Bruce Fordyce  |  Oct 28, 2000  |  First Published: Oct 29, 2000  |  0 comments
Installing a multiroom in-ceiling speaker system. Let's face it, gang: Many of us spend our lives swinging through the work week like modern-day Jedi Knights, slicing through red tape and stupidity only to languish for 45 minutes inching through vicious gridlock to get home. The only thing keeping yours truly from eating the business end of a Browning pistol is knowing that, when I get home to my suburban stucco castle, I can slip into a nice sixer of Harp lager and listen to the soothing melodies of classic Dead Kennedys.
Mike Wood  |  Oct 28, 2000  |  First Published: Oct 29, 2000  |  0 comments
We've often said that a projector is only as good as the processor that feeds it. The most expensive projector on the planet won't save your picture from a bad video processor. Until now, most people bought projectors and processors like dim sum: à la carte or piece by piece. With few exceptions, they would buy a projector from one company and a processor from another. Runco is looking to change all that by tailoring their processors to work with specific display devices so that you can get the most out of both.
Mike Wood  |  Oct 27, 2000  |  First Published: Oct 28, 2000  |  0 comments
Wondering what those confusing charts in our gear reviews are really telling you about a product? Just ask senior technical editor Mike Wood. This month, he explains speaker measurements.

Unless you're looking at a powered speaker (with built-in amplification), the power-handling rating (which is often incorrectly referred to as the number of watts a speaker has) will tell you little about how the speaker integrates into your system, let alone how it sounds. This isn't to say that the spec is useless. After all, some people like to play music really loud—I'm talking head-near-the-speaker-stack-at-a-rock-concert loud. In those rare cases, this specification may be useful. However, for the rest of us, this is probably the least necessary information, even though it's usually the most common question we get about speakers.

HT Staff  |  Oct 24, 2000  |  0 comments
Video projectors are massive and cumbersome, right? Think again. How about a projector the size and weight of a desktop telephone, with full HDTV capability? That's what Wilsonville, Oregon-based InFocus Corporation is promising with its new UltraLight X350, part of its Proxima line of products.

At only three pounds, the X350 is among the most portable projectors ever made. That alone would be sufficient incentive for most corporate buyers. The UltraLight, however, is aimed at a bigger market: the millions of movie fans who have the enthusiasm but not the space for a traditional projector. Proxima makes its incredible performance: weight ratio possible by incorporating the latest "smart" electronics and Texas Instruments-developed Digital Light Processing technology.

 |  Oct 22, 2000  |  0 comments

Moving the consumer-electronics world a little closer to a universal high-end DVD player, <A HREF="">National Semiconductor</A> announced last week the second generation of its DVD-on-a-chip product family, the Mediamatics NDV8501. National reports that this is the first chip on the market with progressive-scan video support and DVD-Audio capability in one package.

 |  Oct 22, 2000  |  0 comments

One of the major obstacles to wider acceptance of high-definition television is the lack of affordable HD receivers. Almost all HD-compatible equipment in consumers' homes is priced above $5000.

 |  Oct 22, 2000  |  0 comments

Canada's consumers may have a bigger per-capita appetite for high technology than the US, according to recently released statistics. The northern nation is one of the world's strongest markets for televisions and related technology, representing a $1.1 billion market annually for such products. DVD players, for example, are the hottest consumer-electronics products in Canada. More than 202,000 machines were sold in 1999, a 121% increase over 1998, with approximately 500,000 expected to be sold by the end of this year.

Wes Phillips  |  Oct 22, 2000  |  0 comments

A<I>nthology of prize-winning animation shorts made in the USSR between 1962 and 1968. Includes: </I>The Story of One Crime<I>, </I>The Man in the Frame<I>, </I>My Green Crocodile<I>, others. Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 (full-screen). Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono). 133 minutes. 2000. Image Entertainment ID5525FJDVD. NR. $24.99.</I>

Jon Iverson  |  Oct 22, 2000  |  0 comments

Now that e-cinema&mdash;using a non-film, digital projector in a movie theater&mdash;has started to take off, several companies are offering new technologies for getting the high-resolution data to the movie house. Last week brought news of the new <A HREF="">FMD 100GB disc</A> from C-3D, while this week we focus on news concerning the use of a high-bandwidth satellite to do the job.

HT Staff  |  Oct 19, 2000  |  0 comments
Korea's Daewoo has something for movie fans with small home theater rooms: a 30" diagonal direct-view HDTV for under $3000.