Thomas J. Norton

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jul 23, 2024  |  0 comments
Is your home theater or music system protected from summer thunderstorms and other major weather events? Once personal safety concerns have been addressed, here are a few preventative measures you can take to keep your AV gear safe.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jul 09, 2024  |  6 comments
Whether new A/V fans are into basic two-channel audio, the full home theater schtick, or both, they'll eventually acquire a collection of physical (packaged) media that need to be stored somewhere. Here are some tips on how and where to store those precious discs — and maybe even a few tapes.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jun 25, 2024  |  1 comments
Earlier this month the West honored the 80th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. The ceremonies commemorated the Allied invasion of Nazi Germany's occupied Europe, which together with the then Soviet Union battering Germany from the east, would culminate in Germany's surrender almost a year later in May 1945. The war with Japan would end soon after, in August 1945.

Here are three recommended videos on Winston Churchill, a pivotal figure in the outcome of the War.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jun 11, 2024  |  2 comments
Sometime in late 2019, as I was waiting at an airport for a connecting flight, I removed my Bose noise-canceling headphones and set them down on the empty seat beside me. A little later I got up to find my departure gate and in the rush left the headphones on the seat! I remembered a couple of minutes later, but when I returned the headphones were gone. Some lucky traveler is probably still using them...
Thomas J. Norton  |  May 07, 2024  |  8 comments
How often do you look for the music credit line in a movie you're watching or want to see? Probably not often if ever, unless the composer is one of the big names. That means, in all likelihood, names such as John Williams (essentially retired) or Hans Zimmer. Throw in a few other names you might recognize, such as Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings), the late Jerry Goldsmith (Alien, Tora, Tora, Tora, and countless others), and the also late James Horner (best known for Titanic but that's only one of his many memorable scores).
Thomas J. Norton  |  Apr 23, 2024  |  4 comments
I've blogged on audio (and video) shows before but there's always something more that needs to be said on the subject. Every year new hi-fi shows seem to pop up, though some will inevitably fade while others come along to fill the gaps. I've never been involved in organizing an audio show, but can imagine that it's a hectic, rewarding, but often difficult business (our sister publication, Stereophile actually ran a few annual audio shows years ago).
Thomas J. Norton  |  Apr 09, 2024  |  6 comments
While movies and other categories of (primarily) non-musical programming dominate what we hear and see in our home theaters, it's a good bet that if you've been into this hobby for more than a few years it all began with music. But there's more to music than simply listening to it with no images involved apart from those in our head. How those artists not only sing but also act out a song can be a critical part of the overall experience.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Mar 26, 2024  |  5 comments
I recently visited LG's New Jersey U.S. headquarters to get the scoop on its 2024 lineup of QNED and OLED TVs. Here's what I learned.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Mar 12, 2024  |  5 comments
Since the early days of primitive computing, humanity has pondered the possibilities of advanced computers ultimately taking over and rendering their creators irrelevant. Most of you will recognize the quote in the headline as originally spoken in the 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. It seems more relevant today than ever.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Feb 13, 2024  |  4 comments
If you find yourself experiencing a flashback on reading this blog, you're not alone. Last summer I wrote a similar piece. But there's always new ground to cover, particularly on the subject of TV setup and calibration. Some of the material here is similar to that in the prior blog, but in other ways the results are different.

An accurate calibration requires that the calibrator be trained, have access to specialized test gear and PC calibration software (of the latter, Calman from Portrait Displays is the best known and most widely used)...