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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Mar 07, 2004 0 comments

The Dreadnaught (reviewed in our Oct-ober 2000 issue) was the first power amplifier from Theta Digital, a company previously known for its D/A converters, CD and DVD transports, and surround processors. But it wasn't to be the last. The Dreadnaught II is now a member of a growing family of Theta amplifiers—the premier multichannel design in a line that also includes high-end monoblocks.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 29, 2004 0 comments

<B><I>Raiders of the Lost Ark</I></B>
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<I>Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliot. 115 minutes. 1981. PG.</I>
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<I>Picture</I> ***
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<I>Sound</I> ** 1/2
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<I>Film</I> *** 1/2

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 15, 2004 0 comments

<I>Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Surround (English). Two discs. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment 01209. NR. $29.95.</I>
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<I>Picture</I> **
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<I>Sound</I> ***
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<I>Film</I>** 1/2

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 08, 2004 Published: Feb 09, 2004 0 comments

<I>A Mighty Wind</I>

Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 08, 2004 0 comments

Until the introduction of the Mirage M-1 a decade or so ago, all audiophiles knew what dipolar radiation meant. It was an inherent characteristic of flat, planar, enclosure-free speakers in which the rear radiation was 180&#176; out of phase with the front, producing a null at the sides. This null made the spacing from the sidewalls less critical. Beyond this, open-baffle dipole designs attracted a strong following for their unique spatial characteristics and a sound free of cabinet colorations.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 18, 2004 0 comments

<I>Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romjin-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming. Directed by Bryan Singer. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). DTS 5.1 ES, Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (French, Spanish). Two discs. 132 minutes. 2003. Fox Home Entertainment 2009206. PG-13. $29.98.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 04, 2004 0 comments

<I>Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce. Directed by Gore Verbinski. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Two discs. 143 minutes. 2003. Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French), DTS 5.1. Buena Vista Home Video 002543. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Dec 21, 2003 0 comments

<I>Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, Dolby Surround (French, Spanish), DTS 5.1 ES (English). MGM Home Entertainment 1004346. PG-13. $29.98.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Dec 15, 2003 0 comments

<I>Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian Mc-Kellen, Viggo Mortensen, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, John Rys-Davies, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Liv Tyler, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Dominic Monaghan, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Brad Dourif, Karl Urban. Directed by Peter Jackson. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX (English), Stereo Surround (English). Two discs. 179 minutes. 2002. New Line Home Entertainment N6355. PG-13. $29.95.</I>

Thomas J. Norton Posted: Dec 15, 2003 0 comments

Visit the Sonus Faber website and you're given the softest of soft sells. The home page has birds flying lazily overhead while wheat sways gently in the breeze. Quiet classical music hums in the background. Click in the right place and you might find a few words about products, but you won't learn that Sonus Faber is the best-known Italian speaker manufacturer west of . . . Cremona.

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