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 |  Apr 20, 2003  |  0 comments

In these days of DLP, is there room for any other projector technology? Thomas J. Norton sets out to find the answer as he reviews the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?109">Sony VPL-VW12HT LCD video projector</A>. As TJN discovers, there may be life yet in the LCD, especially when combined with a FireHawk screen.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 20, 2003  |  0 comments

The weekend of June 5-8 promises to be a busy one for high-definition fans on the West Coast. <A HREF="http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com/">Home Entertainment Expo 2003</A> takes place during those days at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, simultaneously with this year's <A HREF="http://www.hdfest.com">HDFEST</A> at the Los Angeles Film School.

 |  Apr 20, 2003  |  0 comments

The <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) believes that digital television sales will go off the chart this year.

 |  Apr 20, 2003  |  0 comments

By December of this year, home-theater-in-a-box systems may be able to record television programs, archive digital videotape on recordable DVDs, and perform other technical feats now possible only with megabuck gear.

HT Staff  |  Apr 17, 2003  |  0 comments
DVD: The Transporter—20th Century Fox
Audio 4
Video 4
Extras 3
In this film's transport to DVD, 20th Century Fox was able to keep the enthralling lack of plot and the eye-bleeding action scenes intact. The stone-faced Jason Statham plays a driver that transports stuff. I really mean stuff; he'll drive anything anywhere. Carrying the entire movie on about 100 lines of dialogue, Statham mostly just runs around punching, kicking, and shooting. At one point, he even puts his shirt on. This isn't to say that the movie isn't entertaining; it's just as intelligent as the banjo player from Deliverance.
HT Staff  |  Apr 17, 2003  |  0 comments
Atlantic Technology
The motto may already be taken, but we think Atlantic Technology ought to steal "Have it your way" from a certain fast-food chain. The THX Ultra 2–certified System 8200 is all about customization. This modular speaker system includes the 8200 LR three-way front speaker, the 8200 C three-way center channel, the 8200 SR bipole/dipole surround speaker, and the 8200 PedWoofer, a 12-inch subwoofer that's powered by the external SA 8200 amp. You can mate the 8200 LR with the 8200 PedWoofer to create a powered tower. Or, if you just want the look of tower speakers, you can get an empty pedestal to place under the 8200 LR or 8200 SR. Every piece is finished in Atlantic Tech's duraBlac speckled lacquer finish, and you can choose from accent-panel kits in high-gloss black lacquer, natural maple, oiled cherry, natural mahogany, or unfinished MDF that you can finish any way you please. Depending on the options you choose, the System 8200 can cost anywhere from $6,000 to $18,000.
Atlantic Technology
(781) 762-6300
www.atlantictechnology.com
HT Staff  |  Apr 16, 2003  |  0 comments
Exhibitors at Home Entertainment 2003 (HE2003), the premier home theater & specialty audio show, are gearing up for one of the most important international events of the year. HE2003 will take place June 5-8, 2003 at The Westin-St. Francis Hotel in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This historic location will provide the perfect setting to showcase the latest in home audio/video and home theater entertainment. This will be the show's fourth visit to San Francisco—previous events were held in 1989, 1993, and 1997.
HT Staff  |  Apr 16, 2003  |  0 comments
One enduring truth about the electronics industry is the longer you wait, the more you get for your money.
 |  Apr 13, 2003  |  0 comments

TiVo and ReplayTV haven't won vast numbers of converts, but those they have won swear by their digital video recorders (DVRs). Also known as personal video recorders (PVRs), these hard-disk&ndash;based devices are revolutionizing TV viewing as we've come to know it, allowing users to skip commercials, play "catch &ndash;up" with programs as they are recorded, perform seamless fast-forward and review, and free them from the tyranny of network scheduling.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 13, 2003  |  0 comments

More than a year of relentless campaigning to acquire DirecTV ultimately put EchoStar exactly back where it started, but patiently waiting in the wings has paid off handsomely for News Corp. and its CEO Rupert Murdoch.

 |  Apr 13, 2003  |  0 comments

Fred Manteghian gets his paws on the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?107">MartinLogan Descent subwoofer</A> and is clearly ready to rumble. Has FM finally found the fat-bottomed match to his beloved Prodigys?

HT Staff  |  Apr 10, 2003  |  0 comments
Morel
You can't deny the appeal of twins, and Morel's new high-end Octwin speaker is no exception. The Octave/Octwin Series is a modular loudspeaker system based around the Ocatve unit, which houses a 5.25-inch rear-vented woofer and a 1.12-inch tweeter. The Octwin is simply a combination of two Octave units, which you can arrange vertically (as shown here) or horizontally to form a center-channel unit. The Octave's cabinet is made of Corian, a material that resembles marble but incorporates the acoustic qualities of more-traditional enclosure materials. Available in a black or white piano finish, a pair of Octaves costs $4,400, and a pair of Octwins costs $8,000.
Morel
(800) MOREL-14
www.morelhifi.com
HT Staff  |  Apr 10, 2003  |  0 comments
DVD: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets—Warner Brothers
Audio: 5
Video: 4
Extras: 5
I confess: I've read the books, and I couldn't wait to see Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid on DVD again. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has its share of problems, though, and most of them involve pacing. I found myself thinking, "This is the most exciting part of the book, so why am I bored?" The answer is that, at 161 minutes, this movie is simply too long. I can't imagine why this thing needed to go longer than two hours.
Dan Miller  |  Apr 07, 2003  |  0 comments

We at Marantz wish to thank <I>SGHT</I> for the opportunity to have our VP-12S2 reviewed by your publication. While we recognize your efforts to be thorough and accurate in your writing, however, we cannot help but to take the primary reviewer, Peter Putman, to task on a few important points.

 |  Apr 06, 2003  |  0 comments

Electronics retailers might have been hammered into submission over the past few months were it not for the surging popularity of flat-panel televisions.

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