HT Staff  |  Jan 10, 2001  |  0 comments
Screens made by Stewart Filmscreen Corporation are not merely the choice of home theater fans worldwide. They are also the choice of such discriminating clients as the National Air and Space Administration and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has twice honored the company with Technology Achievement awards.
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 Séleco, 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 Séleco projectors boast a lamp life of 4000 hours; the HT 250 includes an IEEE 1394 input.

Jon Iverson  |  Jan 07, 2001  |  0 comments

Two or three years ago, HDTV was the hottest topic at the Consumer Electronics Show. Not so this year—manufacturers have decided to de-emphasize the format, due to slow market acceptance and widespread uncertainty about technical standards. Instead, they are concentrating on Internet capabilities, digital networking, recordable DVD, and video projectors.

Jon Iverson  |  Jan 06, 2001  |  0 comments

Home theater isn't a huge draw at Alexis Park, home of Specialty Audio exhibits, but some manufacturers have video and surround-sound demos going here. Martin-Logan had one of the best-sounding multichannel rooms we have visited so far, with a "Theater" center channel beneath a Runco PL-50C plasma display, a pair of "Ascents" front left and right, a pair of "Scripts" for the side/rears, a "Cinema" in center rear, and a prototype subwoofer handling low bass duties.

HT Staff  |  Jan 04, 2001  |  0 comments
Outlaw Audio has debuted its Model 1050, claimed to be the world's first 6.1-channel receiver to sell for under $600, a price point made possible by the use of Zoran's ZR38650 multi-format digital audio processor IC.
HT Staff  |  Jan 03, 2001  |  0 comments
Space constraints are among the biggest obstacles retailers encounter when selling home entertainment systems. Many people object to the proliferation of equipment needed to play several different formats of video and audio recordings.
 |  Dec 31, 2000  |  0 comments

Both <A HREF="">CBS Television</A> and <A HREF="">Sony</A> report that they have recently entered into an agreement for CBS to produce the upcoming 2001 Sony Open golf tournament live in HDTV on the CBS Television Network starting January 20.

 |  Dec 31, 2000  |  0 comments

Despite holiday season signs of an economic slowdown, the <A HREF="">Consumer Electronics Association</A> is projecting a record year for 2001. CEA figures released at the end of December predict that factory-to-dealer shipments will increase to $95 billion, a significant improvement from the $89.7 billion total this year. Results for both 2000 and 1999 were up approximately $5 billion from the previous years' predictions. For that reason, the CEA may revise its predictions. A revision with predictions for individual product categories should appear during January's Consumer Electronics Show.

Wes Phillips  |  Dec 31, 2000  |  0 comments

A<I>rnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Pollak, Robin Toney, Rod Steiger. Directed by Peter Hyams. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 123 minutes. 1999. Universal Collectors Edition 20721. R. $26.98.</I>

 |  Dec 31, 2000  |  0 comments

Twenty bucks buys plenty of processing power these days. If you're a manufacturer shopping for a DVD chip, <A HREF="">Cirrus Logic Corporation's Crystal Semiconductor</A> has just what you're looking for. The San Mateo, CA-based company is now shipping its "98k"&mdash;an all-purpose, stand-alone DVD decoding device versatile enough to let designers write their own control code.