Fred Manteghian

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

In the first half of 2007, JVC will bring out a true HD camcorder. The camcorder will have a hard drive built in so you can forget about tapes forever. The size of the drive, unknown, but I wouldn't be surprised if would hold at least a "vacation's" worth of video at its 1920 x 1080 resolution. The camera has 10X optical zoom and they had one setup filming a rotating flower display while they showed it on a 1080 plasma. With the "source material" there for direct comparison, the cam looked better than anything I've seen in a consumer format. No price yet.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

This is a reviewer that is famous in Japan. And that's Home Theater's own Geoffrey Morrison standing next to her.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

JVC showed a split screen demo on an LCD. Special processing was performed on the left side to eliminate blurring artifacts, while on the right side it was business as usual. And business as usual for an LCD is typically take every opportunity for turning something with motion into an ugly mess. What JVC did, with the 60Hz video material was to double the frames by creating an interperlated frame between each "real."

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

Well, I finally saw Toshiba and Canon's joint venture: Surface-Conduction Electronic-Emitter Display. You need all those hyphens or the acronym becomes a very uncatchy SCEED. The fairly large flat panels I saw were showing high contrast, bright colored video and, yes, SED looked great. I didn't understand much in the demo except when key words that make your ears perk up. Things that sound like "contrast" but are followed by things that don't sound like any numbers with which I'm familar.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 26, 2006 0 comments

True or False?

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 23, 2006 0 comments

Out with the old and in with the new.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 19, 2006 0 comments

Sennheiser, makers of some fantastic headphones, now make a $79 in-ear earphone. With soft silicon tips, these won't abrade your ears like the crap Apple gives you with their $300 player.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 17, 2006 0 comments

As I leave Denver after three days of being under the gun to pump out show reports (don't worry fans, it was only friendly fire), I can sit back and shoot for the bigger picture.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 16, 2006 0 comments

No, it's not Mad Max Times Four. This is the business end of the Meridian amplifier designed for use with their in wall speakers. There are four input channels, each with both single-ended and balanced connections. Each input feeds two of the amps eight output channels and results in 100 watts per tweeter and 100 watts per woofer for biwiring each of Meridian's new in-wall speakers. With eight channels, you can power all your surround channels in a 7.1 setup.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 16, 2006 0 comments

BG's in-wall ribbon speakers are very impressive (and expensive so they should be), but this stunt took real guts. Apparently, the wine goblets were in less danger from their subwoofer than from passing visitors who already took it down once.

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