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Barry Willis Posted: Jun 02, 2002 0 comments

Long noted for its non-participation in the rollout of digital television, the cable industry is now making conciliatory noises about supporting the new format. But even with its support, the changeover from analog is going to take a long time, according to recent statements from Robert Sachs, president of the <A HREF="http://www.ncta.com">National Cable Television Association</A> (NCTA).

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Posted: Jun 01, 2002 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/newsart/he2002.infocus.jpg" WIDTH=100 HEIGHT=63 BORDER=0 ALIGN=LEFT>A great demo can be a thing of beauty&mdash;and InFocus, NAD, and PSB put together one of the best we've ever seen here at HE 2002. They started with a great concept: $10,000 can purchase a complete home theater package that can give anybody all the magic of a true cinema showcase. The system starts with InFocus' new $5000 ScreenPlay 110 DLP projector, which is optimized for DVD with a dual-mode TI DLP chip capable of both 16 X 9 and 4 X 3 projection. The unit incorporates Faroudja DCDI processing and a six-element four-speed color wheel. It will accept high definition inputs (though downscales them to 480p), has component inputs, and is NTSC, PAL, and SECAM compatible. The system included NAD's 80Wpc multichannel 761 A/V Receiver and T531 DVD player ($1500). PSB contributed a pair of Image 5T loudspeakers ($799/pair), an Image 9C center channel speaker ($399/each), a pair of Image 10S ($649/pair), and an Image SubSonic 6 powered subwoofer ($649/each). Add a Dalite grayscale screen and you'll "have enough left over from $10,000 for a nice meal," as the presenter put it.

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Posted: May 31, 2002 0 comments

What the best-looking video displays at HE 2002 were showing wasn't HDTV&mdash;New York is still crippled by the loss of the World Trade Center transmitter&mdash;and it wasn't DVD. In fact, it made DVD look broken. It's D-VHS, which outputs 1080i, and which has a total catalog, if you count the sampler included with the player and the five titles scheduled for release next week, of six titles.

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Posted: May 30, 2002 0 comments

Sharp, Zenith, and Samsung held press conferences within hours of one another in which the messages were remarkably similar. Each trumpeted the growing popularity of HDTV, each strove to distinguish its chosen technology from the others, and each showed impressive products at prices significantly lower than the previous generation's.

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HT Staff Posted: May 30, 2002 0 comments
Widescreen Digital Light Processing displays are dropping in price, thanks in no small way to companies like Samsung Electronics. On May 31, Samsung announced two new high-definition rear-projection DLP screens that should get the attention of movie fans everywhere.
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HT Staff Posted: May 26, 2002 0 comments
Got a hankering for a pair of weatherproof outdoor speakers? Polk Audio is giving them away.
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HT Staff Posted: May 26, 2002 0 comments
Lawrence, KS-based Martin-Logan is known for its musically and visually transparent electrostatic loudspeakers. The company is equally proficient in making great subwoofers.
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Michael Metzger Posted: May 26, 2002 0 comments

<I>Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Donnie Wahlberg, Bruce Norris. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1. Two DVDs. 107 minutes. 1999. Touchstone Home Video 18307. PG-13. $24.99.</I>

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Posted: May 26, 2002 0 comments

Used equipment junkies take note: eBay will bring its popular roving university to New York City for the Home Entertainment 2002 Show (HES 2002), May 30&ndash;June 2, 2002. Since its inception, eBay University has instructed thousands of eBay users on the ins and outs of buying and selling on eBay. The special seminar from eBay at HE 2002 will provide specific tips for attendees on buying and selling consumer electronic products.

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HT Staff Posted: May 26, 2002 0 comments
Want the best big picture available for under a quarter million? Madrigal lays claim to that title with its new MP-D1.
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Posted: May 26, 2002 0 comments

Predicting a sharp increase in demand for plasma display panels (PDPs), <A HREF="http://www.panasonic.co.jp/global/">Matsushita Electrical Industrial Co. Ltd</A>. has entered a partnership with Tokay Industries, Inc. to build another PDP plant in Osaka, Japan, according to a May 21 announcement.

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Jon Iverson Posted: May 26, 2002 0 comments

The Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC), part of the University of Southern California's School of Engineering and a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center announced last week that it has developed Remote Media Immersion (RMI), which the center described as a "breakthrough Internet technology that generates an immersive three-dimensional experience on home theater-sized screens."

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Barry Willis Posted: May 26, 2002 0 comments

Taiwanese and Chinese electronics makers hope to save billions in royalty fees by developing proprietary optical disc formats for the Chinese region, according to reports from Taipei in late May.

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HT Staff Posted: May 21, 2002 0 comments
Home Entertainment 2002 is set to open to the public as planned, May 31–June 2, 2002, at the Hilton New York & Towers Hotel in New York City. Show attendees will be treated to numerous free educational seminars and musical performances from a dozen popular jazz, classical, and contemporary recording artists.
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HT Staff Posted: May 21, 2002 0 comments
Sampo Corporation is serious about taking video displays to the next level. The Taiwan manufacturing giant has introduced two new high definition LCD television sets whose performance matches their cutting-edge styling.

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