Al Griffin

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Al Griffin Posted: Jul 03, 2006 0 comments

Samsung has its hands in so many different TV categories - front- and rear-projection DLP TVs, flat-panel plasma and LCD sets, even old-school cathode-ray tube models - that it's hard to keep track of all the stuff they sell.

Al Griffin Posted: Jul 03, 2006 0 comments

Color temperature (Movie preset/Warm 2 Color Tone before/after calibration): Low window (30-IRE): 6,885/6,431 K High window (80-IRE): 6,431/6,524 K Brightness (100-IRE window before/after calibration): 31.6/26.6 ftL

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Al Griffin Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments

So much fuss has been made about Brokeback Mountain (Lionsgate; Movie ••••½, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras •••), especially after it was nominated for eight Oscars (winning three), that it's not worth rehashing the details here.

Al Griffin Posted: Jun 04, 2006 0 comments

Color temperature (Color 1 preset before/after calibration): Low window (30 IRE): 7,438/6,758 K High window (80 IRE): 6,833/6,355 K Brightness (100-IRE window before/after calibration): 61.1/40.4 ftL

Al Griffin Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments
What We Think
With its deep, inky blacks and sharp detail, this HDTV excels in most areas of picture quality.
Flat-panel LCD HDTVs typically cost more than their big-screen plasma
Al Griffin Posted: May 11, 2006 0 comments

Color temperature (User mode before/after calibration): Low window (20-IRE): 6,220/6,425 K High window (80-IRE): 6,472/6,517 K Brightness (100-IRE window before/after calibration): 48.7/37.5 ftL

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Al Griffin Posted: May 09, 2006 0 comments

David Lean's 1970 epic Ryan's Daughter (Warner; Movie •••½, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras ••••) gets the grand treatment in this two-disc special edition. Sourced from restored 65mm picture elements, the 2.2:1 transfer is consistently crisp, revealing every crag in stone houses.

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Al Griffin Posted: May 05, 2006 0 comments

Back in October 2004, we tested the ZVOX audio system, an all-in-one "virtual" surround option for those who want something better than built-in TV speakers. Now comes the $199 ZVOX mini audio system, a shrunk-down, portable version intended to provide sound for music players like the iPod or for TVs.

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Al Griffin Posted: May 05, 2006 0 comments

Right now is a great time to buy an HDTV. Why? Because prices have dropped to where many people can actually afford one. Another reason: the explosion of choices brought on by recent advances in technology. From compact flat-panel TVs with 20-inch screens to expansive rear-projection sets with 70-inch or larger displays, there's an HDTV out there custom-made for you. But which one?

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Al Griffin Posted: May 04, 2006 0 comments
When DVD appeared in early 1997, it didn't take much prodding for people to trash their collections of primitive VHS tapes and embrace the shiny new disc. The dramatic boost in picture and sound quality had a lot to do with it - when experienced on a widescreen TV along with 5.1-channel sound, watching a DVD was almost like sitting in a movie theater.

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