Jon Iverson

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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 17, 2003 0 comments

Having earlier stubbed its toe in the personal computer market, <A HREF="http://www.gateway.com">Gateway</A> is on a consumer electronics roll. Around this time last year the company <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/news/11423/index.html">announced</A> its entry into the CE market with a sub-$3000 plasma TV. Then at the CEDIA Expo last month, <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/news/11633/index.html">Gateway announced</A> the KAS-303 "1000W", 6.1-channel home theater system with a progressive scan DVD player, attractively priced at $999.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 17, 2003 0 comments

Liquid Crystal on Silicon or LCOS technology is clearly hot in the HDTV market. <A HREF="http://www.microdisplay.com">MicroDisplay Corporation</A> announced last week that it his introduced a single panel 1920 x 1080 LCOS microdisplay with resolution of two million pixels. The company says the new chip is designed for front and rear projection televisions.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Aug 18, 2003 Published: Aug 19, 2003 0 comments

Once again, home theater fans can help themselves and others at the same time by participating in <A HREF="http://www.fatwyre.com">The Cable Company</A>'s eighth annual "Summer Against Hunger" campaign. The Cable Company and a wide cross-section of its vendors (listed below) have set up a program by which up to 10% of The Cable Company's August sales are donated to CARE and the International Rescue Committee, with contributions to be used to assist the worldwide disaster relief efforts of those humanitarian organizations.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Feb 11, 2003 0 comments
Having a great product at a fair price is mandatory practice in the ever-competitive audio business. But getting the word out and placing those products in front of the customer is just as critical—some might argue, even more important. If this is true, then Canadian speaker company Athena has just made the score of a lifetime.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Feb 02, 2003 0 comments

Having a great product at a fair price is mandatory practice in the ever-competitive audio business. But getting the word out and placing those products in front of the customer is just as critical&mdash;some might argue, even more important. If this is true, then Canadian speaker company Athena has just made the score of a lifetime.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2003 0 comments

Runco has made great strides in projector development recently. The Union City, CA&ndash;based company unveiled three new DLP projectors in Las Vegas, all of them sporting single 16:9 HD2 chips, DVI inputs, and 1280 x 720 resolution. The least expensive of the three, the Reflection CL-720, supports the primary varieties of NTSC, PAL, and SECAM, and can be ordered from the factory with a short throw or long throw lens, for images as small as 40" diagonally or up to as large as 300". Brightness is specified at 750 ANSI Lumens when the projector is calibrated for home theater; contrast ratio is a very respectable 1500:1. The CL-720 is said to be "HDTV ready," although the product sheet handed out at the LV Convention Center doesn't list any ATSC format among those supported.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 09, 2003 0 comments

On Thursday, the first <I>official</I> day of CES, attendees were treated to another day of warm, dry weather&mdash;and a mind-boggling array of new home theater products.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 09, 2003 0 comments

This year's CES makes one thing abundantly clear: Large cathode-ray displays are dead. There are virtually no big CRT monitors or television sets being shown here. Synonymous with the 20th century, CRTs are the electronics industry's dinosaurs.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2003 0 comments

<I>Bigger, better, more.</I> That's the future as envisioned by technological giants Zenith Electronics Corporation and Royal Philips Electronics, which kicked off this year's edition of the world's largest trade show with huge flatscreen television sets and plans to make technological interconnectivity deeper and more seamless than it has ever been for the average citizen.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Dec 30, 2002 0 comments

In the ongoing battle between small-dish satellite and cable, the ability to broadcast local channels was a decided advantage for the wired approach. But the direct broadcast satellite (DBS) companies <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?582">successfully petitioned</A> the FCC for the right to carry local stations on their system; early in December a federal appeals court ruled that they must carry "<A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1171">all or none</A>" of those stations to comply.

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