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Home Theater Oct-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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3 min.

Reviewers at Home Theater have a near-impossible task. Their job is to communicate, with words on a page accompanied by a few photographs, an experience with an audio or video component that can only be rightly conveyed viscerally. That is to say, in real life we don’t just listen to or view components, we react to them: physically, emotionally, intuitively. To suggest that we can make you feel what we feel when we get hands on with a piece of kit (as the Brits like to call it) is folly. At best we can convey some of the personal excitement and enthusiasm—or disappointment—our reviewer felt. That is very different than having you experience the component for yourself. The irony here is that the parts of our experience that are hardest to…

8 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. A Darn Good Question I’m really puzzled. Major companies that produce components continue to ignore the remote control. I just built a new…

1 min.
vizio to cineastes: let’s get wide

Cinema buffs have been in love with widescreen movies ever since 20th Century Fox introduced CinemaScope to counter a threatening new entertainment medium: television. Sixty years later, Vizio is offering the first TV with an extra-wide 21:9 screen optimized for the 2.35:1 format Hollywood uses for most major movies. The idea is to get rid of those wasteful black bars that appear above and below the image on a typical 16:9 TV and make use of the entire screen. On the flipside, of course, you get side bars when watching TV, reminiscent of the early days of HDTV when most TV shows were still being produced in the squarish 4:3 format. But Vizio offers a practical alternative to those side bars with its 58-inch CinemaWide LED-edge-lit LCD HDTV, aka model XVT3D580CM:…

4 min.
this just in

SAMSUNG CLOUD GAMING BRINGS “family-friendly and AAA video games directly to owners of Samsung LED 7000 series and up smart TVs in the U.S.,” the company says, with no need to download, install, or update games. Beta testing was about to begin at press time... Harman Kardon’s First Headphones in eight years use Bluetooth and apt-X wireless technology to stream audio from smartphones and other devices. Models include the BT, rectangular-looking full-size cans ($249); the NC, an over-ear model ($299); the CL, another on-ear model ($199); and the in-ear AE ($149) and NI ($100)... Sharp Aquos HDTVs will use the Espial TV browser, based on HTML5 open standards. It will appear in Aquos LCD HDTVs in North American, China, and Japan... The Smart TV Alliance will bring together LG, TP Vision (associated with Philips),…

2 min.
the big conceal

Today’s flat panels are beautiful to look at whether turned on or off, but there are times when you just want to conceal—not reveal—your TV. Blending your big screen into a room environment doesn’t have to be a design dilemma; in fact, it’s easier than ever with these options. VUTEC’S ARTSCREEN-R SERIES—a motorized masking system for TVs from 42 to 65 inches—transforms your flat panel into an element of art. Not only can you choose the picture, frame, and liner for a classy coverup, but you can also eliminate glare and reflection with swivel and tilt functions. A robotic arm extends the flat panel 12 inches from the wall, letting you swivel left to right (from 20 degrees to 28 degrees) and tilt (25 degrees upward and 7 degrees down). Set…

5 min.
sonos sub subwoofer

Price: $699 At a Glance: Dedicated sub that extends dynamics and musicality of Sonos speakers • Easy setup and simple control via iOS and Android apps • Unique design and stunning high-gloss finish • One-button setup to the Sonos network The latest addition to the Sonos family of products is the Sonos SUB, which is specifically designed to work with the company’s speakers—the Play:3 and Play:5. Either of these can be paired with another speaker of the same model to create a stereo pair for a wider soundfield. Sonos sent me two Play:3s that I paired with a shiny new SUB. The high-gloss black finish is quite stunning, and so is the design. The enclosure is essentially a cube with a thin rectangular hole in the center, making it easier to carry…