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Home Theater Mar-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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Do You DIY?I grew up building stuff. Legos, Revell plastic cars, Estes model rockets, Heathkits. I worked my way through high school stuffing and soldering boards for a small electronics firm that made power supplies, and, after graduating to technician status, learned true respect for electricity by inserting my needle-nose pliers into a high-voltage circuit that picked me up and deposited me against the wall behind my bench. I’ve never met a tool I didn’t like, and the more exotic and specialized, the happier it makes me to pick it up. I guess you could say I’m a hands-on guy.I’d bet a lot of Home Theater readers are just like me. The very nature of being an A/V enthusiast means you’ve probably spent time behind your rack stringing together a…

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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.But Don’t Call Me GeekThe “How We Measure: Audio” article in the January 2012 issue was outstanding. It will keep this issue…

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nht wants to superpower your desk

Desktop audio is a bigger slice of listening life than ever. So why are you still using those lame plastic speakers you bought for $29? Step up to NHT’s SuperPower, an active version of the bestselling SuperZero passive speaker. The SuperPower has a 90-watt Class D amp (in each speaker) that consumes virtually nothing in standby. In a hotel-room demo, the speaker’s sweet, silk dome and 4.5-inch woofer sounded warm and analog-y. The Super- Power rolls off steeply below 100 hertz, so factor in the cost of a decent subwoofer like the Super 8. NHT also recommends that you spring for the PVC PC passive volume control, with two stereo inputs (RCA and mini-jack) and two outputs (ditto).Not only will that facilitate connecting the sub, it will also avoid the…

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premiere design

Good VibrationsSonus faber Aida Speaker SystemThe words “sonus faber” mean “handmade sound,” and here they couldn’t be more apt. At $120,000 per pair, the Italian-made Sonus faber Aida is actually a chip off the block of the firm’s $200,000 flagship, dubbed The Sonus faber, which introduced a number of new innovations that are now trickling down the line to the Aida and two smaller models. Standing just over 6 feet tall, the Aida is a sight to behold: a near-perfect expression of engineering grace and artful form. The remarkable construction starts with the curved lyre-shaped cabinet made from layers of cross-veined okoume plywood; the shape is said to improve structural rigidity. From there, no expense is spared to eliminate vibration and resonances. Both the inner wall and beautifully finished external…

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this just in

McIntosh has opened two Experience Centers at Century Stereo stores in San Jose, California, and Fairfax, Virginia. We’re guessing McIntosh’s unique love-at-first-sight relationship with consumers will enable it to win new friends for high-end audio when young shoppers see those iconic faceplates for the first time...Samsung and RealD will not produce TVs based on the latter’s hybrid active/passive 3D technology as previously hoped. It was Samsung that pulled out, presumably sticking with its active 3D technology—for the time being—while rivals like Vizio roll out fully passive 3D...LG and YuMe will bring video ads to connected TVs starting with a Toyota Camry campaign. But they’ll have to be careful about how the ads interface with viewer-chosen apps and other content: “We want the audience to love this TV. We can’t just…

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vintage gear

The Pioneer Kuro plasma display broke new ground upon its introduction in 2007 and was quickly hailed by critics and buyers as The Greatest Television Ever Made. Incredibly, as many Home Theater readers know, the Kuro line that debuted in 2007 was phased out by 2010—which proves that just because you make the best, doesn’t mean people will buy it. Manufacturers regularly pay lip service to excellence, but Pioneer delivered—and the market didn’t reward them with sustainable sales numbers.I spoke with Josh Kairoff, then Pioneer USA’s director of display engineering, to learn more about what made the Kuro so special. First things first, “Kuro” means “black” in Japanese, and the display’s inky blacks—the blackest blacks—were unmatched in the industry. The deeper blacks also yielded superior shadow detail and resolution. While…