December 24, 1991 |
In the halls of Harman International Industries Inc. in Northridge, executives speak with awe of "Project K2." It's not a classified weapons system but a set of audio loudspeakers named after the Himalayan peak, K2, which is considered the most difficult mountain on earth to climb. The 4-foot-tall speaker, available in whitewashed maple and black lacquer, is the crowning jewel of JBL Inc., Harman's main subsidiary and one of the oldest and best-known names in the speaker business.
October 7, 1991 |
The video screen beckons, urging you to press a button and reveal more of the words, images and sounds that lie hidden on a silvery compact disc. Today, you've got the Van Gogh disc inserted into your new interactive multimedia machine, and you're especially intrigued with the painter's Arles period. Click. "The Cafe in Arles" appears, in full color, with your choice of musical accompaniment. Click. There's a picture of the actual cafe that served as a model for the famous painting. Click.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1990 |
Steve Sun will not be hauled into court for tapping into the soundtrack of an airborne movie with his own headphones. An "issue of jurisdiction" led the city attorney's office to decide not to file a theft charge against the Los Angeles tax lawyer, said Mike Qualls, spokesman for the city attorney's office. Sun admitted he didn't pony up the $4 for a headset to listen to the film "Presumed Innocent" shown aboard a United Air Lines flight from Washington to Los Angeles a week ago.
September 21, 1989 |
Gov. George Deukmejian on Wednesday signed a bill aimed at turning down the volume on those super-amplified automobile stereo systems that delight the cruising crowd and destroy the peace and quiet of others. Effective Jan. 1, it will be illegal in California to operate any vehicle sound system that can be heard outside the vehicle from 50 feet or more. Offenders will be subject to a $50 fine for the first violation and steeper fines for subsequent offenses.
February 17, 1989 |
"I'd like one low-fat popcorn, two frozen yogurts and an iced cappuccino, please." No, this isn't an order at one of those upscale gourmet food stores. But if current trends in the motion picture business continue, it could be a typical 1990s snack offering at the local movie house. Sound good? Then how about La-Z-Boy-like "rocker" seats, no-wait concession stands, bone-crunching sound systems and the predicted demise of sardine-can-size theaters.
December 16, 1988 |
Planning to line the bottom of your Christmas tree--or somebody else's--with some new video equipment? Here's the good news: Don't expect many new innovations this year. Why is that good news? Because when new innovations hit the market just before Christmas, the gear that first appears offers little or no choice. A year later, though, a variety of brands and models adorn the store shelves. Prime example: Super VHS.
November 20, 1988 |
Bang & Olufsen, a Danish maker of fashionable sound and vision products, offers proof that a small firm can survive on world markets if it finds the right niche. Engineers Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen started the company in 1925 making radios in the attic of a house near the present headquarters at Struer in western Denmark.
May 28, 1988 |
One day after Cineplex Odeon raised its ticket prices, AMC Entertainment told of plans to enhance the quality of films in some of its 1,518 screens nationally--without raising admission prices, at least for now. Larry Jacobson, vice president for purchasing and facilities for the Kansas City-based chain, said a number of new screens, the Torus Compound Curved Screen, are being installed. Jacobson said the screens would improve sharpness and contrast of 70-millimeter and 35-millimeter prints.
March 21, 1988
You figure it out. In this day of sophisticated, computerized, synchronized and what-have-you visuals, the fastest-rising sales curve belongs to the lowly overhead projector. Yes, you read right. That same little light box with the mirrored extension arm that, along with the fold-up screen, has been a classroom staple for decades. According to Vincent Hope, president of Hope Reports Inc., a Rochester, N.Y.