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jon iverson  |  Jan 07, 2004  |  0 comments

The Consumer Electronics Show doesn't open until Thursday, and they're still setting up booths and taping down carpet. The rumor is that the South Convention Hall is behind schedule, and they'll be working all night long to be ready. But as is CES tradition, the major consumer electronics manufacturers scheduled a full day's worth of press events—and they weren't going to let the sound of pneumatic power tools get in the way.

jon iverson  |  Jan 10, 2004  |  0 comments

Want to get excellent 5.1 sound in your room with minimal visual impact? Magnepan plans to offer an option that will motorize its MGMC1 planar speakers so they can fold back against a wall. Because the speakers sound best at around a 30 degree angle from the wall, some folks may want to push them flat when not in use. The motorized option is currently in prototype and should be ready later this year. Expect a true ribbon version of the MGCM1 sometime in 2005.

jon iverson  |  Jan 08, 2004  |  0 comments

Some of the most welcome news to come out of the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was Sumiko's announcement of BARCO's return to the North American market. BARCO has long been a leader in professional and industrial DLP and CRT products, and has now developed a new line o f consumer-oriented DLP projectors called CineVERSUM.

jon iverson  |  May 19, 2002  |  0 comments

Earlier this year, the <A HREF="">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) tried something a little different and ran the 2002 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas during the week, starting on a Tuesday, instead of in its normal slot over the weekend. The hope was that the show would not compete with the normally crowded Las Vegas weekends, and offer showgoers more flexibility in finding hotel rooms and taxi cabs.

jon iverson  |  Jan 08, 2001  |  0 comments

Projectors are where the home theater action is this year. Texas Instruments' Digital Light Processing micro-mirror technology has been adapted by many manufacturers in their new projectors, which offers amazing gains in brightness over earlier models. Sim2 S&#233;leco, a projector company based in Pordenone, Italy and Miramar, Florida, has several beautiful projectors, including the sleek HT 200 and HT 250 models, which are capable of brightness levels of 800 ANSI Lumens and 900 ANSI Lumens respectively, and resolution levels of 800 x 600 (SVGA) and 1024 x 768 (XGA) respectively. The S&#233;leco projectors boast a lamp life of 4000 hours; the HT 250 includes an IEEE 1394 input.

jon iverson  |  Jan 07, 2000  |  0 comments

Despite the apparent eagerness of consumer electronics manufacturers to bring out new, improved, and much cheaper high-definition television equipment, the situation behind the scenes is anything but rosy. Satellite services are coming on board with the new format at an encouraging rate, but cable companies, who deliver most of the television signals to most American viewers, have been dragging their feet for years. Reluctance to adapt digital transmission because of its bandwidth demands has hindered the rollout of the new system by as much as five years, according to some estimates.

jon iverson  |  Jan 05, 2000  |  0 comments

When the phase-out of NTSC analog television finally comes to pass, the viewing public may welcome its disappearance, especially if the decline in prices evident at this year's Consumer Electronics Show continues at the present rate. Display hardware is beginning to come down in price as services begin to blossom&mdash;a trend that should continue long into the future. The development bodes well for sofa spuds everywhere.

jon iverson  |  Jan 06, 2000  |  0 comments

Satellite receivers with HDTV capability are big news here in Las Vegas. Several companies have followed in the wake of RCA's announcement of its $649 DTC100, an HDTV-ready DirecTV satellite receiver, among them Hughes, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, and Toshiba. Now Samsung Electronics America has announced a set-top box with all the latest technology.

jon iverson  |  Jan 08, 2000  |  0 comments

Video is always big news at CES, and this year is no exception. HH Scott, a name long associated with quality audio, has entered the fray with its first flat-screen television set, a 27-inch-diagonal model designated the STV207. Available at what its maker calls an "extraordinary price point," the set is cable-ready for up to 181 channels, and includes an onboard stereo amplifier and speakers. The STV207 isn't a DTV receiver, but Scott claims it will be ideal for "families, offices, and college dorm rooms."

jon iverson  |  May 27, 2001  |  0 comments

Ever since Internet usage began to take a sizable chunk out of the TV viewer's channel surfing time, industry pundits have been predicting that it was only a matter of time before we started watching TV via the web. But as limited bandwidth issues continue to slow the web's video streaming appeal, TV manufacturers are beginning to piggy-back web features onto the traditional television.