After a day on the show floor, Geoff Morrison and I talk about everything we have seen. Dolby Atmos is the big story but also a big deal is the fact that many projectors and TVs seem to be missing in action at this point.
Blog commentary posts on AV, Computer, and Calibration topics.
A TV Mount isn’t something I’d usually post about. It’s hard to make a TV Mount exciting. They hang your TV on the wall and if they don’t fall off, they are doing their job. However, OmniMount had a very interesting looking one at the CEDIA Media Preview event that I thought deserved more coverage.
The 2014 CEDIA Expo starts today, September 10th in Denver, Colorado with a press preview day. The show floor opens on Thursday morning and there is a lot of excitement about what is going to be on the floor. There are quite a few things we know are going to be out in force, along with the usual surprises.
When you wire up a pair of speakers, you probably are unconcerned with getting the timing correct. Signals traveling over copper speaker wire are moving at a speed measured relative to the speed of light. Having one cable be a few feet longer than the other will not make a measurable change in when the signal reaches each speaker.
When using a Blu-ray player or a video game system, you often have many color space selections to choose from. The most common choices available are YCbCr, 4:2:2, 4:4:4, RGB, RGB Full or Enhanced, and RGB Limited. For the most part they output the same content in different ways except for RGB Full. So what does this Color Space control mean, and how should you select it?
The testing setup that I am always in awe of it the one that CNet has. While most of us have to do our testing in a vacuum and rely on subjective memory or our objective test data, CNet has access to almost all the recent, popular displays. The room design enables them to do side-by-side comparison of many displays so they can compare them and not rely on their memory. Since I was in Manhattan for something, I decided to pay a visit to see how their test lab works.
Samsung held a press event in NYC at the Guggenheim Museum on March 20th to show off some new models for 2014. Most of these have been seen at CES, but they did announce pricing as well as a couple of new products as well.
As 2014 TVs begin coming out, I’ve been rethinking how I properly attempt to calibrate them. While measuring the grayscale and color gamut are easy, picking the correct gamma is hard to decide. There are many factors that come into play, from the room and environment to the capabilities of the display itself. It makes a large difference in how we see an image as well as you see the picture above with the different sides using different gammas. To try to come to a consensus on what gamma is correct for a review, I talked to other reviewers and experts to get their feedback.
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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 to say that you only need 15 Megabits/second to provide 4K streaming. With that in mind, I wanted to look at what sort of performance we might expect to see.
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 stereotype of a person is one that most of us do not want to be identified as.