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Home Theater Apr-13

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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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3 min.
no more excuses

It’s not unreasonable that any regular reader of Home Theater may lust, if only in his heart, for a two-piece projection system that genuinely matches, if only at a smaller scale, the experience we have in our local multiplex. By experience I mean an image that delivers contrast, color saturation, and a level of detail reasonably close to that associated with cinema, and sound quality that is as equally engaging, powerful, and unfatiguing. For the longest time, getting this at home was a rich man’s game. When I started writing about these products years ago, bulky and underperforming CRT projectors (by today’s standards) were the only way to play, and you could easily spend the cost of a small home on a projector (or pair of projectors, required for brightness),…

6 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. But First…a Word From Our Sponsor Editor’s Note: We were recently honored to be contacted directly by Greg P. Russell, one of Hollywood’s…

2 min.
like magic

Video projectors that reside in the ceiling have long been a fixture of high-end home theaters and are usually accompanied by a screen that retracts into a wall-mounted sleeve or disappears behind a curtain—everything controlled by remote control. Flatpanel TVs can benefit from the same sort of crafty concealment. Take Inca’s Fold-Down and Swivel Ceiling Unit (model 900814-410-S, starting at $10,200 plus installation). Like a prop from a James Bond movie set, the motorized apparatus is designed to conceal a TV in the ceiling for the ultimate in stealth A/V. Made of steel and aluminum, the 300-pound unit can accommodate TVs with screen sizes up to 55 inches and attaches to the ceiling joists with eight bolts (professional installation heartily recommended). Control options include an RF (radio frequency) remote control that…

3 min.
this just in

Samsung Rang Up healthy revenues and profits in the third quarter of last year, rising 91 percent over the previous year’s third quarter. While much of that was in the company’s mobile communications business, TV panel shipments were still up 10 percent, and in October 2012 alone, the company sold a record 1.15 million TVs... Samsung and Yahoo! are bringing the latter’s Connected TV platform to the former’s 2012 Smart TVs. It outdoes conventional apps by turning smartphones or tablets into remote controls and embellishing TV programming with interactive goodies... Samsung and Amazon are bringing the latter’s Instant Video to the former’s 2013 Smart TVs. Download the app, and you can pay à la carte for more than 140,000 movies and shows—unless you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, in which case you get…

1 min.
mad props

In the past, we’ve shown you options on how you can decorate your home theater with movie-prop replicas from some of your favorite blockbusters. But how about we take that a step further with props that were actually used on set? Hold the knife that Arnold Schwarzenegger wielded in Terminator 2, sport a helmet used in a battle scene in Gladiator, or try on one of Jet Li’s costumes from The One. Then show them off to your friends when they come by for a weekend double feature. Screen Captured is a Georgia-based company that specializes in the sale of high-end movie props—primarily from action flicks—that have been used by the actors on screen. Items are available from titles such as 300, Batman Begins, Hancock, Kill Bill, and more. “We acquire…

2 min.
a box of larks

King Crimson’s Larks’ Tongues in Aspic: The Complete Recordings is a reissue on steroids. It compiles all the major studio and live recordings of an intensely innovative but short-lived 1972 lineup that featured avant-garde percussionist Jamie Muir along with what became the surviving quartet of former Yes drummer Bill Bruford, bassist John Wetton, violinist David Cross, and guitarist Robert Fripp, the only founding member. Part of an ongoing 40th Anniversary Series, this is the only Crim album to have been singled out for a massive box set including 13 CDs, a DVD-Audio disc, and—in a first for indie label DGM—a Blu-ray Disc. The centerpiece of both the DVD-Audio and BD is a high-resolution 5.1-channel mix by Porcupine Tree leader and Crim fan Steven Wilson. The 5.1 mix comes in four different…