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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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Black Friday Cometh

By | November 20th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

I have little experience with Black Friday mania, having studiously avoided any contact with Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, or Targea on that frenzied day. Black Friday doesn’t mean a day of mourning, but is rather named for the day of the year when retailers anticipate their annual sales will finally go positive—out of the red and into the black.


And there’s no denying it to be an important day to people with plastic and a yearning for good stuff at fire-sale prices.

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Made in China

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

I don’t know if you’ve noticed (though how could you not) that a lot of the stuff we buy these days is made in China. It ranges from the remarkably cheap (like the lightweight, pleated jacket I bought last year in Walmart (for less than the price of a CD or Blu-ray) to the very expensive (such as Buick’s new Envision SUV—yes, that’s made in the PRC as well, the first U.S. car made there, by GM Shanghai). It’s difficult to buy anything today without encountering a product made in China as the only viable alternative.
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Made in China: What it Means for AV Gear

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

I don’t know if you’ve noticed (though how could you not) that a lot of the stuff we buy these days is made in China. It ranges from the remarkably cheap (like the lightweight, pleated jacket I bought last year in Walmart (for less than the price of a CD or Blu-ray) to the very expensive (such as Buick’s new Envision SUV—yes, that’s made in the PRC as well, the first U.S. car made there, by GM Shanghai). It’s difficult to buy anything today without encountering a product made in China as the only viable alternative.
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IMAX Enhanced: IMAX Comes Home

By | October 30th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

A joint announcement by IMAX and DTS at last September’s CEDIA EXPO stirred up a bit of a hurricane, or at least a tropical depression. The two companies are launching a new home theater certification program called “IMAX Enhanced.” In order to use that designation, an audio or video product must pass a battery of tests conducted by a committee of Hollywood tech specialists along with IMAX and DTS engineers. The program will cover both software (streamed and packaged) and hardware.
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IMAX Enhanced Home Theater Certification: What We Know So Far

By | October 30th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

IMAX and DTS stirred up a bit of a hurricane at September’s CEDIA Expo when they announced the launch of a new home theater certification program called “IMAX Enhanced.” Here’s what we know…
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