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Home Theater Jul-Aug-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.
the year of the plasma

For the last several years, our annual January pilgrimage to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show has been all about someone else’s toys. Handheld smartphones and tablets, wearable technology (now, what is that about?), fashion earphones, smart appliances, electric car-charging stations, streaming pocket-sized speakers, you name it. It’s been awfully quiet on the A/V front…until now. Much to everyone’s surprise, display technologies that have been promised for years were suddenly front and center again at this year’s show. We’ve got 4K Ultra HDTVs and content delivery services launching, and OLED, still just a promise as I write this in early May, is threatening to show its face. The two most impressive video demos I saw at CES belonged to Sony and Panasonic, each of whom showed its own version of…

10 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 an 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. Darryl’s Still Gross, and You Suck, Too I enjoy Home Theater, and I learn something useful in nearly every issue. But I was…

1 min.
hide ’n’ seek

Hailed as a sleek “zero-glare” alternative to flat-panel TVs, the Black Diamond Motorized projection screen is ideal for minimalist décors and spaces that simply don’t have room for a huge screen. Hit a wall switch and, like magic, a slender tube descends from the ceiling and the screen unfurls, suspended from ultra-slim aircraft cable. The 4K-ready screen is designed to excel in bright environments thanks to SI’s proprietary light-rejecting technology, which is said to reject ambient light scatter by more than 75 percent. Black, dark gray, and silver screen material options are available with respective gains of 0.8, 1.4, and 2.7 and horizontal viewing angles of 90, 100, and 160 degrees; vertical viewing angles are 33 degrees for the 0.8 and 1.4 gain screens and 35 degrees for the 2.7 gain…

3 min.
this just in

Sonus Faber Founder Franco Serblin passed away at age 73. His company’s loudspeaker creations continue to look as beautiful as they sound... A Glasses-Free 3D Spec has been adopted by Dolby Labs and Philips for program creation, delivery, and playback. The Dolby 3D format may extend its influence to TVs, smartphones, PCs, and tablets... Panasonic Denied the rumor that it is exiting the plasma business. While it did close a dedicated Chinese plasma plant, it continues to assemble sets at another plant that also handles LCD... Dragon TV Voice Recognition is featured in some of Panasonic’s 2013 smart TVs. Speak to it to trigger TV commands and Web searches and listen as it reads TV text content and options onscreen... U.S. TV Sales Will Drop for the second consecutive year in 2013, forecasts IHS iSuppli.…

4 min.
star-studio decor

Your favorite celebrities and movie characters need not be strictly relegated to the big screen in your home theater. With life-size cardboard cutouts, you have yet another choice when it comes to decorating ideas. Moviecutouts.com offers hundreds of options from categories such as TV, movies, history, music, sports, animals, and more. And with such a vast selection—from Luke Skywalker to Brad Pitt, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, and Elvira—you can make every member of the movie-viewing family happy.—Michelle McCarthy THE BAWL OF THE SMARTASS TV “Sometimes it’s depressing being so smart.” A customer walks into a showroom and the TV says, “Hey, big spender, come spend a little time with me.” The customer replies, “Of all the TVs on the wall, why should I spend any time with you?” The TV answers, “Because I’m not just…

3 min.
philips fidelio x1 headphones

Price: $299 At a Glance: Sinfully comfy • Artfully balanced frequency response • Lavish build quality boasts aluminum trim and real leather It wasn’t that long ago that Philips wasn’t the first name that would come to mind for audiophile headphones. Things picked up early last year when the company totally revamped its headphone lineup, and the Fidelio Series turned a lot of heads. Philips was in the big leagues and fully competitive with the majors. The all-new Fidelio X1 is Philips’ best yet, but I have to admit I was swayed even before I heard it. The luxurious look of the design appeals to a more adult crowd than any of the shiny plastic and bling-encrusted headphones crowding the market. The X1’s high-end aura is more than skin deep. Run your…