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Posted: Jul 06, 2006 0 comments

Q. How effective is the "error correction" used in modern-day disc technology? Beyond the large scratches that sometimes ruin my enjoyment of a DVD, do smaller scratches have a cumulative effect on what I see that might be more subtle?

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Posted: Nov 03, 2006 0 comments

Q. I recently bought a 42-inch LCD that I'd like to mount over my gas fireplace. The bottom of the monitor will be 27 inches from the top of the fireplace. The fireplace has a small heat deflector built into it, and there will also be a mantel 8 inches wide mounted about 6 inches below the monitor.

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Posted: Jun 02, 2007 0 comments

Q. I'm interested in buying a front projector for ceiling mounting. I realize that when projectors are turned upside down for a ceiling mount, a circuit inverts the image so you don't have to watch the movie standing on your head. I also realize that there's another circuit to reverse the image left-to-right for rear-projection.

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Posted: May 03, 2007 0 comments

Q. I'm about to buy a whole-house video and audio distribution system, and I'm being told that I can tranfer HD video around the house using double Cat-5e connections without loss of picture quality. It sounds too good to be true. Is it? Kapil Wadhwani via email

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Posted: Jun 06, 2006 0 comments

Q. I have a Sony Qualia 005 LCD HDTV that accepts a 1080i video signal through its HDMI inputs but not 1080p. Now I'm interested in Sony's upcoming BDP-S1 Blu-ray Disc player, which has a 1080p video output. Are these two components compatible? If not, how can I view a 1080p video signal on the set? Chris Strigos Beacon, NY

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Posted: Jul 08, 2007 0 comments

Q. My home theater employs small tower speakers with a matching center speaker below my rear projector, dipole surrounds, and a 12-inch powered subwoofer. I'm building a new family room and would like to move to a flat-panel TV with in-wall or ceiling home theater speakers.

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Posted: Sep 03, 2007 0 comments

Q. I'm in the process of building a new home and will be putting a home theater in my basement. I want to be able to watch the movie that's playing in the home theater on a TV in my upstairs living room.

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Posted: May 02, 2006 0 comments

Q. I was a printer for many years, and in our business we always worked with the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow to derive other colors. Why does the television industry use red, green, and blue as its primary colors? Jack Phillippe Yeadon, PA

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Posted: Oct 11, 2007 0 comments

Q. For a home theater in my basement, I have a room that measures 16 feet wide by 27 feet long. I'd prefer to keep the space as a multipurpose room with the theater integrated in a way to keep the space open.

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Posted: Jan 03, 2007 0 comments

Q. After reading your article "Why You Need Four Subwoofers" (November 2006), I felt adding a second subwoofer would probably be enough for my rec room. I just have two questions. First, should the second sub be the same size and power as my first sub, or is it better to have two different sizes?

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Posted: Dec 05, 2006 0 comments

Q. I watched a special on Discovery Channel called "Home Theater Revolution," and the theater expert built a room for a family to watch movies. He put the surround speakers on the back wall, as opposed to on the side walls facing in.

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Theo Kalomirakis Posted: Jul 31, 2008 0 comments

Hi Theo, There are things I wished I hadn't done with my home theater. For example, I shouldn't have spent so much on my receiver and should have waited for one with HDMI inputs and the new Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats. Also, I heard really good things about Sony's 1080p projectors, but was persuaded that a Runco 720p model would look better.

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Theo Kalomirakis Posted: Sep 14, 2008 0 comments

Ten years ago, when home theater was just becoming the hot trend in new-home construction, I came up with an inexpensive, ready-to-assemble theater design for a large corporation in the housing-supplies business. Our target was the builder of homes for the average American family.

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Theo Kalomirakis Posted: Sep 15, 2008 0 comments

Ten years ago, when home theater was just becoming the hot trend in new-home construction, I came up with an inexpensive, ready-to-assemble theater design for a large corporation in the housing-supplies business. Our target was the builder of homes for the average American family.

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Theo Kalomirakis Posted: Jul 27, 2008 0 comments

Before I get to my first critique of reader's home theater, let's make sure we're all on the same page. This column is not going to be about electronics. There's plenty of that going on elsewhere on this site. Here I will be talking about the effort to integrate electronics into the look of a room dedicated to watching DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, or HDTV.

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