Al Griffin

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Al Griffin Posted: Dec 08, 2003 0 comments

Photos by Tony Cordoza Up against the wall! That's the marching order being given to speaker designers by companies that want to offer systems to complement flat-screen TVs. With cabinets barely exceeding the 3- to 4-inch average depth of most plasma or LCD sets, some new speakers incorporate this directive literally.

Al Griffin Posted: Jun 05, 2012 0 comments

One argument made by naysayers when 3D TV first arrived was that the feature would jack up prices for flat-panel sets. That did prove sort of true at first, but 3D was quickly folded into the general feature package for most TVs, leaving set prices to continue their downward trajectory. Case in point: Panasonic’s new TC-P55ST50. The first Panasonic 3D TV I reviewed 2 years back had a 50-inch screen and cost $2,600. But the company’s new P55ST50 3D plasma has a larger, 55-inch screen and costs around $1,600. Depending on how the rest of this review plays out, that could mean we have a serious bargain on our hands.

Al Griffin Posted: Oct 04, 2006 0 comments

Color temperature (Low color temperature before/Manual color temperature after calibration): Low window (30 IRE): 6,894/6,558K High window (80 IRE): 6,750/6,742K Brightness (100-IRE window before/after calibration): 19.1/16.0 ftL

Al Griffin Posted: Jan 05, 2008 0 comments
Sony's new 1080p SXRD projector 27242714960 Sony VPL-VW60 When I reviewed Sony's VPL-VW50 "Pearl" front projector in January 2007, I was mightily impressed with how the company had brought the ben
Al Griffin Posted: Dec 13, 2004 0 comments

While HDTVs are a lot cheaper now than they were a few years back, the options are still limited if you're looking to score a high-def model for not too much cash. You can get a hefty direct-view tube TV for less than $1,000, but the screen size on that baby is likely to be only 30 inches or less - too small if you want an engaging home theater experience.

Al Griffin Posted: Dec 02, 2006 0 comments

Color temperature (Movie Mode/Warm2 Color Tone): 20 IRE: 7,051 K 30 IRE: 6,564 K 40 IRE: 6,590 K 50 IRE: 6,584 K 60 IRE: 6,596 K 70 IRE: 6,535 K 80 IRE: 6,571 K 90 IRE: 6,559 K 100 IRE: 6,590 K

Brightness (100-IRE window): 35.3 ftL

Al Griffin Posted: Jun 11, 2008 0 comments

The Short Form

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.

Al Griffin Posted: Dec 14, 2008 0 comments
The Short Form
$1,400 ($1,700 list) / VIZIO.COM / 888-849-4623
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