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Home Theater Apr-10

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!

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
AVTech Media Americas, Inc.
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IN THIS ISSUE

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prologue

3D TVIt’s late January as I write this month’s Prologue, and we’re still sorting through the blast zone from the explosion of 3D activity at January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. 3D is on its way. Not next year, or two years from now. This is fall, LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba will have 3D HDTVs in stores. DIRECTV will deliver 3D content within a few months, and 3D Blu-ray players and 3D Blu-ray Discs will be ready and waiting when the 3D TVs arrive. It’s remarkable how quickly these manufacturers can move when marketing data shows that people want something, and want it badly enough to pay more for it. The major manufacturers are convinced that you want this, and man, are they ready to…

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letters

WE WELCOME QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS. E-mail them to htletters@sorc.com. Please note: Be sure to check the FAQ page on our Website (HomeTheaterMag.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.Measurement Misprint?I think there is an error in the Onkyo TXNR807 A/V receiver review in your December 2009 issue. On the HT…

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will free tv survive?

For generations, the major broadcast networks have been the figureheads of television. WCBW (now WCBS) and WNBC were among the first stations licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1941. ABC followed in 1948, which completed the Big Three. Then Rupert Murdoch’s Fox launched in 1986, which made the Big Four. But the universality of these networks and their affiliate stations may be slipping into history. Their ubiquity on cable has begun to erode. The regulatory powers are even questioning their long-held right to rule the airwaves. How much longer will the Big Four deliver free TV—including news, sports, and entertainment—to American homes?To some extent, their problems may be self-inflicted. Fox got into an especially nasty spat with Time Warner Cable a few months back. The network demanded higher…

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panasonic plasma sets new record

A 152-inch display from Panasonic holds the new record for plasma size. Its resolution is 4,096 by 2,160 pixels. The giant panel is ideal for 3D’s alternating left/right images since it is driven one frame at a time. So it should have less blurring, and each eye gets full 1080p resolution. Its contrast ratio is specified at 5,000,000:1. While model number, price, and availability were unknown at press time, Panasonic assured us that this is a real product. Those with the cash will eventually be able to buy it.…

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3d spawns new channels

LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba will deliver 3D sets this year. The inevitable next question is: Where will compatible programming come from? Blu-ray will be one source, thanks to a recently adopted 3D standard for the disc format. By mid-year, 3D channels will also be available on satellite and cable.DIRECTV first announced that it would premiere a 3D channel in June. Panasonic will provide technical support with a special 3D production camera and promotional muscle as a partner in the Vancouver Winter Olympics. In addition to sports, programming will include music, documentaries, a videoon-demand channel, and original content, along with network fodder from CBS, NBC, MTV, HDNet, Golden Boy (boxing), and Fox (MLB All-Star Games).ESPN will have a 3D channel of its own, which will kick off on…

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who’s the thinnest of them all?

Panel, panel, on the wall, who’s the thinnest of them all? If you’re talking about production models, the answer is Samsung’s new 9000 Series. These sets measure just 0.3 inches in depth, which is about the width of a pencil. They also come with a cool touchscreen remote that will appeal to iPhone users. At press time, its likely screen sizes were 46 and 55 inches. But an even thinner LCD panel lurks in LG’s lab. Its 42-inch model measures very slightly more than 0.1 inches in depth and weighs less than 9 pounds. Both achieve their slimness with edge-lit LED backlighting, and the LG prototype also uses a proprietary optical film.…

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