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Peter Pachal Posted: Jan 27, 2003 0 comments
(Photo Illustration by Tony Cordoza) Ever since Sean Connery shot a bad guy out of his Aston Martin's ejector seat in Goldfinger, James Bond's gadgets have become a staple of the franchise. In each Bond flick, the cantankerous Q outfits 007 with a few ordinary-looking items that can do much more than meets the eye.
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At this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the <I>Stereophile Guide to Home Theater</I> hosted a ceremony and breakfast for the 2003 Editors' Choice award winners. The winners are pictured below with Editor Thomas J. Norton.

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Hollywood studios are throwing more weight behind the Digital VHS format. Several new titles will appear as high-rez videotapes in the coming weeks, including <I>Gosford Park</I> and <I>Basic Instinct</I>.

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Thomas J. Norton surveyed the field, talked with the reviewers, and carefully selected the best home theater equipment released over the last year in order to come up with the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?82">2003 Editors Choice Awards</A>. As Norton notes, "The Platinum Award is for price-no-object performance. The Gold Award weighs both performance and cost."

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Barry Willis Posted: Jan 26, 2003 0 comments

Last year, during <A HREF="http://www.echostar.com">EchoStar Communications</A>&rsquo; prolonged and unsuccessful campaign to acquire Hughes Electronics&rsquo; DirecTV, EchoStar CEO Charlie Ergen promised that if the merger weren&rsquo;t approved, subscription fees would almost certainly increase.

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A <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) technical subcommittee has announced that it is adopting a standard method for measuring the performance of DVD-Video players. The new standard will make it easier for manufacturers, reviewers, and consumers to compare the functionality of DVD players, the trade group believes.

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HT Staff Posted: Jan 26, 2003 0 comments
At the end of January, San Francisco-based Parasound will begin shipping its highly anticipated Halo C1 audio/video controller. The Halo C1 and its sibling, the Halo C 2, are said to allow audiophiles to control their acoustic environment in ways never before possible with consumer products. The two new models are THX Ultra2-certified, multichannel A/V controllers with sophisticated DSP engines, and are claimed to deliver "previously unattainable levels of performance and control, while remaining exceptionally easy to set up and operate."
Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 25, 2003 0 comments

As you read this, winter has set in and indoor diversions, including home theater, have taken center stage. Is it really that time of year again? The time <I>Stereophile Guide to Home Theater</I> announces its annual Editors' Choice awards from among the dozens of products we've reviewed in the past year? The time we agonize over our choices? The time the editor makes his first-cut nominations and discusses them with the other writers, carefully factoring in their opinions?

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HT Staff Posted: Jan 23, 2003 0 comments
On the market for half a year now, Pioneer's 43" Elite PRO-800HD plasma display is still among the best.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 22, 2003 0 comments

<I>Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX (English, French), DTS 5.1 Surround ES. Two discs. 121 minutes. 1982. Universal 22257. PG. $29.98.</I>

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