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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.
HT Staff  |  Sep 18, 2002  |  0 comments
Progressive scan DVD players continue to reach new levels of affordability.
Hilary Lynch  |  Sep 15, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Breckin Meyer, Bradley Whitford. Directed by James Mangold. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 118 minutes. 2001. Buena Vista Home Entertainment 25391. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

 |  Sep 15, 2002  |  0 comments

An advancement in integrated circuit technology could boost the recording capacity of single-sided optical discs from 4.7 gigabytes to 27GB, according to a September 9 announcement from Irvine, California&#150based <A href="">Intersil Corporation</A>. One likely result is the rapid development of consumer HDTV and PC-based optical recorders.

 |  Sep 15, 2002  |  0 comments

DVD has taken off like no other format in consumer-electronics history. At the end of these first five years of stellar growth for DVD, <I>SGHT</I>'s editors rate the good, the bad, and the ugly in "<A HREF="">DVD: Five Years and Still Sizzling</A>." More than 55 DVD reviews in one place, with ratings for sound, picture, and content.

 |  Sep 15, 2002  |  0 comments

Although most consumers think ultra-flat-panel TVs and monitors have a high "cool factor," rear-projection televisions (RPTVs) continue to be very popular. The trend could determine the future for microdisplay makers, as big-screen RPTVs move away from CRTs and toward microdisplay image sources such as LCDs and DLP chips.

HT Staff  |  Sep 09, 2002  |  0 comments
The past year has been a boom time for the home theater industry, with business exploding at all price points. From January to May of 2002, DVD-based home theater sales grew by 988 percent during the past year, according to a study by NPD Techworld. One huge growth area has been so-called "home-theater-in-a-box" (HTiB) systems, typically a package with disc player, surround sound receiver, five speakers and powered subwoofer---typically priced at under $1000. Such systems are intended for use with Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS films.
HT Staff  |  Sep 09, 2002  |  0 comments
Home theater fans and music lovers have been praying for a high-quality single-box disc player that will handle every optical disc format now available. Marantz may have answered their prayers with the introduction of the DV8300.
 |  Sep 08, 2002  |  0 comments

The world is full of millions of DVDs, so <I>SGHT</I>'s editors have sorted through the piles and come up with <A HREF="">2001: A DVD Odyssey</A>. Over 80 DVD reviews in one place, with ratings for sound, picture, and content.