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SV Staff  |  Jan 21, 2002  |  0 comments

Robert Allen Zimmerman. Charles Foster Kane. We'll bet you five you're not alive if you don't know their names. Bob Dylan and Orson Welles ran away with top honors in this year's S&V Entertainment Awards.

SV Staff  |  Jan 05, 2002  |  0 comments

Panasonic With portable music players, the question is, how small can you get? About 1 5/8 x 1 3/4 x 5/8 inch, according to Panasonic, whose SV-SD80 digital audio player, shown larger-than-life below, weighs less than an ounce. It uses postage-stamp-size Secure Digital (SD) memory cards and can play music encoded in the MP3, WMA, and AAC formats.

SV Staff  |  Dec 09, 2001  |  0 comments

Sherwood With built-in bass management for its multichannel analog inputs, the Sherwood Newcastle R-963 may be the first digital surround receiver that's truly ready for the DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD formats.

SV Staff  |  Nov 25, 2001  |  0 comments

You'll find no better overview of home entertainment than in the following pages, where we present the winners of Sound & Vision's 2001 Reviewer's Choice Awards.

SV Staff  |  Nov 25, 2001  |  0 comments

Our readers are intensely curious about both Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio, if recent mail is any indication. But most have stayed on the fence, unsure which format is going to come out with the music they want - or is even going to be around in a year.

SV Staff  |  Oct 23, 2001  |  0 comments

Sony

Rated to deliver 110 watts of power to each of six channels, Sony's STR-DA5ES digital surround receiver is ready for 6.1-channel DVD soundtracks. If you're torn between DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD, the receiver's two sets of multichannel analog audio inputs let you hook up both at once, and one set can even handle 6.1-channel sources.

SV Staff  |  Oct 03, 2001  |  0 comments

Marantz

Just add speakers and a DVD player for 6.1-channel surround sound: Marantz's SR7200 receiver can decode Dolby Digital Surround EX and DTS-ES (both Matrix and Discrete) soundtracks, as well as 5.1-channel Dolby Digital and DTS, and deliver a rated 105 watts (into 8 ohms) to six speakers.

SV Staff  |  Aug 26, 2001  |  0 comments

SONY

Pushing the upper size limits of a cathode-ray tube (CRT), Sony's 40-inch KV-40XBR700 Wega is the largest direct-view CRT set on the market. It's also an HDTV monitor and has two wideband component-video inputs, 2:3 (also called 3:2) pulldown capability to improve the look of film-based material, and aspect ratio control.

SV Staff  |  Jul 23, 2001  |  0 comments

Hitachi

FHP, a joint venture of Fujitsu and Hitachi, has donated some plasma to Hitachi's UltraVision TV line. Inconveniently designated the CMP4120HDUS, the 42-inch, 3 1/2-inch-deep widescreen HDTV can accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals through its high-definition inputs, which include RGB+H/V, wideband component video, and VGA.

SV Staff  |  Jul 11, 2001  |  0 comments

Do I get letters? You bet I do! Everyone has a question for the Gear Guy. I get letters from people who want to buy high-definition TVs, minisystems, exotic speakers - you name it. I also get lots of eviction notices, subpoenas, and an occasional letter bomb. But that's another story.

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