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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: 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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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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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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When Is a Subwoofer a Subwoofer?

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

A recent product announcement from Amazon touted the launch of a “subwoofer” to supplement the response of Amazon’s popular Echo vocal assistant. Presumably it will work with the even smaller Echo Dot as well. But for me it raised a couple of eyebrows.


Given that the low frequency response of an Echo alone probably doesn’t reproduce any useful output much lower than 100 Hz (admittedly an educated guess), the Echo Sub certainly can’t hurt. But given its size and its 6-inch driver, there’s no way that such a product it can be considered a subwoofer…

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It’s a Jurassic World (After All)

By | October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

While the movers behind the Marvel, Star Wars, and Star Trek franchises aren’t at risk of losing sleep over dinosaurs just yet, the Jurassic worlds and parks do threaten to chomp on more than a few toes over the coming years.


When Jurassic Park debuted in 1993 it could have been a boom or a bust. Computer generated effects (CGI) were just coming into their own, but with a few exceptions (notably Terminator 2) they still hadn’t eaten the film business alive.

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CEDIA Expo 2018: Sifting Through the AV Nuggets

By | September 11th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The 2018 edition of CEDIA Expo is now history and, although it may not be as grand as CES, it still left us with plenty to chew on.
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Adios CEDIA Expo 2018

By | September 11th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The 2018 edition of CEDIA Expo is now history. CEDIA is one of the two big annual trade-only shows covering AV gear. CES, held each January in Las Vegas, is the big Kahuna. Apart from every electronic gadget on the planet (and some not so electronic) the main event at CES is the launch of all the new Ultra HD TVs for the coming year (not to mention the 8K sets waiting for their close-ups). It’s a forest of video displays everywhere you look, and covering CES, with its attendance generally over 150,000, is a major challenge.
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