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Monday, 26 January 2009 ,  Written by Julianne Stilson
LG BD-300 Blu-ray Player
The BasicsThis Blu-Ray player is somewhat of a letdown, both in sound and video quality as well as its feature-set.  It retails at a suggested price of just under $400, but offers few frills or even many standard features in mid-priced Blu-Ray players of its class.  It is a Profile 2.0 player, so it is capable of accessing BD-Live content, as well as playing BonusView video.The video and audio outputs on this device are designed for current technology, but they offer nothing to owners of older AV receivers.  The BD-300 features HDMI, component video, digital optical and digital coaxial outputs, but there are no analog inputs whatsoever.  This player is coupled with the Netflix “Watch Now” program, meaning that Netflix subscribers can play Netflix films on their television sets as opposed to the videos being locked on their PCs. When ...
Thursday, 01 May 2008 ,  Written by Andrew Robinson
Lexicon MC-12 HD Music and Cinema Processor
Introduction If you’ve contemplated building a home theater with the utmost performance in mind, you’ve no doubt considered the Harman International brand Lexicon. When it comes to outfitting true performance-based home theaters that rival some of the best movie houses in the business, Lexicon has to rest somewhere near the summit. No other brand, save maybe Genelec and JBL, has such a storied history in professional cinema and mastering applications as Lexicon. However, in recent years, rapid evolution surrounding video formats and connection options, mainly high-definition video and HDMI, have given companies like Lexicon a moment of pause. This has allowed large, mass-producing giants from Japan to muscle their way into the playing field and even briefly take it over. However, with the arrival of the Lexicon MC-12 HD processor, the once mighty king of home theater has returned and is ...
Thursday, 24 April 2008 ,  Written by
LG 50PY3D Plasma HDTV
The Basics: LG offers both plasma and LCD HDTVs, and the 50PY3D was LG’s first 50-inch 1080p plasma. As such, it is priced somewhat higher than several of the company’s 720p 50-inch models. The 50PY3D has a healthy connection panel that includes three HDMI inputs and two component video inputs, all of which accept 1080p/60 and 1080p/24. RS-232 and IR ports allow for integration into a more advanced control system, and there’s a USB port for MP3/JPEG playback. While the video menu does not have an extensive amount of picture adjustments, it does provide direct access to advanced white-balance controls, and it gives you the option to enable LG’s XD processing, with contrast, color and noise settings. The menu also offers several features to counteract the effects of short-term image retention, plus an energy-saving mode that limits light output to reduce power ...
Tuesday, 08 April 2008 ,  Written by
The Basics: LG offers both plasma and LCD HDTVs. This 47-inch, 1080p LCD hails from the company’s higher-end Opus lineup, and it utilizes TruMotion 120Hz technology, which doubles the TV’s frame rate from 60 to 120Hz to reduce motion blur and render smoother movement. It also uses a Super In-Plane Switching (S-IPS) panel with a 5ms response time. The 47LBX has a healthy connection panel that includes three HDMI, two component video and one PC inputs, all of which accept 1080p. RS-232 and IR ports allow for integration into a more advanced control system, and there’s a USB port for MP3/JPEG playback. The onscreen menu sports a nice assortment of picture adjustments, including an adjustable backlight, direct access to advanced white-balance controls, low/high/off TruMotion options and the ability to enable LG’s XD processing, with contrast, color and noise settings. The Intelligent Eye ...
Thursday, 13 December 2007 ,  Written by Bill Biersach
title: LET IT BE … NAKED date: December 2003 written by: By Bill Biersach When the Beatles met at Twickenham Film Studios on January 2nd, 1969 to begin work on a new project called Get Back, it was viewed by some as an act of desperation. Though their double-album blockbuster The Beatles, informally known as “The White Album,” was greeted with critical acclaim upon its release the previous November, the group found themselves in something of a quandary. They had ceased touring in the fall of 1966 and had devoted themselves exclusively to the technical intricacies of the recording studio environment, a self-indulgence that produced Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, as well as the songs that would appear in the animated feature Yellow Submarine.
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