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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 08, 2007 0 comments
After more than a year of relentless lobbying, I've finally both HD DVD and Blu-ray players in my rack. Since my home/office cave is but a minor outpost of the Home Theater Magazine empire, this took a fair amount of begging and pleading. Thanks to Toshiba for the second-generation HD-A2, and to Pioneer--by way of video editor Geoff Morrison--for the BDP-HD1. I installed them on the shelf that sits between my receiver slots, with the Rotel RSX-1065 above and various guest receivers below. Naturally I the first thing I wanted was to see video in each format. Would my Sharp LC-32D4U 32-inch LCD HDTV (768p) and LG RL-JA20 LCD front-projector (720p) deliver pictures that would justify adding new HD signal sources to the rack? Even with the Sharp's sometimes iffy conversion to its native resolution of 768p? The answer was yes, and how. But the real impetus--as if amazing picture quality weren't enough--was the new ability of the new formats to deliver next-generation surround codecs, both lossless and lossy. I'm talking about you, Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus, and you, DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio. Every future reviewed receiver with HDMI 1.3 capability will get a chance to strut its stuff with the new surround technologies. But what about my reference receiver, which has no HDMI? This is what we in the business call a cliffhanger. See you next week.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 07, 2007 0 comments
Toshiba isn't wasting any time in unveiling the latest generation of HD DVD players. The third-gen line is already listed on Amazon and a press release now lists official ship dates in the fall.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 06, 2007 0 comments
Despite the fact that U.K. residents are among the world's steadiest CD buyers, apparently they're also among the world's most avid illegal downloaders.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 06, 2007 Published: Jul 06, 2007 0 comments
The penny pincher wears Prada.

Break out that dusty case of champagne. Get the kids together. Give them each a bottle. No, don't do that. But yell out the window to your neighbors. Call all of your relatives. Throw a few shrimp on the barbie. Make popcorn. Stack your favorite DVDs and CDs in neat piles next to the equipment rack. If you have symptoms lasting more than four hours, alert the media. Something momentous has happened. I have found my favorite budget speakers of all time.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 03, 2007 0 comments
When last we checked on YouTube, the Google-owned site was having trouble keeping its promises to the entertainment industry. Users were illicitly posting copyrighted material and the legal bills mounted. By September, the YouTubers hope, all that will change.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 02, 2007 0 comments
Is the end near for HD DVD? A recent spate of bad news suggests that the format is running out of retail friends. But the situation may not be as bad for Toshiba's favorite format as it first appears.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 01, 2007 0 comments
This chiming electronic music is pretty. But why do we have to listen to it every night at bedtime?
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 31, 2007 0 comments
TiVo HD isn't the first high-def-capable or digital cable ready product from the world's winningest DVR brand. That would be the Series3. But the new model is the first HD-capable TiVo to sell for $299.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 30, 2007 0 comments
"Train wreck" and "digital disaster" were just a few of the words being flung at the DTV transition in Congress last week. Analog television broadcasting is scheduled to end on February 18, 2009. And elected representatives are fretting that some analog-TV viewers may not have gotten the memo. Since those who watch also vote, they deem this a problem.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 27, 2007 0 comments
More than half of cable subscribers will have digital video recorders by 2010, according to a (rather expensive) study by the Carmel Group.

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