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 |  Oct 06, 2002  |  0 comments

For loudspeaker buffs, we've added Wes Phillips' review of the <A HREF="">M&K S-150 THX surround loudspeaker system</A> and Tom Norton's reviews of the <A HREF="">Revel Home Theater</A>, <A HREF="">Vandersteen Audio Music-and-Cinema loudspeaker system</A>, and <A HREF="">Pioneer Elite Reference loudspeaker system</A>.

 |  Oct 06, 2002  |  0 comments

October 7, 2002 - <A HREF=""> Runco International</A> has recently acquired the assets of Vidikron and Projectavision. Both brands had hit the skids due to serious marketing and management difficulties, and both will be revived as independent brand names under the Runco umbrella, according to a September 27 announcement.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 06, 2002  |  0 comments

<A HREF="">SIM2 USA</A>, a division of SIM2 Multimedia S.p.A., has become the first manufacturer to launch a projector and monitors using Texas Instruments' new HD2 Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) chipset. The company's new projector is the HT300 Plus, the latest addition to the renowned line of Grand Cinema DLP projectors. Also new are two models in its Grand Cinema RTX line.

Barry Willis  |  Sep 29, 2002  |  0 comments

Do self-appointed censors have the right to delete objectionable portions of feature films and offer altered versions for sale? <A HREF="">CleanFlicks of Colorado, LLC</A> and a dozen similar companies believe that they do.

Fred Manteghian  |  Sep 29, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Joe Flaherty, Deborah Fuchs, Frank McRae. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 2.0 (English, French, Portuguese). 113 minutes. 1980. Columbia TriStar 05851. R. $19.95.</I>

 |  Sep 29, 2002  |  0 comments

Hollywood studios are going to have to defend their jealously protected distribution systems in an antitrust suit filed in US District Court in Los Angeles.

 |  Sep 29, 2002  |  0 comments

In his review of the <A HREF="">Sony Grand Wega KF-60DX100 rear-projection TV</A>, Tom Norton points out that "while the plasma and DLP technologies have been generating much of the latest buzz, the less glamorous LCD remains a serious contender." TJN reveals just how serious in his report.

Barry Willis  |  Sep 29, 2002  |  0 comments

EchoStar CEO Charlie Ergen has hyped his company's proposed acquisition of DirecTV as "competition against cable" rather than a "monopoly in the sky." Merger or not, direct broadcast satellite (DBS) services have steadily eroded cable's subscribership, a situation that is beginning to yield benefits for consumers in some parts of the US.

HT Staff  |  Sep 27, 2002  |  0 comments
Accurate Imaging Technologies has launched a complete lineup of new products as part of their Digital Pathway Series. The new products were debuted at the CEDIA EXPO 2002 in Minneapolis September 27-29.
HT Staff  |  Sep 23, 2002  |  0 comments
Consumers typically have just two objections to surround sound: the proliferation of loudspeakers and their cost. Torrance, CA-based Nirotek America appears to have solved both problems with the ingenious Niro Two 6.1 System, available in October.
Barry Willis  |  Sep 22, 2002  |  0 comments

On September 13, San Francisco-based Dolby Laboratories announced the availability of a new reference multichannel decoder, the <A HREF="">DP564</A>. The new tool is able to decode every Dolby&#174; consumer format, making it the "perfect solution for monitoring in DVD, digital TV broadcast, and postproduction applications," according to an official announcement. The DP564 debuted at the International Broadcasting Convention held September 13&ndash;17.

Barry Willis  |  Sep 22, 2002  |  0 comments

Some Pioneer DVD recorders and computer drives need a firmware update before they can be used with new high-speed discs, according to a September 17 announcement from Long Beach, CA&ndash;based <A HREF="">Pioneer Electronics USA, Inc</A>. Using high-speed discs without first completing the update could cause damage to both discs and hardware, the company explained.

Barry Willis  |  Sep 22, 2002  |  0 comments

The television broadcasting picture could change substantially if a bill drafted by US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA) becomes law. Among the bill's most drastic requirements is one forcing broadcasters to return their analog TV channels by 2006, for probable auction to wireless services. The <A HREF="">National Association of Broadcasters</A> (NAB) is expected to campaign strongly against any such legislation. The Commerce Committee's ranking Democrat, John Dingell of Michigan, helped draft the bill.

 |  Sep 22, 2002  |  0 comments

At this point, there is only one way to record HDTV and that is with a digital D-VHS VCR. Joel Brinkley casts a discerning eye towards the <A HREF="">Mitsubishi HS-HD2000U and JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS VCRs</A> to see which one is best suited for the job.

HT Staff  |  Sep 19, 2002  |  0 comments
Infinity Systems has announced a new series of loudspeakers that offer home theater fans a wide range of choices while retaining a consistent look and sonic signature.