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Tips to Help Reduce Your Theater's Power Consumption

Tips to Help Reduce Your Theater's Power Consumption

By David Ranada

 

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?

Will 4DX Get You Back into the Theater?

By Brandon Eberhart

 

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)

How to Pick the Right Amp for Your Speakers (or Vice Versa)

By Dennis Burger

 

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?

Is Now The Time To Buy Into 4K?

By Brandon Eberhart

 

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?

Has the Curved Screen Killed OLED?

By Adrienne Maxwell

 

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

Why I Don't Pay For Cable

By Brandon Eberhart

 

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

Five Ideas on How to Go Big on a Small Budget or in a Small Room

By Jerry Del Colliano

 

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

 
Can We Sell Hi-Res Audio to the Mainstream Music Lover?

Can We Sell Hi-Res Audio to the Mainstream Music Lover?

By Adrienne Maxwell

 

Can hi-res audio gain traction with the masses? The genre is certainly picking up steam in the enthusiast space, but will it cross over to the mainstream? The recent announcement of Neil Young's PonoMusic hi-res music service and player got... Read More

 
How Would You Start a New AV Company?

How Would You Start a New AV Company?

By Jerry Del Colliano

 

One thing the specialty AV business is missing these days is a meaningful level of new growth and new companies. There are a few success stories out there that come to mind, but they are few and far between... Read More

 
Why You Need To Know About Gamma on Your HDTV

Why You Need To Know About Gamma on Your HDTV

By Adrienne Maxwell

 

If you've read a lot of TV reviews (or even just few, actually), you've likely seen mention of a TV's gamma, a performance characteristic that helps determine the overall accuracy of the grayscale. Unless it's an entry-level model, your TV... Read More