We keep buying bigger and bigger TVs. What you paid for a 50” flat screen a decade ago now can easily get you something that is 70” in size. No matter how large you go, one thing doesn’t change: the sound cannot keep up with the image. Weak, thin speakers that bounce off the wall […]
Recorded and released in 1971, John Lennon’s second album Imagine is now available in the Blu-ray Pure Audio format. One ...
The first thing I usually do when I review a TV is disable all the “advanced” features on it. With ...
Last year I bought and reviewed the SVS Sound PB-1000 subwoofer, a 10” woofer in a ported box that performs ...
We spend a lot of time thinking about what gear we are going to buy: what TV will work best ...
CES 2014 provided many announcements about 4K streaming services coming to us this year. The largest player is Netflix, as they have the largest subscriber base, but Amazon, Comcast, DirecTV, and more jumped onto the 4K streaming bandwagon. While these announcements are often light on the details, Netflix came out at the Sony press conference […]
If you hear the term “audiophile” you probably visualize the worst possible example. Special cable risers to keep them off the floor, special mats to place on top of a CD while playing it, and refusing to listen to a component until it has been powered on for a week straight to break in. This […]
One of the more expensive SACD and DVD-A titles to track down has been Beck’s Sea Change. With a high-resolution surround mix of what many feel is Beck’s best album the out-of-print title has been known to command well over $100 on Ebay. I was not smart enough to pick up a copy when it […]
Often when I write a review of a display or projector, someone asks me for my specific display settings. I typically mention which color temperature or picture mode works best, but many readers want specifics. How did I adjust the white balance controls? Did I make changes to the color management system? What about a […]
Samsung has been setting their sound bars apart from the competition by the inclusion of vacuum tubes. Praised by many audiophiles and derided by others, vacuum tubes introduce a distinct flavor to sound compared to transistors. That sound is often labeled as “warmer” as tubes by design introduce a bit of distortion. This distortion can […]
After years of speculation Panasonic finally confirmed that plasma production would end. Early in 2014 the last panel will come off their line and the best current displays will go away. Despite having not spent much time viewing one in person, I still took advantage of the current availability and bought myself a 60” Panasonic […]
If you calibrate a TV or projector often you probably want to invest in a pattern generator. You can use calibration patterns on Blu-ray discs, including the free AVS HD 709 disc, but that introduces more issues. You have to know that the Blu-ray player is actually bit-perfect, many are not, and you have to […]
Samsung is the top-selling manufacturer of TVs in the USA now, and their cheapest 1080p model is the F5000. With no apps, a 60 Hz LCD panel, and only a pair of HDMI inputs the UN32F5000 is a very basic TV. What you don’t see listed in the specs is that the image that the […]