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Barry Willis  |  Dec 29, 2001  |  0 comments

All is not well with the proposed merger of satellite broadcasters <A HREF="http://www.echostar.com">EchoStar</A> and <A HREF="http://www.directv.com">DirecTV</A>, currently being reviewed by Federal regulators.

HT Staff  |  Dec 26, 2001  |  0 comments
Rarely do integrated components perform as well as separates for an equivalent amount of money. The AVR307, from Buffalo, NY-based B&K, is an exception. Its operating flexibility, multi-format surround capability and audiophile amplifier technology make it an attractive choice for those who want maximum performance with minimum clutter. The AVR307 is intended for music and movie fans who agree with B&K's philosophy of "sensible simplicity."
HT Staff  |  Dec 26, 2001  |  0 comments
Durham, NH-based Outlaw Audio has slashed the price of its popular model 1050 home theater receiver by $100. Introduced last year, the 6 x 65-watt, multi-format unit originally sold for $599, and won plenty of critical praise as it gained market share. The 1050 is compatible with Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, and DTS surround sound formats, and features an adjustable subwoofer crossover with settings at 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, and 200Hz.
HT Staff  |  Dec 25, 2001  |  0 comments
Big speaker boxes are the bane of interior decorators. They've been battling with audiophiles for decades. Home theater, with its reliance on huge powered subwoofers to create realistic bass, has expanded the war.
 |  Dec 23, 2001  |  0 comments

The competition is heating up in the lightweight projector market, with new models debuting almost weekly.

Jon Iverson  |  Dec 23, 2001  |  0 comments

As HDTV slowly rolls out across the US, more and more consumers are finding that those simple days of common connectors and out-of-the-box compatible equipment are now over. What many unsuspecting consumer electronics buyers are now discovering that not all HDTV equipment is configured to the same operating standards.

Barry Willis  |  Dec 23, 2001  |  0 comments

Speaking with reporters at the recent Western Cable Show, TBS/CNN founder and AOL Time Warner vice president Ted Turner opined that, within a year, consolidation in the cable industry could result in "only two or three" cable companies nationwide.

Jon Iverson  |  Dec 23, 2001  |  0 comments

Whenever we <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showvote.cgi?224">run a poll</A> on the <I>SGHT</I> Website asking what it will take to put HDTV in more homes, "lower prices" is the overwhelming response. Manufacturers have been responding, with recent price reductions from <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1168">NEC</A>, <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?962">Fujitsu</A>, and others.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Dec 23, 2001  |  0 comments

<I>Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, Colm Feore, Alec Baldwin. Directed by Michael Bay. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French), DTS 5.1 (English), Dolby Headphone. THX-certified. Two discs. 183 minutes (film only). 2001. Touchstone Home Video 2388903. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

HT Staff  |  Dec 17, 2001  |  0 comments
Is your video system installed in a small room? If so, you've probably wrestled with the problem of generating great bass without crowding yourself out.
HT Staff  |  Dec 17, 2001  |  0 comments
Lightweight video projectors are the hottest tickets in home theater. Marantz has taken the concept to a new level of performance with the HDTV-ready VP-12S1.
Gary Frisch  |  Dec 16, 2001  |  0 comments

<I>Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Sally Field, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic widescreen). Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1. Two discs. 141 minutes. 1994. Paramount 15644. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

 |  Dec 16, 2001  |  0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.threefive.com">Three-Five Systems</A> announced the first public demonstration of the company's recently developed Brillian 1920, a high-resolution, reflective, liquid crystal on silicon "microdisplay," which the company has created in addition to its more traditional LCD products. The demonstration took place at the 19th Annual Flat Information Displays Conference in Monterey, California last week.

Barry Willis  |  Dec 16, 2001  |  0 comments

DVD, the most successful consumer electronics format ever, shows no signs of slowing down. Almost 11 million DVD players were shipped to dealers through the end of November, according to recent statistics from the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A>.

Jon Iverson  |  Dec 16, 2001  |  0 comments

Canadian HDTV fans got a boost when <A HREF="http://www.rogers.com">Rogers Cable</A> announced last week that it has launched the largest high definition television offering by a cable operator in Canada to date. Rogers provides services to 2.3 million customers in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland.

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