|  Dec 09, 2001  |  0 comments

Cable providers' reluctance to adhere to compatibility standards is hampering manufacturers' designs and hindering the market for digital entertainment products, according to complaints filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by the <A HREF="">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA).

Barry Willis  |  Dec 09, 2001  |  0 comments

The completion of a proposed $26 billion acquisition of DirecTV's parent company Hughes Electronics by EchoStar Communications Corporation appeared in doubt after a week of intense scrutiny by federal lawmakers.

Jon Iverson  |  Dec 09, 2001  |  0 comments

Back in September, <A HREF="">DTS</A> announced that Pioneer and Denon were planning to be the first companies to incorporating the new 96kHz/24-bit high resolution surround sound technology in their flagship A/V receivers. It would appear the companies have made good on that promise, with some help from integrated circuit manufacturer <A HREF="">Analog Devices</A>.

HT Staff  |  Dec 08, 2001  |  0 comments
Do you like making movies with a digital camcorder? Want to add some professional touches to your creations? ATI Technologies has the solution for you.
Joel Brinkley  |  Dec 07, 2001  |  0 comments
For years now, Lexicon has been a darling of home-theater owners, particularly those who care most about their components' performance and least about cosmetics. The home-theater preamp-processors that Lexicon has made in the last five years—the DC-1, DC-2, and MC-1—have been among the best-performing products of their type. But their plain-Jane appearances do not make them stand out for comment when uninformed friends come over to have a look at your equipment.
HT Staff  |  Dec 07, 2001  |  0 comments
Many home theater enthusiasts prefer separate components rather than all-in-one receivers. Rotel's RSP-985 is designed with this market in mind.
Daniel Kumin  |  Dec 06, 2001  |  0 comments

The "trickle-down" economics theory didn't work, but it sure seems to describe what's happening in the world of home theater electronics. Take one of the latest multichannel refinements, those 6.1- and 7.1-channel surround modes that require adding one (or two) back surround speakers to the standard five-speaker-plus-subwoofer array.

Jon Iverson  |  Dec 02, 2001  |  0 comments

If you've been steadfastly waiting for the perfect reason to buy a new HDTV set, here it is: <A HREF="">NBC</A> and <A HREF="">HDNet</A> announced last week they will broadcast selected events at the upcoming 2002 Olympic Winter Games from Salt Lake City in 1080i high definition video with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio.

 |  Dec 02, 2001  |  0 comments

<A HREF="">NEC Technologies</A> has radically reduced the cost of its flagship PlasmaSync monitor, dropping the price by almost one-third, according to a November 26 press release. The suggested retail price of the company's HDTV-compatible PlasmaSync 61MP1, said to be the world's first 61" display, has been reduced to $19,995 from $27,995.