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HT Staff Posted: Aug 12, 2002 0 comments
Tired of stumbling around in pitch-blackness? Want to watch movies in a well-lit room? Runco's "CX" series of plasma screens lets you do just that. The 42", 50", and 61" models of the company's PlasmaWall displays offer incredible brightness and extraordinary contrast.
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Frank Doris Posted: Aug 11, 2002 0 comments

You probably already know that good speakers are essential to putting together a high-quality stereo or multichannel music system or home theater. You can invest several months' mortgage payments in first-rate audio/video components, but without good speakers you're simply not going to hear your system's full potential.

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Barry Willis Posted: Aug 11, 2002 0 comments

Bowing to criticism from investors, <A HREF="http://www.cablevision.com">Cablevision Systems Corporation</A> announced August 8 that it would cut its capital expenditures by nearly half. The cable giant plans to reduce its staff by approximately 7%, sell its Clearview Cinema theater chain, and close 26 THE WIZ electronics stores. There are 59 Clearview theaters in the New York metropolitan area; most THE WIZ stores are also concentrated there.

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Barry Willis Posted: Aug 11, 2002 0 comments

How much does it cost to include a digital tuner in a new TV? If you ask members of the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA), they'll tell you as much as $250 at retail. The <A HREF="http://www.nab.org">National Association of Broadcasters</A> (NAB), on the other hand, estimates that the cost is closer to $15. The truth is probably somewhere in between.

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DirecTV subscribers will soon be able to enjoy the kind of digital television performance that cable subscribers can only dream about. On August 7, <A HREF="http://www.sony.sel.com">Sony Electronics</A> announced the SAT-HD200 set-top box (STB), an advanced DirecTV high-definition receiver with multiple format modes, keyword search, a favorite channel list, 20-event reminder, and an electronic programming guide. Subscribers with Digital Visual Interface (DVI) enabled high definition monitors will be able to receive uncompressed wideband high-def programming encoded with Digital Content Protection (HDCP) technology.

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uavKrissy Rushing Posted: Aug 11, 2002 0 comments

<B><I>SGHT</I>: </B>What is the importance of a DVD release to a film director?

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 11, 2002 0 comments

<I>Voices of Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Tony Jay, Kevin Kline, Paul Kandel, Jason Alexander, Charles Kimbrough, Mary Wickes. Directed by Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French, Spanish), DTS. 91 minutes. 1996. Buena Vista D23315. G. $29.99.</I>

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For the January 2002 issue, Fred Manteghian points his eyes and ears toward the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?27">Krell Home Theater Standard 2 preamplifier-processor & Theater Amplifier Standard five-channel amplifier</A>. After a few spins around the audio and video block, FM rolls his tongue back into his mouth and files his report.

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HT Staff Posted: Aug 06, 2002 0 comments
Sony has announced two new XBR series widescreen plasma television sets. The high-resolution flat panel plasma televisions feature advanced picture technology, a sophisticated silver-and-black design, and a DVI-HDTV interface.
Chris Chiarella Posted: Aug 05, 2002 Published: Aug 06, 2002 0 comments
Time marches on. DVD software has steadily improved in its half-decade history, so you'll see lots of recent releases on this year's best-of list. The never-ending tide of discs keeps our perspective (while subjective) in a constant state of flux. Time, DVD's evolution, and the chance to plumb the most elaborate discs' untold depths have yielded some modified rankings from last year's list. As for our criteria, the film itself must be good, or at least good enough—or even so bad that it's back to good. Given DVD's storage potential, few movie-only discs made the cut. Picture and sound quality are essential, as are quantity, value, and originality of extras. Our comments cut right to the chase; so, if you want further insight, why not rent or buy the discs we list below to find out for yourself what makes a great DVD?

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