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Thomas J. Norton  |  Mar 03, 2009  |  0 comments
Price: $1,800 At A Glance: Superb color and resolution • First-rate standard-def video processing • Mediocre blacks and shadow detail

From Sharp Minds

Sharp is a prime mover and shaker in the flat-panel business. The company has been dedicated to LCD technology from the beginning of the beginning—all the way back to the earliest LCD pocket calculators.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Mar 03, 2009  |  0 comments
Is price gouging on patents inflating the prices of DTVs? A lobbying group says DTV patent holders are imposing onerous terms when licensing their technologies to competing manufacturers. And the Federal Communications Commission has promised to investigate.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Mar 03, 2009  |  0 comments
The US Senate last Friday voted to ban any reinstatement of the so-called Fairness Doctrine, which was originally introduced in United States in 1949 and became a policy of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1967, when there were only three television networks and no Internet. The FCC then abolished the doctrine in 1987, claiming that the proliferation of media outlets made it irrelevant.
Brett Milano  |  Mar 02, 2009  |  0 comments
Red House
Music ••• Sound ••••
Jorma Kaukonen as a grizzled old bluesman doesn't seem too far-fetched.
Josef Krebs  |  Mar 02, 2009  |  0 comments
Universal
Movies •••½ Picture •••• Sound ••••½ Extras •••
Jason Bourne: not only a cool-soundi
uavSteve Guttenberg  |  Mar 02, 2009  |  0 comments
I'd like to admit something up front—I'm the sort of reviewer who's easily swayed by the sight of attractive gear. There, I said it, and I feel a little guilty about it. Sadly, I may have missed out on some great-sounding but drab-looking products over the years, including a number of Boston Acoustics speakers. So I was pleasantly surprised by the company's gorgeous new VS Series speakers when they were unveiled in New York City a few months ago.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Mar 02, 2009  |  7 comments
To Buy or Not to Buy
I have been saving to buy a new 50-inch Pioneer plasma this summer. Now Pioneer is getting out of the plasma business completely. Should I still buy? I'm worried about the possible warranty issues and getting repairs in the future.
Fred Manteghian  |  Mar 02, 2009  |  0 comments
Price: $3,769 At A Glance: Three-way center for superior dialogue intelligibility • Awesome room-filling surrounds • Classy good looks

Life’s Too Short for Bad Shoes

Buy a pair of shoes online that don’t fit quite right, and it’s easy enough to box them back up for the round-trip refund. You wouldn’t think you could say the same about a 70-pound speaker like the Aperion Intimus 6T, but mailorder company Aperion Audio makes it almost as easy. The Portland, Oregon–based company manufactures in China and purports to pass the savings on to you. Aperion wants you to be 100-percent satisfied, so it gives you 30 days to try the speakers at home. The company will even pick up shipping costs both ways if you decide not to keep the speakers. So even if you can’t go to a store to listen to them, Aperion speakers are a no-risk purchase. Still, six boxes full of speakers worth almost $4,000 is hardly an impulse buy like a $39 pair of Converse All Star Sailor Jerry high tops on eBay, so listen up.

Kris Deering  |  Mar 02, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 3/5
When Kym returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel, she brings a long history of personal crisis, family conflict and tragedy along with her. The wedding couple's abundant party of friends and relations have gathered for a joyful weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym - with her biting one-liners and flair for bombshell drama - is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic.
Kris Deering  |  Mar 02, 2009  |  0 comments
Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 4.25/5
Extras: 1/5
When Kym returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel, she brings a long history of personal crisis, family conflict and tragedy along with her. The wedding couple's abundant party of friends and relations have gathered for a joyful weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym - with her biting one-liners and flair for bombshell drama - is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic.

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