Is your enthusiasm for home theater bigger than your available space? Love great sound but hate stacks of amplifiers? Check out Mordaunt-Short's new Declaration Series System 500 THX select home theater speaker system. The legendary British loudspeaker maker has recently returned to the US with several high-performance lines.
The veritable VCR is headed for obsolescence. Not neccessarily today nor tomorrow, but eventually. Its departure will be hastened by digital devices like Philips' new DVDR1000, a DVD recorder that made its official bow in June at the IFA 2001 Consumer Electronics show in Berlin.
Sony is taking "home theater in a box" to the next level. Upscale all-in-one home theater systems may be the next big trend; with a few notable exceptions, the electronics industry follows Sony's lead.
Liquid crystal displays have come a long way from their low-resolution origins in watches, calculators and handheld games. The LCD is one of several flat-screen technologies that will grow in prominence as the buying public moves away from bulky CRT monitors and rear-projection enclosures.
Mid-July witnessed the introduction of the new RCA Scenium line of digital television products from Thomson Multimedia. The French-American technology conglomerate says the series embodies "the most advanced technologies and the most expressive designs" ever offered to upscale consumers. The new products are claimed to offer exceptional brightness, contrast ratio, and clarity.
Projectors still rule the high-definition market, but plasma display panels (PDPs) may eventually displace them. Versatility and ease of installation are among the flat screen's biggest selling points, but size limits (the typical plasma screen is 42" diagonally) have hindered their acceptance.
One of the most difficult aspects of home entertainment systems is getting equipment from many different manufacturers to operate as one system. It's bad enough with a simple video-and-sound setup, but add projector, screen, drapes, lighting, and security, and you've got a technical nightmare.
On Monday, July 2, 2001, Primedia announced that it has agreed to acquire emap usa from Emap plc. This transaction, which will create the second largest magazine company in the United States, is currently under a customary regulatory review. It is expected to close during the third quarter of the calendar year.