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Barry Willis  |  May 25, 2003  |  0 comments

Making good on promises it made last year, <A HREF="http://www.samsung.com">Samsung SDI Company Ltd.</A> has announced the development of a 70-inich-diagonal, plasma-display panel (PDP) that it claims is the world's largest. The new display exceeds the previous size record for every kind of direct-view monitors, including cathode-ray tubes (CRTs) and liquid crystal displays (LCDs).

 |  May 25, 2003  |  0 comments

The Home Entertainment Show highlights the best of the best in home entertainment. With over 250 exhibitors, 80 demonstration rooms, an exciting live music program, and in-depth seminars, it is the largest and most comprehensive event of its kind! Learn the latest about HDTV, SACD, DVD-Audio, DVD, surround sound, two-channel audio, and more. <A HREF="http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/exhiblist.html" TARGET=NEW>Click here for a list of exhibitors</A>.

 |  May 25, 2003  |  0 comments

Joel Brinkley lights up the 60-inch <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?119">Zenith P60W26P high-definition plasma monitor</A> and suggests that, even at $15,000, this flat screen is a deal. JB finds the new one, unlike its predecessor, delivers the video goods.

HT Staff  |  May 22, 2003  |  0 comments
DVD: The Recruit—Buena Vista
Video: 3
Audio: 3
Extras: 3
Al Pacino and Colin Farrell star in The Recruit, an entertaining albeit predictable spy thriller about the supposed CIA training camp called the Farm. The chemistry between Pacino, Farrell, and female lead Bridget Moynahan is enjoyable, but the film's nothing-is-as-it-seems theme could have been borrowed from the Michael Douglas film The Game.
HT Staff  |  May 22, 2003  |  0 comments
Onkyo
How many of us have dreamed of owning a multidisc DVD changer? Well, Onkyo makes that dream come true with their affordable DV-CP701, a six-disc changer that's a steal at just $300. The DV-CP701 features 10-bit/54-megahertz video processing, a progressive-scan composite video output, and 24-bit/192-kiohertz audio digital-to-analog converters. When you use the rear-panel optical and coaxial digital outputs, you can also make use of Onkyo's Direct Digital Path, which ensures maximum integrity of Dolby Digital, DTS, and PCM audio. All of this comes in a housing that measures a svelte 3.5 inches high and is available in a sleek silver or a traditional black finish. Onkyo also offers the DV-SP301, a single-disc model that sells for $150.
Onkyo
(800) 229-1687
www.onkyo.com
Barry Willis  |  May 19, 2003  |  0 comments

Hackers will need more than computer skills to work around the self-destructing DVDs soon to be released by Walt Disney Company's Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

 |  May 18, 2003  |  0 comments

If <A HREF="http://www.toshiba.com">Toshiba</A>'s D-R1 is any indication, consumers are in for a lot of fun with the coming generation of DVD recorders.

Barry Willis  |  May 18, 2003  |  0 comments

Attempting to prevent a "movie Napster," the film industry has launched major legal assaults on makers of DVD copying software, charging that it violates the law by circumventing the format's copy-protection technology.

 |  May 18, 2003  |  0 comments

Thomas J. Norton sets up the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?117">Sim2 Grand Cinema HT300 Plus DLP projector</A> in the main room and evaluates what the company is able to do with the popular latest generation HD2 DLP chip.

HT Staff  |  May 16, 2003  |  0 comments
West Coast electronics chain Good Guys has been enormously successful in its effort to remake itself into an upscale specialty retailer. The company's partnership with Focus Enhancements is its latest move into high-quality video.
HT Staff  |  May 15, 2003  |  0 comments
DVD: 25th Hour—Buena Vista
Audio: 3
Video: 4
Extras: 3
I'll admit that 25th Hour seemed slow at first. Yet, as it went on, I noticed that, instead of Hollywood's usual mind-numbing blizzard of special effects, this film has something much rarer: a great script. Edward Norton plays Monty, a drug dealer who gets picked up by the cops and sentenced to seven years in prison. The film follows Monty for the 24 hours before he has to go in, raising many interesting questions, the most simple of which is: What do people think about right before they're locked up? Through strikingly realistic dialogue and a refusal to sugarcoat any issue, 25th Hour allows you a fascinating look into the mind of an ex-criminal, ending in a satisfying twist.
HT Staff  |  May 15, 2003  |  0 comments
Bang & Olufsen
For a widescreen plasma display, B&O's BeoVision 5 might at first appear to be strangely shaped. Upon closer inspection, though, you'll see that its beautifully finished aluminum frame incorporates a 42-inch-wide, 16:9 plasma screen and a pair of magnetically shielded, front-firing speakers mounted below the screen. The BeoVision 5 measures 42 inches wide, 45.25 tall, and 6.75 deep, and it arrives with a stand, as well as a wall-mounting bracket. With a retail price of $19,500, the BeoVision 5 might not qualify as a budget plasma; however, its unique industrial design and your choice of a silver, red, black, blue, or green brushed-aluminum frame are sure to appeal to the décor-conscious theaterphile.
Bang & Olufsen
(847) 590-4900
www.bang-olufsen.com
 |  May 11, 2003  |  0 comments

Joel Brinkley dials in the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?115">Sony SAT-HD200 and Zenith HD-SAT520 DirecTV/digital television receivers</A> finding that, although he still hasn't found the perfect DTV box, these two nearly identical units get close.

 |  May 11, 2003  |  0 comments

A ticket to Home Entertainment 2003&mdash;The Hi-Fi and Home Theater event, to be held June 5-8, 2003 at San Francisco's Westin&ndash;St. Francis Hotel will offer attendees a chance to hear over a dozen live musical performances from great artists performing contemporary jazz, blues, rock, and classical music.

Barry Willis  |  May 11, 2003  |  0 comments

Computer geeks and sci-fi action thrillers go together like peanut butter and jelly. It's therefore no accident that the first-ever high definition DVD will feature Arnold Swarzenegger's monosyllabic cyborg on a disc playable on computers only.

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