Home Theater Geeks Podcast

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Scott Wilkinson  |  Jan 03, 2012  |  First Published: Jan 16, 2012  |  0 comments
Home Theater product and movie reviewer David Vaughn and I celebrate the new year by answering questions from the chat room.

Run Time: 56:10

Scott Wilkinson  |  Dec 20, 2011  |  0 comments
In Part 2 of my conversation with Tyll Hertsens, editor of InnerFidelity.com, we get more headphone insight, including the distinction between around-the-ear (circumaural), on-the-ear (supra-aural), earbuds (intraconchal), and in-ear monitors as well as open versus closed designs, wireless headphones, surround simulation, electrostatic and magnaplanar models, Tyll's top picks for 2011, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 56:33

Scott Wilkinson  |  Dec 13, 2011  |  0 comments
Tyll Hertsens, editor of our sibling site InnerFidelity.com, talks about his recently posted "Celebrity Headphone Deathmatch," in which he evaluates some 15 celebrity-endorsed headphones, finding some to be superb and others, well, not so much. Tyll also discusses how the headphone market has changed over the last 10 years, including the surprising trend toward higher prices as everything else in consumer electronics gets cheaper. Plus, answers to chat room questions and more.

Run Time: 1:00:53

Scott Wilkinson  |  Dec 06, 2011  |  2 comments
Kevin Voecks, speaker designer and manager of product development for Harman's Luxury Audio group, returns to the podcast to talk about box speakers versus dipole designs such as electrostats, speaker and subwoofer placement in a room, the importance of first reflections, Harman's new QuantumLogic Surround upmixing algorithms, the placement of multiple height speakers, in-wall/ceiling versus on-wall/ceiling speakers, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 56:23

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 29, 2011  |  0 comments
Michael Lavorgna, editor of our sibling site AudioStream.com, describes his listening room and discusses a variety of topics related to high-quality computer audio, including lossless FLAC compression versus uncompressed WAV, the difference between DACs, sample-rate conversion, DSD DACs, high-resolution music download sites, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 56:36

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 22, 2011  |  0 comments
Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, CTO of Panasonic North America, talks about the importance of online apps in TVs and other consumer electronics products for content delivery and social interaction (including Skype, which he used on a Panasonic Viera VT30 during the podcast), the success of 3D in its first two years, issues surrounding 4K, the importance of mobile content, ultra-premium flat panels, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 58:11

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 15, 2011  |  1 comments
Barb Gonzalez, aka the Simple Tech Guru, talks about Logitech's recent announcement that it will no longer produce the Revue with Google TV as well as other aspects of the Google TV service, including the impending update, Sony's implementation, and LG's rumored involvement. She also reveals her initial impressions of the new Roku 2 streamer, answers chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 1:03:51

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 08, 2011  |  2 comments
Home Theater editor Rob Sabin and I answer questions from the chat room, including the new Sharp Elite flat panel, cheap versus expensive HDMI cables, home-theater-in-a-box systems, 4K, how much to spend on a home-theater system, projectors versus direct-view TVs, LED LCD TVs, rear-projection TVs, THX versus Dolby and DTS, and much more.

Run Time: 1:02:27

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 01, 2011  |  0 comments
Drew Major, co-founder of Novell and Move Networks and now CTO of EchoStar Advanced Technologies, gets geeky about the underlying technology of video streaming, wired versus wireless connections, his invention of adaptive-rate video streaming, meetings with Steve Jobs, the future of IPTV and his conviction that it will eventually supplant broadcast TV, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 59:50

Scott Wilkinson  |  Oct 25, 2011  |  3 comments
Fresh from his presentation of the Richard Heyser Memorial Lecture at the 131st AES Convention, Stereophile editor John Atkinson talks about some of the points he made in that address, including the fundamental differences between objective measurements and subjective listening, mental maps and the nature of reality, blind testing, how some types of audio products that measure poorly are often praised by listeners, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 1:02:00

Scott Wilkinson  |  Oct 18, 2011  |  1 comments
Philip Clements, inventor of the H-PAS (Hybrid Pressure Acceleration System) speaker-loading technology used in his own speakers as well as models from Atlantic Technology, explains how H-PAS combines bass-reflex, acoustic-suspension, and transmission-line techniques to offer many advantages, including extended bass response, lower distortion, and greater dynamic range.

Run Time: 56:20

Scott Wilkinson  |  Oct 11, 2011  |  1 comments
SpectraCal co-founder and CTO Derek Smith talks about the evolution of CalMan, SpectraCal's video-calibration software intended for enthusiasts, the process of calibration, automated calibration, the new eeColor image processor that adjusts a display's color for different amounts of room light, 3D calibration, 4K, expanded color gamuts, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 1:00:54

Scott Wilkinson  |  Sep 27, 2011  |  1 comments
Paul Barton (left), PSB's founder and chief speaker designer, discusses some of the psychoacoustic research and technology that went into his company's first-ever headphones, which also include active noise cancelling. And Greg Stidsen (right), NAD's director of technology and product development, talks about his company's new Viso 1 all-in-one, all-digital stereo speaker package, which Barton helped design.

Run Time: 54:44

Scott Wilkinson  |  Sep 20, 2011  |  0 comments
Laurie Fincham, senior vice president of audio research and development at THX, talks about the difference between live and reproduced music, the importance of exposing consumers to high-quality audio, THX's new analog power amp design that rivals switching amps in efficiency and small size, the theory and application of speaker line arrays, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 1:05:09

 |  Sep 14, 2011  |  3 comments
Home Theater editor Rob Sabin, senior editor Tom Norton, and I chat about what we saw at the 2011 CEDIA Expo, including the new Sharp Elite LCD TV that looks like a worthy successor to the now-legendary Pioneer Kuro plasma, home-theater projectors with 4K resolution or 2.35:1 native aspect ratio, Epson's first LCoS-variant projector that produced a spectacular image for less then $5000, 3D, Atlantic Technology's bass-friendly soundbar, GoldenEars' and Definitive Technology's new bookshelf speakers, PSB's noise-cancelling headphones, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Run Time: 58:16