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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2015 0 comments
But didn't they used to make turntables? Or more specifically, record changers?
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2015 0 comments
On my walk from the Westgate hotel to the convention center I passed through the North Hall and ran into...a car show! Well not exactly, though most major car makers had room on the show floor. The emphasis was on car electronics and electronic car accessories.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2015 0 comments
Fellow video scribe Pete Putman has described CES as the Chinese Electronics show. While not quite the case, you might think so if your only exposure to the show was the walk between the Las Vegas Convention Center and the adjoining Westgate hotel...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2015 0 comments
An increasing number of manufacturers are starting to use Quantum Dots as a light source for their LCD TVs, replacing LEDs. QD Vision is a major supplier of these devices...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2015 0 comments
Sharp’s 4K UHD lineup consists of three ranges, with a (claimed) wider selection of truly big screens than any other company. Sharp also showed a Super Slim UHDTV, less than ½ inch thick.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2015 0 comments
TCL is one of the Chinese HDTV makers vying for attention at CES. While still little known in this country, the company claims to have produced 30 million HDTVs this year, the bulk of them going, so far, to markets other than the U.S. (most, of course, were sold in China). The company has 75,000 employees, with 23 R&D facilities, 21 manufacturing bases, and markets in 80 countries. It’s also building a new panel factory (it also sells panels to other manufacturers, some of them outside of China, for use in their sets). That factory will be 70% devoted to making TFT LCD panels and, interestingly, 30% to OLED.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2015 Published: Jan 05, 2015 0 comments
Ultra-D is a development of Stream TV Networks, in conjunction with partnering companies, to offer glasses free 3D. Their press event was a less elaborate affair than the usual CES press event (though the awful photograph shown here is largely my fault!).
Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 02, 2015 3 comments
PRICE $1,999

Bargain price for a 65-inch Ultra HD set
Good blacks and shadow detail
Impressive sound
Clips above white and below black
Odd gamma
Typical LCD off-axis performance
Wobbly stand

The JVC required considerable tweaking to get the best from it, but once dialed in, it looked excellent with 4K test patterns and 1080p Blu-ray material.

AmTRAN plans to raise the 4K Ultra HD bar by lowering the price. AmTRAN who, you may ask? Based in Taiwan, the company is a major maker of video displays, both consumer and professional, for a variety of brands, the biggest of which is Vizio. In 2010, AmTRAN licensed the JVC brand to put on its flat-screen HDTVs in North America, which are sold and marketed by its U.S. subsidiary AmTRAN Video Corporation. This is the first JVC flat panel we’ve tested since that company left the TV business a few years ago to focus its display business on LCOS projectors.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Dec 23, 2014 4 comments
(Mildly revised)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Papa was puzzled, but he didn’t grouse.

The toys weren’t assembled, the hour was late And Ma was exhausted, her patience not great.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds While visions of video games danced in their heads.
And with Ma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap We were far from enjoying a long winter's nap.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Dec 09, 2014 0 comments
Somewhere in the dim past I wrote a blog on whether or not you might want to work with a custom installer in designing and building setting up your home theater or media room. In a random search through my computer files (as messy as any physical file system on the planet!) on a different subject I came across it again. It appears to have been written for one of the newsletter in the now defunct Stereophile Guide to Home Theater/Ultimate AV. In the hope that it might be as pertinent now as it was then (given a significant update), here it is again...