Reference Home Theater https://referencehometheater.com Home Theater Reviews Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:12:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://referencehometheater.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/icon-45x45.png Reference Home Theater https://referencehometheater.com 32 32 35708121 First Impressions: FIBBR Ultra Pro Fiber Optic HDMI Cable https://referencehometheater.com/2018/reference-ht-reviews/first-impressions-fibbr-ultra-pro-fiber-optic-hdmi-cable/ https://referencehometheater.com/2018/reference-ht-reviews/first-impressions-fibbr-ultra-pro-fiber-optic-hdmi-cable/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:07:39 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=8878 Over the next several months we’ll be rolling out a series of articles related to my apartment renovation in Manhattan. Today we offer first-look at one of the components we’ll be reviewing: the FIBBR Ultra Pro Fiber Optic HDMI cable. In today’s preview, we will be describing the cable and talking about installation. Once the project is complete we’ll return with a full review. Working on an...

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Xbox One X Auto Low Latency Mode In-Use https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/xbox-one-x-auto-low-latency-mode-in-use/ https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/xbox-one-x-auto-low-latency-mode-in-use/#comments Thu, 03 May 2018 20:29:29 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=8756 With the April 2018 software update, the Xbox One X added support for Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM). More commonly called Game Mode, this is an HDMI 2.1 feature that lets a game console tell a TV when it is playing a game, and has the TV automatically enable game mode. Using game mode typically results in lower input lag and a better gaming experience than playing without it, but has drawbacks when...

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CES 2018 Thoughts and Recap https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/ces-2018-thoughts-and-recap/ https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/ces-2018-thoughts-and-recap/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 21:15:32 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=8358 2018 was the first CES with an In-N-Out on the strip in walking distance TVs: Minor Improvements for 2018 The main thing for TVs in 2018 is that we’re mostly getting moderate improvements over 2017. For example, LG added the new LUT access to their higher-end TVs for 2018, but the OLED panel itself looks to be very similar to last year. There’s black frame insertion, better color, better shadow...

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What is a 3D LUT https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/what-is-a-3d-lut/ https://referencehometheater.com/2018/commentary/what-is-a-3d-lut/#respond Sun, 07 Jan 2018 16:00:28 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=8317 What is a 3D LUT

If you’re looking to get a new LG 8-series OLED or SK-series LCD TV in 2018, you’ve probably seen the announcements or read the specs for them. One feature on them you probably didn’t see, or maybe didn’t know much about, is the presence of a 3D LUT, or Cube LUT (Look-Up Table) with direct access. While many TVs have had 3D LUTs in their video pipeline for a while, the LG models...

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Best 4K Blu-ray Discs of 2017 https://referencehometheater.com/2017/reference-ht-reviews/best-4k-blu-ray-discs-of-2017/ https://referencehometheater.com/2017/reference-ht-reviews/best-4k-blu-ray-discs-of-2017/#respond Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:59:04 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=8249 [et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_post_title _builder_version=”3.0.78″ title=”on” meta=”on” author=”on” date=”on” categories=”on” comments=”on” featured_image=”on” featured_placement=”below” text_color=”dark”...

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Lies, HDR, and Statistics https://referencehometheater.com/2017/commentary/lies-hdr-and-statistics/ https://referencehometheater.com/2017/commentary/lies-hdr-and-statistics/#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:40:18 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=8215 [et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.47″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” _i=”0″ _address=”0.0″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off”...

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Triad Factory Tour and DS4 Speakers https://referencehometheater.com/2017/commentary/triad-factory-tour-ds4-speakers/ https://referencehometheater.com/2017/commentary/triad-factory-tour-ds4-speakers/#comments Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:04:04 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=6757 Tucked off in a nondescript business park just outside of Portland International Airport is Triad Speakers. You can be forgiven for thinking that this is likely the business side of Triad, while their assembly operations certainly have to be overseas somewhere, right? But inside you’ll go in and find one of the more amazing setups you have seen. Triad Speakers was acquired by Control4 earlier this...

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Color Volume: Measuring and Understanding What it Means https://referencehometheater.com/2017/commentary/color-volume-measuring-understanding-means/ https://referencehometheater.com/2017/commentary/color-volume-measuring-understanding-means/#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:47:39 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=6432 Coming out of CES 2017, one of the key things you heard thrown around from manufacturers was Color Volume. For the past few years, we’ve heard companies talk about what percentage of the DCI/P3 or Rec.2020 color gamuts they cover, but those are 2D measurements. Color volume adds the third dimension, brightness, to the measurement. So what is color volume, and how should we measure and report on it...

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RHT 2016 Holiday Gift Guide https://referencehometheater.com/2016/reference-ht-reviews/rht-2016-holiday-gift-guide/ https://referencehometheater.com/2016/reference-ht-reviews/rht-2016-holiday-gift-guide/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:05:52 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=5768 With the Holiday season approaching, we put down our thoughts on what we used this past year that was useful or fun in our home theaters. Lots of these aren’t things we have reviewed, but things we want in our home theater for ourselves, or things we want to own and test. Favorite Reviewed Products LG OLED: The best looking TV we’ve ever used. No TV that any of us have used have caused the dropped...

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$5,000 Home Theater Guide https://referencehometheater.com/2016/reference-ht-reviews/guides/5000-home-theater-guide/ https://referencehometheater.com/2016/reference-ht-reviews/guides/5000-home-theater-guide/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:38:03 +0000 https://referencehometheater.com/?p=5742 We are currently working on an update to our $2,000 Home Theater Guide that is coming this week, but today we created the $5,000 Home Theater Guide. Putting this together really showed how good of a system you can get for this much today. You can have a reference quality display and a high-end audio system that will put most theaters to shame. There are really no sacrifices to be made here, and...

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