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Al Griffin  |  Sep 27, 2013  |  0 comments
TiVo, the savvy couch potato’s alternative to a cable company DVR, just rolled out its 5th-gen Roamio platform. Roamio comes in 3 flavors: Core ($200), Plus ($400), and Pro ($600). The difference between the three comes down to storage (the Pro tops things off at 3 Terabytes) and options (the core Roamio has just cable and off-air tuning, while the Plus/Pro add streaming capability). TiVo service will run you $14.99/month.
Al Griffin  |  Sep 26, 2013  |  0 comments
Sonos’ Playbar soundbar uses proprietary tech to beam surround sound from its 9-driver array. To judge from the demo I caught at CEDIA — my first-ever experience with the Playbar — the effect is impressive. But some people may prefer real surround speakers located in the rear of the room. The company offers up its Play:3 wireless speakers for that very purpose, but custom installers have been bugging them to provide a solution that expands surround speaker options for the Playbar.
Al Griffin  |  Sep 26, 2013  |  0 comments
Stewart Filmscreen is a company whose name is strongly linked with the dedicated home theater concept, but even they acknowledge that the concept is in decline. People are starting to gravitate toward viewing movies and TV in open, multiple-use living spaces, not dark, isolated viewing vaults.
Al Griffin  |  Sep 26, 2013  |  0 comments
DVDO showed off its new Air3 WirelessHD adapter ($199), a wireless HDMI solution that sends uncompressed HD video (up to 1080p/60-rez) and 7.1 channel audio over the 60 GHz band. DVDO says that the new unit has a more robust radio its previous version of the Air, which means less possibility for interference. The Air3 also has a much smaller footprint, along with flexible mounting options that let you squeeze the receiver component behind a flat-panel TV mount. The receiver draws power via USB, so you can simply plug it into your TV’s USB port, while the transmitter features an MHL2-capable HDMI input that accepts up to 1080p/60-rez signals from a compatible smartphone or tablet.
Al Griffin  |  Sep 23, 2013  |  9 comments
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Q. I recently bought an Oppo BDP-103 Blu-ray player. A key reason for buying it was to connect a cable TV box to the Oppo’s HDMI input and tap the player’s superior video processing to improve TV picture quality. Will it be necessary to set the equipment up in such a way as to avoid the TV’s video processing? —Doug Crowley / Santa Monica, CA

Al Griffin  |  Feb 10, 2004  |  0 comments
Equipment photos by Tony Cordoza Once upon a time, HDTVs were really, really expensive.
Al Griffin  |  Sep 08, 2012  |  0 comments

Both Sony and LG had 84-inch edge-lit LCD TVs on display at CEDIA. What distinguishes these sets from other oversized TVs from companies like Sharp, etc. is that they have a resolution of 4K (actually, 3,840 x 2,160, or “Quad Full” HD).

Al Griffin  |  Mar 31, 2004  |  0 comments
The piercing sounds of the action/splatterfest Freddy vs.
Al Griffin  |  Oct 03, 2006  |  0 comments

Color temperature (User preset/Low color temperature before calibration / User preset/Manual color temperature after calibration): Low window (30 IRE): 6,278/6,501 K High window (80 IRE): 6,089/6,620 K Brightness (100-IRE window before/after calibration): 36.7/34.3 ftL

Al Griffin  |  Jan 02, 2008  |  0 comments

Color temperature (Movie Mode/Warm 2 Color Temperature before/after calibration): 20 IRE: 7,472 / 6,399 K 30 IRE: 7,148 / 6,458 K 40 IRE: 7,314 / 6,679 K 50 IRE: 6,833 / 6,484 K 60 IRE: 6,829 / 6,520 K 70 IRE: 6,786 / 6,489 K 80 IRE: 6,594 / 6,423 K 90 IRE: 6,757 / 6,626 K 100 IRE: 6,657 / 6,654 K Brightness (100-IRE window): 36 / 35 ftL