Ultra HD, colloquially known as "4K," is the latest buzzword, and the latest push from TV manufacturers.
While your next TV might not be Ultra HD, the one after probably will be.
Here are the basics of what you need to know about this latest advancement in TV technology.… Read more
If you're fan of plasma TVs, last year's announcement by Panasonic that the company was no longer going to make them likely came as quite a blow.
So now what? What do you do if you want a new TV but want the picture quality of a plasma?
This guide leads you though all the available options. Some good, some bad, some painful. Welcome to the TV world of 2014.… Read more
Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, surround-sound music looked like the next big thing, but in the intervening decade and a half, precious little rock, jazz, or world music has been recorded in surround. True, in the early days of SACD and DVD-Audio formats there were hundreds of remixes of older stereo recordings, and some were recycled on Blu-ray, but the number of newly recorded 5.1 titles remains paltry. Looking back, the early 2000s should have been an ideal time to launch surround music; multichannel home theater was peaking, so there was a large number of households … Read more
I can't come to your home to help with ideas (sorry), but I can give you some dos and don'ts when it comes to TV placement, to point you in the right direction (i.e., toward the screen). … Read more
Black frame insertion (BFI) is, to put it simply, inserting full-screen black images between the original frames of a source.
Hmm, OK, that didn't really put it simply, and I'm pretty sure I defined a term with the term.
How about this: black frame insertion is a way to reduce motion blur on LED LCD and OLED devices, which is definitely a good thing.
Here's what it does.… Read more
One of the top buzzterms in LED LCD marketing is "local dimming." Ostensibly, local dimming can dim the area of the screen that needs it, while keeping the bright parts of the screen bright. This technology can really increase the contrast ratio to make a better image.
But not all local dimming works the same, and certain types of local dimming work better than others.
Here's what to look for. … Read more
For many years now, plasma televisions have been the standard for picture quality and value. Sure, there have been some great-looking LCDs, but for the best overall image, the best plasmas couldn't be beat. Now plasma is going away for good.
OLED certainly can beat plasma, but we're still years away from OLED TVs being affordable.
In the meantime we're stuck with LCD. So is it possible, through various tricks and advancements, for LED LCD to look as good as plasma? Maybe.… Read more
Curtis Reeves is accused of fatally shooting Chad Oulson in a Florida movie theater on Monday, after an argument over Oulson texting during the movie previews.
Eye witnesses suggest that there had been no physical violence before the shooting. At worst, words had been exchanged and some popcorn had been thrown.
Reeves, a 71-year-old retired police officer, is currently facing charges of second-degree murder.
Now a woman has come forward to say that she also had an altercation with him in the same Cobb Grove 16 movie theater in Wesley Chapel, Fla., a couple of weeks ago.
Dynamic range: the spread between the darkest and the brightest a TV can be. In other words, contrast ratio. But having beaten that term into the ground with a decade of dubious marketing use, it was time for new terminology.
Except, this isn't just marketing fluff. High dynamic range, in its multiple forms, can be a significant and noticeable increase in picture quality. Multiple companies are talking about it, from Dolby and its Vision tech, to Sony, Samsung, and others.