Barry Willis

Barry Willis  |  Nov 29, 2004  |  0 comments

Electronics manufacturers and retailers have jointly asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to push forward its deadline for inclusion of digital tuners in TV sets larger than 25" diagonally.

Barry Willis  |  Nov 22, 2004  |  0 comments

At present, high-definition video is available two ways: via broadcasters or on HD digital VHS tape cassettes. There are no high-def DVDs, despite the hype from the promoters of Blu-ray and HD-DVD, both of which will require disc transports using short-wavelength blue lasers.

Barry Willis  |  Nov 08, 2004  |  0 comments

MPAA lawsuits: Online movie pirates could soon be receiving subpoenas if they don't cease and desist, according to a November 4 announcement from the Motion Picture Association of America (<A HREF="">MPAA</A>).

Barry Willis  |  Nov 05, 2004  |  0 comments

New Acoustic Dimensions, aka NAD, has been building reliable, affordable, good-sounding audio equipment for well over a quarter of a century. Anecdotal evidence: My NAD 7225PE receiver, 20+ years old, is still working perfectly as the heart of my garage workshop audio system.

Barry Willis  |  Nov 01, 2004  |  0 comments

It's hard to find home theater-related products on the convention floor at the twice-per-year Audio Engineering Society (<A HREF="">AES</A>) gathering. It was therefore a treat to discover a fascinating cinema sound system at San Francisco's Moscone Center during the society's recent meeting there, October 28&ndash;30.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 25, 2004  |  0 comments

The LCoS shakeout has begun in earnest. Shortly after Philips announced that it would discontinue production of liquid-crystal-on-silicon rear-projection television sets (RPTVs), chipmaker Intel Corporation made an equivalent move, shutting down its LCoS product development program.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 18, 2004  |  0 comments

The much-discussed convergence of computers and home entertainment took a big step toward fruition with an October 12 announcement by Microsoft Corporation. Touting new products, new software and a website,, for those eager to learn about digital entertainment, Microsoft also launched its own online music store. The announcement included the debut of two new logos&mdash;"Designed for Windows" and "PlaysForSure"&mdash;that the company hopes will assuage any doubts about the reliability of the new products.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 18, 2004  |  0 comments

Motorola parts with Proview: Motorola' plan to return to the television market after more than 30 years has been derailed by a rift with Proview International Holdings Ltd's Moxell Technology, the Chinese manufacturing company hired by Motorola to make its flat-panel sets. Proview is the world's largest assembler of computer monitors, according to the electronics industry press.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 11, 2004  |  0 comments

Better late than never. Years after mandating a changeover from analog to digital television broadcasting, the Federal Communications Commission (<A HREF="">FCC</A>) has launched a campaign to inform consumers about the benefits of the new format.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 04, 2004  |  Published: Oct 05, 2004  |  0 comments

Each step in the evolution of the optical disc has been astounding. With its 750-megabyte storage capacity, the Compact Disc revolutionized the way music was recorded and played back. The DVD's 4.7 gigabyte capacity&mdash;twice that for a dual-layered disc&mdash;made possible the archiving of high-quality feature films on a durable, affordable medium. DVD is the first format that made building a film library a reality for ordinary movie fans. It's not a vast overstatement to say that DVD revived the film industry, creating unanticipated revenue streams.