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Home Theater May-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.
saving the world from bad sound

EDITOR Hold your index finger up to the air for a moment. Can you feel that? It’s the fresh breeze of good sound wafting ever so gently across the horizon. After years of living in a desert of low-res MP3s, crappy white ear buds, wafer-thin flatpanel TV speakers pointed away from the listener (come on!), and increasingly anemic AVRs, there is a revolution afoot. I can’t quite explain it—perhaps it’s a grassroots backlash against uninvolving, emotionally void music and muddled TV dialogue. Or maybe it’s just a fashion trend as the giant headphones and vinyl LPs that geeks like me thought were cool in the ’70s have oddly gained new traction as status symbols. Whatever the genesis, there appears to be growing demand for high-quality audio. The evidence is everywhere. Thanks to Dr.…

6 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. Darryl Wilkinson Must Go I am a home theater enthusiast and longtime subscriber. I have found Home Theater to be useful and informative.…

2 min.
acoustic art

The next time you sit down to watch a movie, take a minute and look around the room before you turn down the lights and hit the play button. Is the space everything it could be? Could it use a little drama? 3-D Squared, a Florida-based home theater design company, specializes in creating decorative acoustic panels and themes for home theaters. You can choose from more than 50 original designs, or the company will work with you to create appropriately sized panels featuring reproductions of existing art or your own art. Art possibilities include movie posters, classic art, photographs—you name it. Or you can create a theme featuring artwork you provide or choose from a catalog of images and designs that includes contemporary and art deco designs, traditional patterns (including upholstered…

4 min.
this just in

The 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert was seen by at least 19 million people on 15 networks tracked by Nielsen—and Nielsen didn’t measure all of the 38 networks that carried the program, or the 100 networks and satellite/cable operators that have run it subsequently. The concert also generated 4.5 million streams and 2.5 billion Twitter impressions... Sharp and Qualcomm are partnering to combine Sharp’s IZGO LCD technology with Qualcomm’s low-power display technology. The ailing TV maker needs the $56 million investment and then some... Photos on Samsung TVs are easier to enjoy communally with a pair of Woven apps. Download one to the TV and another to your iOS or Android phone or tablet, and then you can click through photos from Facebook, Picasa, Shutterfly, Flickr, or Instagram... The First BitTorrent TV is…

2 min.
one man’s trash

Jason Mecier combines his crafty nature and a love of pop culture to create these unique mosaics. About 20 years ago, the San Francisco–based artist wanted to take macaroni art to a new level and made more than 200 bean and noodle portraits, mostly of ’70s TV icons like Charlie’s Angels, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Mary Tyler Moore. Feeling limited by the earth-toned palette, he started working with bright-colored candy. Then came experiments with yarn, pills, fake fingernails, makeup, and finally anything he could get his hands on. “I was making large junk portraits of my favorite celebrities, and I would imagine what they would have in their house and that my junk was really their junk,” Jason says. “I figured I should just ask all my favorite people to…

2 min.
wireless that just works

Will 2013 be the year of high-quality wireless audio? Jim Venable, president of the Wireless Speaker & Audio Association (WiSA), thinks so. The association was formed in 2011 to develop interoperability testing and compliance programs for wireless products with a focus on multichannel surround sound systems. Just over a year later, its membership includes speaker brands Definitive Technology, Klipsch, MartinLogan, Paradigm, Polk Audio, and Aperion, which introduced the first WiSA-compliant home theater speaker system last year (Home Theater, November 2011). “We think 2013 is really going to be a watershed year for the association and for wireless audio in the home,” Venable said, noting that consumer electronics companies are looking for wireless solutions that work well. “The consumer has had a bad experience with wireless audio, particularly wireless surround sound in…