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Posted: Jan 05, 2002 0 comments

Despite competitive pressure from direct broadcast satellite (DBS) services, cable providers have managed to push subscription rates up faster than the pace of inflation, according to a report issued by the Federal Communications Commission at the beginning of January.

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Barry Willis Posted: Jan 05, 2002 0 comments

Most home-theater fans are aware that flat-screen televisions and monitors are the hottest products on the market. How hot? Try an almost 400% surge in sales for 2002, compared to the previous year.

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Barry Willis Posted: Dec 29, 2001 0 comments

All is not well with the proposed merger of satellite broadcasters <A HREF="http://www.echostar.com">EchoStar</A> and <A HREF="http://www.directv.com">DirecTV</A>, currently being reviewed by Federal regulators.

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HT Staff Posted: Dec 26, 2001 0 comments
Rarely do integrated components perform as well as separates for an equivalent amount of money. The AVR307, from Buffalo, NY-based B&K, is an exception. Its operating flexibility, multi-format surround capability and audiophile amplifier technology make it an attractive choice for those who want maximum performance with minimum clutter. The AVR307 is intended for music and movie fans who agree with B&K's philosophy of "sensible simplicity."
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HT Staff Posted: Dec 26, 2001 0 comments
Durham, NH-based Outlaw Audio has slashed the price of its popular model 1050 home theater receiver by $100. Introduced last year, the 6 x 65-watt, multi-format unit originally sold for $599, and won plenty of critical praise as it gained market share. The 1050 is compatible with Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, and DTS surround sound formats, and features an adjustable subwoofer crossover with settings at 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, and 200Hz.
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HT Staff Posted: Dec 25, 2001 0 comments
Big speaker boxes are the bane of interior decorators. They've been battling with audiophiles for decades. Home theater, with its reliance on huge powered subwoofers to create realistic bass, has expanded the war.
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Posted: Dec 23, 2001 0 comments

The competition is heating up in the lightweight projector market, with new models debuting almost weekly.

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Barry Willis Posted: Dec 23, 2001 0 comments

Speaking with reporters at the recent Western Cable Show, TBS/CNN founder and AOL Time Warner vice president Ted Turner opined that, within a year, consolidation in the cable industry could result in "only two or three" cable companies nationwide.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Dec 23, 2001 0 comments

As HDTV slowly rolls out across the US, more and more consumers are finding that those simple days of common connectors and out-of-the-box compatible equipment are now over. What many unsuspecting consumer electronics buyers are now discovering that not all HDTV equipment is configured to the same operating standards.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Dec 23, 2001 0 comments

Whenever we <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showvote.cgi?224">run a poll</A> on the <I>SGHT</I> Website asking what it will take to put HDTV in more homes, "lower prices" is the overwhelming response. Manufacturers have been responding, with recent price reductions from <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1168">NEC</A>, <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?962">Fujitsu</A>, and others.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Dec 23, 2001 0 comments

<I>Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, Colm Feore, Alec Baldwin. Directed by Michael Bay. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French), DTS 5.1 (English), Dolby Headphone. THX-certified. Two discs. 183 minutes (film only). 2001. Touchstone Home Video 2388903. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

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HT Staff Posted: Dec 17, 2001 0 comments
Is your video system installed in a small room? If so, you've probably wrestled with the problem of generating great bass without crowding yourself out.
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HT Staff Posted: Dec 17, 2001 0 comments
Lightweight video projectors are the hottest tickets in home theater. Marantz has taken the concept to a new level of performance with the HDTV-ready VP-12S1.
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Barry Willis Posted: Dec 16, 2001 0 comments

Not too long ago, executives of the nation's only two makers of personal video recorders (PVRs) were talking about joint ventures. Now they are locked in a legal battle over patented technology.

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Gary Frisch Posted: Dec 16, 2001 0 comments

<I>Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Sally Field, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic widescreen). Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1. Two discs. 141 minutes. 1994. Paramount 15644. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

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