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Posted: Jul 28, 2002 0 comments

In his review of the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?23">Wharfedale Pacific Surround Speaker System</A>, John J. Gannon writes that, although Wharfedale is not a well-known company in the US, "By introducing cutting-edge designs at affordable prices, they're now obviously aiming to change that." Gannon listens carefully to determine how well they've succeeded.

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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 28, 2002 0 comments

Atlanta-based <A HREF="http://www.cox.com">Cox Communications, Inc</A>. is expanding its nationwide rollout of its new high definition television service with HDTV for the Las Vegas market, according to a July 22 announcement. Viewers in Cox's market of more than 600,000 homes in the desert city will be able to avail themselves of new set-top boxes using what the company describes as "completely integrated technology."

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Posted: Jul 28, 2002 0 comments

If you're among the handful of home theater fans who have purchased JVC&rsquo;s D-Theater videocassette machine, rejoice. On July 25, DreamWorks, Fox Home Entertainment, and Universal Studios announced the impending release of several new titles in the copy-protected ultra-high-resolution D-VHS format.

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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 21, 2002 0 comments

<I>Branko Djuric, Rene Bitorajac, Filip Sovagovic, Georges Siatidis, Simon Callow, Katrin Cartlidge. Directed by Danis Tanovic. Aspect ratios: 2.35:1 (anamorphic) and 1.33:1. Dolby Digital 5.1 (Bosnian, Serbo-Croatian, French, English). 127 minutes. 2001. United Artists 1003329. R. $26.98.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 21, 2002 0 comments

Rental figures for DVD will equal those of VHS by the end of the year, according to recent predictions made at the recent <A HREF="http://www.vsda.org">Video Software Dealers Association</A> (VSDA).

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Posted: Jul 21, 2002 0 comments

Fred Manteghian journeys to the BAT cave for his review of the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?21">Balanced Audio Technology VK-6200 multichannel power amplifier</A>. Manteghian notes that "this museum-quality piece of modern art was forced to sit on the floor during its stay here&mdash;but if you end up buying one, it deserves a seat of honor somewhere in your room."

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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 21, 2002 0 comments

The burgeoning market for digital television is being hindered by an increasing number of reports of radio-frequency interference from DTV transmitters. Although DTV is a "technology that is finally beginning to boom," according to a July 16 report from Reed Business Information, some broadcasters, in particular Paxson Communications, have complained about interference problems. Consumers who buy digital televisions are still disappointed by the skimpy high-definition programming offered by their local broadcasters. DTV's picture for the near future therefore remains unclear.

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HT Staff Posted: Jul 21, 2002 0 comments
Onkyo USA continues to push the performance envelope for affordable home theater systems. On July 19, the Upper Saddle River, NJ-based company announced a 6.1-channel "Home Theater in a Box," the HT-S755DVC.
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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 20, 2002 0 comments

Caving to competition from direct broadcast satellite operators, Time Warner Cable plans to offer its customers a digital set-top box (STB) that will let them record, pause, and play back live television programs, much like the devices made by TiVo, Inc. and SonicBlue's ReplayTV division.

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uavKrissy Rushing Posted: Jul 14, 2002 0 comments

<I>Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Scott Wulff, Robert Forster, Brent Briscoe, Maya Bond. Directed by David Lynch. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1. Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1. 147 minutes. 2001. Universal 21780. R. $32.98.</I>

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Posted: Jul 14, 2002 0 comments

When Tom Norton reviewed the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?19">Toshiba 50H81 HD-ready 16:9 rear-projection television</A>'s 40-inch baby brother, he raved about the picture quality. In the May 2002 issue, Norton sets out to see if the 50-inch upgrade continues the Toshiba tradition.

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HT Staff Posted: Jul 14, 2002 0 comments
The fifth generation of any new product cycle is typically when the big benefits begin to reach affordable levels. Madrigal's Proceed AVP2 is very much in this tradition---the new multichannel audio-video surround processor shares plenty of technology found in the $30,000 Mark Levinson #40 Media Console, but the AVP2 sells for only $6,495.
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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 14, 2002 0 comments

<A HREF="www.thomson-multimedia.com">Thomson Multimedia</A> announced July 12 that it has joined the Motion Picture Engineering Group Licensing Authority's (MPEG LA) LLC MPEG-2 patent pool as of July 1. The MPEG LA LLC licensing program was launched in 1997 to assure the growth and interoperability of digital video by "providing fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory access to worldwide patent rights that are essential for the MPEG-2 Video and System standards," the announcement stated.

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HT Staff Posted: Jul 14, 2002 0 comments
What's the point of high definition if your cabling makes it a bit fuzzy around the edges? Ultralink Products Inc. has a new line of cables to answer that question for you.
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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 14, 2002 0 comments

A soon-to-be-introduced bill in the US House of Representatives could severely alter the legality of behavior so commonplace that most Americans take it for granted.

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