Thomas J. Norton

Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 13, 2019  |  0 comments
JVC used CEDIA Expo 2019 as a launchpad for its new LX-N23 DLP laser-driven, single chip DLP, 4K projector.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 13, 2019  |  0 comments
Announced in a pre-show blog on the eve of CEDIA Expo 2019, GoldenEar's Bookshelf Reference X (BRX), scheduled for release in early 2020 at an expected retail price of $699 each, has made an impressive splash.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 13, 2019  |  0 comments
CEDIA isn't typically a flat screen television show, so new Ultra HDTV announcements here were rare. Nevertheless, LG featured its new 88-inch 8K OLED and upped it's gaming chops in current E9 and G9 OLED models.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 13, 2019  |  0 comments
As most of you are likely aware, Harman is now owned by Samsung and includes a number of premier audio brands, including JBL, Revel, the recently acquired Arcam.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 13, 2019  |  0 comments
Samsung again showed "The Wall," its impressive 146-inch (diagonal) Micro-LED display. When I asked the price, was quoted $400,000, which was quickly followed up with, "But that includes installation!"
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 13, 2019  |  0 comments
Sony dazzled CEDIA showgoers with its Cinema Crystal LED (Micro LED) display, now available for home installation in screen sizes ranging from 109-inch diagonal to 65-feet!
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 04, 2019  |  10 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $1,000

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Unique adjustability
Outstanding overall performance
Tank-like construction
Minus
Complex adjustments
Won't play SACDs

THE VERDICT
If you're in the market for an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player that can do everything you want, and plenty of things you didn't know you wanted, Panasonic's flagship model leaves little on the table.

When Panasonic introduced its flagship DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray player in early 2018, serious videophiles in the U.S. were set to drooling. Although a less expensive player, the DP-UDP820, had been widely available for some time, this new model clearly offered more. In late 2018, the New York A/V dealer Value Electronics ended up becoming the exclusive U.S. source for the DP-UB9000. That launch proved so successful that Panasonic's flagship player is now widely available, replacing the discontinued Oppo UDP-205 and UDP-203 players as the premium disc spinner du jour.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 03, 2019  |  1 comments
An in-depth look at Blu-ray parameters that can be sorted and studied in a variety of ways.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Aug 28, 2019  |  0 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $1,000

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG support
Great post-calibration performance
Low price
Minus
Limited HDR brightness
Poor off-center picture uniformity
No useful motion-smoothing options

THE VERDICT
Vizio's $1,000 M-Series Quantum set offers impressive performance in a 65-inch screen size for those unwilling to spend hundreds or even thousands more to bring home a bigscreen Ultra HDTV experience.

Vizio has long been a value leader in the HDTV world. And despite recent challenges from Chinese companies at the low end, and even from established Korean and Japanese manufacturers with pricier but still affordable sets, Vizio appears determined to maintain, or even enhance, its position.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Aug 20, 2019  |  1 comments
In TV Tech Explained: Mind Your Gamma I covered gamma and its importance for playback of standard dynamic range (SDR) video. But high dynamic range (HDR) is a new and very different animal.

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