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uavKrissy Rushing Posted: Jun 09, 2002 0 comments

<I>Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kay Thomas, Eugene Levy. Directed by J.B. Rogers. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French), DTS 5.1. 105 minutes. 2001. Universal 21769. R. $26.08.</I>

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HT Staff Posted: Jun 09, 2002 0 comments
Hitachi is back in the widescreen HDTV race. The company voluntarily pulled itself out of the integrated HDTV market last year, due to what executives called "premature market timing." The change is due to the growth in available over-the-air high-definition programming.
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Plasma screens are among the most promising current video technologies. Most consumers who&rsquo;ve seen them say they'll buy&mdash;when the prices drop.

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There is no doubt in home theater enthusiasts' minds that high definition television (HDTV) offers far superior picture quality compared to standard definition television (SDTV). So, apart from movie studio piracy concerns, why is it taking so long to roll out more HD content? In a word, bandwidth. HDTV requires substantially more bandwidth than SDTV, which forces broadcasters to consider cutting back SDTV content to make room for high-def.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 09, 2002 0 comments

Only a few short years ago, home networking was heralded as an inevitability, with manufacturers and research groups rushing to establish standards and technologies for new, connected products. But as the battle for the living room heats up, a recent study suggests that more than half of tech-savvy consumers in the US are currently indifferent to the benefits that a networked home might offer.

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Barry Willis Posted: Jun 09, 2002 0 comments

Want to succeed in business? Two proven suggestions: don't alienate your customers, and use new technology to your advantage.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jun 03, 2002 0 comments

Until recently, the beer-budget options available for equipping a home theater with a projection system were severely limited. You either bought used or you settled for a projector designed primarily to serve the business market. Both approaches saved money, but neither was ideal. You can luck out buying used gear&mdash;a car holds its value far longer than a video projector&mdash;but you can also get burned. A business projector can perform reasonably well at home, but it won't be optimized for home applications and often lacks important features, such as full control of aspect ratio.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jun 02, 2002 0 comments

<I>Directed by Chris Hilson. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround, PCM 16-bit/48kHz. Two DVDs. 180 minutes. 2001. Columbia Music Video C2D 54071. NR. $29.98.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Jun 02, 2002 0 comments

Long noted for its non-participation in the rollout of digital television, the cable industry is now making conciliatory noises about supporting the new format. But even with its support, the changeover from analog is going to take a long time, according to recent statements from Robert Sachs, president of the <A HREF="http://www.ncta.com">National Cable Television Association</A> (NCTA).

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Posted: Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/newsart/he2002.infocus.jpg" WIDTH=100 HEIGHT=63 BORDER=0 ALIGN=LEFT>A great demo can be a thing of beauty&mdash;and InFocus, NAD, and PSB put together one of the best we've ever seen here at HE 2002. They started with a great concept: $10,000 can purchase a complete home theater package that can give anybody all the magic of a true cinema showcase. The system starts with InFocus' new $5000 ScreenPlay 110 DLP projector, which is optimized for DVD with a dual-mode TI DLP chip capable of both 16 X 9 and 4 X 3 projection. The unit incorporates Faroudja DCDI processing and a six-element four-speed color wheel. It will accept high definition inputs (though downscales them to 480p), has component inputs, and is NTSC, PAL, and SECAM compatible. The system included NAD's 80Wpc multichannel 761 A/V Receiver and T531 DVD player ($1500). PSB contributed a pair of Image 5T loudspeakers ($799/pair), an Image 9C center channel speaker ($399/each), a pair of Image 10S ($649/pair), and an Image SubSonic 6 powered subwoofer ($649/each). Add a Dalite grayscale screen and you'll "have enough left over from $10,000 for a nice meal," as the presenter put it.

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