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Home Theater magazine takes the mystery out of home entertainment electronics. Every issue of Home Theater is packed with in-depth coverage of home theater developments in HDTV, DVD and more, previews of hot new products, objective product reviews and comparisons, including specs, ratings and opinions, DVD reviews, technical language translations into English and much, much more! Create an incredible home theater experience with Home Theater!

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AVTech Media Americas, Inc.
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3 min.
prologue: surprise, surprise

At any given moment, our crew at Home Theater is usually working on six to eight test reports among various staffers. Of those, perhaps two or three products might be the “latest and greatest” while the rest falls more into the bread-and-butter category—another $600 or $1,000 receiver, maybe another bookshelf speaker system. As I looked over the table of contents for this issue, I was indeed struck by how conventional the mix appears to be. And yet, as I dug a bit deeper, I came to see how well this issue represents new technology trends that have come to define the audio/video space, circa 2013. Let’s start with our cover story on the Scandinavian-designed Opalum on-wall speakers. These are not like any other speaker system we’ve ever tested. Putting aside the…

9 min.

WE WELCOME QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS. E-mail them to editor@hometheater.com. Please note: Be sure to check the FAQ page on our Website (HomeTheater.com) to see if we’ve already answered any questions you might have. Questions about the features and functions of a particular product are best directed to the manufacturer. Questions about what product you should buy are best directed to a dealer who knows all the details of your system, your preferences, and your personal habits. All submissions are considered the exclusive property of Home Theater magazine and Source Interlink Media. Due to the volume of mail that we receive, we regret that we cannot respond to every letter. Sitting 3D Pretty I am totally confused with attempting to find out the proper viewing distance for 3D TVs. For my 65-inch Panasonic…

2 min.
wall flower

The Welsh company REL Acoustics has been specializing in subwoofers for more than two decades and likes to do things a bit differently. In particular, REL believes a subwoofer must be connected to the main amplifier’s high-level inputs to make sure it receives the same signal as the main speakers—the company even provides a special cable to make the high-level connection. (See Darryl Wilkinson’s April 2012 review of REL’s R-328 for more on the hookup.) In a bold departure from the conventional boxy subwoofer, the Habitat1 is designed for inconspicuously mounting on a wall or, as designer John Hunter puts it, “to bridge the gap between the high-performance enthusiast and the customer who simply wants great performance without having to sacrifice style or even space.” To ensure a clean installation with…

3 min.
this just in

Gibson Guitar and Teac are now yoked with the home of the Les Paul, taking a 54.6-percent stake in the Japanese electronics brand and its Esoteric and Tascam subbrands. Gibson already owns a 51 percent stake in Onkyo USA... Aereo Cloud DVR Pricing has been reduced from five tiers to two, axing the one-day and full-year plans. $8 buys you 20 hours per month and records one channel at a time, while $12 buys 60 hours and records on two channels at once... Netflix’s Share of Internet Traffic in North America declined for the first time, dropping from 33 percent in November to 32.25 percent in early 2013. But YouTube’s star is rising, from 13.8 percent to 17.11 percent in the same period... Toshiba TVs are getting DivX Plus Streaming thanks to an…

2 min.
one chance to make a first impression

Some people revel in the process of executing every single step in the home theater build process, painstakingly picking out color swatches and test-driving cup holders. And then there are those who have their eye on the prize: kicking back and enjoying their favorite flicks. First Impressions Theme Theatres is in the business of helping the latter group with its complete architectural and interior design-engineering services for dedicated personal cinemas. Its services include end-to-end building, shipping, and installation projects. The company handles all woodwork, upholstery, seating, and special effects packaged into a comprehensive, performance-based contract. “First Impressions Theme Theatres is a duly registered practicing architectural firm in the state of Florida with NCARB certification to work in other states and the only player in our niche industry with these credentials,” says…

3 min.
akg k267 tiësto headphone

Price: $449 At a Glance: Stellar build quality • Folds up into a compact bundle AKG K267 Tiësto Headhone PERFORMANCE 4.0/5.0 BUILD QUALITY 3.0/5.0 COMFORT 3.5/5.0 VALUE 3.5/5.0 AKG credits producer, recording artist, and DJ Tiësto (Tijs Michiel Verwest) with the sound tuning of the headphones that bear his name, and that’s cool, but I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that’s not necessarily a good thing. I haven’t been swayed by any celebrity ’phones, but I try to approach every review with an open mind, and by first judging their look and feel, the K267 Tiësto doesn’t give off any overt DJ vibes. As soon as I started listening, I relaxed. It didn’t sound like a DJ headphone; there’s no pumped-up bass or zippy highs. The K267 Tiësto sounds, above all, balanced, which puts this new…