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Scott Wilkinson Posted: May 04, 2008 12 comments

As I drive around L.A. and see gas prices approaching—and exceeding—$4 per gallon, I wonder how this might affect people's entertainment activities. I'd love to know how it's affecting you...

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: May 01, 2008 0 comments

When you think of LCD TVs, NuVision is probably not the first name that comes to mind. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, the company is aiming its Lucidium line at the custom-installation market with high-end displays at high-end prices. How does this 52-inch model measure up? Let's see...

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 28, 2008 Published: Apr 29, 2008 2 comments

Once again, I am very gratified at the thoughtful responses to last week's blog that were posted here and e-mailed to me. Clearly, <I>UAV</I> has many intelligent, articulate readers, and I thank you for sharing your insights, which will help me select the best products to review. Instead of posting inline replies to the comments left during the week (sadly, an activity I don't often have time for), I'll summarize my thoughts here, partly so I can devote some undivided attention to them and partly in the hopes that the discussion will continue...

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 21, 2008 Published: Apr 22, 2008 18 comments

First, I'd like to thank all of you who responded to my query of last week. I got more than 30 replies that expressed a wide range of opinions on what products <I>UAV</I> should review&mdash;not only specific products, but types of products, price ranges, and other criteria. Here's a summary and a follow-up question...

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 14, 2008 22 comments

In this blog a couple of months ago, I asked readers to vote on whether you wanted more audio reviews with fewer objective measurements or fewer reviews with more measurements, a choice I had to make in the face of budgetary constraints. Your input was very helpful, so now, I have another question for you...

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 11, 2008 0 comments

The Sony XBR4 series of LCD TVs is very well-regarded among reviewers and consumers alike. I've had the opportunity to closely examine the 46-inch member of this line, and I found it to be a stellar performer in most respects, as did Tom Norton in his <A href="http://ultimateavmag.com/flatpaneldisplays/907sonyxbr4/">review</A>. The KDL-52XBR4 is no different, bringing excellent picture quality to a 52-inch, 1920x1080 screen.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 10, 2008 0 comments

PlayStation 3 owners rejoice! Today, Sony announced that the next system-software update for the PS3 (version 2.30), scheduled for release next week, will add the ability to decode DTS-HD Master Audio and High Resolution in their entirety. Up to now, the PS3 has only been able to extract the "core" DTS data from these formats, eliminating the benefit offered by their higher resolution.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 07, 2008 6 comments

As I'm sure most <I>UAV</I> readers know by now, analog-television broadcasting will cease on February 17, 2009, less than a year from now. On that date, all analog TVs receiving their signals via over-the-air antennas will display nothing but snow on every channel. Cable and satellite delivery to analog TVs will be unaffected&mdash;in fact, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated that cable companies continue to provide analog services until at least 2012. But that still leaves some 14 million US homes in the dark on that fateful day next year.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 06, 2008 0 comments

Last week, Mitsubishi invited its dealers and members of the press to see this year's TVs at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, California. Front and center were the company's laser-illuminated DLP rear-pros, first unveiled at CES last January. Dubbed LaserVue, these sets are intended to rekindle the flagging RPTV market with twice the color range of today's HDTVs and larger screen sizes than any reasonably priced flat panel.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 03, 2008 0 comments

Following an initial showing at CES in January, Dolby Laboratories and SIM2 demonstrated their latest prototype LCD flat-screen display in New York on Monday. The panel utilizes Dolby's LED backlighting with local dimming, which the company calls HDR (high dynamic range). This moniker is highly appropriate, since the LEDs behind dark portions of the image can be dimmed or even turned off completely for black areas, resulting in a literally infinite contrast ratio!

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