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Home Theater May-11

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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Front Projection RulesFront projection is the grandest, most dramatic statement of what home theater can be. With today’s megapixel wonders, front projection is cheaper and easier than ever before—and far superior in quality. And of course, now front projection comes with a side order of 3D. I know, 3D is the most overhyped thing ever. (Or at least since Blu-ray.) But read the JVC and Sony projector reviews in this issue before you sharpen your 3D pitchfork. The new JVC projectors are better than last year’s models in significant ways with 2D material. The DLA-X3 Kris Deering reviews in this issue is half the price of last year’s JVC flagship and every bit as compelling in terms of performance. Higher performance-to-price ratio is a hot commodity even if you have…

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WE WELCOME QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS. E-mail them to htletters@sorc.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.What With the Gear Porn and AllHello all. Listen, every time my new Home Theater mag arrives in the mail, my wife…

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hd component video faces the firing squad

Movie studios have realized a long-cherished dream by pushing analog component video into a dungeon and throwing away the key.Prison bars come in the form of the Image Constraint Token (ICT), which downconverts incoming high-def video to 540p. The ICT has been embedded in Blu-ray’s AACS digital rights management scheme since day one, but its prescheduled implementation didn’t begin until the turn of the year. Blu-ray models announced after December 31, 2010, must respond to the token. Studios now have the option of embedding it into disc releases, although they are required to say so on the packaging.Victims of this so-called analog sunset are legion. It will be a problem for first-generation HDTVs that don’t include the Hollywood-approved HDMI and DVI interfaces. Sorry, early adopters—no good deed goes unpunished. It…

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dts says 11.1 is a magic number

Is 11.1-channel surround the next big thing in home theater audio? DTS says yes with its new Neo:X technology. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), DTS staged a Neo:X demo in an enclosed booth with 11.1 channels of glory driving Definitive Technology Mythos speakers. In addition to the standard configuration of 5.1 channels, DTS Neo:X adds two more pairs of channels labeled Front-Height and Wide. This won’t come as a surprise to those who have followed Audyssey’s DSX, which also adds height and width (not to mention Dolby’s height-only Pro Logic IIz).The demo featured two musicians-cum–sound designers who created an 11.1-channel soundscape. Although its aesthetics had more to do with the recording studio than with the natural acoustics of a concert hall, it was an imaginative and immersive experience.…

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la philharmonic simulcasts to theaters

Not everyone lives within commuting distance of a major concert orchestra. But just about anyone can get to the local cineplex for a concert simulcast in high def with surround sound. The Los Angeles Philharmonic and NCM Fathom, a digital in-theater network, recently flung a concert to 450 theaters throughout North America. The charismatic young Gustavo Dudamel conducted works by Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, and John Adams at Walt Disney Concert Hall. “The decadent cinematic acoustics flattered the orchestra,” said New York Times critic Vivien Schweitzer, although she objected to “endless closeups of individual musicians” and “random and meandering shots of the ceiling.” The $20 ticket price may seem high, but compared to ruinously expensive concert hall tickets, it’s not so bad. And you can eat popcorn while you listen. ■…

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this just in ...

UltraViolet Is Launching this summer with support from most major studios. This cloud-based delivery system will let you purchase rights to access a piece of content across multiple platforms, including HDTVs, PCs, gaming consoles, smart phones, and computers...Apple AirPlay Streaming is hitting products from Denon, Marantz, and McIntosh via apps, not to mention the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin tabletop system. The iThing is officially omnipotent...The SlingPlayer App for Google TV will do what Sling does best, sending DVR and streaming TV to any broadband-connected device throughout the world. No separate box required aside from your Sony Google TV set or Logitech box...Sony and Opera have agreed to add the latter’s Web browser to the former’s BRAVIA HDTVs. Of course Sony, like other IPTV makers, will also continue to offer widgets...IPTVs…