There is potentially a lot going on between these modes, and learning what they're doing can help you find what the best mode is for you. … Read more
UPP, or Unilateral Pricing Policy, is a way for TV manufacturers to force retailers to keep manufacturer-specified pricing. As in no crazy discounts to move stock, no doorbuster deals, and no (let's be honest here) price competition. The price is the price is the price. Break that price, and you risk that company banning you from selling its products.
Shockingly, this is legal. Read on for more info.… Read more
OLED is the new kid on the block, taking on LCD and plasma, the now elder statesmen of the TV world. OLED has the hype, LCD has the sales, and plasma as the adoration of most TV reviewers.
So which comes out on top, taking all factors into account? Wait for OLED? Get plasma before it's gone? Pick one of the countless LED LCDs?
This guide should help you decide.… Read more
A few months ago, Matt Moskovciak and Steve Guttenberg reviewed the Monoprice 9774, finding them to be incredibly similar to the Energy Take Classic. Too similar.
For the past five years I have been patiently waiting for the day when my son is mature enough to experience "Star Wars." Well, to be completely honest, I probably started the countdown when he was still in the womb.
The timing is critical. Too soon, and Darth Vader will inspire night terrors for years to come. Too late, and one of his blabbermouth friends at school will spill the beans on Luke's paternity test.
So we're working up to it, and with any luck someday soon his tiny brain will be imprinted with the opening … Read more
From the way things are going multichannel home theater speaker systems will be on the endangered species list in a few years. Sound bars epitomize the "good enough" direction the market has taken, and most folks are happy with them, mostly because they sound better than the speakers built into their TVs. That's easy, but how do sound bars fare compared with a bona fide 5.1-channel subwoofer/satellite system? For this shootout I wanted to keep the budget in check, so I used MonoPrice's 8247 sub/sat system, and compared it with a couple of … Read more
It used to be that if you wanted your butt to buzz along with the action in the latest Michael Bay explosion-fest blockbuster, you had to go to a fancy theater equipped with Tremor FX seats. Now, you can enjoy the same good, good, good vibrations in the comfort of your own home.
RedSeat Entertainment has just launched Tremor FX Home using the same technology found in select high-tech movie theaters. Pulsating actuators embedded in the chair are triggered by the sounds from movies or video games.… Read more
The city of Huntingdon, home of high-end audio company Meridian, is about a quintessential British town as you could picture. It looks like a movie set. Meridian is perhaps best known for its trapezoidal digital speakers and associated preamps. The company has more recently gotten into portable DACs, music servers, car audio, and more.
On a recent trip to England, I got a chance to tour the facility. I took lots of pictures for you.… Read more
The HDMI Forum, the nonprofit body that oversees the HDMI specification, recently announced version 2.0. There were numerous changes, not least support for higher frame rates than are possible with the current 1.4 specification.
Do you need to upgrade? Will your cables still work? What does this mean for the future of TVs? Do you care? Answers for all these questions (except maybe the last one) below...… Read more
Sound visionary and founder of Dolby Laboratories Ray Dolby died Thursday at his home in San Francisco. He was 80.
The company said that Dolby had been living with Alzheimer's disease in recent years and was diagnosed with acute leukemia in July.
Dolby is credited with revolutionizing how people experience sound with his multitude of audio technology inventions. Besides his pioneering work in noise reduction, Dolby also invented surround sound. He held more than 50 US patents.