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Al Griffin Posted: Apr 14, 2004 0 comments

It wasn't long ago that you'd hear old-school audiophiles at CES bemoaning the disappearance of tubes - the vacuum tubes in audio gear, that is. But the latest technology to beat a quick retreat from the mega-electronics show is the picture tube, or CRT, used in traditional TVs.

Al Griffin Posted: Sep 18, 2012 0 comments

When I tested Sony’s flagship XBR-55HX929 TV for our November 2011 issue, I called it out as having “the best-looking picture I’ve seen from an LCD TV in a long time.” Jump forward a few months, and I’m attending a demonstration at Sony’s HQ. During the demo, Sony put its flagship XBR, a model with a full-array LED backlight, up against a group of other TVs, including the company’s new edge-lit HX85 Series set. If you follow our reviews, you’ll know that LCDs with edge-lit LED backlights typically don’t fare well, mostly due to screen uniformity issues. However, the HX85 set in Sony’s shootout not only smoked the competition but was about on par with the company’s XBR model. Naturally, I was eager to get my hands on one.

Al Griffin Posted: Dec 02, 1988 0 comments

Color temperature (Custom/Warm 2 Color Temperature before/after calibration): 20 IRE: NA / NA 30 IRE: 6,613 / 6,780 K 40 IRE: 6,562 / 6,535 K 50 IRE: 6,565 / 6,478 K 60 IRE: 6,571 / 6,579 K 70 IRE: 6,472 / 6,562 K 80 IRE: 6,751 / 6,594 K 90 IRE: 6,523 / 6,757 K 100 IRE: 6,481 / 6,556 K Brightness (100-IRE window): 38.1 / 35.0 ftL

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Al Griffin Posted: Dec 31, 2004 0 comments

They say memories are precious. Well, if that's the case, why do so many of us have years of treasured moments captured on videotapes gathering dust in closets? Recordable DVDs would make a better resting place for your home videos.

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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 23, 2013 0 comments

Our main take-away from the 2013 CES was that this is going to be the year when OLED and 4K-rez “Ultra HD” TVs finally arrive. And by “arrive” I mean sitting in the store, waiting for you to buy ‘em. While this development is no doubt promising, you can also count on the advanced sets scheduled to hit stores later this year being expensive.

Al Griffin Posted: Dec 04, 2006 0 comments

Color temperature (Movie preset before/Custom preset after): 20 IRE: 9,412 K/5,667 K 30 IRE: 9,477 K/6,333 K 40 IRE: 9,804 K/6,518 K 50 IRE: 9,970 K/6,403 K 60 IRE: 10,042 K/6,421 K 70 IRE: 10,068 K/6,577 K 80 IRE: 10,102 K/6,558 K 90 IRE: 10,139 K/6,605 K 100 IRE: 10,193 K/6,657 K Brightness (100-IRE window before/after): 46.3/33.6 ftL

Al Griffin Posted: Feb 18, 2002 0 comments

Anyone who's set up a home theater system knows how much work is involved. Once you find the right TV and speaker system, you need to round up a stack of components, including a DVD player, a video recorder, and, perhaps, a satellite receiver. Then you have to spin a frightening web of wires to route all of those signals through your A/V receiver or preamp/surround processor.

Al Griffin Posted: Nov 04, 2005 0 comments

When Sony debuted its $27,000 SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) front projector a couple of years back, my first thought after drooling over its fine, filmlike picture was: They'll really have something if they can get this technology into a TV that sells for a few thousand dollars.

Al Griffin Posted: Oct 28, 2008 0 comments


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