B&W ASW 2500 Provides Bass Boost for Small Room Systems
The great advantage of a home theater system in a small room is the nice feeling of intimacy it offers. The disadvantage is that most suitable loudspeakers don't offer good bass response, depriving you of many of the visceral thrills built into movie soundtracks.
The Imposters On DVD
O<I>liver Platt, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Bracco, Steve Buscemi, Billy Connolly, Allan Corduner, Hope Davis, Dana Ivey, Allison Janney, Richard Jemkins, Matt McGrath, Alfred Molina, Isabella Rossellini, Campbell Scott, Tony Shaloub, Lili Taylor. Directed by Stanley Tucci. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (letterboxed). Dolby Digital 5.1. 101 minutes. 1999. 20th Century Fox 4110383. R. $24.95.</I>
THX Certification Comes To Desktop PC Products
Last week, <A HREF="http://www.lucasfilm.com/">Lucasfilm THX</A> announced the availability of the first THX certified PCs under a newly created THX program that the company says is designed to deliver "the best picture and sound to date on a personal computer." A Lucasfilm press release states that "with consumers increasingly turning to the PC for entertainment content, a THX certified PC ensures that movies, music, games and more will be enjoyed with a sound and visual impact that will satisfy the most demanding multimedia user."
FTC Will Not Limit Marketing of Films to Kids
Questioning their own legal authority, <A HREF="http://www.ftc.gov/">Federal Trade Commission</A> regulators have backed away from suggestions that they move to limit promoting and marketing violent films and video games to children and adolescents. "After a careful review of the entertainment industry's marketing practices and an analysis of the law, the commission believes that there are a number of significant legal limitations, including substantial and unsettled constitutional questions, to effective law enforcement actions under the FTC Act," FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky stated.
CEA Asks FCC to Kick Set-Top Box Market Into Gear
According to comments filed by the<A HREF="http://www.ce.org"> Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) last week, if the Federal Communications Commission is serious about developing a robust commercial market for digital cable set-top navigation devices, the agency must immediately revise its rules and the market incentives available to cable operators. The comments were filed in response to the Commission's <I>Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking</I>, regarding the commercial availability of navigation devices.
ReplayTV Studio Readies to Stream Movies and Videos
Personal TV will never be the same, says Kim LeMasters, CEO of <A HREF="http://www.replaytv.com/">ReplayTV, Inc</A>. On November 20, the Mountain View, California-based maker of the ReplayTV personal video recorder announced the establishment of ReplayTV Studios, a joint venture with Universal Studios to produce and broadcast original programming for the ReplayTV network.
Zenith DVC2550 Lowers Ticket Price for DVD Changer Fans
Entry-level single-disc DVD players have hovered around the $200 price point for more than a year now. Carousel-type CD changers can be found below $150, but DVD changers are generally well above $500. Zenith
intends to change all that with its new $350 DVC2550, a carousel DVD changer with DTS and Dolby Digital capabilities.
Panasonic PT-52DL10 Employs Rear-Projection DLP
Big, bright, and beautiful: that's Panasonic
's new PT-52DL10. The rear projector set is a 52"-diagonal HDTV with a 16:9 aspect ratio, with images provided by the latest Digital Light Projection (DLP) technology from Texas Instruments. The combination is "the highest picture quality available in rear projection televisions," according to a recent Panasonic announcement. With properly decoded signals---as from the optional set-top decoder box, the TU-HDS20---the PT-52DL10 will display both 1280I and 720P images.
Yamaha's New Big-Screen Vision
Last week, <A HREF="http://www.yamaha.com/yec/index1.htm">Yamaha</A>, traditionally known to American consumers as a specialist in audio equipment, announced that it will enter the home entertainment projector market. The first offering in Yamaha's new product line is a high-resolution projector, based on <A HREF="http://www.dlp.com">Digital Light Processing</A> (DLP) technology and intended for home theater use. Yamaha says that the projector is due to be released next spring.
Thanksgiving Day: Patriots vs. Lions in HDTV