Dolby Atmos at Home: The Known Knowns and the Known Unknowns
Last month, a number of hardware manufacturers officially lifted the lid off of the AV industry's worst-kept secret: Dolby Atmos was finally coming home. In some form or another, at least. New AV receivers and surround processors from Pioneer, Onkyo,... Read More
Is Your Ultra HD TV REALLY an Ultra HD TV?
Just because your TV has a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution does not officially make it an Ultra HD TV, at least not according to the Consumer Electronics Association, which recently updated and expanded its list of core characteristics that a... Read More
Does 4DX Live Up To Its Theatrical Hype?
I'm pretty open-minded when it comes to movies. I can watch a double header of some old Howard Hawks comedies in grainy black-and-white one day, then go see the latest IMAX 3D blockbuster the next. I'm not a purist. Looking... Read More
Internet Bandwidth Problems and How It Can Screw Up Your Home Theater Experience
My family is going through, as Jules in Pulp Fiction calls it, a "transitional period." We sold our house in Los Angeles just over a year ago and quickly bought another, 1950s-style, original-condition house about 1.5 miles from the beach.... Read More
Tips to Help Reduce Your Theater's Power Consumption
While it is not as "green" a pastime as, say, gardening, home theater enthusiasts can take some comfort that their passion doesn't make anywhere near the total environmental impact as "camping" with a large RV or dirt-bike racing. Nonetheless,... Read More
Will 4DX Get You Back into the Theater?
When was the last time you heard someone say, "That movie smelled great"? It's probably a phrase that's never been uttered, but soon that may change. Looking back through motion-picture history, one trend continues to this day: movie theaters trying... Read More
How to Pick the Right Amp for Your Speakers (or Vice Versa)
Amplifiers and loudspeakers. Two devices that go together "like a horse and carriage," as the Sultan of Swoon would have said. After all, you can't have one without the other, assuming you actually want to listen to your music and... Read More
Is Now The Time To Buy Into 4K?
New technology is like a pretty girl across the room at a party. From far away, she seems too good to be true; and, when you finally end up talking to her, that's often the case. So many times throughout... Read More
Has the Curved Screen Killed OLED?
Remember last September when I said that OLED was alive and well, thanks to the at-long-last arrival of 55-inch OLED TVs by both Samsung and LG? The TVs arrived with much fanfare and received a lot of high praise from... Read More
Why I Don't Pay For Cable
Remember those old, chunky, plastic, black-and faux-wood-grain channel switchers that came with your cable box circa 1986? They were big, and they were corded; but, once you got the hang of the three-tier system they used for selecting channels, you... Read More
Five Ideas on How to Go Big on a Small Budget or in a Small Room
Jerry Dell Colliano's discusses ways that those of us without an unlimited budget- or unlimited space- can still get the most out of our home theaters. Read More