Al Griffin

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Al Griffin Posted: Oct 08, 2013 4 comments
Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at AskSandV@gmail.com.

Q. I recently purchased a Samsung 6420 LED TV. I contacted both Samsung and TweakTV looking for suggested calibration settings, but they were of no help. I am not satisfied with the set’s current picture and was wondering if you had some suggested settings for this model or could direct me to other Websites that might help. —Cannon / via e-mail

Al Griffin Posted: Mar 31, 2005 0 comments

Here's a question to wrap your mind around: What's the best home-entertainment deal going? If you answered, "a Windows Media Center PC," you're way off track. If you thought, "a $49 progressive-scan DVD player," you're closer, but still no cigar. But if you blurted out, "an LCD front projector," you're absolutely right.

Al Griffin Posted: Oct 03, 2005 0 comments

Audiophiles and musicians alike will recognize the name Tannoy from the pro-sound world - the company's speakers are used in recording studios around the globe. So I was surprised to see speakers from such a serious outfit show up in a funky, fun package like the Arena system. The Arena's podlike satellites owe a debt to 1970s sci-fi style: think rounded, organic, and amoeboid.

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Al Griffin Posted: Apr 03, 2006 0 comments

The compact Targus SoundUP iPod sound enhancer plugs into any third- or fourth-generation iPod or iPod photo and is said to "recreate studio-quality sound" from digitally compressed music. That's a big claim for such a little device - one we had to check out.

Al Griffin Posted: Nov 12, 2010 0 comments

Q: It was my understanding that music fi les recorded on CD-R had a 100- year life expectancy based on laboratory studies. However, a recent study commissioned by the Library of Congress found that music fi les on CD-R last only 3 to 5 years before they start to fade. Does this mean that it’s necessary to re-record music CD-Rs every couple of years to preserve them?
Gary Johnson | Duluth, MN

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Al Griffin Posted: Apr 05, 2009 0 comments

Each year, people like me attend the Consumer Electronics Show hoping to see indications of a forthcoming display technology that will make current TV tech - LCD and plasma, mostly - seem as outdated as the tube TVs piling up in landfills around the world (or not - see "Tech Goes Green" on page 56 for more on that story).

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Al Griffin Posted: Mar 19, 2012 0 comments

INEVITABLY, WHEN something cool comes out, it will influence everything that immediately follows. That’s what happened with Avatar. In 2009, we all went to see it in 3D, and the following year stores were packed with 3D TVs and 3D Blu-ray players.

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Al Griffin Posted: May 09, 2013 0 comments

In this four-part article, Geoff Morrison examines the future of Ultra HD and OLED TV (below); Al Griffin looks at the latest developments in Smart TV; Geoff gives us an update on what's happening with plasma TV; and Al finishes with a discussion of the devices and technologies that will deliver 4K Ultra HD content to homes.

Al Griffin Posted: Apr 03, 2008 0 comments

the listJVC has long been a player in industrial-grade front projectors, with its D-ILA models finding a home in many digital movie theaters.

Al Griffin Posted: Feb 03, 2007 0 comments

Color temperature (Home Cinema mode before/ after calibration): 20 IRE: 6,076/7,319 K 30 IRE: 5,946/6,598 K 40 IRE: 6,116/6,520 K 50 IRE: 6,440/6,743 K 60 IRE: 6,005/6,467 K 70 IRE: 6,293/6,477 K 80 IRE: 6,325/6,570 K 90 IRE: 6,667/6,520 K 100 IRE: 6,624/6,855 K

Brightness (100-IRE window before/after calibration): 20.4/19.6 ftL

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