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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Nov 24, 2015 4 comments
So you’ve got plans to go over the river and through the woods for that sleep-inducing turkey dinner. But the day won’t be complete without you later getting as bloated on football as on the banquet stuffing. After the feast everyone will sit down to see the MaciNacs of Mackenna Tech take on the Okidokes of Northwest Virginia A&T.

But as soon as you sit down in front of the TV you see something amiss. The Nacs and Dokes, normally the smallest players in the Little 7 Conference, look like wide-bodied extras from Lord of the Dwarfs: The Return of Gimli (I hope I’m not giving Peter Jackson any ideas).

You, our hawkeyed video purist, spots the problem immediately...

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Nov 10, 2015 5 comments
As we’ve taken pains to point out previously here at Sound & Vision, there’s more to Ultra HD than just 4K resolution. The latter merely offers eight times as many pixels as 1080p HD. That’s unlikely to make much difference on any but the very largest sets viewed from 6-8 feet from the screen. Advanced color and high dynamic range (HDR), are also a part of the specs for Ultra HD (or UHD for short), and will definitely up the ante in the eye-candy department even on a small set viewed from across the room.

While advanced color and HDR remain, for now, small players in the psychodrama that most folks still refer to as simply 4K, they’re definitely on their way...

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 27, 2015 1 comments
My first CEDIA was in Dallas in 1995, and it was held there for the next year or two. But unless my memory deceives me, 2015 was its first time back in the Big D. As I rode the Super Shuttle into the city from the airport, the building that housed that 1995 event was clearly visible next to the expressway. I went to a boatload of classes and seminars that year. There was plenty of time for them. You could cover the main exhibit floor in less than an hour—if you lingered. Calling them exhibits that year was a little grandiose; they were simply tables occupied by many new, unknown manufacturers hoping to grab a foothold in the growing but still small home theater custom installation market.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 17, 2015 0 comments
The MicroliteScreen is unlike most other examples breed. It’s composed of several layers that together are said to offer high light rejection when used in ambient lighting. Four versions are available, up to a gain of 3.3, with a half gain viewing angle said too be up to +/- 80 degrees—previously unheard of in a screen with a gain that high.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 18, 2015 Published: Oct 17, 2015 2 comments
Behind this innocuous photo is one of the most exciting demonstrations I had at this show, a demo of a technology and not a specific product. For several years now DLP has faded a bit from its glory days in home theater projectors (it continues to be big for business and theatrical presentations). LCOS and LCD have ruled the roost, particularly from the trio of Epson, JVC, and Sony.

The chip at the right in the photo is TI's big 4K DLP chip, widely used in 3-chip theater projectors. On the left is a new, smaller "4K" chip...

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 17, 2015 0 comments
People who walked in to the GoldenEar sound room at CEDIA 2015 sat down eager to hear a Dolby Atmos setup anchored by the Triton One tower speakers in the front of the room. Despite the presence of those floorstanders, all of the speakers used for the Atmos demonstration were in the ceiling—including the left, right, and center. Only the new Supersub XXL was operating on the floor.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 17, 2015 1 comments
Screen Innovations, or SI as it is more commonly known today, made its mark with ambient light rejecting screens. But it has a few more tricks up its sleeve.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 17, 2015 0 comments
This isn't the best way to showcase the best image quality your screen can provide, even it it's a light rejecting design.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 17, 2015 0 comments
The Trinnov preamp-processor definitely falls into the "if you have to ask" category. But as long as you're asking, $17,000 will get you a version with 8 outputs and $21,000 will give you 16...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 17, 2015 0 comments
I’ve long preached against mounting a flat screen over the fireplace, but the concept is so beloved by interior designers that the trend continues unabated. There have been several motorized HDTV wall mounts on the market that move out and down to position the set into a more comfortable position for viewing, but they have ranged from pricey to higher than the cost of the set itself.

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