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Home Theater Sep-11

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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a pocketful of pannys

There are a couple of product reviews I’d like to call your attention to in this issue, each noteworthy for different reasons.First and foremost is the special report you’ll find on page 39. It’s our cover story this month, and it’s a review of a Panasonic plasma. Also, another Panasonic plasma.And, yet another Panasonic plasma. Three in all. Face-offs are hardly unknown in these pages, but I’m betting this is the first time you’ve seen three nearly identical HDTVs from the same manufacturer competing for top honors in Home Theater or any other A/V enthusiast publication. No, it’s not something we do normally—and not something I expect we’ll do again anytime soon.Here’s the deal: Ever since Pioneer high-tailed it out of the plasma business about two years ago and abandoned…

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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 (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.In Pursuit of DownloadsI may have a situation that many of your readers probably also have. I love high-quality audio playback but…

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premiere design

No Mere CoincidenceKEF Blade LoudspeakerCoaxial and coincident speakers have been around for decades, but no company has taken the concept quite so much to heart and mind as KEF. Most of the British brand’s better loudspeakers feature one version or another of its constantly evolving Uni-Q driver, in which the tweeter is positioned not just over but literally inside the midrange cone, where the two behave like something approximating a true point source. The idea is to deliver all the audio frequencies to your ears at the same moment—minimizing driver interactions in the crossover range for improved sonic imaging and greater realism.Based on five years of research, the new KEF Blade is an extension of work that was first begun for the firm’s Concept Blade, a prototype shown in 2009.…

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an elite team

The Elite logo hasn’t appeared on a new television since 2009, when Pioneer announced it was leaving the HDTV business and taking its highly regarded Kuro plasmas with it. Now, Elite HDTVs are making a comeback as the result of a collaboration between Pioneer Electronics (USA) and Sharp Electronics Corp—although at press time, the contribution of each was unclear. The name is being used to market a line of high-end 60- and 70-inch LCD HDTVs with advanced features. Among these is a full-array, local-dimming LED-backlit model and a version of Sharp’s previously introduced four-primary-color technology. This adds yellow subpixels to the traditional red, green, and blue for what’s said to be a wider range of colors and a smoother, more detailed picture (thanks to the additional dots used to create…

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this just in

Blockbuster Has Slashed the cost of “just released” disc rentals to $2.99, other new titles to $1.99, and catalog titles to 99 cents. The catch is that the three-day rental period has shrunk to one, with each additional day costing 99 cents—favoring early returners...TiVo Has Upped the cost of its monthly subscription guide from $12.99 to $19.99. Lifetime service, formerly $399, is now $499...The First DTS Neo:X A/V Receiver is Onkyo’s TX-NR1009 ($1,399). Neo:X adapts signals with 2.0, 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 channels to 9.1 or 11.1 channels, simultaneously adding front-height, front-width, and back-surround channels...Sharp’s Ultra-Resolution Super Hi-Vision LCD HDTV has a resolution of 7,680 by 4,320 pixels spread over 85 inches, a pixel density of 103 per inch. You saw this one coming: For the moment, it’s just a…

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the back panel

August’s Back Panel featured the Parasound Halo P7 seven-channel analog preamplifier, a unique solution that lets two-channel audiophiles enjoy multichannel music and movies through the same chassis by adding a dedicated third-party surround processor or AVR with preamp outs. For more info, go to parasound.com.All branding has been removed from this month’s Back Panel. Recognize the component? Send your guess to editor@hometheater.com; we’ll randomly pick a winner from the correct responses to receive a $50 gift certificate from online retailer headphones.com.…