<I>Josh Hartnett. Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, William Fichtner, Ewen Bremner, Sam Shepard. Directed by Ridley Scott. Aspect ratio: 2.40:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French). 144 minutes. 2001. Columbia Tri-Star 06766. R. $27.96.</I>
J. Gordon Holt taps away at the titanium "Elliptical Oblate Spheroidal waveguides" of the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?31">JBL Performance surround-sound speaker system</A> to help uncover clues to its sonic signature. But in the end, Holt finds that only extensive listening with both music and movies reveals the true measure of the JBL's unusual design.
The <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) is considering a legal challenge to the <A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov">Federal Communication Commission</A>'s (FCC) recent ruling requiring manufacturers to begin including digital tuners in new television sets.
Sharp is celebrating its 90th anniversary with a wide array of new upscale home entertainment products, unveiled at a dealer conference and media event in late August at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines resort north of San Diego. Sharp's US sales division is also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, making 2002 doubly important for the Japanese manufacturing giant.
You're all set to record a pay-per-view movie through the digital set-top box your cable provider installed just hours ago. But when you program it to record, your DVD recorder flashes a cryptic message indicating that the show can't be copied. Must be the usual screw-up by the cable company, you reason.
You're all set to record a pay-per-view movie through the digital set-top box your cable provider installed just hours ago. But when you program it to record, your DVD recorder flashes a cryptic message indicating that the show can't be copied. Must be the usual screw-up by the cable company, you reason. No big deal: you'll just watch it live and call service in the morning.
Digital satellite receiver with high-definition digital outputs? Check. Widescreen HDTV with progressive-scan display? Check. Digital surround receiver with 100 watts each for six channels and lots of digital audio inputs and outputs? Check. DVD player with DVD-Audio and progressive-scan outputs? Check.
Great picture, but where's the sound? Oh, yeah - better throw in some speakers, too . .
It's been almost two years since DVD-Audio was introduced and a little more than a year since Super Audio CD (SACD) went multichannel. In that time, SACD has amassed a catalog of about 150 surround sound music titles, while DVD-Audio has put out around 200.
Yes, an R2D2-sized subwoofer with an 18-inch driver and a thousand-plus watts of amplification can look and sound awfully impressive - and can cause some pretty serious seismic damage to boot. But let's get real: how many of us can afford something like that?