As many of you know I’m in the middle of building out a new home theater. While I have already roughed in the placement of all of my necessary equipment -which isn’t much this go ’round -last night marked the first opportunity that I’ve had these past few weeks to really evaluate my planning and [...]

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As many of you are no doubt aware, either by my incessant reminding or the underwhelming deluge of content, I’m still in the middle of moving from Southern California to Franklin, Tennessee. I promise new content -including video -is coming in short order. Anyway, I was working on my new reference theater over the weekend [...]

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Moving has a way of forcing you to prioritize; prioritize and cleanse. I’m no hoarder, but packing up my Southern California abode showcased just how much stuff I had acquired in the pursuit of “cinematic truth.” No joke, I packed up nearly a dozen amplifiers, four preamps (AV and stereo), four complete multi-channel speaker setups, [...]

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The word reflection might as well be a four letter one when talking to an AV enthusiast. Be it picture or sound, it seems reflections are public enemy number one. The other night I was reminded of this when I became reacquainted with a reflection I had since forgotten since switching from a traditional HDTV [...]

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Introduction On-wall loudspeakers, to me, make a great deal of sense and yet, despite a burst in popularity a few years ago, they haven’t really caught on. This kind of saddens me a little for if one is in the market for bookshelf speakers, then, it is my opinion, they too could be in the [...]

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WAF, or Wife Acceptance Factor, is a common acronym used by those in the AV industry, both on the sales as well as consumer side, to sum up the “plight” men have with women allowing them to enjoy their beloved hobby. WAF is a serious thing among manufacturers and somewhat of a joke inside enthusiast [...]

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While the rumor mill churning around HDMI 2.0 has been anything but static, the HDMI Licensing group have finally stepped in and put an end to months of speculation re: the new HDMI standard. The good news? Less is changing than many of us, myself included, originally thought. What I mean by this is the [...]

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This week Google unveiled to the press their new, HDMI equipped wireless “dongle” that goes by the name of Chromecast. This $35 (yes, I said $35) dongle plugs into your HDTV display or other HDMI equipped device -think AV preamp or receiver -and allows the user to stream, basically, anything they see, hear or interact [...]

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As most of you know by now I’m a fan and proponent of having your displays, be it HDTV or front projector, professionally calibrated by either a THX or ISF Certified technician. In all truthfulness, having your display professionally calibrated shouldn’t require complex reasoning. If you care at all about getting the most enjoyment from [...]

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Introduction While I know my affinity for soundbars doesn’t always sit well with some of my more hard core home theater fans, it doesn’t temper my support nor keep me from seeking them out and enjoying them. To me a soundbar represents a logical step up from built-in display loudspeakers, while also serving as a [...]

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It’s no big surprise that flat panel displays are getting larger. Not only larger, but seemingly more affordable too. Because flat panel displays have gotten larger and more affordable, many within the front projection community -manufacturers and enthusiasts alike -have begun to question the need or relevance of front projectors in any environment outside of [...]

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