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Home Theater Feb-Mar-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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AVTech Media Americas, Inc.
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3 min.
another good one

I love the walk down (short-term) memory lane that accompanies the preparation of our annual Top Picks of the Year feature. At the forefront of that is the great pride I take in revisiting all the hard work our reviewers and edit/art staff have put in throughout the prior 12 months. To our superb and talented editors and contributors scattered about the country, many of whom squeeze their evaluations and writing into the scant intervals found between demanding full-time jobs and family obligations, you have my unending thanks and, I am sure, that of our dedicated and passionate readers. That group includes our largely unheralded audio technical editor Mark Peterson, who performs all of our audio measurements and fact-checks every audio review, and John Higgins, who handles logistics and equipment…

11 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. Framed Again I have read many places, including in this magazine (November 2012, Sony KDL-55HX850 review), that movies must be in 24 frames…

1 min.
loud & clear: reference levels at home

Procella Audio, a Swedish company specializing in high-performance speakers for home theaters, professional studios, and screening rooms, prides itself on building speakers that can play 24-bit/96-kilohertz program material at THX reference levels with full dynamic range. Its latest model—the P6V—can be used for main-channel applications in small-to medium-size rooms 10 to 20 feet deep and is rated to produce a maximum continuous output of 110 decibels, 116 dB peak. Impressive, considering the P6V is only 18.5 inches tall, 11.4 inches wide, and about 5 inches deep, which also means it can be mounted on a wall (brackets included) or, when used as a surround speaker, concealed in an architectural column. The P6V, $1,599 each, draws on a simple two-way, sealed design with a 6.5-inch woofer and high-frequency driver to deliver its…

4 min.
this just in

PlayMG is the first dedicated pocket-size app-gaming system for the Android market. The Wi-Fi-connected device is targeted at the estimated 52 million 5-to 18-yearold kids who don’t have smartphones... Apple’s Lightning Interface for the iPhone 5 will carry stiffer licensing requirements for manufacturers making Apple-approved “Made For” iOS accessories—and at press time, Apple hadn’t certified any manufacturing facilities. Our advice: Be careful what you buy... Yamaha Aventage A/V receivers are the first to offer a Kindle Fire control app. That’s in addition to the iOS and Android apps, of course... McIntosh, the venerated American high-end audio brand, has changed hands from D+M Group to Milan-based Fine Sounds. That puts the patron saint of the volume meter in good company with Audio Research, Sonus Faber, Sumiko, and Wadia... Microsoft’s Xbox Music service launched along with…

2 min.
a-list oscar party

For the past year, you’ve watched some of the best (and worst) Hollywood has to offer. Now it’s time for the Academy Awards. What better excuse to host a party? But you can’t just invite a bunch of friends over and pass the chip bowl. On a night that celebrates glitz and glamour, why not follow suit and roll out the red carpet? Here are some tips on how to throw the ultimate Oscar-viewing party. SET DESIGN We weren’t kidding about the red carpet. Make your guests feel extra-special as they enter your home by welcoming them with a red carpet runner. You can purchase one from a party supply store for less than $20. And while you’re there, pick up a few clapperboards, life-size celebrity cutouts, and silver, gold, and black…

1 min.
kindle fire hd has a plus

The new Kindle Fire HD tablets have a big plus that’s in danger of being overlooked. And that’s Dolby Digital Plus. When Amazon’s literature boasts about “exclusive Dolby audio and dual stereo speakers for crisp, booming sound without distortion,” Dolby Digital Plus is what it’s talking about. This lossy surround encoding format is newer and much more sophisticated than its elder brother, Dolby Digital. And while it isn’t a lossless format like Dolby TrueHD, at its best, it’s very good. And it’s capable of functioning in a wide range of data rates, including the modest ones used in video streaming. Netflix and Vudu both support Dolby Digital Plus. Dolby Digital Plus scored another coup with its adoption by UltraViolet, the studio-supported ecosystem for cloud-based entertainment storage. Dolby Digital Plus is now…