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Home Theater Aug-12

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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EDITORHow Many Channels Is Enough?I recently joined other journalists at Dolby headquarters in San Francisco for a demo of Dolby Atmos, a new ecosystem being offered to filmmakers for mixing sound.Except for the mixes done for specialty formats like IMAX, movie sound today is limited by the equipment in most theaters to 5.1 or 7.1 discrete channels. Most films in recent years have been mixed with 5.1 channels, although with the advent of Dolby TrueHD and DTSHD Master Audio, more are being mixed and (hopefully) played back at 7.1 channels. The addition of discrete back surround channels gives mixers more flexibility in creating convincing ambience and directing effects around the room, but it’s hardly a watershed advance.Atmos, promoted as a successor to Dolby TrueHD for theater playback, brings two key…

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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.Spin DoctorsJust like many other readers, I want to thank you for the great, hard, and very informative work you guys do…

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how many audiophiles does it take to screw in an audiobulb?

Depends on whether it’s electrostatic or planar magnetic. Sorry, we couldn’t resist. Seriously, setting up a music system is as easy as screwing in a lightbulb with GiiNii’s innovative AudioBulb Wireless Light Bulb Music System. Screw in a couple of bulbs, pop your iPod or iPhone into a small AC-powered dock/base station, and hit play. The beauty of the system is it makes it ridiculously easy to bring casual music listening to any room without having to worry about placing speakers. The heart of the system is the docking station, which broadcasts the audio signal to up to eight AudioBulbs in two listening areas, or zones, each with independent control over the volume and lighting. Signal range is 50 to 100 feet, depending on the environment, and the base has…

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this just in

Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker of Saturday Night Live have co-created The Awesomes, an original series for Hulu featuring animated superheroes who have seen better days. Other new Hulu series feature Adrian Grenier from Entourage and Danny Leiner from The Office...Soundbars and Docking systems are forecast to grow by 280 percent from 2010 to 2016, and wireless connectivity will drive much of that growth, says IMS Research. But the report calls for a new wireless technology, spurning existing ones such as AirPlay (because it relies on an existing Wi-Fi network) and Bluetooth (citing range and quality)...“Mastered for iTunes” is what recording engineers will get from the newly updated Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec plug-in for digital audio workstations. It will enable a mix in progress to be previewed in iTunes Plus, in…

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together but separate

Most folks envision stadium-style seating for their home theaters, but that take-me-out-to-the-ball-game approach isn’t the only way to go. For a more flexible, family-style setup, think sectionals. These aren’t the stodgy, hulking pieces of upholstered furniture of the past. Today’s versions offer unique configurations that combine love seats, sofas, chairs, chaises, and ottomans (great as additional seating or as a table for food/drink) and can work together or separately for multiple options. One more thing: Don’t forget to take the tush test when you shop for any kind of seating. Comfort is the key if you’re going to enjoy your screening experience.Rowe’s new RXO (Rowe Extra Options) program lets you build your own sectional—salad-bar style—at price points that won’t break the bank. Choose seat combos, add a chaise or love…

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ikea unveils uppleva tv

In an LCD TV market bristling with new brands, perhaps the most noteworthy one is Ikea. The Swedish furniture maker is launching a line of LED-backlit LCD HDTVs in Europe this year, with other markets to follow in 2013. The Uppleva Full HD Smart TV comes in various sizes, designs, colors, and storage capacities starting at the Swedish equivalent of $960. It includes the display, built into a cabinet, as well as an integrated Blu-ray player, 2.1-channel audio system with wireless subwoofer, Wi-Fi media streaming, FM tuner, iPod docking, HDMI and USB jacks, unified remote control, and of course, a comprehensive cable-hiding solution (because that tangle of snakes is just so uncool). Chinese TV maker TCL is supplying the video guts. Uppleva—and by the way, the print medium doesn’t quite…