Sony DVP-NS755V Progressive-Scan DVD/SACD Player

Upping the ante.

Thanks to consumer interest, competition, and their fundamental coolness, high-resolution audio players are falling in price to a point where almost everyone can afford them. Sony's DVP-NS755V, for example, is only $250, and it features SACD capability and progressive scanning. A year ago, this player's predecessor excited us as an inexpensive progressive-scan DVD player. Now Sony ups the ante by adding SACD and keeping the price the same.

Rear-Projection HDTVs

Dreaming about a great big box under the tree this year? Sure there'll be rectangular boxes containing new shirts and maybe a bigger one with a jacket. You'll unwrap packages from the kids filled with golf tees and ties, and maybe even a nice-size box containing a new DVD player. But those miniature thrills just can't compare to what you really want: a big-screen HDTV.

Multichannel Wish List

This magazine has been a constant, vocal, and, above all, passionate supporter of DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD since they were first introduced. And we want to do everything we can to make sure these multichannel audio formats not just survive but thrive.But we haven't always been thrilled with the releases during these critical first years.

Marantz DV8300 Universal DVD/SACD Player

Photos by Tony Cordoza

Back in the Stone Age of Digital Audio (circa 1990), discerning audiophiles paid big bucks for elegant-looking CD players. Today the emphasis is on performance rather than looks. Most DVD players are visually boring, and their lack of heft hardly inspires confidence. Sometimes I yearn for the days when a player's quality could literally be weighed.

Ring Cycle

Movie Images Courtesy of New Line

I'm standing in the rain watching a large group of soldiers in medieval armor poke at dead horses and slain warriors lying in the mud of a riverbank. There are bright lights, smoke, and machines spraying everything with water despite the steady downpour nature is providing.

CBS: "No Copy Protection, No HDTV"

One of HDTV's strongest supporters could pull away if an effective copy-protection system isn't in place by next year.

NFL-DirecTV Deal Includes HDTV Games

One of high definition TV's biggest draws will grow even more compelling thanks to a recent agreement between the <A HREF="http://www.nfl.com">National Football League</A> and <A HREF="http://www.directv.com">DirecTV, Inc</A>.

Beauty and the Beast: Special Edition on DVD

<I>Voices of Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers. Directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (French). Two DVDs. 90 minutes. 1991. Walt Disney Video 786936171631. G. $29.98</I>

RIP: EchoStar/DirecTV Merger

<A HREF="http://www.echostar.com">EchoStar Communications Corporation</A>'s long campaign to acquire competitor <A HREF="http://www.directv.com">DirecTV Inc.</A> is finally over.

Added to the Archives This Week

Joel Brinkley notes that, although not quite as thin as a plasma screen, the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?70">Zenith D60WLCD HD-ready rear-projection LCD television</A> is only 17" deep and costs a fraction of its flat cousin's price. JB uncovers its strengths and weaknesses.

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