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Hilary Lynch Posted: Sep 15, 2002 0 comments

<I>Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Breckin Meyer, Bradley Whitford. Directed by James Mangold. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 118 minutes. 2001. Buena Vista Home Entertainment 25391. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

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An advancement in integrated circuit technology could boost the recording capacity of single-sided optical discs from 4.7 gigabytes to 27GB, according to a September 9 announcement from Irvine, California&#150based <A href="">Intersil Corporation</A>. One likely result is the rapid development of consumer HDTV and PC-based optical recorders.

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DVD has taken off like no other format in consumer-electronics history. At the end of these first five years of stellar growth for DVD, <I>SGHT</I>'s editors rate the good, the bad, and the ugly in "<A HREF="">DVD: Five Years and Still Sizzling</A>." More than 55 DVD reviews in one place, with ratings for sound, picture, and content.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 09, 2002 0 comments

Harman Kardon

Ken Richardson Posted: Sep 09, 2002 0 comments

This is the first installment of our three-part Surround at Work special feature.

Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Sep 09, 2002 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza

Jump ahead: Features Checklist In the Lab

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Laura Evenson Posted: Sep 09, 2002 0 comments
Photos by Terry Schmitt; Character images courtesy of Disney Enterprises

Also see: Measuring up Monsters

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Sep 09, 2002 0 comments

The successful transition to digital television depends on several factors. For one thing, broadcasters, satellite providers, and cable companies must upgrade their equipment to transmit DTV signals. In addition, consumers must upgrade their video screens to accept and display DTV images. Unfortunately, this is a chicken-and-egg problem: content providers are reluctant to invest in the upgrade until a significant number of homes have DTV reception, and consumers are unwilling to spend extra money on a digital television until there is a significant amount of programming to watch on it.

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HT Staff Posted: Sep 09, 2002 0 comments
The past year has been a boom time for the home theater industry, with business exploding at all price points. From January to May of 2002, DVD-based home theater sales grew by 988 percent during the past year, according to a study by NPD Techworld. One huge growth area has been so-called "home-theater-in-a-box" (HTiB) systems, typically a package with disc player, surround sound receiver, five speakers and powered subwoofer---typically priced at under $1000. Such systems are intended for use with Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS films.
Steven Stone Posted: Sep 09, 2002 0 comments

Boom. Thud. Crash. What would a movie be without low-frequency effects? Even non-macho films like <I>Sense and Sensibility</I> have their share of carriage-wheel rumblings and horse-hoof thuds. Without a serious subwoofer that extends down to a solid 30Hz, and preferably even lower, a home-theater system can hardly be called "high-end."


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