Long one of the audio industry's most respected equipment makers, Canada's Bryston has made an impressive move into the home theater market with several new products. Notable among them is the 6B-ST amplifier, a three-channel powerhouse capable of 250 watts/channel into an 8-ohm load or a whopping 400 watts into 4.
Many home theater fans have been holding out for affordable DLP projectors. Until recently, "affordable" was merely wishful thinking, with many Digital Light Processing™ -equipped projectors priced well above $10,000.
Most home theater systems are assembled piece-by-piece from components made by many different manufacturers---each with its own remote control. The resulting system may be a performance delightful, but one marred visually and ergonomically by the clutter of many different remotes.
Never a company to rest on its previous accomplishments, Mississauga, Ontario-based Sonic Frontiers International is pushing the limits of home theater performance with the Anthem AVM 20, its newest multi-zone preamplifier /processor/tuner. With inputs for up to 7.1 channels of audio, and full bass management capabilities, the AVM ("Audio Video Master") is certain to please the most exacting movie and music fans.
If you've ever installed a stack of A/V equipment in an armoire or cabinet with a sealed back, you know the meaning of "pain-in-the-neck." Struggling with a hand mirror and a flashlight to hook up cables in a cramped compartment can make you wish you'd never heard of home theater.
Acoustic Research, one of the most well known names in American audio, is also a major player in the home theater arena. The Lake Mary, Fl-based speaker manufacturer has recently introduced the HC6 system, a six-piece surround array in glossy piano black, with a suggested price below $800.
Philips Consumer Electronics has announced plans to offer a special edition DVD of DreamWorks' animated hit film Shrek free with the purchase of a select group of DVD-Video players and other products during the winter holiday season.
Are the all speakers in your multichannel audio system designed to put out extremely low bass? If not, you're in danger of overdriving them with full-bandwidth signals from high-resolution disc players.