If you want truly great sound, you have to move up from a sound bar to an AV receiver and speakers. Here's what you should know before you buy.
If you want a high-end all-in-one CD and DVD player, amplifier and digital radio AND you have £2,000 to spend, you might want to consider the Arcam Solo Movie 5.1
Swedish Radio and DTS are experimenting with streaming 5.1 channel audio online
Troubleshooting Retrospect 5.1: Recovery CD will not work on Beige G3s, WallStreet, other models
Sony introduced on Monday two USB 2.0 CD-RW drives. One, the CRX19050U, is an external performance drive while the other, the CRXP-90MU, is a sleek mobile drive. The CRX19050U is currently available for $179 and has a rated performance of 40X write once, 12X rewrite and 48X read. The CRX19050U measures 6.5 inches wide by 2.1 inches thick and 9.7 inches long. The CRXP-90MU will be available in July for $299 and has a rated performance of 24x write once, 10X rewrite, 24X read and reads DVDs at 8X. The CRXP-90MU also comes with a Memory Stick slot and measures 5.1 inches wide by 0.7 inches thick and 5.3 inches long. Both drives are compatible with USB 1.1 ports. USB 1.1 enables devices to transfer data at 12mbps, while USB 2.0 boosts the transfer rate to up to 480mbps
Toast 5.1: CD Key error; Preferences glitch?; more
Microsoft on Wednesday updated the Internet Explorer 5.1 Preview Release for Mac OS X. The Redmond, Wash.-based company shipped an earlier version available only on the Mac OS X CD. The new version fixes some bugs and adds features. Among the new features: the ability to select links on a Web page by typing the first few letters on the keyboard; improved plug-in support, including QuickTime 5; support for USB printers and scroll-wheel mice; and content viewable in six languages. The updated browser, which is not the final release, requires Mac OS X 10.0.3. That latest version of OS X can be retrieved using the operating system's software update feature. Although Internet Explorer takes advantage of Mac OS X's advanced features, it is considered a "carbon" application, or one that was converted to the new version of the operating system from the old. By contrast, Omni Group's OmniWeb 4 browser was written from the ground up for Mac OS X using the "cocoa" development environment.
CD/DVD SpeedTools 5.1 and problems with DVDs
Microsoft said it will launch a version of its ISP software that will be Windows 2000 compatible. Called MSN Internet Access 5.1, the service will be similar to the 5.0 version but will come bundled with MSN Messenger. The ISP will cost $21.95 a month, and the CD-ROMs will ship in late March.