Home Theater Review Explains Rec 2020

I like big TVs, so there isn’t much selling required for me to see the value of 4K. That said, on a smaller display (IMO, anything less than 60″) I can also agree that there isn’t much benefit to throwing more pixels at the problem, but there is another potential benefit to the developing standard… You’ve likely also heard the […]

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HDTVTest: 4K vs 1080p Blind Test Results

I’m not surprised by HDTVTest’s finding that 97% of people could correctly identify a 4K display vs. 1080p, but I have to admit that they did it at 9′ on a set of 55″ displays was surprising. In my experience it’s only really obvious after 65″. They were fairly scientific in setting up the test to ensure it was as […]

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4K Killed Panasonic’s Plasma?

HDTVtest makes a compelling case for why Panasonic would stop making plasmas, but I can’t help but feel that OLED isn’t quite ready to replace it in their display lineup. I want to believe that OLED and 4K are their path forward, but I have to wonder if it’s not more about Panasonic’s health as a company than anything else. […]

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4K Blu-ray Outed?

As much as I like the sound of 4K OTT, it just doesn’t seem realistic in any reasonable time frame. So I was thrilled to see a report on HDTVtest that SINGULUS appears to have outed the devices required to manufacture 100GB Blu-ray discs. Hopefully they are correct and it’s exactly what we need to get 4K movies out sooner […]

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Sony @ CES 2013

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Sony had many products on display at their booth, but each time I stopped by to take a look I got lost in the beautiful 4K displays. Which was OK in my book for two reasons: 4K is gorgeous, anyone who doesn’t get it is blind or wants to have a small TV and second Sony’s booth was all about […]

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Panasonic @ CES 2013

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There was only one display in a pitch black room at CES. That it was lined up against a VT50, arguably 2012’s best TV, and making it look [literally] washed out in comparison speaks volumes about the beautiful beast of a plasma Panasonic is bringing out later this year. If I had to pick one thing that most impressed, and […]

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LG @ CES 2013

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If you follow displays, you already know that there were myriad UHD and OLED TVs at CES 2013. LG had both, but they had one over on all the other OEMs because they are the only ones that can claim to be shipping 1080p OLED displays. Now they haven’t made there way over here yet (should be in March sometime), […]

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Samsung @ CES 2013

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I was completely underwhelmed with OLED TVs last year. They consistently suffered from slow pixel response and color bleed, but this year was completely different. There were OLED displays of many sizes, shapes and resolutions at many vendors booths with Samsung boasting some beautiful 4K UHD. Full breakdown after the click. OLED A lot can happen in a year, and […]

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Hisense @ CES 2013

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I really wanted to like Hisense when the opportunity to swing by the booth arose. After all, what’s not to like about the promise of huge, cheap TV that very closely mirror Samsung’s outstanding industrial design. Unfortunately, I struggled to find a better case of the “get what you pay for” rule, with some of the lowest quality displays I […]

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Onkyo TX-NR818 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver

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As the glue in a well-equipped home theater, the audio video receiver (AVR) is a natural hub where audio and video processing can be consolidated into a single device alongside other functions like over the top (OTT) IP services. Onkyo has embraced this ideal with the 135 watts per channel TX-NR818, which offers decoding support for all of the modern […]

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