Al Griffin

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Al Griffin Posted: Aug 20, 2008 0 comments

Last year's lineup of Pioneer Kuro plasmas established a new benchmark for flat-panel HDTV performance, with the sets serving up deep-black backgrounds that were unlike anything we'd seen on a plasma or LCD model before - or since (See the review of the PRO-110FD in

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Al Griffin Posted: Jul 28, 2008 0 comments

Q. I'm concerned about the accuracy of the standards used for professional HDTV calibration. In ISF-calibrated sets, the color white always has some other shade mixed in that makes it look slightly gray, brown, or green. But the whites I've seen on most uncalibrated HDTVs look more like the color white as it appears in reality.

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Al Griffin Posted: Jul 24, 2008 0 comments

To people who truly care about movies, the Criterion Collection needs no introduction. The company's deep library of meticulously produced and packaged DVD titles speaks for itself, specializing in art-house fare like Stranger Than Paradise, Mishima, and Au revoir les enfants as well as lesser-known international, documentary, and cult films.

Al Griffin Posted: Jul 21, 2008 0 comments
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$2,400 ($3,200 list) / PANASONIC.COM / 888-843-9788
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Panasonic continues its long-running plasma winning streak with this THX-certified model
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Al Griffin Posted: Jul 20, 2008 0 comments

There are plenty of high-def-capable camcorders available for under $1,000, but in my experience, it's not so easy to find one that meets all your expectations. Up to now, my problem with the new breed of HD cams has been fear of the AVCHD format.

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Al Griffin Posted: Jul 16, 2008 0 comments

Where's the 7.1?

Q. I spent big money for a 7.1-channel speaker setup, but all the new high-def discs have 5.1-channel soundtracks. So, where are the 7.1 discs? Elias J. Vujovich / Southington, OH

Al Griffin Posted: Jul 08, 2008 0 comments
Toshiba's Thin-Frame, ClearFrame LCD 22265001257 Toshiba 52RV530 The design of big-ticket consumer goods tends to reflect the era in which they're made.
Al Griffin Posted: Jul 06, 2008 0 comments
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$7,697 (as tested) / NIVEUSMEDIA.COM / 866-258-2929
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Al Griffin Posted: Jun 18, 2008 0 comments

Q. I've been using separates in my surround system for some time and have a collection of high-end amplifiers. But the surround processing modes, HDMI connectivity, and video upconversion on my preamp/processor are now out of date. New receivers seem to have the latest technology at a much more reasonable price than most of the pre/pros with similar attributes.

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