directors. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full frame). Dolby Digital 2.0. Six discs. 999 minutes. 2000. Paramount/CBS Video 87165. NR. $89.99.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 12, 2003 0 comments

To a videophile who cut his or her teeth on CRT units, a 7-pound video projector that is no larger than a fat dictionary and can be mounted inconspicuously on a ceiling or table is hard to believe. It can even be stored out of sight and set up again, when needed, in minutes. How good can it be?

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 12, 2003 0 comments

<I>Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters. Directed by Chris Columbus. Aspect ratio: 2.35 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 EX (English, Spanish). Two discs. 161 minutes. 2002. Warner Home Video 23592. PG. $29.95.</I>

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Jul 12, 2003 0 comments

When I hear "Polk," I mentally add a vowel and think back on the happy Bavarians swirling around on Ed Sullivan's "really big shoe." As a kid, I always took that opportunity to run to the kitchen, fix a snack, and be back before the last oom-pah-pah had died away. I didn't want to miss any of the acts that really interested me&mdash;the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Topo Gigio, the Little Italian Mouse. Great bands, smart mouse, all heavy hitters&mdash;like the Polk LSi9 speaker. Don't let its under&ndash;16-inch height fool you. At 32 pounds, this very solid little box proved dense enough to live up to audiophile expectations. This is a serious speaker. As Seor Wences would say, "S'alright!"

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HT Staff Posted: Jul 10, 2003 0 comments
Norah Jones—Come Away with Me (SACD, Blue Note)
For some reason, I never got around to buying Norah Jones' zillion-selling CD, or maybe I misjudged her talent. Silly me, I thought she was just a hipper Sade. Now that I've lived with the Come Away with Me SACD, though, I'm a believer. I found it impossible to resist Ms. Jones' understated piano and seductive pipes. Her suite of well-crafted originals and cover tunes keeps this disc in heavy rotation in my SACD player.
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HT Staff Posted: Jul 10, 2003 0 comments
Proficient
It's just not home theater without some kickin' bass, and that's what you get from Proficient's new subwoofers. The S10 model features a front-firing, 10-inch, paper-cone woofer and a 120-watt internal amplifier, as well as anticlipping circuitry, which is said to provide maximum output without audible distortion. Proficient's S8 model (shown here) is similar to the S10, but it houses an 8-inch woofer. Proficient says that the S8 features a driver, amplifier, and crossover network that are optimized for its smaller cabinet and that this more-petite sub has the gusto to provide enough bass output for most midsized home theater rooms. The S10 and S8 cost $450 and $350, respectively.
Proficient
(909) 787-9940
www.proficientaudio.com
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Posted: Jul 06, 2003 0 comments

From the June issue, Joel Brinkley fires up the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?131">Toshiba 34HDX82 direct-view HDTV</A>. "At $2699, the Toshiba is among the more expensive 16x9, 34-inch direct-view TVs in the current crop," notes JB. And with a little tweaking, Brinkley says this expensive frog soon turns into a prince.

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