Al Griffin

Al Griffin  |  Oct 03, 2006  |  0 comments

The ongoing iPodification of audio has generated a huge number of products designed to sync up with, amplify, and otherwise expand the possibilities of Apple's ubiquitous player. Many first-wave iPod add-ons got the cosmetic part right (white plastic cabinet? check!) but failed to impress when it came to music reproduction.

Al Griffin  |  Sep 04, 2006  |  0 comments
What We Think
After some tweaking, this LCD panel looked great on high-def sports, but less so with DVDs and regular TV channels
You've got to hand it to LCD technology for it
Al Griffin  |  Sep 03, 2006  |  0 comments

After it was introduced in the middle of the last century, the TV set remained basically unchanged for decades.

While there were minor design variations along the way, it wasn't until flat-panel plasma and LCD sets arrived that manufacturers finally gave us a new take on the tired old tube.

Al Griffin  |  Sep 01, 2006  |  0 comments

I'd been eagerly looking forward to the arrival of a Blu-ray Disc player at Sound & Vision since - well, ever since the rival HD DVD format launched last April. But our first round of Blu-ray movie watching ended with executive editor Rob Sabin and I walking away disappointed and confused.

Al Griffin  |  Aug 03, 2006  |  0 comments

If forced to list common traits of the many new flat TV-friendly speaker systems that have crossed my path of late, I'd document them as follows: slim form factor, two-grand price point (approximately), generous application of shiny metallic and gloss-black surfaces in the cabinet design. The components of the new JBL Cinema Sound speaker system fit into that mold perfectly.

Al Griffin  |  Aug 02, 2006  |  0 comments

Just how slim can speakers get? It's a question I find myself pondering these days as wave after wave of skinny speakers arrives on my doorstep for testing. Looking over the elegant, metal-clad CS-System 3 speakers from British newcomer Audica - a company of audio veterans who previously did time at established UK speaker outfits like Mission - the answer is: remarkably slim.

Al Griffin  |  Jul 05, 2006  |  0 comments

The New World (New Line; Movie •••½, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras •••), Terrence Malick's film about the fateful collision of English settlers with Native Americans in 1607, is short on dialogue and long on trippy shots of sunlight leaking through virgin forests.

Al Griffin  |  Jul 03, 2006  |  0 comments

Samsung has its hands in so many different TV categories - front- and rear-projection DLP TVs, flat-panel plasma and LCD sets, even old-school cathode-ray tube models - that it's hard to keep track of all the stuff they sell.

Al Griffin  |  Jun 09, 2006  |  0 comments

So much fuss has been made about Brokeback Mountain (Lionsgate; Movie ••••½, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras •••), especially after it was nominated for eight Oscars (winning three), that it's not worth rehashing the details here.

Al Griffin  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments
What We Think
With its deep, inky blacks and sharp detail, this HDTV excels in most areas of picture quality.
Flat-panel LCD HDTVs typically cost more than their big-screen plasma

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