Adrienne Maxwell

Adrienne Maxwell  |  Dec 15, 2007  |  Published: Dec 04, 2007  |  0 comments
Can 120-hertz technology set LCD free from its motion limitations?

Given the explosion of LCD sales, one might expect LCD manufacturers to simply ease up on technology development. The average consumer seems quite pleased with LCD's image quality, so why change anything? It is to the manufacturers' credit that they continue to strive for improvement, to create a picture that both everyday users and videophiles can appreciate. Thus far, they've focused their efforts on two performance areas: motion and black level.

Adrienne Maxwell  |  Dec 07, 2007  |  1 comments
Technology and green living converge in the LivingHome.
Adrienne Maxwell  |  Nov 11, 2007  |  0 comments
How to set up your TV to look its best.
Adrienne Maxwell  |  Nov 02, 2007  |  0 comments
Is a 1080p video processor worth the investment?

Remember the days when interlaced was a term used primarily by basket-weavers, and scaling was something the dentist did to your teeth when you didn't floss? Ah, those were good times. . . simpler times, when you didn't need a degree in electrical engineering to pick out a new television set. As we enter the era of large-screen 1080p displays, video processing—or the ability to convert all signal types, from 480i SDTV and DVD to 720p/1080i HDTV to 1080p high-def DVD, to a TV's native resolution—plays a more important role than ever before in overall performance. Even an average TV can make high-quality HD sources look good; the real test is how good a lesser-quality 480i signal looks when blown up on that big 1080p screen.

Adrienne Maxwell  |  Sep 03, 2007  |  Published: Aug 03, 2007  |  0 comments
At 42 inches, how much resolution do you need?

Do you need 1080p in a 42-inch flat panel? This is an important question, especially for plasma manufacturers that fear losing customers to the LCD camp at this highly coveted screen size. Up until now, plasma technology's cell structure has made it difficult to fit 1,920 by 1,080 pixels into a 42-inch screen size, which seems to have put them at a competitive disadvantage. As I write this, the first true 1080p 42-inch plasma (a Panasonic) is about to hit the shelves at a price of $2,500, but the market is already littered with 42-inch 1080p LCDs priced under $2,000. If consumers believe that they must have 1080p right now, it's fairly obvious which route they'll go.

Adrienne Maxwell  |  Aug 31, 2007  |  1 comments

<I>Nothing is quite as simple as it seems in this award-winning home theater. </I>

Adrienne Maxwell  |  Aug 28, 2007  |  0 comments

<I>Driven by his passion for movies, this homeowner truly went the distance to create his ideal home theater.</I>

Adrienne Maxwell  |  Aug 22, 2007  |  1 comments

<I>Creative solutions for a theater's, er, shortcomings.</I>

Adrienne Maxwell  |  Jul 16, 2007  |  Published: Jun 16, 2007  |  0 comments
Several new technologies are poised to break the ties that bind.

Imagine being able to place that brand-new flat-panel HDTV anywhere in your living room without having to figure out how to hide the video cable that tethers it to your A/V receiver, DVD player, or set-top box. You won't have to imagine it much longer as wireless HD transmission moves from the drawing board to the retail shelves. As always seems to be the case in this industry, we'll go from having virtually no options to having multiple technologies competing for the attention of manufacturers and consumers alike.

Adrienne Maxwell  |  Jul 02, 2007  |  Published: Jun 29, 2007  |  0 comments
Video: 2
Audio: 3
Extras: 4
The Last King of Scotland isn’t the first film to weave a fictional story around real-life people and events, but I struggled with this one’s questionable dramatization of some actual events. As a piece of fiction, though, it’s a gripping tale of a young Scotsman who becomes Ugandan president Idi Amin’s personal physician and witnesses Amin’s transformation from visionary to madman.