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HOME THEATER GEEKS PODCAST

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Nov 25, 2010 2 comments
Home Theater and UAV senior editor Tom Norton and I share setup tips for your home theater, including speaker and subwoofer placement, seating distance vs. screen size, video and audio connections, picture mode and basic picture settings, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 1:00:27

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Dec 01, 2010 0 comments
Alan Kraemer, CTO of SRS Labs and president of the 3D Audio Alliance, talks about the new Multi-Dimensional Audio standard, which replaces channel-based formats with an object-oriented transport stream. This future-proof transport stream specifies where each sound-emitting object is and how it moves in 3D space, and the rendering/playback system uses whatever resources it has—from a single-speaker cell phone to a full-blown multichannel home theater—to reproduce the sounds as best it can in their intended spatial locations.

Run Time: 46:29

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Dec 08, 2010 2 comments
Digital-cinema consultant David Reisner discusses the transition from film to d-cinema and the differences between them, such as resolution, colorimetry, cameras, production, and delivery as well as the creation of the Standard Evaluation Material (StEM) and Camera Assesment Series (CAS) of images, which are used to verify the performance of d-cinema projectors and help filmmakers select the right digital camera for each project, respectively.

Run Time: 56:00

Click below to see some graphics from the show and a list of scenes from various movies that David uses as test material.

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Dec 15, 2010 0 comments
Kevin Wines, Image Technology Director for THX, talks about the history of THX and its commitment to preserving the content creators' artistic intent, what's involved in THX certification of 2D and 3D displays, the variability of measurements in THX mode, 3D technology at home and in the commercial cinema, how to optimize the 3D experience at home, THX Optimizer on discs and in set-top boxes, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 58:22

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Dec 23, 2010 0 comments
Legendary amplifier designer Dan D'Agostino talks about how he got started in the business, co-founding Krell, the evolution of amp design, leaving Krell and starting a new company under his own name, his new Momentum amp, the demise of audio quality in the MP3 generation, his about-face on the sonic effect of cables, the poor timing of CES, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 57:09

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Dec 29, 2010 0 comments
Ty Roberts, CTO of Gracenote, discusses how his company maintains a huge database of metadata about CDs, DVDs, and other electronic media that can then be accessed by anyone who wants more info about those titles and/or discover new music and movies they might like; the future of IPTV; Gracenote algorithms that analyze musical structure based on the audio itself; and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 57:04

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Jan 10, 2011 0 comments
Chief Twit Leo Laporte and I visit several booths at CES 2011 to see what's new, including passive 3D at LG, glasses-free 3D at Toshiba, future technologies at Sony, and an amazing "video room" at Sharp. Along the way, Leo and I discuss the state of home theater as we navigate our way through the crowded aisles of the Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Run Time: 59:54

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Jan 04, 2010 Published: Jan 05, 2010 0 comments
Don Eklund, Executive VP of Advanced Technology at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, provides a studio's perspective on 3D, 4K, online content, what happened with the original Blu-ray release of The Fifth Element, and more.

Run Time: 45:02

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Jan 19, 2011 2 comments
Barb Gonzalez, aka the Simple Tech Guru and the first female geek to appear on the podcast, shares her extensive experience with network media players and streamers, downloading to own or rent versus streaming, why she doesn't like Roku but does like Apple TV and Western Digital's Live Hub, the ins and outs of various online content providers such as Netflix and Vudu, getting content from one place to another around the home, physical media versus online streaming, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 51:21

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Jan 26, 2011 0 comments
Electronic-music composer and mastering engineer Robert Rich discusses the creative process, how making and consuming music has changed over the last 25 years, the audible and cultural effect of data and dynamic-range compression, why surround music hasn't been more successful without a visual component, his all-night "sleep concerts" and 7-hour Somnium music DVD, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 56:34

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Feb 02, 2011 1 comments
Scott Ross, former General Manager of LucasArts' Industrial Light & Magic and co-founder of Digital Domain with James Cameron and Stan Winston, shares some fascinating stories from his early days as a sound engineer (and cowbell player on Jimi Hendrix's "Stone Free"!), the transition from photochemical to digital effects, Pixar computers, anecdotes from the production of films such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Titanic, and What Dreams May Come, his current efforts to make home theater more accessible, and answers to chat room questions.

Run Time: 58:17

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Feb 09, 2011 6 comments
Audio reviewer Steve Guttenberg, aka The Audiophiliac (not the actor!), explains why he thinks non-audiophiles don't really listen to music any more, the resurgence of vinyl LPs, high-res music downloads, 2-channel vs. multichannel music, bringing young people into the audiophile fold, what good sound sounds like, the difficulty of acoustic treatment, the value of headphones, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 52:07

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Feb 16, 2011 0 comments
Crestron's Fred Bargetzi, VP of Technology (pictured), and Josh Stene, Director of Product Management, discuss the early days of analog audio and video distribution throughout a home, the complexities and advantages of digital A/V distribution, shielded vs. unshielded twisted-pair cabling, fiber-optic cabling, the problems with wireless distribution, bandwidth requirements, HDMI issues, user interfaces, mesh networks, high-end and entry-level Crestron products, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 51:57

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 02, 2011 1 comments
JJ Johnston, Chief Scientist at DTS, talks about acoustics and audio perception, how audio codecs work, his emphasis on increasing audio quality rather than decreasing bitrates as codecs improve, the tendency in commercial music toward increasing loudness while decreasing dynamic range, how audio production differs between commercial cinema and the home, 3D audio, the latest DTS codec called Neo:X, the Neural downmixing algorithm, some hints about future developments from DTS, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 57:05

Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 09, 2011 3 comments
David Bales, Manager of Product Planning for Pioneer's home A/V products, reveals details about four new Pioneer-brand A/V receivers, which were unveiled on Monday, March 7, in San Francisco. Among the new models' many features is tight integration with the Apple iPad and iPhone, including a super-cool interactive user's manual. He also discusses automatic room correction with Pioneer's MCACC, class-D vs. class-AB amplification, the evolution of user interfaces and iPod connectivity, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 55:51

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