Denon Receiver First with DTS-ES Discrete 6.1
Home theater fans looking for one component that will do everything should look no further than Denon
’s new AVR-5800 receiver. With seven channels of high-wattage amplification, a subwoofer output, and high-resolution internal digital-to-analog converters, the AVR-5800 is also the first home theater product designed to accommodate DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, the recently-announced surround sound format from acoustic effects pioneer Digital Theater Systems
Panasonic Recently Announces High-Contrast Plasma Display
No projector, no screen, no giant box dominating the room--just a bright, clear picture hanging on the wall. It's the dream of many home theater enthusiasts, and Panasonic
is helping to make it come true. The Japanese manufacturer has announced huge advances in contrast ratio––boosting it from a middling 400:1 to a mind-boggling 2000:1--and resulting in, the company says, brighter whites and darker blacks.
Konka's Small Room Solution: Versatile HD3298u
Not every home theater enthusiast has space for a big screen and a bulky projector. If your taste in home entertainment runs toward cozier rooms, perhaps you should look at a smaller high-definition CRT display, like the HD3298u from Konka
Atlantic Technology Promotes Domestic Harmony with System 10 In-wall Speakers
Audiophiles have long joked that the "spousal acceptance factor" for equipment is at its most insurmountable when it comes to loudspeakers--and they were only talking about a pair. Home theater buffs face an even bigger challenge: getting their mates to accept FIVE speakers and a subwoofer.
Pioneer Pushes Price-Perfomance Envelope with DV-525 Disc Player
Not too long ago you had to fork over a grand or more for a high-performance DVD player. Pioneer
has just sliced that ticket by more than half with their new DV-525, a player sporting 10-bit video processing and internal 24-bit/96-kilohertz digital-to-analog converters. The $425 player is said to offer "twice the picture quality of a VCR" and options "usually reserved for players costing much more."
Home Theater on a Budget? Try Onkyo's TX-DS484
Are stratospheric equipment prices bumming you out? Onkyo
has something guaranteed to cheer you up: a new home theater receiver with multiple inputs, Dolby and DTS surround processing, five channels of high-current power, and an incredibly low price. How low? Try $330.
Where Broadcasters Should Put those HDTV Bucks
A recent study—presented at the NAB convention in Las Vegas by Dr. Marvin A. Hecht, assistant professor of psychology at <A HREF="http://www.lacollege.edu/">Louisiana College</A> in Pineville, Louisiana—examined "how broadcasters can make the most use of digital television." The college reports that, in the study, some of its students were shown identical scenes in both high-definition digital television (HDTV) and standard-definition digital television (SDTV) in six different content areas: action, drama, sports, documentaries, entertainment television, and news.
'90s Interactive Hallucination Turns Real
A study released last week claims that in the next five years, smarter TV devices and content will dramatically change how viewers consume television programming. The result, according to a new report from <A HREF="http://www.forrester.com">Forrester Research</A>, will be a significant shift in the business model for television: "Even as they drain $18 billion in ordinary TV advertising revenues, smarter devices will create $25 billion in new revenues from viewers interacting with their TV screens."
Blockbuster Enters 20-year Agreement for Video-on-Demand
Blockbuster has seen the future, and it ain't video rentals—at least not the kind you pick up in person. The video chain has signed an agreement with Enron Broadband Services to begin offering video-on-demand, one of a host of entertainment services to be developed as part of a 20-year pact. The announcement was made July 19.
No Surprise: Survey Says Consumers Like DTV, Dislike Lack of Programming
Owners of digital television (DTV) products are extremely satisfied with their performance, but are unhappy with the lack of available programming in the new format, according to a survey conducted by the <A HREF="http://www.ncl.org/">National Consumers League</A> (NCL) and released July 21, 2000.