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SV Staff  |  Jul 08, 2008  |  0 comments
While other manufacturers are set on making the biggest and best displays, Sharp has taken a look at an oft-overlooked segment of society. At the G8 Hokkaido environmental summit, Sharp unveiled an LCD television that most folks would have walked...
Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 26, 2013  |  0 comments
It’s not every day you come across an equipment rack made of concrete, but if you’re into industrial design, the stark, angular look of the Thorax Lowboard might be just the ticket. Made by Thorax of Bochum, Germany, the rack is modular and comprises a series of 3-inch-wide concrete squares held together by screws and 1- to 2-inch-wide stainless steel or aluminum brackets; each square weighs about 33 pounds and measures 20.4 x 20.4 inches with a thickness of 1.5 inches.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jul 17, 2008  |  0 comments
The horrifying part of a survey by Parks Associates is not that two-thirds of consumers in the U.S. and Canada listen to music on their PCs. No, the horrifying part is that one-third are listening to music on their television sets. Cue soul-piercing scream from somewhere offstage.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Aug 04, 2010  |  0 comments
Not all directors are as enthusiastic about Hollywood's 3D push as James Cameron of Avatar fame. Some are against 3D while others are ambivalent about it.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jul 10, 2009  |  0 comments
Some DTV stations are having trouble reaching their viewers in the wake of the DTV transition.
SV Staff  |  Feb 23, 2009  |  0 comments
Thanks to the twin nerd-industry wonders of New York Comic-Con and Toy Fair, I managed to get an eyeful of several upcoming movie-branded games. Usually, branded video games are at best mediocre, and at worst horrible. They all too often reek of...
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 05, 2011  |  0 comments
Yesterday we reported a Nielsen survey showing that TV ownership has dropped two percent. Unmentioned were a couple of other TV ownership patterns, both reported by DisplaySearch: Consumers who do own TVs are replacing their sets more frequently. And those who own flat panel sets are likely to own multiple sets.

Worldwide, consumers are replacing both tube-based and flat-panel sets at a faster rate than they had in the previous 10- to 15-year average. What's attracting them are not the latest technologies, such as 3DTV or IPTV, but more basic things such as picture quality and price. See press release.

 |  Feb 08, 2007  |  0 comments

Could it be that Apple, Amazon and Netflix might face their toughest competition in the movie download space from a brick and mortar retail chain? Wal-Mart is entering the movie download business with deals in place with six of Hollywood's major studios, a claim no other download site can match currently. Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner have all signed on to sell movies and TV shows with the retailing giant.

SV Staff  |  Apr 30, 2009  |  0 comments
Sonance is now shipping its Invisible speaker series, in-wall speakers designed to blend completely in with the decor. While they still reflect light (and are not, technically speaking, invisible), the speakers are completely flat and sit flush...
HT Staff  |  Feb 02, 2003  |  0 comments
A buck per watt is a bargain in anybody's book today. It's an especially good value when those watts feature audiophile specifications, and plenty of dynamic headroom.
SV Staff  |  Feb 05, 2009  |  0 comments
Home theater in a box takes on a whole new meaning. The Sonic Bed is a home theater system built into a massive bed. The bed, designed by Kaffe Matthews uses a series of loudspeakers and six subwoofers placed in the base of the bed.The subwoofers...
Barry Willis  |  May 23, 1998  |  0 comments

Known for ultra-high-quality analog and digital audio electronics, <A HREF="">Sonic Frontiers</A> will soon enter the home-theater market. The Oakville, Ontario company announced its intentions less than two months after being acquired by the Lenbrook Group, which also owns <A HREF="">PSB</A>. In addition, Sonic Frontiers recently joined the growing group of companies represented by public-relations firm <A HREF="">JB Stanton Communications, Inc.</A>

SV Staff  |  Jul 24, 2009  |  0 comments
Just when you thought Blu-ray Discs were the hot new format for playing your favorite film, Sonic Solutions has introduced a USB drive that plays movies, too. The digital media company has just announced a plan to bring CinemaNow flicks to USB...
Scott Wilkinson  |  Jul 17, 2005  |  0 comments

Sonic Solutions, a leading digital-media software developer, announced last week that it has founded the High Definition Authoring Alliance (HDAA), the first and only worldwide association of DVD authoring houses dedicated to facilitating the rollout of titles for release in the new high-definition HD DVD and Blu-ray optical disc formats. The HDAA is intended to increase momentum for successful introduction of the formats, ensuring the timely availability of quality titles by providing members with exclusive access to key information, HD-enabled tools, and comprehensive training.

Barry Willis  |  Dec 16, 2001  |  0 comments

Not too long ago, executives of the nation's only two makers of personal video recorders (PVRs) were talking about joint ventures. Now they are locked in a legal battle over patented technology.