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Titanic: Blood & Steel – A Compelling 12-Part Miniseries

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

I’ve long been a fan of the Titanic saga, well before the 1997 film. I loved that one, but mainly for the stunning effects and James Horner’s magnificent score, not the badly written soap opera that took up over half of its running time. This week it returned to my attention, partly because in a few days the 107th anniversary of the disaster will arrive (April 15, though no one typically commemorates such an odd number) and partly because last week I re-watched a story of the Titanic on Blu-ray as one of the sources I used for a product review.
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LG Rolls Out its 2019 Ultra HDTVs

By | March 26th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Shortly after sending out formal press releases for its 2019 television and audio lineups earlier this month (the products were first shown at the 2019 CES in January), LG held a March 20th press event in New York to expand on the details. LG began by noting that of the 36+ million sets sold in the U.S. market alone in 2018, only 2.4 million were priced above $1,000. Also notable is that 36% of the TVs sold in the U.S. for more than $2,000 were 70-inches or above.
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Why Are Disney’s UHD Blu-ray Soundtracks Falling Short of the Mark?

By | March 12th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Maybe I’m just in a bad mood from having dental surgery yesterday, or maybe there’s something odd happening at Disney these days. But what, exactly, is going on with some of their Ultra HD Blu-ray soundtracks?
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Is This the Videodiscapocalypse?

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The recent decision by Samsung to cease selling Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray players (at least in the U.S.), reported elsewhere on this site, has been taken by many as foreshadowing the death of video on physical media. Add in Oppo’s cessation of player manufacturing last year, and the statistically significant falloff in disc sales (confirmed locally by a recent, dramatic reduction in the shelf space devoted to video discs at my nearest Best Buy), and, the news certainly isn’t encouraging.
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Is This the Videodisc Apocalypse?

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The recent decision by Samsung to cease selling Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray players (at least in the U.S.), reported elsewhere on this site, has been taken by many as foreshadowing the death of video on physical media. Add in Oppo’s cessation of player manufacturing last year, and the statistically significant falloff in disc sales (confirmed locally by a recent, dramatic reduction in the shelf space devoted to video discs at my nearest Best Buy), and, the news certainly isn’t encouraging.
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How to Use EQ & Measurements to Tame the Effects of Your Room

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Whether you live in a McMansion, a hovel, or something in between, the most influential component in your audio or home theater system is the room. Given at least a basic level of quality in your components, it isn’t even close.


We do acclimate fairly easily to our own listening space, which allows one to overlook response deviations that would make you abandon audio for fly fishing were you to see them on a graph. I’ve had many different rooms over the years, and until I acquired some basic measurement equipment was often quite happy with them once I’d settled in.

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TV at CES 2019, The Sequel

By | January 29th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

With apologies to Samsung and a few others who haven’t made the OLED plunge, and show no signs of doing so, OLED remains today’s hottest flat screen technology. But the battle continues as UHDTV manufacturers scramble to take the next big technological leap. That will likely be Micro LED…
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CES and All its Many New TVs…Without the Sore Feet

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

A reported 180,000 eager retailers, custom installers, press, and assorted hangers-on descended on Las Vegas last week for the annual, trade-only CES. I wasn’t one of them.
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Double Feature: The Lion King (1994) and Prometheus (2012)

By | December 18th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

An odd but strangely rewarding pairing of two movies on 4K Blu-ray, one of which left my jaw on the floor.
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How I Put Audyssey Room Correction to Work for Me

By | December 5th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Room correction is a process by which you eliminate (or I should say, attempt to eliminate) the nasty acoustic qualities of a small room. Many variables are at play, not the least of which are the acoustic characteristics of your room, but today’s room correction systems can be very helpful in improving room response. Here I share my recent experience with one of these systems.
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