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Home Theater Sep-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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HT Launches on iPadTime for some shameless self-promotion on behalf of HT. As we went to press, we’ve been ooohing and aaaaaahing for two weeks at Home Theater’s Zinio-powered iPad edition. In a word, it’s the coolest thing ever! OK, that was more than a word. But I can’t contain myself. HT’s content pops right off the iPad’s 10-inch LED-backlit screen. The art direction and graphics look superb, and the touch interface is a masterful, natural fit for thumbing through magazine content. Everyone who’s seen our magazine and others on the iPad realizes within seconds that the publishing world has just changed. It’s a mesmerizing experience on the iPad platform. How can all this be yours? Glad you asked, dear reader. Zinio’s subscription model is as painless as can be.…

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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.Angst in My 3D PantsWill studios begin re-releasing all existing Blu-ray titles in the new Blu-ray 3D format? If so, will all…

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cable ops offer new options

The cable industry gets a lot of criticism in this column. But it’s not unknown for cable operators to innovate. Wouldn’t you love to network your leased DVR with every TV in your home? Comcast (aka XFINITY) and Cox are making that possible with technology from the Multimedia Over Coax Alliance (MoCA), which supports multiple HD streams up to 175 megabits per second. Verizon already uses MoCA. Future adoptees may include Time Warner and Bright House. Up to 15 million MoCA set-top boxes may be in U.S. homes by 2014, according to ABI Research.Meanwhile, Cablevision has its head in cloud computing. The cable operator is finally starting limited deployment of its network DVR, aka remote-storage DVR, after years of litigation with Hollywood over whether the remote-storage part violated copyright laws.Cablevision…

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front projection +3d

The home 3D machine is shifting into overdrive. Both Sony and Panasonic hosted flat-panel 3DTV launch events for the press during the second week of June. Around the same time, Digital Projection, which manufactures a wide range of DLP projectors for both the home and professional markets, organized an event focused on front-projection 3D at the Stewart Filmscreen training facility near Los Angeles.The talks provided a lot of new and interesting information. Stewart Filmscreen was the first up to the plate. As expected, it offered advice as to the best screens to use for a 3D projection installation. Most 3D in commercial theaters uses various forms of polarization and those ubiquitous polarized glasses, which separate the images for each eye. (The main exception is the Dolby 3D system, which separates…

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home theater university

HDMI to Infinity and BeyondIn 2002, the video world was just getting comfortable with component analog video. HDTV and DVD were only starting to acquire mass-market status. We were using three separate video cables to connect our shiny new HDTVs to our best sources. Add to that up to six audio cables to our A/V receivers. This forest of cables wasn’t heaven (except to cable vendors), but it worked, and it provided most viewers with their first real taste of high-quality video. We also had DVI, a standard for digital video borrowed from the computer world. But because its clunky connector only carried video and not audio as well, it never achieved critical mass.Then along came High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) and its promise of a single cable from source to…

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walking the 3d talk

You might think that reviewing—and reading about—one flat panel after another would get boring, if not downright numbing. And it would, if the technology were static. Fee-fie-ho-hum, a new flat panel joins the scrum.But the technology isn’t static. LCDs, plasmas, HDMI, LED back lighting, side lighting, local dimming, dramatically improved black levels, Internet features, and the future potential for higher-resolution displays and possibly even 21:9 (2.35:1) aspect ratio sets—all have kept our interest level high and given us plenty to learn and write about.And oh yes, that little thing called 3D. It seems to be catching on big lately, particularly at your local multiplex. The 3D action promises to be just as intense this fall on the retail floor of your local video shop.3D Gets DownThe 50-inch Panasonic TC-P50VT25 is…