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.
April 10, 2013 |
“What would you do if you won Powerball?” No, that's not a news headline; it's from an ad on The Times' website. The Powerball lottery has come to California -- finally -- and though, with its lousy odds, that may not work out for most Californians, at least it means ad revenue (and perhaps job security) around here. So I'm for it. But, in between worrying about North Korea and wondering what's so hard about making background checks mandatory for all gun buyers, I admit it: I started to wonder just what I would do if I won Powerball.
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.
HOME & GARDEN
April 3, 1993 |
Today's electronic sound decoders take the Dolby stereo audio signal present on many laser discs and videotapes and split it into four separate channels of sound--left, center, right and surround--to produce an audio effect known as surround sound. When the separate channels of sound are routed to strategically located speakers, they can turn a living room into a home theater. According to Video Magazine, decoders can offer the most for your money in upgrading a home theater environment.
December 9, 2012 |
Pop star and singing competition judge Britney Spears has bought the Thousand Oaks home of former professional hockey player Russ Courtnall and his wife, actress Paris Vaughan. The property came on the market in August at $8.5 million and was withdrawn from the Multiple Listing Service within a month. A withdrawal is a tactic sometimes used to hide celebrity home purchases. The sales price was not disclosed. The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2010, is in the Lake Sherwood area.
June 28, 2013 |
An ocean-view estate came on the market in Malibu recently listed at $35,000,001. There was no typo. That is, in fact, the asking price. Homeowner/seller Deanna Staats, owner of the restaurant Feed Body and Soul in Venice, happens to believe in numerology. And the digits 3, 5 and 1 add up to a pretty commanding figure in her circles: a 9. The number 9 is about completion, according to “The Complete Idiot's Guide to Numerology” by Kay Lagerquist. Nine draws people and money - both requirements for a successful home sale.
March 31, 1994 |
Consumer electronic pioneers are pushing the envelope of home entertainment with the latest gadget for home theater, letterboxed laser discs and wide-screen TVs. The combination generates the same oblong dimensions as screens in movie theaters. At a ratio of 16:9, the picture is one-third wider than the 4:3 ratio of TV screens.
April 29, 2013 |
Former UCLA basketball Coach Ben Howland has listed his home in a gated Bel-Air neighborhood for $1,899,950. Built in 1999, the stone-clad home features an elevator, a home theater, five bedrooms, four bathrooms and close to 4,700 square feet of living space. The nearly half-acre lot includes a swimming pool with spa, a covered patio and a barbecue center. During Howland's 10 years at UCLA, he won four conference titles and coached the team to three Final Fours. Jordan Cohen of Re/Max Olson & Associates is the listing agent.