Brent Butterworth

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Brent Butterworth  |  Oct 09, 2008  |  0 comments

Audio and video often seem like nothing more than numbers games. So much is specified in some kind of figure: 7.1 channels, 200 watts, 800 lumens, 90 decibels. Sure, it's simplistic and pandering, but on the whole it's good. If could deliver this level of precision, I'd be a much happier man.

Brent Butterworth  |  Oct 08, 2008  |  0 comments
The Short Form
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Brent Butterworth  |  Sep 25, 2008  |  0 comments

Many A/V enthusiasts dream of having a custom theater designed by home theater pioneer and Sound & Vision columnist Theo Kalomirakis. But mystery novelists Jonathan and Faye Kellerman (Capital Crimes, When the Bough Breaks) have something twice as nice: two theaters designed by Theo.

Brent Butterworth  |  Sep 25, 2008  |  0 comments

Most video display demos aren't terribly convincing. First, the manufacturer spends 15 minutes telling you about his whiz-bang new technology. Next, he turns on the display and shows you pictures of flowers, vegetables, and Japanese girls in bikinis.

Brent Butterworth  |  Sep 10, 2008  |  0 comments
Foxl: A David Among Goliaths foxLmb/ Foxl foxLmb These days, traveling sucks for everyone, but it's always been hard on the audiophile.
Brent Butterworth  |  Sep 07, 2008  |  0 comments

Some people's idea of a perfect speaker might not be a big ugly black box that delivers pristine performance. Obviously, these folks' priorities are way out of whack.

Brent Butterworth  |  Sep 04, 2008  |  0 comments

Ever notice how many custom installers are losing their hair? That's because they pulled it all out in frustration over HDMI.

Brent Butterworth  |  Aug 25, 2008  |  0 comments

Everyone who's hip to home theater knows the state-of-the-art in video is a constant-height projection system. And everyone who's hip to home theater also knows they can't afford one.

Or can they?

Brent Butterworth  |  Aug 18, 2008  |  0 comments

Some people have the common sense to get alarm systems. Others set up all sorts of lights and timers to make the bad guys think they're home when they're not. I thought I was pretty smart for being a member of the latter group - until last week when my neighbor asked, "Were you gone Monday and Tuesday? I noticed your light timer was on."

Brent Butterworth  |  Jul 30, 2008  |  0 comments

What's the most popular audio evaluation tool in the world? It's RadioShack's model 33-4050 sound level meter. What's the most controversial audio evaluation tool in the world? That same little $45 meter.