Al Griffin

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Al Griffin Posted: May 04, 2006 0 comments

Here's the deal: It's late, the kid's in bed, the wife is reading, and I'm dying to watch the new Rob Zombie gorefest The Devil's Rejects on DVD. No chance of firing up the full surround sound rig under such conditions, but, hey, there's Dolby Headphone.

Al Griffin Posted: May 03, 2006 0 comments
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A gorgeous system that delivers great sound - but you'll pay for the pleasure.
When TVs made the transition from bulky, oversize boxes to a slimmer, wall-friendl
Al Griffin Posted: May 01, 2006 0 comments
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A tasty-looking set that offers surprisingly good performance at an astonishing price.
Some fascinating technology goes on behind the screen of a plasma HDTV, and it
Al Griffin Posted: Apr 05, 2006 0 comments
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A solid-performing bigscreen HDTV that delivers crisp 1080p pictures at a great price.
When it comes to buzzwords, "HDTV" holds considerable cachet: its ve
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Al Griffin Posted: Apr 03, 2006 0 comments

The compact Targus SoundUP iPod sound enhancer plugs into any third- or fourth-generation iPod or iPod photo and is said to "recreate studio-quality sound" from digitally compressed music. That's a big claim for such a little device - one we had to check out.

Al Griffin Posted: Apr 02, 2006 0 comments

By now, LCD technology has all but taken over the small-screen TV category. You can still buy a small traditional tube set, but most folks looking for a TV to stick in a bedroom or kids' play area will find LCD more appealing. The main reason, of course, is the space-saving flat-panel screen.

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Al Griffin Posted: Feb 03, 2006 0 comments

Do clones deserve the same rights as their human progenitors? That's the ethical dilemma that director Michael Bay grapples with in the sci-fi foray The Island (DreamWorks; Movie •••, Picture/Sound ••••½, Extras ••).

Al Griffin Posted: Feb 03, 2006 0 comments

Color temperature (Mid/Low mode before/Manual mode after calibration): Low window (20-IRE): 6,545/6,670 K High window (80-IRE): 6,443/6,571 K Brightness (100-IRE window before/after calibration): 37.1/35.5 ftL

Al Griffin Posted: Feb 03, 2006 0 comments

Speaker maker JBL is just one part of the Harman International family, but for a brand that makes up only a single slice of a large pie, it has an incredibly diverse product mix. Along with home theater speakers, JBL makes systems for music-recording and film sound-mixing studios, movie theaters, concert halls, computers, and cars.

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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.

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