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Home Theater Jun-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.
a connection conundrum

You may have heard that sales of soundbars are skyrocketing today. I’m excited about that. The best of the new premium soundbars sound pretty great, and with their unassuming presence, lack of speaker wires, and relatively simple installation, they stand to introduce legions of new ears to the joys of a high-quality home theater experience. The Sonos Playbar I reviewed for this issue is a case in point. But, more than any other soundbar we’ve tested to date, it spotlighted an industry-wide problem with how we connect these devices. I’m referring to the fact that the vast majority of HDTVs won’t pass a multichannel Dolby Digital or DTS bitstream through their TosLink optical digital output. This came up recently in Darryl Wilkinson’s review of Polk’s $800 SurroundBar 9000 IHT in May. It…

12 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. I Want My DLP RPTV I was reading my April issue of Home Theater, and I am finally asking this question: Why the…

2 min.
sweet sixteen

NuVo Technologies Wireless Audio System NuVo Technologies, a company with roots in the music business that date back to 1924, was onto something when it introduced its first multi-zone home audio system back in 2002. A decade later, the company offers a lineup of wholehouse audio systems designed for professional installation and recently introduced the NuVo Wireless Audio System, its first DIY consumer product. The system can deliver up to 16 simultaneous streams and is said to be just as flexible as a wired system: You can group listening zones, synchronize audio between zones, and independently control each zone. Conceptually, the system is simple: You plug the GW100 network gateway ($199) into your router and deploy music players throughout the house. You can stream music from your home network and Internetbased streaming…

4 min.
this just in

Sony Will Do 4K TV Pilots through Sony Pictures Television, having already used 4K for several existing series. It is also remastering series originally shot on film, such as Breaking Bad... Barnes & Noble’s Nook Video has signed movie deals with MGM, Lionsgate, and National Geographic. This will bring titles like The Hunger Games and Mad Men to the Nook HD and HD+ devices... Panasonic May Exit the Plasma category, having already shuttered its Chinese plasma factory. According to Quixel Research, the plasma category grew 70 percent in the 60-inch-plus category in 2012 and accounted for two of five 40-inchers sold, though unit sales and revenues have declined... Sharp’s Survival Strategy will not include capital from Taiwan’s Hon Hai, as previously assumed, their talks having foundered on the issue of executive control. But…

2 min.
digital vudu revisited

If you want to create digital copies of Blu-ray and DVD gems you own so you can watch your favorite flicks wherever you happen to be, you won’t have to schlep into Walmart with a bag of discs anymore (“UltraViolet: Building a Movie Library in the Cloud,” October 2012). Walmart is expanding its Disc-to-Digital service so discs you own can be registered for digital conversion on your home PC. Once the discs are authenticated and you’ve paid to acquire the digital copies, movie files are stored in the cloud. I was ready to check out the new service in late March, but an at-home conversion option was not available when I logged into the Vudu To Go account I set up last spring while testing the instore version of the service,…

5 min.
favi smartstick

Price: $40 (wireless pocket keyboard additional $40) At a Glance: Android operating system • HDMI Stick connects directly to TV • Potentially unlimited content • Best keyboard/mouse remote available for any media player Favi SmartStick PERFORMANCE 3.0/5.0 FEATURES 4.0/5.0 ERGONOMICS 3.0/5.0 Favi’s SmartStick is not, as many call it, a Google TV. Instead, it is a dongle (stick) that connects to an HDMI input on your TV and runs the Android operating system. Typically, smartphones and tablets have Android, but this is the first streaming Android dongle for your TV. And herein lies the problem. While most Android apps made for tablets can be downloaded to the SmartStick, they are not designed for a TV streaming device, and they don’t work when you try to use them. The SmartStick is 3 inches long and comes with…