Home Theater Geeks Podcast

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Scott Wilkinson  |  Dec 29, 2010  |  0 comments
Ty Roberts, CTO of Gracenote, discusses how his company maintains a huge database of metadata about CDs, DVDs, and other electronic media that can then be accessed by anyone who wants more info about those titles and/or discover new music and movies they might like; the future of IPTV; Gracenote algorithms that analyze musical structure based on the audio itself; and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 57:04

Scott Wilkinson  |  Dec 23, 2010  |  0 comments
Legendary amplifier designer Dan D'Agostino talks about how he got started in the business, co-founding Krell, the evolution of amp design, leaving Krell and starting a new company under his own name, his new Momentum amp, the demise of audio quality in the MP3 generation, his about-face on the sonic effect of cables, the poor timing of CES, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 57:09

Scott Wilkinson  |  Dec 15, 2010  |  0 comments
Kevin Wines, Image Technology Director for THX, talks about the history of THX and its commitment to preserving the content creators' artistic intent, what's involved in THX certification of 2D and 3D displays, the variability of measurements in THX mode, 3D technology at home and in the commercial cinema, how to optimize the 3D experience at home, THX Optimizer on discs and in set-top boxes, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 58:22

Scott Wilkinson  |  Dec 08, 2010  |  2 comments
Digital-cinema consultant David Reisner discusses the transition from film to d-cinema and the differences between them, such as resolution, colorimetry, cameras, production, and delivery as well as the creation of the Standard Evaluation Material (StEM) and Camera Assesment Series (CAS) of images, which are used to verify the performance of d-cinema projectors and help filmmakers select the right digital camera for each project, respectively.

Run Time: 56:00

Click below to see some graphics from the show and a list of scenes from various movies that David uses as test material.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Dec 01, 2010  |  0 comments
Alan Kraemer, CTO of SRS Labs and president of the 3D Audio Alliance, talks about the new Multi-Dimensional Audio standard, which replaces channel-based formats with an object-oriented transport stream. This future-proof transport stream specifies where each sound-emitting object is and how it moves in 3D space, and the rendering/playback system uses whatever resources it has—from a single-speaker cell phone to a full-blown multichannel home theater—to reproduce the sounds as best it can in their intended spatial locations.

Run Time: 46:29

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 25, 2010  |  2 comments
Home Theater and UAV senior editor Tom Norton and I share setup tips for your home theater, including speaker and subwoofer placement, seating distance vs. screen size, video and audio connections, picture mode and basic picture settings, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 1:00:27

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 17, 2010  |  1 comments
Nelson Pass, founder of Pass Labs and legendary do-it-yourself guru, reveals how he got into electronics and discusses his work at ESS with Oskar Heil, co-founding Threshold Electronics, his new venture called First Watt, various DIY amplifier and speaker projects, the importance of the DIY community, the operation of various types of transistors (including the new static-induction transistors), and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 59.30

Click below to see some photos of Pass projects.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 10, 2010  |  3 comments
World-renowned home-theater designer Theo Kalomirakis talks about how he got into the business, the allure of grand movie palaces, the details of some of his spectacular theaters, balancing design and performance, working with interior designers and architects, the importance of lighting in a home theater, perforated vs. non-perforated screens, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 1:02:04

Click below to see some photos of Kalomirakis-designed theaters.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 03, 2010  |  3 comments
Chris Huston—musician, recording engineer/producer, and acoustical engineer—shares stories from his incredible life, including growing up in Liverpool with the Beatles, getting arrested in East Germany with his band The Undertakers, having dinner with Charles Manson, and working and hanging out with The Who, Keith Moon, Jimi Hendrix, and other big-name musicians as well as how the art of making records has changed over the years, how the acoustics of recording studios and home listening rooms differ, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 51:51

Click on the title to see some photos.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Oct 27, 2010  |  6 comments
Home-theater consultant Jeremy Kipnis discusses the gear in his own theater space—deemed the most expensive and technically complex in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records for the last three years—as well as his pursuit of absolute accuracy in audio and video reproduction, 4K vs 3D, projection screens, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 52:25

Update: Photos of the theater added to this post; check 'em out!

Scott Wilkinson  |  Oct 20, 2010  |  0 comments
Don Stewart, a third-generation owner/partner at Stewart Filmscreen, talks about the company's more than 60-year history, projection-screen basics such as gain and aspect ratios, white vs. gray vs. "black" screens, acoustically transparent screens, curved screens, 3D screens, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 58:08

Scott Wilkinson  |  Oct 13, 2010  |  0 comments
In his second papearance on Home Theater Geeks, Mark Waldrep, AIX Records' founder, president, and chief engineer, discusses his latest recording sessions in which he captured 3D high-def video as well as high-def audio, his concept of recorded private musical performances as opposed to conventional music and concert videos, high-definition surround music, the equipment he uses to capture and mix HD audio, why he prefers dynamic speakers over electrostatics, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 55:53

Scott Wilkinson  |  Oct 06, 2010  |  0 comments
Film and TV composer Jeff Rona talks about the difference between recording music for its own sake and music for movies and TV shows, the use of live musicians and electronic instruments, working in Hans Zimmer's studio, how audio-production technology has changed over the years, his own home-theater system, and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 58:57

Scott Wilkinson  |  Sep 29, 2010  |  6 comments
HT senior editor Tom Norton and Stereophile contributing editor Kal Rubinson offer their impressions of the 2010 CEDIA Expo, including interesting products they saw and heard, their favorite audio and video demos, industry trends, and more.

Run Time: 52:37

Scott Wilkinson  |  Sep 28, 2010  |  2 comments
Bob Farinelli, president and CTO of Elan Home Systems, discusses what people need to think about when considering a whole-house A/V system; distributing audio via line level, speaker level, and S/PDIF digital; long HDMI runs; wired vs. WiFi IP distribution; wall-mounted keypads vs handheld remotes; eliminating audio delay in "party mode"; and answers to chat-room questions.

Run Time: 45:20