Lexicon Launches LX Series Amps

How much power do you need? Many movie lovers believe that 200 watts per channel gives you all the dynamic headroom you need for the most demanding soundtracks.
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DTV Sizzles In July

The <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) is reporting that manufacturer-to-dealer sales of digital television (DTV) monitors and sets (monitors with integrated tuners) totaled 117,851 units with $222 million in revenue during July. The CEA adds that these unit sales figures represent a 165% increase over the same period in 2000.

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Unbreakable On DVD

<I>Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright Penn. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French, Spanish), THX. Two discs. 107 minutes. 2000. Touchstone Home Video 21656. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

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Get Ready For 7.1

First we had Dolby Digital with 5.1 channels (five speakers plus one subwoofer) for DVDs, then the THX and Dolby Digital <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?277">Surround EX</A> 6.1 format, which added a center channel in the rear. Now comes word that <A HREF="http://www.thx.com">THX</A> is ready to start certifying 7.1 channels with their new Ultra2 format.

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ABC, CBS Boost HDTV Programming

High-definition television will get a big push from at least two major networks this fall. Both <A HREF="http://www.abc.com">ABC</A> and <A HREF="http://www.cbs.com">CBS</A> have announced extensive programming in the format, which almost certainly will improve the awareness of the format among viewers.

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DVD REVIEW: Unbreakable

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Movie •••• DVD ••••½
Like its predecessor, The Sixth Sense, writer/director M.
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FCC Considers "DTV Task Force"

The <A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov">Federal Communications Commission</A> (FCC) is considering forming a "task force" to tackle the botched rollout of digital television, according to reports from Washington in late August and early September.

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Film Biz Prepares "Flood" of DVDs

DVD fans may soon be complaining less about the lack of available titles.

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Sports Fans Get More HDTV

In a low-key rollout last week, <A HREF="http://www.hd.net">HDNet</A>, which bills itself as "the world's only all-high definition national television network", went live on DirecTV channel 199 with a broadcast of the Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers. HDNet, with offices in Dallas and Denver, says that this is the first of 15 Major League Baseball games it intends to air throughout the month.

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Sex and the City: The Complete First Season on DVD

<I>Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Chris Noth. Various directors. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full-screen). Dolby Digital 2.0. 364 minutes. 1998. HBO Home Video 99330. NR. $39.98.</I>

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