December 6, 1999 |
If you're looking for a holiday gift for your favorite geek, you're in luck. There are plenty of cool toys for the technophiles among us. If you're feeling particularly generous, you could spring for a new PC, but be careful about bargain brands. Some of the cheaper ones require a three-year subscription to an online service. But three years is a long time in Internet years. This season, Gateway is heavily advertising its all-in-one Astro PC, which starts at $799, but I'm not impressed.
September 26, 2004
When your guests enter, you want the lighting to be warm and inviting," says Lisa Passamonte Green, a principal lighting designer for Van Nuys-based Visual Terrain. "Then you want the lighting to dim as people get comfortable and focus their attention on the screen." Green, a former Disney Imagineer, recommends investing in a remote lighting control system that can be preset for different lighting levels for before, during and after the show.
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.
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
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.
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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.
September 26, 2004
Back in 1950, life was simple. DuMont dominated the television universe with its majestically sprawling, aptly named Royal Sovereign. It boasted a 30-inch screen, the largest black-and-white picture tube ever produced. It was the best TV on the market. Period. Now there is no "best," just a bewildering variety of choices: Will that be projection? Front or rear? Will that be flat screen? Liquid crystal display or plasma? Or would you prefer a good old cathode-ray tube?
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.