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HT Staff Posted: Apr 16, 2003 0 comments
Exhibitors at Home Entertainment 2003 (HE2003), the premier home theater & specialty audio show, are gearing up for one of the most important international events of the year. HE2003 will take place June 5-8, 2003 at The Westin-St. Francis Hotel in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This historic location will provide the perfect setting to showcase the latest in home audio/video and home theater entertainment. This will be the show's fourth visit to San Francisco—previous events were held in 1989, 1993, and 1997.
David Katzmaier Posted: Apr 15, 2003 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza When buying a 42-inch widescreen HDTV, you pretty much have two cut-and-dried choices. On one hand, you could plunk down around seven grand for the privilege of owning a plasma monitor, with its ultra-thin design and futuristic cachet.
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Posted: Apr 13, 2003 0 comments

Fred Manteghian gets his paws on the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?107">MartinLogan Descent subwoofer</A> and is clearly ready to rumble. Has FM finally found the fat-bottomed match to his beloved Prodigys?

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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 13, 2003 0 comments

More than a year of relentless campaigning to acquire DirecTV ultimately put EchoStar exactly back where it started, but patiently waiting in the wings has paid off handsomely for News Corp. and its CEO Rupert Murdoch.

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Posted: Apr 13, 2003 0 comments

TiVo and ReplayTV haven't won vast numbers of converts, but those they have won swear by their digital video recorders (DVRs). Also known as personal video recorders (PVRs), these hard-disk&ndash;based devices are revolutionizing TV viewing as we've come to know it, allowing users to skip commercials, play "catch &ndash;up" with programs as they are recorded, perform seamless fast-forward and review, and free them from the tyranny of network scheduling.

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HT Staff Posted: Apr 10, 2003 0 comments
Morel
You can't deny the appeal of twins, and Morel's new high-end Octwin speaker is no exception. The Octave/Octwin Series is a modular loudspeaker system based around the Ocatve unit, which houses a 5.25-inch rear-vented woofer and a 1.12-inch tweeter. The Octwin is simply a combination of two Octave units, which you can arrange vertically (as shown here) or horizontally to form a center-channel unit. The Octave's cabinet is made of Corian, a material that resembles marble but incorporates the acoustic qualities of more-traditional enclosure materials. Available in a black or white piano finish, a pair of Octaves costs $4,400, and a pair of Octwins costs $8,000.
Morel
(800) MOREL-14
www.morelhifi.com
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HT Staff Posted: Apr 10, 2003 0 comments
DVD: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets—Warner Brothers
Audio: 5
Video: 4
Extras: 5
I confess: I've read the books, and I couldn't wait to see Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid on DVD again. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has its share of problems, though, and most of them involve pacing. I found myself thinking, "This is the most exciting part of the book, so why am I bored?" The answer is that, at 161 minutes, this movie is simply too long. I can't imagine why this thing needed to go longer than two hours.
Daniel Kumin Posted: Apr 09, 2003 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza For half a century, British speaker maker B&W has been very successful following a strategy of incrementally improving its designs year after year. Building on solid foundations is hard to argue with.
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David Katzmaier Posted: Apr 09, 2003 0 comments
Photo by Tony Cordoza All diagrams by Dimitry Schidlovsky except for the LCD which is by Mark Schrieder. Given that cathode-ray tubes (CRTs) provide the best pictures, why are so many companies moving away from tubes and into new technologies? Because that's how they can make the thinner and lighter TVs everybody's clamoring for.
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Brian C. Fenton Posted: Apr 09, 2003 0 comments
I finally began to trust my 8-year-old son with my electronic equipment and software-he understands my warnings about disc care now that one of his favorite PlayStation titles got scratched so that it crashes at the same point every time. But now a DVD from my three-disc set of The Simpsons' first season has disappeared.

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