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.
September 6, 2009 |
A contemporary design with open spaces brings the outdoors in with sliding glass floor-to-ceiling pocket doors at this newly constructed Cheviot Hills home. Designed by Brett Davis, an architect with Ikoniko in Los Angeles, the home was a collaborative effort with Blanchard-Becker Contemporary, a design, development and builder team in West Los Angeles. "We tore down a one-story 1947 tract home and decided to build a contemporary-style house, which is our architectural passion," said Ann Blanchard, who bought the lot with her husband, Sandy Becker.
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.
July 5, 2013 |
Perhaps coach Adam Levine of “The Voice” got tired of being the landlord. The Maroon 5 frontman has sold his home in Hollywood Hills for $3.55 million in an off-market deal. The remodeled Mid-Century Modern-style home sits on a half-acre lot with a separate guest unit. Features include two interior fireplaces, a home theater, an exercise room, a security system, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Walls of glass open to an outdoor fireplace, swimming pool and spa. Levine, 34, is the lead singer and guitarist for the Grammy-winning Maroon 5. He has worked with Kanye West, Natasha Bedingfield and 50 Cent, among others.
April 9, 2014 |
Michael Bay, the "Transformers" film series producer, has sold his estate in Bel-Air for $11.45 million. The three-story clean-lined contemporary was designed by the late Jack Warner, whose architectural firm worked on the Bel-Air Country Club. The 7,919-square-foot, museum-like house features high ceilings, a family room with a bar, library, a home theater, a wine cellar, four fireplaces, four bedrooms and six bathrooms. The nearly one-acre promontory has views that encompass the Los Angeles Basin, Mt. Baldy and Santa Monica Bay. The site includes a swimming pool and mature trees.
August 29, 2013 |
Brad Turell, executive vice president of corporate communications at Paradigm Talent Agency, has listed his house in Sherman Oaks for sale at $3.295 million. Designed for entertaining, the 9,400-square-foot Mediterranean has been his family home for nearly a decade. The grand foyer serves as the entrance to the house, with dual marble staircases, a circular hand-painted ceiling and a 35-foot-tall ceiling. There are seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, including a 1,000-square-foot master suite with a sitting room and a balcony overlooking the mosaic-bottom swimming pool.
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.