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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

When JVC graciously invited me to Japan to the CEATEC show as their guest, I only hesitated for an instant before saying yes. I've gone to a lot of shows this year, but the opportunity (and desire) to see Japan was too strong. The twenty-eight hour trip from my home in Connecticut to our hotel in Tokyo was taxing and the three hours sleep I managed before I awoke at 3:00 AM local time with a sudden desire to check my mail have put me a little on edge on my first full day here, but I've seen plenty to write about already, so let me fill you in.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

With the image paused, no one in the room saw anything amiss with the SED display from Toshiba/Canon. But the camera has a different take on things.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

While the other JVC products are practically here, their demo of 3D technology, based on some funky glasses and a pair of their 4K projectors (4096 x 2160 pixels), was, what's the term, oh yeah, universe shattering!

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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: 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

Conducting an audio demonstration on the open show floor is usually only done for the wow factor. As in "Wow, that's loud. Would you mind turning it down or putting air shocks on it so you could drive it out of here?" The Lipinskis (Lukas' dad Andrew was in town too) had five of their 707 speakers setup in as workmanlike a fashion as you might expect given their surroundings. Without missing a beat, Lukas asked me to sit down. Even given the ambient noise, the five channel Manhattan Transfer recording he played for me was impressive. The true timbre of the speakers could still easily be heard through the surrounding ruckus. Lukas said that, noise aside, the open show floor is otherwise preferable to most of the hotel rooms he gets at other shows.

Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 16, 2006 0 comments

Optoma had an incredible picture in their theater. It was sharp, bright and best of all, cinemascope wide. The HD81, a single chip 1080p DLP projector that ships at the end of the month will cost $11,000 with the anamorphic lens that lets you get the most out of 2.35:1 movies if you have an extra wide screen. The 171" screen was certainly bright enough even given its size. The processing they do to stretch the image vertically so that all pixels on the DLP chip are used seemed to work great. Runco does the same thing, but with a motorized switchable lens assembly that costs a great deal more.

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