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Home Theater Aug-11

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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it’s not you, it’s just a control thing

As someone who’s spent a lot of time behind and, especially, in front of equipment racks, I have a well-earned love-hate relationship with A/V receivers. We’re celebrating these powerful boxes this month with our annual buyer’s guide for the category, always a nice excuse to review a bunch from the latest crop and get some perspective on the new feature sets and performance standards. As I worked my way through our AVR-related copy for the issue, I was struck by how, year after year, the AVR remains the true wunderkind of any system lucky enough to have one. It’s really a thing to behold—a single product that takes up but one shelf space yet performs more functions than a Swiss army knife. It’ll switch both the audio and video signals,…

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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 (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.Wired for ControversyFirst, I would like to say I love the magazine, and getting it in the mail is a joy each…

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premiere design

Dan D’Agostino Momentum AmplifierOK, it’s not intended for home theater per se, and you’ll need five of these mono-blocks, at a cost of $21,000 each, to fill out a basic surround system. But with its irresistibly modern-retro Dodge/Chrysler-meets-Phase Linear aesthetics, you couldn’t have enough of these stunning beauties populating your rack.Dan D’Agostino, who built Krell into a high-end dynasty with his ridiculously musical and unapologetically brutish solid-state amplifier designs, is out on his own now, showing those boys at his alma mater a thing or two about what’s in a name. The Momentum is said to be the first amplifier with heat sinks made of copper, which enjoys thermal conductivity 91 percent greater than that of aluminum. Instead of fins, the sinks have a series of vertical, hourglass-shaped venturi tubes…

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sing it loud

Like it or not, your room—its shape, dimensions, and unique mix of reflective, absorptive, and diffusive surfaces—is the single biggest contributing factor to the audio quality of your home theater system. No amount of money you spend on equipment can fully correct a bad room, and a good room will go a long way toward extracting the best sound from even budget gear. Well-placed acoustic treatments can help by reducing or eliminating reflections from hard surfaces that can come back at the listener and muddle dialogue. The Voice Curve ($110), from Acoustic Geometry, is designed to do just that. Its tapered profile specifically targets the voice frequencies and scatters them to reduce reflection and give voices better articulation and more natural “liveness.” When applied in a home theater, dialogue is…

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3d power for all

For 10 years running, CyberLink has been updating its PowerDVD disc player software for computers. All that while, Microsoft dallied with a succession of unstable renditions of its Media Center PC concept that could have made such software an essential element for any home theater. Boy, have times changed. Now it’s 2011, Windows 7 is proving itself the most reliable (and fastest rebooting) Microsoft OS ever, and powerful PCs with HDMI outputs are available on the cheap. If this isn’t enough to make you consider trying a PC as your system’s media server, CyberLink’s new PowerDVD 11 Ultra edition might be enough to push you over the edge.Playback of all disc formats, including Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D (when mated with a BD drive)? Check. Full Blu-ray navigation from the pop-up…

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this just in

Sharp’s 70-Inch LC-70LE732U Quattron LCD HDTV is now available for a mere $3,800 list. An additional three models will be out by the time you read this...3D Eyewear Vending machines are being tested by Marchon3D and UltraStar Cinemas. Various sizes, colors, and designs sell for $25 to $80 each, including clip-ons for those who wear prescription glasses...Panasonic’s BD 3D Avatar exclusive now includes Blu-ray players and compact systems in addition to VIERA HDTVs. The offer runs until February 29, 2012...YouTube’s Video Rental operation is expanding from indie films, currently $2.99 a pop, to titles from major studios. One Hollywood executive predicted that YouTube might eventually get into sell-through...Netflix Is Bigger than the largest cable TV and satellite radio operators, with 23.7 million subscribers. That’s more than Comcast’s 22.8 million and…

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