Al Griffin

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Al Griffin Posted: Mar 25, 2013 0 comments

When I reviewed Oppo’s BDP-93 — the company’s first universal player to support Blu-ray 3D and high-rez FLAC audio playback — I wrapped things up by saying it could be the last disc player you’ll ever need. Turns out I spoke too soon, because Oppo keeps finding new ways to make the whole disc-player concept relevant.  Its most recent offerings include the BDP-103 ($499) and the BDP-105 under review here, a $1,199 version that has been hot-rodded for two-channel-audio enthusiasts.

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Al Griffin Posted: Dec 05, 2006 0 comments

Accell's UltraAV HDMI 2-1 Switch The good thing about HDMI is that it reduces the wire tangle in an A/V system by carrying digital high-def video and multichannel audio signals on a single cable. The bad thing is that many HDTVs sold over the past few years have only one HDMI input.

Al Griffin Posted: May 31, 2008 0 comments
Mitsubishi HC6000 LCD front projector HC6000(BL) Mitsubishi Mitsubishi has long been known as the Big-Screen Company, mostly due to the strength of its extensive lineup of rear-projection TVs.
Al Griffin Posted: Feb 18, 2010 0 comments
Key Features
$5,500 anthemav.com
• (8) HDMI (v1.3) inputs; (2) HDMI (v1.3) outputs
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Al Griffin Posted: Oct 10, 2013 2 comments
Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at AskSandV@gmail.com.

Q I wish to place center-channel speakers above and below my projection screen. I know the distance from the two speakers to the seating position at ear level will not be the same, and I would like to know how to calibrate or compensate for this difference. I have a 5.1 surround setup with an Oppo BDP-105 Blu-ray player, a six-channel amp, and a powered sub. I am patient enough to do the onscreen setup from the Oppo, but I’m at a loss over the dual center speaker issue. —Dale Kay / via e-mail

Al Griffin Posted: Feb 14, 2011 0 comments

Plug and Play

Q: How do you attach an iPod or similar MP3 player to a stereo receiver or AVR to maximize playback quality? I’m a longtime subscriber, but I only remember seeing you give examples of the “minimalist” approach using small speakers and docks designed specifically for iPods.

--Ronald V. Tancredi | Farmingdale, NY

Al Griffin Posted: Dec 13, 2009 0 comments
Key Features
$3,850 Axiomaudio.com
 
 
• 8-channel amplifier • 350 watts per-channel (1 channel into 8 ohms) • 200 watts perchannel (7 channels driven, all impedances) • 4 x 18 x 17[1/2] in; 54 lb

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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 14, 2006 0 comments

An edgy update, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Warner; Movie •••½, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras ••••) takes several liberties with Roald Dahl's classic book, but it also manages to convey the story's dark humor.

Al Griffin Posted: Jun 03, 2007 0 comments

Color temperature (Night Mode/Standard Color Temperature before/after calibration): 20 IRE: 5,307/6,175 K 30 IRE: 5,909/6,294 K 40 IRE: 6,240/6,461 K 50 IRE: 6,424/6,475 K 60 IRE: 6,363/6,506 K 70 IRE: 6,532/6,607 K 80 IRE: 6,609/6,697 K 90 IRE: 6,641/6,780 K 100 IRE: 6,651/6,730 K Brightness (100-IRE window): 36.8/38.9 ftL

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