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Al Griffin Posted: Dec 13, 2004 0 comments

While HDTVs are a lot cheaper now than they were a few years back, the options are still limited if you're looking to score a high-def model for not too much cash. You can get a hefty direct-view tube TV for less than $1,000, but the screen size on that baby is likely to be only 30 inches or less - too small if you want an engaging home theater experience.

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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 14, 2013 0 comments

If one thing was clear at CES 2013, it was that Smart features on top-of-the line TVs had advanced substantially over those found on last year’s models.

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Al Griffin Posted: May 29, 2013 1 comments

The 2002 film version of Spider-Man was a success on many levels, but most of its magic can be attributed to director Sam Raimi (he of Evil Dead fame), who put his distinctive visual stamp on the production. Spider-Man is also perfectly cast, with Tobey Maguire playing a wide-eyed Peter Parker, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane, and Willem Dafoe chewing up the screen as Spider-Man nemesis Green Goblin.

Al Griffin Posted: Nov 03, 2006 0 comments

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Al Griffin Posted: Dec 03, 1988 0 comments

Color temperature (Theater Mode/Low Color Temperature before/after calibration): 20 IRE: 6,797 / 6,720 K 30 IRE: 6,632 / 6,584 K 40 IRE: 6,596 / 6,596 K 50 IRE: 6,678 / 6,599 K 60 IRE: 6,654 / 6,561 K 70 IRE: 6,564 / 6,422 K 80 IRE: 6,483 / 6,483 K 90 IRE: 6,397 / 6,648 K 100 IRE: 6,579 / 6,423 K Brightness (100-IRE window): 40 / 41 ftL

Al Griffin Posted: Oct 03, 2005 0 comments

Audiophiles and musicians alike will recognize the name Tannoy from the pro-sound world - the company's speakers are used in recording studios around the globe. So I was surprised to see speakers from such a serious outfit show up in a funky, fun package like the Arena system. The Arena's podlike satellites owe a debt to 1970s sci-fi style: think rounded, organic, and amoeboid.

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Al Griffin Posted: Sep 22, 2008 0 comments

OVERSCAN BLU(ES)

Q. My HDTV has a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and its overscan is about 2.5%. Does that mean that I'm losing 2.5% of the image area that I should be seeing?

Al Griffin Posted: Sep 16, 2010 0 comments

For some, 3D TV’s arrival came on a bit too suddenly. Avatar was still lighting up theater screens when the first 3D sets checked in to tempt us with the promise of stereoscopic golf tournaments — as if that alone was reason enough to buy a new TV. But while it’s easy to dismiss the whole matter as a marketing-driven phenomenon, even the most cynical consumer would be foolish to not at least consider the possibility that they might one day want to watch things in 3D.

Al Griffin Posted: Jul 21, 2008 0 comments
The Short Form
$2,400 ($3,200 list) / PANASONIC.COM / 888-843-9788
Snapshot
Panasonic continues its long-running plasma winning streak with this THX-certified model

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