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Michael Trei Posted: Nov 29, 2000 Published: Nov 30, 2000 0 comments
Power to the people.

There was a time when playing with audio was a lot of fun. I was a pretty tweaky guy and would regularly try out all of the latest tweaks and accessories. Then, about seven or eight years ago, I kind of burned out. I had gone to visit the home of a fellow audiophile who was so obsessed with adjusting and fiddling with things that listening to music had taken a back seat. Rather than see myself following the same path, I decided to go on kind of an antitweak rant. Sure, careful setup remains important, but enjoying music has become even more so. Consequently, when a manufacturer approaches me with some new device made from Unobtainium that's supposed to make my life better for a mere $299, I tend to get defensive. This, however, was not my reaction when I first saw the PS Audio P300 Power Plant because most of its design approach followed what I had for years thought would be a great way to deal with the crappy AC power most utilities deliver.

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HT Staff Posted: Nov 28, 2000 0 comments
Despite progress made by LCD displays and DLP projectors, among videophiles, cathode ray tubes (CRTs) still rule the roost. "Direct-view" sets, as they are often called, offer better brightness, contrast, and color purity than other types of displays, especially when used in well-lighted rooms.
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HT Staff Posted: Nov 27, 2000 0 comments
Audio and home theater dealers will tell you that the biggest obstacle to getting a sound system into customers' homes is overcoming their objections about the size of the speakers. Big boxes, no matter how stylish, are simply unacceptable to some people. If you are one of them, Anthony Gallo Acoustics has just what you're looking for.
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HT Staff Posted: Nov 27, 2000 0 comments
The great advantage of a home theater system in a small room is the nice feeling of intimacy it offers. The disadvantage is that most suitable loudspeakers don't offer good bass response, depriving you of many of the visceral thrills built into movie soundtracks.
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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 26, 2000 0 comments

Questioning their own legal authority, <A HREF="http://www.ftc.gov/">Federal Trade Commission</A> regulators have backed away from suggestions that they move to limit promoting and marketing violent films and video games to children and adolescents. "After a careful review of the entertainment industry's marketing practices and an analysis of the law, the commission believes that there are a number of significant legal limitations, including substantial and unsettled constitutional questions, to effective law enforcement actions under the FTC Act," FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky stated.

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Posted: Nov 26, 2000 0 comments

According to comments filed by the<A HREF="http://www.ce.org"> Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) last week, if the Federal Communications Commission is serious about developing a robust commercial market for digital cable set-top navigation devices, the agency must immediately revise its rules and the market incentives available to cable operators. The comments were filed in response to the Commission's <I>Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking</I>, regarding the commercial availability of navigation devices.

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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 26, 2000 0 comments

O<I>liver Platt, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Bracco, Steve Buscemi, Billy Connolly, Allan Corduner, Hope Davis, Dana Ivey, Allison Janney, Richard Jemkins, Matt McGrath, Alfred Molina, Isabella Rossellini, Campbell Scott, Tony Shaloub, Lili Taylor. Directed by Stanley Tucci. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (letterboxed). Dolby Digital 5.1. 101 minutes. 1999. 20th Century Fox 4110383. R. $24.95.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 26, 2000 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.lucasfilm.com/">Lucasfilm THX</A> announced the availability of the first THX certified PCs under a newly created THX program that the company says is designed to deliver "the best picture and sound to date on a personal computer." A Lucasfilm press release states that "with consumers increasingly turning to the PC for entertainment content, a THX certified PC ensures that movies, music, games and more will be enjoyed with a sound and visual impact that will satisfy the most demanding multimedia user."

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Posted: Nov 25, 2000 0 comments

Personal TV will never be the same, says Kim LeMasters, CEO of <A HREF="http://www.replaytv.com/">ReplayTV, Inc</A>. On November 20, the Mountain View, California-based maker of the ReplayTV personal video recorder announced the establishment of ReplayTV Studios, a joint venture with Universal Studios to produce and broadcast original programming for the ReplayTV network.

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HT Staff Posted: Nov 21, 2000 0 comments
Entry-level single-disc DVD players have hovered around the $200 price point for more than a year now. Carousel-type CD changers can be found below $150, but DVD changers are generally well above $500. Zenith intends to change all that with its new $350 DVC2550, a carousel DVD changer with DTS and Dolby Digital capabilities.

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