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May 25, 2006

MPEG Surround compresses 5.1 audio further

Anyone who owns a nice home theater setup (or has friends who do) has experienced the immersion of 5.1 surround sound. The combination of two forward stereo speakers, a center speaker, two rear speakers, and a subwoofer provide a depth of sound that can convincingly simulate a three-dimensional environment.

Read the full story here.


DVD players

In only six years, the DVD player has found a place in half the United States' 100 million households as its price has shrunk tenfold to less than $100. Analysts say the frenetic rate of consumer adoption has set an all-time record - outpacing sales of the transistor radio, the home computer, the CD player and the television itself.

According to research from the DVD Entertainment Group, an industry association, DVD manufacturers had sold 54 million players in the United States by the end last year.

The pace is 10 times faster than that of CD players and four times as fast as videocassette recorders.


FCC approves digital TV plug-and-play

Federal regulators adopted rules this week to speed the nation's transition to the clearer sights and sounds of digital television. The Federal Communications Commission voted 5-0 to approve standards for equipment that lets digital cable plug directly into TV sets without the need for a set-top box and a tangle of extra wires. To watch pay television, consumers would insert into the set a security card provided by their cable service. CNN Sci-Tech


Laser lights renders radioactive waste safe

DANGERS associated with radioactive waste, and the problems and huge expense of its disposal could soon end after a Scottish researcher discovered how to neutralise its harmful effects using light. Radioactive waste


Table talk takes on new meaning

A new device to let sound flow through solid surfaces like glass or marble is coming soon. You could hook these up to your patio window and play music in your backyard. Sounds very interesting here's the story.


PLEXTOR

PLEXTOR RELEASES NEW CDRW AND EXTERNAL DVD+R/RW DRIVE Plextor today announced the Plexwriter 52/24/52A CDRW and PX-504UF DVD+R/RW drives which will include professional software, the necessary cables, media and other extras. Check it out at 

hardwareanalysis.com


ANTEC SONATA

The new LAN server donated by Ted has this Sonata case here is a review on TweakTown.com giving it a 9 out of 10 this is a really nice case.

Antec


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