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MOTION PICTURE SOUND REALISM NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE HOME GETTING BIG KICK-OFF IN ATLANTA STORES

Hi-Fi Buys and Kenwood Team for Public Demonstrations, May 11-13
 LOS ANGELES, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The excitement viewers experience in a motion picture theater environment is partially because of the quality of the soundtrack accompanying the visuals. Too often, though, home theater proponents don't benefit from the realism intended by the film's director. Lucasfilm THX(R), a system developed for the theaters by engineers working with famed film director George Lucas, has recently been translated for home component use, and Atlanta area residents will be amongst the first to sample an affordable version of the technology.
 Hi-Fi Buys stores in the greater Atlanta area will sponsor public demonstrations in conjunction with Kenwood U.S.A. Corp., manufacturer of the first popularly priced home THX audio system.
 The demonstrations are scheduled as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at the Roswell (10889 Alpharetta Highway) and Northlake (4023 La Vista Road) stores and Wednesday at the Cobb (U.S. 41 & I-285) and Jimmy Carter (5495 Jimmy Carter Boulevard) stores. All demonstrations will take place from 4-8 p.m.
 Those attending the demonstrations will see and hear clips from the just released special edition of "The Abyss," starring Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. This recent laser disc release contains nearly 30 minutes of footage cut from the initial theater showings.
 As a bonus for attending a demonstration session, consumers will receive tickets for a viewing of the entire special edition film. The no-cost exhibition of "The Abyss" will be held at the Merchant Walk theater the following week.
 The Lucasfilm THX Sound System, which serves as the benchmark for sonic realism in contemporary movie-making, has been installed in selected theaters across the country. Only recently has home equipment approached a level of affordability which truly allows the individual to install equipment in a living room situation.
 According to Mike Ranney, Kenwood's marketing services manager and the individual directing the demonstrations in Atlanta, "THX is an entirely new dimension for the audio-video enthusiast, as it brings to the home a near-perfect recreation of the sounds crafted by the director and sound engineer during the original studio dubbing sessions."
 He predicts wide acceptance for the playback system as it becomes more broadly available. Kenwood's long-standing relationship with Hi-Fi Buys prompted the company to develop the demonstration program in the Atlanta area, but its equipment will soon be available nationwide.
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 /CONTACT: Doug Freeman of Freeman/McCue Public Relations, 714-557-3663/


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