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Signal to Noise - Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD MA vs. Uncompressed PCM

July 14, 2008 By David Birch-Jones 422 comments
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How well do the new compression schemes from Dolby and DTS stack up against uncompressed audio? We buff up our golden ears to audition and compare the latest Blu-ray audio codecs, in the design labs that developed them.

Compared to DVD, the tremendous increase in storage capacity of the Blu-ray disc format, necessary to carry the increased high definition video data payload, also provides for expanded audio options, including the ability to carry so-called lossless audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Denon DP-200USB Turntable Review

August 17, 2009 By Chris Chiarella 88 comments
Denon DP-200USB Turntable Review

Your Vinyl Answer

USB turntables are nothing new, but have previously required a computer to do their analog-to-digital thing. Converting vinyl into MP3s is a wonderfully liberating feat. But who keeps a computer next to his stereo stack or has the room for a turntable (and accompanying record collection) in the office?

Enter Denon's DP-200USB turntable, fully equipped to provide the user experience we old-timers are used to, while introducing the iPod set to the magic of LPs.

U-verse versus Cable

July 7, 2008 By Geoffrey Morrison 80 comments
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Which is better, or more precisely, which isn't worse

It's not that I hated Time Warner Cable. In fact, in a lot of ways I kind of liked them. For several years, I had the Scientific Atlanta 8000HD DVR box, which, after many updates, was a pretty decent piece of equipment. Then, after my second one died (as hard-drive based equipment is bound to do), they gave me the 8300HDC. This is the worst consumer electronics product I've ever used, and my days with TWC were numbered. And along came AT&T.

Lexicon's Hyundai Genesis Audio System - Full Review

October 29, 2008 By Geoffrey Morrison 1855 comments
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Can't Afford a new Rolls? How about this instead?

Hyundai is trying to be Toyota. And Honda. And why not, they're both some of the most respected and successful car makers out there. With the Genesis, Hyundai aims right in the middle of the luxury sports sedan market.

To help them with that image, they enlisted Lexicon to design the audio system. The only other car with a Lexicon audio system is the Rolls-Royce Phantom. So it's in good company.

The Way Back Page - LaserDisc

March 26, 2010 By Richard Ames 36 comments
The Way Back Page - LaserDisc

Big. Shiny. Analog.

Released to the public in 1978, LaserDisc offered consumers a trifecta of the perfect product: no recording, expensive media and players and the need to flip the disc during the movie.

The response, historically speaking, was tepid.

240 Hz and Beyond

November 20, 2009 By Geoffrey Morrison 83 comments
240Hz and Beyond

With claims of decreased motion blur, better detail, world peace, and smoother motion, LCD manufacturers are drastically increasing refresh rates. But why?

First it was 120 Hz. Now it’s 240 Hz. Already manufacturers are talking about 480 Hz. I mean, 60 Hz is so 20th century. Are there really any advantages to these faster refresh rates? If so, how do they work?

Panasonic TC-P46G10 Review

October 5, 2009 By Geoffrey Morrison 79 comments

The King is dead. Long live the King!

No one at Panasonic seemed to care that Pioneer left the plasma TV market. Then again, maybe they did. It would have been easy, perhaps expected, for Panasonic to put out a gussied-up version of their last generation plasma now that the direct picture quality competition has fled the market. But that's not how it played out.

The G10 is a significant step forward in picture quality for the company best known for value and consistency more than outright picture quality.


August 7, 2009 By Necee Regis 32 comments

Slide and Hide

If your cramped urban dwelling is forcing you to choose between designated sleeping quarters and a full-on media room, fret no more.

You can have both with Zoom-Room, an electronic version of the Murphy bed.

“When it comes out of the wall everyone says, ‘Wow!’” says company owner Peter Medvin.

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