Too long have young men lusted for the thrill of the in-home big screen, only to be rebuked by the financial concerns of their astringent significant others. Thank ya' Jesus for dropping projector prices! Not so much that projector manufacturers figure out that they're not making any money and am-scray, but enough to keep enlarging the population of true believers. It's an exciting time for home theater aficionados and the InFocus ScreenPlay 7210 is here to save the day.
Now you can ISF calibrate each of the four HDMI inputs on Integra's new flagship DHC 9.9 pre-pro. Differences between your setup box, BD player and gaming machine can be leveled before hitting your display device. Prior to this, your choices were calibrate your device for the "best" of your sources., or calibrate them all in your display device and remember to switch between the memories manually (remember, they're hitting your display via a single HDMI cable), and that's only if your projector or flat screen had that many memories! Integra worked extensively with Joel Silver of the ISF to make sure this worked right and the DHC 9.9, as well Integra's two top AVRs, the DTR-9.9 and DTR-8.9, get this ISF capability and that elusive seal of approval.
Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? Picking a preamp/processor is a lot like picking a wife. Lots of guys (not me – almost 25 years and ticking, thank you) can be fickle. You marry a girl and you're leaving the church, waiting to get into the limo and you look over and see someone who makes you think "Hey, I didn't see <I>that</I> one! " It's sort of the same thing with pre/pros. You get one and the next time you're back in the store, it's "Hey . . . " You get my drift.
Both the DTR-9.9 ($2,600) and DTR-8.9 ($2,000) offer the same ISFccc level internal processing found in the DHC-9.9 pre-pro along with a near identical feature set, minus the balanced outputs and with amplification. In the case of the flagship, DTR-9.9, that 7 channels that put out 145 watts into 8 ohm.
The Integra DHC-60.5 is a more affordable preamp/processor than their existing DHC 80.3. At $2,000, it is a full $1,000 less. But it doesn’t seem to yield anything up in features. Fewer ISF calibration settings than big brother – but hey, ISF settings! While the 80.5 offers two in-room HDMI outputs to the DHC-60.5’s single HDMI output, the 60.5 has an HDNet (HDMI over Ethernet) output big brother lacks. With that, you can run video to another room or use Ethernet cable if your house is so wired, instead of HDMI. Best feature for me are the Bluetooth antenna on the back so now your phone is your media player. Got it!
Finding out that I was roommate non-gratis for CES 2006 was a real bummer. Apparently, I've "slept" with most of our writers and the words out. I snore like a Klipsch. No matter, I'm going, and I'll probably stay at a hotel of my choosing all by my lonesome. Tell the truth, that's the way I prefer it. Nothing beats parading around your hotel room with your Blackberry, sans pantalones.
Richard Schneider, founder of Terrestrial Digital, is right about one thing: there's plenty of free over-the-air high definition signals out there for anyone willing to try. And the signal quality is generally better than anything off a small satellite or cable. Terrestrial Digital's new line of ClearStream antennas are small and practically invisible compared to the 14' Yagi monster I've got on my roof.
Before the advent of Tivo and cable TV’s equivalent, video-on-demand, getting comfortable with a new television series in September was something of a crap shoot. If you missed the first couple of episodes of a new show before you heard good things about it from friends, you could either jump in late without the knowledge of the usually critical first few weeks, or you could wait until the summer rerun season and start afresh. I completely missed the boat on the first three seasons of “24,” forcing me to take a third, and costlier, path: TV on DVD. In the case of a highly addictive show like “24,” the ability to watch 2 or 4 episodes in one sitting more than compensated for the cost of the discs. This year, however, I planned well, and my Directv Tivo box made the new season easy to manage.
Christmas is a special time when madness invades the homestead and the urge to give and give and give and, well, you get the picture. But what are these gifts with which we hold these truths to be self evident? One year, a very long time ago, it was a special little baby I found in a cabbage patch. At least, that’s what is said on the label. When the blue light went on – and yes, there really <i>was</i> a blue light - I, along with all the other shoppers in that alphabet-mart, went careening through the aisles like so many pinballs driven in reverse until we converged at the same single spot. A towering monument of pastel packaged Cabbage Patch dolls had just been unwrapped. We, one man and host of hostile woman, were the chosen ones. We each grabbed. I got one. Studying her, my little rainbow coalition brown Jolene, asleep with her eyes open, waiting for the moment when her child would hold her and bring her to life.