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Jon Iverson Posted: Apr 07, 2002 0 comments

One limitation often preventing home theater enthusiasts from installing a front projection video system is the need to place the projector in a particular place in the room to get a proper image on screen. A semiconductor company exhibiting at the National Association of Broadcasters 2002 convention this week in Las Vegas says they can change all that.

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HT Staff Posted: Apr 02, 2002 0 comments
The two hottest trends in video displays are DLP projection and LCD television. Sharp Electronics Corporation is on top of both of them. On April 3, Sharp announced the retail availability of it first 30" widescreen liquid crystal television, the Aquos LC-30HV2U. The new LCD set is the first in a line of such products to debut this year.
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HT Staff Posted: Apr 02, 2002 0 comments
Many home theater fans think all subwoofers are alike.
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Posted: Mar 31, 2002 0 comments

MPEG-4 is getting plenty of attention from high-tech companies these days. On March 27, a joint venture involving the technology was announced in Tokyo by seven major electronics and technology companies.

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Bob Gulla Posted: Mar 31, 2002 0 comments

<I>Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, Ray Winstone. Directed by Franc Roddam. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1. Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround. 114 minutes. 1979. Rhino Home Video R2 976624. R. $24.99.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 31, 2002 0 comments

Proving to be one of the brightest spots in HDTV broadcasting, <A HREF="http://www.hd.net">HDNet</A> is adding another sport to its lineup of regular high definition television broadcasts. The company says that it has finalized plans to broadcast 80 Major League Baseball games in HDTV during the 2002 regular season. HDNet says the broadcast schedule begins with the Detroit Tigers&ndash;Minnesota Twins game on April 13.

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Barry Willis Posted: Mar 31, 2002 0 comments

The film industry lost one of its legends on March 27, when writer-director Billy Wilder passed away at his Beverly Hills home. Wilder had been suffering from pneumonia. He was 95.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 31, 2002 0 comments

In the era of DVD, videotape gets no respect&mdash;some might say deservedly so. But according to the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) VidTrac program, considered by some to be the most accurate video rental point-of-sale tracking technology, the 2001 year-end rental revenue market share for VHS was 83.4% while DVD accounted for 16.6%. This variance means that VHS rental spending outpaced that for DVDs by $5.6 billion.

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HT Staff Posted: Mar 25, 2002 0 comments
Most home theater fans are aware of the fact that electrical noise can degrade the performance of their audio and video equipment.
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HT Staff Posted: Mar 25, 2002 0 comments
Liquid crystal displays have been around a long time, but only in the past year or so have they gotten the engineering attention they deserve---as potentially movie-quality displays.
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HT Staff Posted: Mar 25, 2002 0 comments
Speaker wiring is one of the most problematic aspects of any home theater installation. Many of the best grades of speaker cables are big and bulky, making them impossible to hide. It's a problem custom installers and system designers have to work around every day, and it's one that adds enormously to the cost of any system installation. The advent of multichannel audio has only made the problem worse.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 24, 2002 0 comments

In <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showvote.cgi?224">poll</A> after <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showvote.cgi?217">poll</A>, <I>Guide to Home Theater</I> readers suggest that some form of high definition DVD will be one of the key developments needed to give HDTV a real kick in the pants. It may be a while before the copyright issues are resolved sufficiently to make it happen, but the technology appears to be on its way.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Mar 24, 2002 0 comments

<I>Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Tom Courtenay, Siobhan McKenna, Ralph Richardson, Rita Tushingham. Directed by David Lean. Aspect ratio: 2.35 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French). Two discs. 200 minutes. 1965. Warner Home Video 6557. PG-13. $29.98.</I>

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Posted: Mar 24, 2002 0 comments

May 1, the federally-mandated deadline for US television stations to begin digital broadcasting, will come and go without the full participation of many, according to a March 18 report in the trade journal <I>Multichannel News</I>.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 24, 2002 0 comments

Things continue to look up for HDTV fans wedded to a cable provider. Following close on the heels of a similar <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1244">recent announcement</A> from Comcast Cable, <A HREF="http://www.charter.com">Charter Communications</A> announced last week that high definition television (HDTV) programming will be made available to some of its customers during the second quarter of this year.

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