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Dark Clouds Ahead for HD DVD 

What custom installer didn’t see this one coming? Two disc formats hit the market promising to be the sole proprietor of the high-definition video disc, and only one, presumably, will succeed. Warner Home Video’s announcement on the eve of CES that it was abandoning HD DVD and putting all its apples in the Blu-ray basket portends the demise of the HD DVD campaign. ...

Dual-Purpose Japanese Style Design 

The space began as a multi-purpose room functioning as a library, office, and television area. Although there were other areas in the residence to enjoy movies, television, or music the homeowner desired to have an environment dedicated to experiencing these media....

LCD TV Makes Technical and Market Advances 

As the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show opens this week in Las Vegas, the digital TV landscape is shifting by the hour, with LCD continuing its drive toward market dominance across most screen sizes....

Home Theater Star Field  

For over seven years, our customer kept a folder with ideas and notes of what he wanted in his theater, and with the help of our company and the builder, we made his dream a reality. ...

New HDMI Technology Solutions Become Available 

HDMI may be the next-generation connector for full-bandwidth HDTV and lossless audio, but getting it to perform reliably and over long distances has been a major challenge for custom installers. Several new solutions on the horizon offer promise for the nascent technology....

HDMI 1.3 Cables – A Look Under the Hood 
By Steven Barlow
HDMI Licensing issued a major extension of its HDMI standard, known popularly as HDMI v1.3. Few times in the history of the consumer-electronics industry has the introduction of a display standard created more interest and confusion among consumers...

Media Room Access to Whole-House Video Distribution 

Our client was looking for a media room for the children to hang out in, relax, play pool, and watch TV or DVDs—but mostly they wanted to play video games. The media room is located on the basement level of a single-story house and the formal theater is located on the main floor....

High-End Companies Up Ante on Luxury Loudspeakers 

These same companies—MartinLogan, KEF and others—may be bending to market trends elsewhere in their product lines, but they’re making brash-style statements at the high end, hoping to tap into the tastes of the luxury crowd....

The Buzz: Installation Spotlight: Appliance World, Denver 
By Dan Daley
There's an irony in having a home theater integrator install a home theater in a place that sells home theaters — a kind of picture-in-picture tableau where more than the usual considerations have to be kept in mind...

Expert Column: Universal Mounts 
By Eric Mancini
Has this ever happened to you? A friend or a client needs a mount for a flatpanel display or projector. The type of display or projector is inconsequential — it could be a new model or a warehouse special that has been pieced together from three different SKUs and sold as a complete unit...

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