HT Staff  |  Jul 29, 2000  |  0 comments
Not every home theater enthusiast has space for a big screen and a bulky projector. If your taste in home entertainment runs toward cozier rooms, perhaps you should look at a smaller high-definition CRT display, like the HD3298u from Konka.
HT Staff  |  Jul 28, 2000  |  0 comments
Audiophiles have long joked that the "spousal acceptance factor" for equipment is at its most insurmountable when it comes to loudspeakers--and they were only talking about a pair. Home theater buffs face an even bigger challenge: getting their mates to accept FIVE speakers and a subwoofer.
HT Staff  |  Jul 28, 2000  |  0 comments
Not too long ago you had to fork over a grand or more for a high-performance DVD player. Pioneer has just sliced that ticket by more than half with their new DV-525, a player sporting 10-bit video processing and internal 24-bit/96-kilohertz digital-to-analog converters. The $425 player is said to offer "twice the picture quality of a VCR" and options "usually reserved for players costing much more."
HT Staff  |  Jul 26, 2000  |  0 comments
Are stratospheric equipment prices bumming you out? Onkyo has something guaranteed to cheer you up: a new home theater receiver with multiple inputs, Dolby and DTS surround processing, five channels of high-current power, and an incredibly low price. How low? Try $330.
Barry Willis  |  Jul 23, 2000  |  0 comments

Blockbuster has seen the future, and it ain't video rentals—at least not the kind you pick up in person. The video chain has signed an agreement with Enron Broadband Services to begin offering video-on-demand, one of a host of entertainment services to be developed as part of a 20-year pact. The announcement was made July 19.

 |  Jul 23, 2000  |  0 comments

A recent study&mdash;presented at the NAB convention in Las Vegas by Dr. Marvin A. Hecht, assistant professor of psychology at <A HREF="">Louisiana College</A> in Pineville, Louisiana&mdash;examined "how broadcasters can make the most use of digital television." The college reports that, in the study, some of its students were shown identical scenes in both high-definition digital television (HDTV) and standard-definition digital television (SDTV) in six different content areas: action, drama, sports, documentaries, entertainment television, and news.

Jon Iverson  |  Jul 23, 2000  |  0 comments

A study released last week claims that in the next five years, smarter TV devices and content will dramatically change how viewers consume television programming. The result, according to a new report from <A HREF="">Forrester Research</A>, will be a significant shift in the business model for television: "Even as they drain $18 billion in ordinary TV advertising revenues, smarter devices will create $25 billion in new revenues from viewers interacting with their TV screens."

Barry Willis  |  Jul 23, 2000  |  0 comments

Owners of digital television (DTV) products are extremely satisfied with their performance, but are unhappy with the lack of available programming in the new format, according to a survey conducted by the <A HREF="">National Consumers League</A> (NCL) and released July 21, 2000.

Lawrence B. Johnson  |  Jul 23, 2000  |  0 comments

C<I>harlize Theron, Bill Paxton, David Paymer, Regina King, Rade Sherbedgia, Peter Firth. Directed by Ron Underwood. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (letterbox). Dolby Digital 5.1. 114 minutes. 1998. Walt Disney 16538. PG. $24.98.</I>

HT Staff  |  Jul 21, 2000  |  0 comments
Many home theater fans believe Theta Digital Corporation is primarily an audio company, but Theta also makes excellent digital video gear. Case in point: the company's new Carmen DVD transport.