Al Griffin

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Al Griffin Posted: Jul 19, 2011 0 comments

Sometimes the mere fact of something being inaccessible can enhance its value — a lot. Take Spotify, for example. For years we’ve wondered when music labels would finally allow the European online music service to make its supposed 15 million-track library available here. That day has finally arrived.

Al Griffin Posted: Jul 13, 2011 0 comments

At 3D theaters, you’re handed lightweight passive glasses that work in tandem with a polarizing filter positioned over the projector’s lens. When viewing at home with a 3D TV, you use bulky, battery-powered glasses with active shutter liquid-crystal lenses. Passive glasses in theaters are cheap and easily replaced. But at an average cost of $100 per pair, glasses used at home represent a sizable investment. Better to put them in a safe place — and keep ’em away from kids!

Al Griffin Posted: Jul 13, 2011 0 comments

Blu-ray players are becoming less a means to play discs than a gateway to online services — and to any media stored on computers, smartphones, and iDevices lying around your home. Take LG’s BD670. You might pick up this modest-looking machine thinking you’d use it to play Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D discs, along with DVDs and CDs.

Al Griffin Posted: Jun 16, 2011 0 comments

TEST BENCH

Color temperature (ISF Expert 2 mode/Warm color temperature preset before/after calibration):

20-IRE: 6,817 K/6,431 K
30-IRE: 6,816 K/6,499 K
40-IRE: 6,819 K/6,548 K
50-IRE: 6,796 K/6,527 K
60-IRE: 6,720 K/6,515 K
70-IRE: 6,726 K/6,495 K
80-IRE: 6,685 K/6,492 K
90-IRE: 6,638 K/6,464 K
100-IRE: 6,572 K/6,405 K

Primary Color Point Accuracy vs. SMPTE HD Standard

Al Griffin Posted: May 26, 2011 0 comments
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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: Jan 28, 2011 0 comments

As anyone who saw Avatar in 3D at a theater (especially an IMAX theater) can attest, it set a high bar for depth-enhanced cinema. And for people like me fortunate enough to have had access to a 3D TV in 2010, each of the meager disc offerings squeezed out by the studios inevitably stood in comparison with that benchmark experience. With few exceptions, all fell well short of my Avatar-fueled expectations.

Al Griffin Posted: Jan 27, 2011 0 comments

When I first checked out one of Mitsubishi's Unisen "Immersive Sound" LCD TVs (the LT-46153, reviewed here), I was struck by the ingenuity of mounting a full-featured soundbar into the set's cabinet. And when I eventually connected a subwoofer to the TV, powered it up, and let a movie rip, I was floored by the room-filling sound - something you don't expect from a flat-panel model.

Al Griffin Posted: Jan 26, 2011 0 comments

The writer F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said there are no second acts in American lives. But what about third acts? Speaker impresario Sandy Gross is a cofounder of two of the best-known companies in the home theater/audio biz: Polk Audio and Definitive Technology.

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