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Home Theater Nov-12

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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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in this issue

3 min.
why wireless?

Of all the products we brought in for review for this issue’s annual speaker focus, the one I was most excited about scoring was an early sample of Aperion Audio’s Intimus 4T Summit wireless system. We’ve been doggedly chasing after a finished product since several of our Home Theater staffers, me included, got demos at CES in January. What really got me during that demo was the combination of apparent sound quality and the robust nature of the wireless link. Aperion knows how to make good audiophile speakers, usually delivering them with the excellent value and fine customer experience attendant to their Web-direct selling model. The wireless technology, which was developed by chipmaker Summit Semiconductor and is being promoted now as a potential industry standard, offers up a number of thoughtful…

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. Let the Head Games Begin I love the mag and have been a subscriber for many years now. I usually buy per your…

2 min.
conflict resolution

Your current DVR can handle the conflict between Sunday Night Football and Family Guy no problem but leaves you high and dry if you want to catch the latest episodes of The Amazing Race and your guilty pleasure, Storage Wars (the wife hates it). TiVo’s Premiere 4 DVR was created with this dilemma in mind. With its four digital tuners, you can simultaneously record four shows and store 75 hours of high-def programming. The DVR, which replaces your cable box, also serves as a hub, providing ready access to content from your home network and the Internet, including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and music from Pandora, Rhapsody, and others. Don’t have an Ethernet connection near your TV? No biggie. The DVR supports MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) home networking,…

4 min.
this just in

Outlaw Audio’s Model 978 is one surround processor you won’t be able to buy. A competitor spiked the product by cudgeling the Chinese factory, which did business with both companies, into canceling the project and tying up the circuit layout files, firmware, and software... Samsung’s Flagship 75-Inch ES9000 LED-backlit LCD HDTV is just half an inch thick. The $10,000 price tag includes a free Angry Birds video game to play on the gesture-controlled set... Aereo Won the right to survive, at least for a while, when a federal judge judged its online TV service “likely lawful.” Aereo uses flocks of tiny antennas, one for each subscriber, to capture broadcast-TV programming and deliver it over the Internet... Multiroom AirPlay is being integrated into CasaTunes music servers. So AirPlay-equipped mobile devices and iTunes-equipped computers can…

2 min.
let’s all go to the lobby

Since the goal is to re-create the local cineplex in your living room, you might as well go the whole nine yards and include concessions. What’s a movie-going experience without popcorn? And we’re not talking about the kind you drop in the microwave or shake over an open flame till it expands. We mean the authentic, buttery goodness that is often devoured before the first preview rolls. And there’s an added bonus to popping kernels in the privacy of your home theater: You can always press pause when you need a refill. Here are a few of the best popcorn makers on the market. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A LOW-CALORIE ALTERNATIVE, THE TOASTESS TCP713 HOT-AIR POPCORN POPPER uses hot air to cook kernels instead of oil. Its unique airflow design pops…

4 min.
disco-rama and other ce sales lingo you need to know

Ever seen a TV set disco? Retailers see TVs dance off the shelves two or three times a year as manufacturers refresh their lines. Welcome to the secret language of consumer electronics (CE) retailing. To the public, a set that discos should be mounted on a turntable so that the screen can be swung around by viewing partners from opposite directions. But to those who sell TVs, the term is shorthand for discontinued. Once a TV discos, the retailer will refer to the model as DLNA. No, the letters don’t stand for Digital Living Network Alliance, although the TV may well be DLNA-enabled for streaming photos, music, and videos from a computer or storage device on a home network. In CE terms, it means Discontinued Line Not Available. When the TV was available,…