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Al Griffin  |  Jul 06, 2008  |  0 comments
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$7,697 (as tested) / NIVEUSMEDIA.COM / 866-258-2929
Al Griffin  |  Oct 24, 2013  |  1 comments
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Q I am looking to buy an amplifier and speakers manufactured someplace other than China. Can you recommend some options? My budget is $2,000 total for both amp and speakers (tower or bookshelf). —Gopal Venkat / via email

I cut the political content from your question because I don’t feel that this column is the best forum to discuss those issues. That said, I’m happy to help you find gear in your price range that’s made someplace other than China.

Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
Chinese TV makers are all over CES showing sets with the same high-end tech that Korean and Japanese companies are touting. While some companies — HiSense, for example — will sell those models through outlets familiar to U.S. consumers like Best Buy, others like Konka have no plans to ship their premium models to these shores.
Al Griffin  |  Apr 03, 2008  |  0 comments

Step into the TV section of any big-box electronics store, and you're bound to see endless rows of LCD sets lining the shelves. While this surplus of options can make it tough to decide on a specific LCD model, the upside is that the competition for your flat-panel TV dollar has resulted in a number of great deals.

Al Griffin  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
Onkyo is not one to miss out on audio trends. Any time that Dolby or DTS dreams up a new innovation — holographic, object-based, bone-induction surround, for example — you know that Onkyo will be the first to feature it in their AV receivers.
Al Griffin  |  Apr 14, 2014  |  4 comments
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QI have an Oppo BDP-105 Blu-ray player, a Marantz AV7701 preamp, five Marantz monoblock amps, and Definitive Technology speakers. Given the rave reviews of the Oppo player’s built-in DACs, how would you recommend I set my system up to optimize sound quality? Should I bypass my preamp and hook the Oppo up directly to my monoblock amps, or should I use an HDMI connection to run everything through the Marantz? —Dick Costello / via e-mail

Al Griffin  |  Dec 13, 2016  |  0 comments

2D Performance
3D Performance
PRICE $579

Great value
Good overall performance
Backlit remote control
Limited installation features
So-so contrast

Good overall performance, ample adjustments, and a low price make Optoma’s HD142X a great entry-level projector.

You might not be aware of it, but there’s a new war going on. No, it’s not between countries, ideologies, or individuals; it’s between DLP projector manufacturers. A handful of companies are battling to provide a single-chip model that delivers the best-looking, brightest picture at the lowest price. Over the past few months, I’ve reported on two such projectors, the ViewSonic LightStream Pro7827HD ($890, Sound & Vision, September) and the InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080 ($549, see review at Next up: Optoma’s HD142X ($579), another affordable model aimed at the casual home theater fan and gamer.

Al Griffin  |  Nov 03, 2006  |  0 comments

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