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Home Theater Nov-10

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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Giving Thanks to the Best and BrightestIf there’s an arc to the feature set and content in this issue, it’s the innovation and evolution of the flat-panel HDTV. Just a few years ago, Black Friday flat-panel HDTV shopping offered you a whopping two choices: LCD or plasma. As you’re prepping your sleeping bag and lawn chair for your 2010 Black Friday camp-out (somebody’s got to be out there, right?), know that the LCD category alone is subdivided into at least four separate subcategories. Straight LCDs with standard backlighting are still out there, but in LED-lit sets, there are now ultra-thin edge-lit models, edge-lit models with precision dimming, and LED models with full-blown zone-based local dimming. And they’re not just marketing hype. Both precision dimming and certainly full local dimming can…

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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 (HomeTheaterMag.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.Cancel Fred KaplanI have subscribed to Home Theater magazine from the beginning, but I find myself aft er all these years disgusted…

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will hdbaset replace hdmi?

HDMI is the all-in-one A/V interface of choice in today’s home theater gear. But it will soon have a viable competitor in HDBaseT. Why this? Why now? Haven’t HDMI’s growing pains been bad enough, with its multiple versions, cable classifications, and maddening limitations?Put down those rotten tomatoes. The beauty of HDBaseT is that it uses garden-variety Cat-5 Ethernet cable with standard RJ-45 connectors, as opposed to pricey HDMI cables. Whereas HDMI is limited to short runs, HDBaseT can travel up to 100 meters or 328 feet—and many newer homes are already wired for it.HDBaseT’s 5Play interface carries both audio and high-definition video up to 4,000-by-2,000 resolution. You may see it in HDTVs, DVRs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, PCs, and mobile devices starting late this year, with more to come in…

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ultraviolet to provide cloud-based fun

Cloud-based access of audio/video content is on its way with broad-based support in the entertainment industry. A consortium called the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem is introducing Ultra-Violet, which will let consumers access content across multiple platforms. Create your UltraViolet account free of charge. Then you’ll be entitled to store whatever content you’ve paid for in a Digital Rights Locker. Once it’s there, you can access it via Internet-connected HDTV, PC, gaming console, smart phone, and tablet computer. No longer would your entertainment purchases be limited to a single device. Content, services, and devices are scheduled to roll out in 2011. The scheme is supported by an array of movie studios, cable systems, streaming video providers, retailers, and hardware manufacturers.…

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blu-ray spending up, but there’s a catch

Here’s some good news from the Digital Entertainment Group: Consumer spending on Blu-ray Discs exploded by 84 percent in mid-2010 compared with the same period a year ago. Also up were streaming/download distribution, at 36.9 percent, and video on demand, at 19.1 percent. The downside is that packaged media in general, also factoring in DVD, were down 7.1 percent. And overall home entertainment spending was down 3.3 percent. So people are spending less money in this dodgy economy— but they’re spending it on smarter, higher-quality, and more convenient media.…

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2g apple tv streams in style

If you’re not a streamer, the second-generation Apple TV may turn you in to one. The palm-sized black device will rent you an HD 720p movie for $4.99 or a TV show (from ABC or Fox) for 99 cents. That’s with no monthly fee, of course, although the unit can also stream Netflix rentals with that company’s normal fee structure. Other content includes YouTube, Flickr, MobileMe, photos from your computer, and Rotten Tomatoes reviews. The user interface is simple and attractive—who’d have seen that coming? Inputs include HDMI, USB, optical digital, and Ethernet. Wireless connectivity comes via Wi-Fi 802.11n. At $99, the price is way less than the old Apple TV, albeit higher than the Roku box. Still, we’re guessing this will be a certified hit.…