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July 24, 2000

Sony printer for photos promises lab-quality images

With the UP-DP10 photo printer, Sony takes one thing and does it well - very well.

Marketed as a printer exclusively for photos, the DP10 produces only 4-by-6-inch pictures that Sony touts as lab quality. And it is near impossible to tell the difference between the Sony prints and those from a local photo lab.

The DP10 is perfect for presenting on paper the digital images stored on your computer. Printing takes from 90 to 120 seconds, with or without a border, and with glossy, matte or texture finish.

Perhaps the best feature of the DP10 is flexibility. It allows the user to select and edit only those images he wishes to print rather than paying for 24 or 36 prints (or doubles), some of which probably aren't worth printing in the first place. The dye sublimation printing process used by the DP10 allows for smoother gradations of color throughout the photograph than can be obtained with an inkjet printer.

The DP10, which can be mounted in a vertical or horizontal position, lists for $389, among the least expensive for photo printers. The printer has USB and parallel ports. It works with Windows 95/98 computers and late-model Macintoshes.

Information: www.sony.com/digitalphotography or 1-800-686-7669.

-Ken Bowling/KRT

TVWorks 250 delivers impressive audio effects

Social scientists can decide whether the quest for punchier TV sound is just one more way for the "idiot box" to dull American senses. Whatever.

But there's no denying that a beefy set of add-on speakers like the new system from Cambridge SoundWorks makes watching network shows and movies more fun. In fact, once the TVWorks 250 is plugged in, returning to ordinary TV speakers is a letdown. The TVWorks 250 rests on top of a television and is designed to work with any set that has variable audio outputs. It looks like the center channel for a surround-sound system, but instead of one channel inside, it has two 4.5-inch speakers for stereo. A simulated surround switch can be used to broaden the stereo effect.

How well does the TVWorks 250 do its job? Don't expect thunderous sounds. That requires the deeper bass and multiple speakers of a true surround-sound system. Do, however, expect the TVWorks 250 to offer more sonic impact than the speakers of most off-the-shelf TVs. And do expect to pay significantly less for the TVWorks 250 than for even a modest five-channel surround setup.

Since the TVWorks speakers amplify the sound signal from a television's audio section, quality is likely to vary from one TV to another, so potential buyers may be wise to audition it first. The price is $149.

Information: www.cambridgesoundworks.com or 1-877-937-4434.

-John Hanan/KRT

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