September 26, 2004
Home-theater speakers are classed according to how they radiate sound. Conventional speakers, or direct radiators, send the sound out front. Dipole speakers and their variants (bipoles, quadripoles and omnipoles) radiate sound from at least two directions. For stereophiles, these dispersion characteristics are a matter of taste. In a home theater, they're more critical.
September 26, 2004
A two-hour feature film can seem like eternity in an uncomfortable seat. In that sense, buying properly designed seating for a home theater is more important than getting the right chair for the dining room or office, where you can fidget at will. And home-theater seating doesn't stop at the chair. Think of it as merely the platform for a galaxy of bells and whistles.
August 1, 1995 |
Jim Williams has sold high-speed audiocassette duplicating machines to record companies around the world, from China to Canada. * In the process, the president of Gauss / Electro Sound has helped build the Sun Valley-based company into one of the world's leading players in a very specialized and crucial part of the music business. His machines, which cost up to $125,000, are used to mass-produce copies of music cassettes, and they can turn out an entire cassette in as little as seven seconds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1999 |
A revolution is underway in Hollywood's sound industry, but you have to be listening closely to hear it. As movie studios and post-production houses quietly make the transition from analog to digital equipment, film sound is getting clearer and, in some cases, louder because the new technology allows greater volume without distortion.
June 17, 1996 |
Sony Trans Com, an Irvine company that makes airline entertainment systems, said it has begun selling high-tech headphones that cancel aircraft noise and still allow passengers to listen to movie soundtracks or music. Sony Trans Com has already distributed about 50 sample copies of the headphones to airlines, which Sony hopes will buy the devices and offer them to first-or business-class passengers.
March 25, 2006 |
For more than a decade, Harman Pro Group has been booming the sounds of modern China. In the face of fierce global competition, the Northridge-based company has carved out a lucrative niche selling professional sound and lighting equipment to government ministries and commercial developers that are investing billions of dollars on trophy buildings to restore the Middle Kingdom's reputation as a center for art and culture.
September 26, 2004 |
Other than the Cuban missile crisis and the assassination of JFK, the biggest event in my childhood was the day we got a color television. It was a Friday evening, late 1962. I can still see my dad pulling into the driveway in his pickup with the big walnut console RCA in the back. I was playing catch in the street and ran so hard to get home that I tripped going through some ivy in our front yard and ended up chipping my front tooth. But I didn't care.