Gadgets Galore

DVD players are getting better and cheaper, as are new gizmos for your car--and your belly

Ah, consumer electronics. Are there any two words in any language that go better together? I think not (especially if you exclude "tongue sandwich"). That's why last week found me happy as a Teletubby on tequila, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The big news there was that virtually every audio-video manufacturer is selling, or about to sell, an affordable DVD, or "digital versatile disc," player, which will play music as well as movies with a vividness and clarity far greater than that of VCRs playing videotape.

Industry analysts report that the DVD format suddenly took off this...

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