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?
March 12, 2007 |
DVDs featuring new movies are coming out faster than ever. The average time between the premiere of a movie at the multiplex and its appearance on DVD shrank an additional 10 days last year, further unnerving theater owners who believe that the tightening window threatens their business. The revelation from a new study is likely to further shake exhibitors when it is formally unveiled this week by the National Assn. of Theatre Owners at the industry's annual ShoWest convention in Las Vegas.
December 21, 1990 |
Home theater systems are expensive but, contrary to popular opinion, they are not so costly that only the rich can afford them. Though it is possible to spend from $10,000 to $100,000 for a deluxe home theater, it is also possible to assemble one that's fairly impressive for only a few thousand dollars.
July 25, 2013 |
It's back, and there's still some Shaq. The retired pro basketball great's former home on the Westside has come on the market at $9.495 million. Owned since 2004 by one of Japan's bestselling singer-songwriters, Kyosuke Himuro, the contemporary estate still pays homage to the onetime Laker. Gone are the red flowers in a bed of white forming Ss on either side of the steps to the front door. Redone is the home theater, which now has its walls lined with guitars. Retained is the tennis/basketball court, where “NBA MPV” is painted at one end and a Superman S at the other.
July 1, 1998 |
Douglas Roy, former controller of the now-defunct Home Theater Products International Inc., has been sentenced to six months' home detention for his role in a bogus sales scheme at the Anaheim company. Roy, a 29-year-old Pomona resident, pleaded guilty last September to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and could have received up to five years in prison. In addition to the home detention, he was placed on three years' probation by U.S. District Judge Gary L. Taylor in Santa Ana.
December 12, 1993 |
During this time of giving, you're thinking, you might as well give in and give yourself and your family, of course, the home theater system you've always wanted. As retailers and discounters are probably telling you, there's probably no better time to buy. Year-end product closeouts often yield some juicy video gear bargains.
August 4, 1998 |
Paul R. Safronchik, the former chief executive of the now-defunct Home Theater Products International Inc., was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for a scheme in which his company logged millions of dollars of bogus sales. Prosecutors said investors in the Anaheim company lost more than $20 million as a result of the scheme. Safronchik, 37, of Aurora, Ore., also was ordered by Judge Gary L. Taylor to pay $300,000 in restitution to investors.
HOME & GARDEN
February 26, 2004 |
No matter how simple or elaborate the design of your home theater setup, it's not going to be much good if you end up with a shoddy electronics installation. A major boon to do-it-yourselfers is the home theater component package that includes surround-sound speakers, amplifier, FM tuner and DVD player. You just add a TV and you're ready to watch a movie.
July 13, 2000 |
Not everyone assembles a home theater piece by piece. Some people start from Sound Zero, with checkbooks and credit cards on standby, and say they want it all in one shot--speakers, receiver, DVD player and television. For all that, $3,500 is not an unreasonable ticket into the wonders of home theater. So, to readers who have requested an all-in-one home-theater guide, here it is. And remember, it's only a suggestion.