Friday, January 4, 2008

Jargon Buster! Lesson No. 7

We know you've been partying and having a heck of a good time this Christmas and New Year. And you've probably forgotten some of the tech jargons we mentioned. To refresh your memory, you can always look at the previous posts.

Today we've got a fresh new batch of jargons just for you. And you might want to add "remembering the jargons" into your long list of New Year resolutions.

DTS (Digital Theatre Systems)
A multi-channel surround sound format used on some movie and DVD soundtracks - the main rival to Dolby Digital. Hi-def versions DTS-HD and DTS-HD Master Audio can be decoded by compatible players and receivers.

DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting - Terrestrial)
Another name for Freeview.

DVD-R (DVD-Recordable)
The most widely used recordable DVD format. DVD-R discs can only be recorded on once and can't be erased. Other recordable formats include the rewritable DVD-RW, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM.

DVI (Digital Visual Interface)
A high-quality digital connection for DVD players, computers, monitors and flatscreen TVs. Similar to HDMI except that DVI can only transfer the video signal, not sound.

DVR (Digital Video Recorder)
A device that can record digital audio and video content on to an HDD or optical disc. Modern DVRs have multiple TV tunes, allowing you to record more than one channel simultaneously or to watch one while recording another. Freeview Playback-equipped devices are DVRs.

Arcam Solo Movie 5.1

One box, HDMI switching, DVD upscaling to 1080i, DTS and Dolby 5.1 surround sound, plus it's compatible with the rDock for iPods.

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