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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 26, 2007 0 comments

Flat panels. Everyone, it seems, wants a flat panel television these days. Not to hang on the wall mind you&mdash;studies show that most buyers use them on a stand&mdash;but because they're, well, <I>cool</I>.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 23, 2007 4 comments

According to one industry source with whom I spoke recently, the odd communication problem reported on in <I>Part 1</I>, below, is an artifact of CEC. CEC is a new feature offered by many manufacturers that allows the user to control various components through their HDMI connections. Often, these operations are automated.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 18, 2007 Published: Aug 19, 2007 1 comments

Samsung has been pushing hard to improve LCD flat panel televisions. Though the company still makes plasmas, its LCD R&D department, judging from the cutting edge technology demonstrated at last January's CES, must be busy. With 120Hz operation, segmented illumination of the image, and LED backlighting, LCD technology at Samsung is big priority.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 15, 2007 3 comments

What we have here is one of those HDMI "features" that drives both consumers and reviewers crazy. I discovered it after my reviews of both the Samsung BD-P1200 Blu-ray player and the Toshiba 52HL167 flat panel LCD display had been turned in, ready for publication.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 13, 2007 0 comments
A couple of years ago Toshiba's line was dominated by rear projection DLP designs. Today, flat panel LCDs are pushing those sets aside.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 12, 2007 0 comments

Things are changing rapidly in the television market, and changing rapidly at Toshiba as well. Only a couple of years ago that company's line was dominated by rear projection DLP designs. Today, flat panel LCDs are pushing those sets aside.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 12, 2007 0 comments

JL Audio is best known for its car audio products. But when it first showed its line of home subwoofers at a CEDIA Expo a couple of years back everyone was blown away&mdash;in more ways than one.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 12, 2007 0 comments
An important feature of HDMI is its ability to carry both video and audio. If it passes this information in bitstream form, the receiver or pre-pro, rather than the player, decodes the various versions of Dolby Digital and DTS.
Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 10, 2007 1 comments
When you get that new speaker set you're going to need to configure and balance your system. The process described below describes AVRs, but both the features and steps you'll take are identical if you're using a "separates" system with a pre-amp/processor and power amp.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 10, 2007 0 comments
Loudspeakers may not be the hardest things in the world to shop for (cars win by a landslide), but the search hasn't gotten any easier in the past few years, as the decline in dealers offering serious demonstration facilities (particularly the big-box, warehouse stores) has reduced the opportunities for an ears-on audition.

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