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Scott Wilkinson Posted: May 29, 2009 29 comments

Last week, I was invited to visit Vizio's offices in Irvine, California, to provide any feedback I might have regarding its upcoming LED-backlit LCD, the 55-inch VF551XVT, which is in the final tweaking stages before its release in early September. This is a very exciting product: an LCD TV with LED local dimming for—get this—$2000!

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: May 15, 2009 7 comments

In <I>UAV</I>'s never-ending quest to bring you the ultimate in audio and video, we are proud to introduce a new feature on the site&#151;<A href="http://www.ultimateavmag.com/ultimate-demos/">Ultimate Demos</A>. Each week, movie reviewer David Vaughn will identify a reference-quality Blu-ray title, complete with the chapter number and time code of specific scenes that exemplify different video and audio performance parameters, such as detail, color, blacks, shadow detail, audio dynamics, frequency range, and surround imaging. He'll also point out what to look and listen for in each case.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: May 13, 2009 4 comments

<I>There are some awesome AVRs out there, but I think it's a big compromise to run long speaker cables all around the room. Nearly every speaker manufacturer recommends using equal-length speaker cables. So unless you use monoblocks for each channel, you defy that logic.</I>

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: May 01, 2009 3 comments

<I>My question is about "color" in sound. I hear audiophiles talk about this all the time. What is "color" in sound? How do you measure it? How do you remedy it? I'm kinda lost with the jargon. Please help me to understand how to tell if there's too much "color" in my system.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 23, 2009 3 comments

On Wednesday this week, I attended The BD-Live Experience, a press event hosted by Sony Pictures and Sony Electronics. It was held at Sony Pictures Studios' Stage 29, a cavernous soundstage in which, we were told, the "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" musical sequence was shot for <I>The Wizard of Oz</I> in 1939 when the studio was operated by MGM. Clearly, Sony was hoping to lead journalists on a similar path toward the Blu-ray City of Aahs.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 15, 2009 9 comments

<I>I'm currently in the final stages of framing a theater room. The walls are up and electrical/drywall is next. I framed up a spot for a Mitsubishi 73-inch RPTV, but now I'm having second thoughts. I'm scared away from the disappearing RPTV category, but I've ruled out front projection because my memory of projector pictures is that they looked pretty bad. On the other hand, I admit that I'm not up on the latest technology.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 08, 2009 6 comments

<I>I am building a dedicated home theater, and I have completed most of the design work. One of the last details is the projector position. I have a 100-inch 16:9 screen and the Panasonic PT-AE3000.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 01, 2009 2 comments

For many, online distribution of high-def video and audio is the Next Big Thing. There's just one small thing impeding the flood of content&#151;bandwidth. An incredible solution to this problem was quietly demonstrated at CES this year by a company called R<SUP>2</SUP>D<SUP>2</SUP> ("Twice the Research, Twice the Development"). Founded by hippie love child Leia Organic Skydancer, R<SUP>2</SUP>D<SUP>2</SUP> has developed what it calls Hypernet, a system that bypasses the Internet completely, offering nearly unlimited bandwidth and instantaneous transmissions using the principles of quantum physics.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 25, 2009 3 comments

<I>A reader posed the question whether he should buy a Pioneer Kuro now that they have been greatly discounted. I want the best too, but this raises another question. Do the new Panasonic G10, V10, or Z1 plasma TVs surpass the Pioneers' picture performance, and at what price? The dilemma is this&#151;if one waits too long and the Panasonics disappoint, the Pioneers may be sold out forever.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 13, 2009 2 comments

This week, we are proud to debut a new blog called <A href="http://blog.ultimateavmag.com/ultimate-gear/">Ultimate Gear</A>. Seeing as how the word "ultimate" is part of the name of our site, we thought it might be interesting to post profiles of home-theater equipment and systems that can rightly be placed in that category.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 06, 2009 5 comments

<I>I'm looking for a DVD changer that will play five DVDs in succession with no intervention from the user. I have an elderly disabled mother who is terrified of going to sleep at night. She watches DVDs of </I>I Love Lucy<I> all night, but once I go to sleep, she can't change the DVD when it's over. I put an old Toshiba DVD changer in her room, but once the first disc finishes, you have to press Next Disc, then wait until it loads, then press Play. She cannot operate the remote.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Feb 25, 2009 4 comments

Last week, Canadian cable operator Shaw Communications introduced a new Internet service called High-Speed Nitro in Saskatchewan, offering download speeds up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps), the fastest residential Internet speed in North America. By contrast, Verizon FiOS claims download speeds as high as 50Mbps, but customers typically see speeds in the 10-to-20Mbps range due to various factors such as the distance from your home to a Verizon central office, configuration of your computer, and condition of the wiring inside your home.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Feb 23, 2009 4 comments

<B>Opprobrium</B> <I>1: Something that brings disgrace. 2a: Public disgrace or ill fame that follows from conduct considered grossly wrong.</I>

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Feb 17, 2009 1 comments

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I'm not what you'd call a sports fan. The only sports I watch at all are some of the Olympics, and then mostly for the great high-def images. The closest I've come to football was as the drum major of my high-school band, when I had to ask a clarinet player what was happening on the field so I could call up the appropriate music ("Yay, something good happened!" or "Boo, something bad happened!").

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Feb 04, 2009 5 comments

Here's a question from Kirk Spencer in Bartlesville, OK, about the future of television technology:

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