Primedia, the leading targeted media company, announced March 30 the newsstand arrival of its recently launched <I><A HREF="http://www.connectedguide.com">Connected Guide To The Digital Home</A></I>. Part of Primedia's Home Technology & Photography (HT&P) Group, <I>Connected</I> is the first consumer magazine dedicated entirely to adopting and integrating audio, video, information, telecommunications, security and other personal and home technologies.
High-density DVDs—which would almost double the capacity of today's standard 4.7Gbyte discs—could become commonplace with the advent of dual-layer DVD burners. Such devices are being introduced by several manufacturers and should begin to arrive at retailers in May.
Allen unloads TechTV: Comcast Corporation will expand its reach with the purchase of TechTV, the geeky startup founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. According to reports on March 26, Comcast will pay approximately $300 million for TechTV, whose "Robot Wars" and other productions are available in more than 43 million homes.
DVD: The Final Countdown—Blue Underground
This B-grade time-travel yarn about a modern aircraft carrier thrust back in time to the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor has earned a devoted following. However, aside from a rush job on DVD last year from Pacific Family Entertainment, it has never seen a disc worthy of fans' attention. Blue Underground has rectified this, affectionately producing a limited edition (100,000 copies), two-disc set after picking up the floundering rights.
Motorola has unveiled their new home entertainment product, the DCP601. This all-in-one box holds a 6.1-channel A/V processor, a digital-cable-ready receiver, HDTV and AM/FM tuners, and a progressive-scan DVD-Video/-Audio player that also supports the MP3, WMA, and JPEG formats. Connect the DCP601 to your HD monitor via the DVI (with HDCP) output; the HDTV tuner supports 18 ATSC off-air video formats, so you can tune in any HDTV channels that your cable system doesn't offer. The DCP601's internal amp is rated at 100 watts times six, and the processor includes Dolby EX, DTS ES, and SRS Labs' Circle Surround II technology, which lets you enjoy 6.1 surround sound from virtually any stereo content, including CD, MP3, and television broadcasts. The DCP601's suggested retail price is $1,199.
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Michael Fremer looks for sound value as he reviews the <A HREF="/speakersystems/104alon">Alón by Acarian Napoleon surround speaker system</A>. Can an audiophile speaker designer put it all together in a single six-piece package for under $3k? MF sets them up and files his report.
Veteran speaker designer Carl Marchisotto has created many highly regarded 2-channel audiophile speakers over the years for his Acarian Systems brand. But the Napoleon mini home theater system is the first dedicated home theater speaker package from Acarian that I can recall, and the first I have reviewed for <I>SGHT</I>.
<I>Voices of Miyoko Shoji, Shozo Iizuka, Hisako Kyoda. Directed by Satoshi Kon. Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (Japanese, with English and French subtitles). 87 minutes. 2003. DreamWorks Home Entertainment 90393. PG. $19.95.</I>
The <A HREF="http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com">Home Entertainment Show</A> (HE2004), the largest and most comprehensive showcase of consumer electronics and imaging products in America, returns to New York City May 20–23, 2004 at the Hilton New York Hotel—the site of two popular HE Shows held in 2001 and 2002. Over 15,000 attendees are expected to visit the NY Hilton, optimized for the ultimate user experience. Unlike typical trade shows, HE2004 provides visitors with the opportunity of seeing and hearing the finest products in upscale hotel rooms, creating the best-sounding environments for demonstrating high-performance gear.
The Home Entertainment Show (HE2004), the largest and most comprehensive showcase of consumer electronics and imaging products in America, returns to New York City May 20–23, 2004 at the Hilton New York Hotel—the site of two popular HE Shows held in 2001 and 2002. Over 15,000 attendees are expected to visit the NY Hilton, optimized for the ultimate user experience. Unlike typical trade shows, HE2004 provides visitors with the opportunity of seeing and hearing the finest products in upscale hotel rooms, creating the best-sounding environments for demonstrating high-performance gear.