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HT Staff Posted: Mar 25, 2002 0 comments
Speaker wiring is one of the most problematic aspects of any home theater installation. Many of the best grades of speaker cables are big and bulky, making them impossible to hide. It's a problem custom installers and system designers have to work around every day, and it's one that adds enormously to the cost of any system installation. The advent of multichannel audio has only made the problem worse.
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HT Staff Posted: Mar 25, 2002 0 comments
Most home theater fans are aware of the fact that electrical noise can degrade the performance of their audio and video equipment.
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Barry Willis Posted: Mar 24, 2002 0 comments

In the past three years, Chinese-made DVD players have flooded the market, bringing low-cost, high-quality video to millions of consumers. Their success has also brought millions of dollars to Chinese electronics manufacturers. Now those same manufacturers are being asked to pay their fair share for the technology that is making them rich.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 24, 2002 0 comments

In <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showvote.cgi?224">poll</A> after <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showvote.cgi?217">poll</A>, <I>Guide to Home Theater</I> readers suggest that some form of high definition DVD will be one of the key developments needed to give HDTV a real kick in the pants. It may be a while before the copyright issues are resolved sufficiently to make it happen, but the technology appears to be on its way.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Mar 24, 2002 0 comments

<I>Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Tom Courtenay, Siobhan McKenna, Ralph Richardson, Rita Tushingham. Directed by David Lean. Aspect ratio: 2.35 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French). Two discs. 200 minutes. 1965. Warner Home Video 6557. PG-13. $29.98.</I>

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Posted: Mar 24, 2002 0 comments

May 1, the federally-mandated deadline for US television stations to begin digital broadcasting, will come and go without the full participation of many, according to a March 18 report in the trade journal <I>Multichannel News</I>.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 24, 2002 0 comments

Things continue to look up for HDTV fans wedded to a cable provider. Following close on the heels of a similar <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1244">recent announcement</A> from Comcast Cable, <A HREF="http://www.charter.com">Charter Communications</A> announced last week that high definition television (HDTV) programming will be made available to some of its customers during the second quarter of this year.

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HT Staff Posted: Mar 18, 2002 0 comments
Ask anyone, home theater fanatic or man in the street. All agree that flatscreen televisions are the coolest thing since ice cream.
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HT Staff Posted: Mar 18, 2002 0 comments
Although front projectors usually get the nod from home theater elitists, rear projection sets are one of the most popular display solutions. Integrating the light source and the screen in a single unit seems to make the most sense for most home theater fans.
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HT Staff Posted: Mar 18, 2002 0 comments
Have you ever needed to connect a source to your display but had used up all the composite inputs? That S-Video input was still available but . . .
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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 17, 2002 0 comments

Although broadcasters still have until 2006 to implement DTV, the <A HREF="http://www.CE.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) is reporting that manufacturer-to-dealer sales of digital television (DTV) products continued to beat past year performance. For the latest figures, DTV products are defined to include integrated sets and monitors displaying active vertical scanning lines of at least 480p and, in the case of integrated sets, receiving and decoding ATSC terrestrial digital transmissions.

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Barry Willis Posted: Mar 17, 2002 0 comments

Perhaps more than any other art form, movies are about blurring the line between reality and fantasy. For the sake of entertainment, film scripts take great liberties with historical figures and events, and the film industry spends millions on each production to create effects that could never happen in life.

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Top management at <A HREF="http://www.philips.com">Philips Electronics NV</A> has expressed sympathy for victims of an eight-hour siege that took place last week at Amsterdam's Rembrandt Tower.

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Posted: Mar 17, 2002 0 comments

Surround sound used to be a rare experience available only in the best commercial theaters and the most exotic home theaters.

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<A HREF="http://www.comcast.com">Comcast Cable Communications</A> announced last week that it will make high definition TV (HDTV) programming available to subscribers in its major markets by the end of 2002, beginning in the Washington Metro/Virginia region this summer.

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