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Friday, 13 April 2001 ,  Written by Richard Elen
Although I have heard enough DVD-A demos in ghastly-sounding hotel rooms, I have not previously been able to listen to them in the comfort of my own living room. However, as of the other day, I am lucky enough to have a Kenwood DV-4070 DVD Universal player, and as a result I’m able to listen to DVD-A discs at home, on my fairly average (and outrageously eclectic, but at least well known to me) home system for the first time. The results are distinctly encouraging. First, note that you are obliged to use your player’s internal converters and analog 5.1 output if you want to listen to DVD-As at full quality, because although DVD-A players have digital outs, they only offer CD-quality. This is of course silly, but it’s also a discussion for another time. Just remember that for the time ...
Friday, 13 April 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Now that Napster has been ordered to filter out most copywritten material by Judge Patel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, music fans have been scrambling to find a way to continue swapping music files for free via the Internet. Hard core file swappers have found that by mixing up the names and songs of the artists or misspelling the song title or artist’s name, it is possible to get around some of the filtering.
Wednesday, 11 April 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
BOUNCE (Miramax Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, is a romantic comedy/drama about a man (Ben Affleck) who becomes involved with the widow (Gwyneth Paltrow) of a plane crash victim. Don Roos directed. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound format is English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras include a feature-length audio commentary track with director Roos, Affleck, Paltrow and producer Bobby Cohen, a making-of featurette, an outtake reel, deleted footage with audio commentary, the featurette "Ben and Gwyneth Go Behind the Scenes" and the music video "Need To Be Next To You."
Thursday, 05 April 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Spruce Technologies, Inc., DTS (Digital Theatre Systems, Inc.) and Minnetonka Audio Software has just announced the first integrated solution for encoding, previewing and authoring DTS digital surround audio within DVD productions. The announcement brings Spruce's DVDMaestro DVD-authoring system together with Minnetonka's new Surcode DVD Professional software, which recently met the rigorous requirements of DTS certification. Surcode DVD Professional allows users to encode uncompressed audio into the DTS algorithm for use in a DVD, eliminating cost and time for sending material out of house for encoding. Spruce will offer Surcode DVD Professional as an option to DVDMaestro, its professional DVD authoring solution for Windows NT. In addition, the most recent software release of DVDMaestro, Version 2.8, supports preview of DTS-format audio content during authoring, using the Netstream 2000 board from Sigma Designs. DVDMaestro 2.8 with the Netstream 2000 card and Surcode DVD Professional ...
Wednesday, 04 April 2001 ,  Written by Scott Selter
Former Cello Designers Launch Mods for Vintage Cello Reference Components Viola Audio Labs, a new high-end audio company, composed of the original Cello engineers and management have developed new performance modifications to the vintage Cello Reference components like Cello’s Audio Palette and Audio Suite.
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