Retail supporters of open DVD, however, dispute the notion that DVD purchasers are videophiles
will like the big screen and home-unit features.
There are those who disagree with Dolby's assessment, including many audiophiles, videophiles
, equipment reviewers, and not surprisingly, the folks at DTS, whose competing home system offers far less compression and a seemingly richer, more natural sound.
John Briesch, president of Sony's Consumer A/V Group, said it plans to target high-end consumers -- known collectively as early adopters or videophiles
-- who have home theater systems already in place.
Tivo offers videophiles
a classic way of recording video classics and favorites.
Electronics industry executives and analysts have said these first digital camcorders will sell to high-end consumers and videophiles
. Once the prices drop, the mainstream consumer base will become more interested in the digital format.
It is not backlit (important for videophiles
who watch in a thoroughly darkened room), but it is at least not clustered with useless features, which made it a love-at-first-sight thing for me.
"I kind of knew what I was interested in, but once I got into the club, it really helped me out in the long run."<br />The common factor is a skill set Frederickson said he's developed by working with like-minded videophiles
in Invisible Layers at the nonprofit Autism Oklahoma.
With their new features, their improved quality and their futuristic potential, digital televisions will be a temptation that videophiles
in this TV-crazed nation will find hard to resist.
I heard some videophiles
saying upsampled DVD might be good enough, a refrain 1 also heard in some parts of the Alexis Park with respect to CD.