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Thursday, 13 December 2007 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano with Bob Hodas
title: The Basics of a Great Sounding Room and System Set-Up category: Feature Article review date: September 2001 reviewed by: Jerry Del Colliano with Bob Hodas forum link: Comment on this review here... The Basics of a Great Sounding Room and System Set-Up When you start out as an audio/video enthusiast, the biggest improvements to your sound come from investments made in new equipment. Upgrading from your $300 bookshelf monitors to a pair of $2,000 floor-standing speakers will rock your world. Adding your first real subwoofer has a similar effect. However, we find that transcending from mid-fi to audio nirvana isn’t always as easy as flipping down the trusty old platinum card on the most swank of electronic components.
Thursday, 13 December 2007 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
title: The Art of Tuning Your Room category: Feature Articles reviewed by: Jerry Del Colliano forum link: Comment on this review here... The Art of Tuning Your Room It is not your fault, but for years, the high end audio community has created a sense of insecurity amongst music lovers and audiophiles alike. You know the feeling: you open one of those magazines and some reviewer very unfavorably compares a component in your system to their "component of the week." It is only human to be curious to find out if this guy is right or just blowing smoke up your ear.
Saturday, 01 September 2007 ,  Written by Adrienne Maxwell
Toshiba 52HL167 52-inch LCD HDTV
Introduction Is 52 the new 42 in the world of flat-panel televisions? Last year, the 42-inch flat panel was the marquee TV, offering the perfect convergence of size and price that consumers craved. As flat-panel pricing continues to drop, consumers will be able to move up to a larger screen size without moving up substantially in price. I predict the 52-inch panel will soon take center stage, thanks to new arrivals like Toshiba’s 52HL167. This product’s MSRP is $3,499.99, which is right on par with new, similarly sized panels from other big-name LCD manufacturers; however, several online retailers have already broken the magical $3,000 barrier with this big-screen LCD. The latest crop of LCD panels is especially interesting because many employ new technologies, like LED backlighting or a 120-Hertz refresh rate, designed to improve performance issues that plagued older LCD TVs. However, these technologies also add to the bottom line, which may be worthwhile for the ...
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 ,  Written by Andrew Robinson
Toshiba HD-A20 HD DVD Player
Introduction HD DVD vs. Blu-ray. It seems, once again, consumers are in the middle of yet another format war. While round one has seemingly come and gone with the introduction of both parties’ initial efforts a little over a year ago, like all good fights, nothing is ever won in the first round and consumers now find themselves entrenched in round two. You could argue that round one had to go to Blu-ray (despite missing the opening bell by months) with their true 1080p support trumping HD DVD’s 1080i-only resolution. However, the victory was a hollow one, for the first batch of 1080p discs were less than stellar and often looked worse then their HD DVD and sometimes even standard DVD counterparts. Now, both sides have full 1080p support and, with the introduction of the new Toshiba HD-A20 reviewed here, it seems HD DVD’s trump card is now price. At $499 retail, the HD-A20 ...
Tuesday, 01 May 2007 ,  Written by Bryan Dailey
Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD Player
Introduction The HD DVD format has been out for just over a year now, and Toshiba is now on to the second generation of their high-def disc players. HD DVD was first to the market, beating Blu-ray by a few months. Despite a big shot in the arm from Sony’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft’s $179 Xbox 360 add-on HD DVD player, high-def discs have yet to explode the way that DVD did when that format was first launched. The initial reaction of most consumers was that the players were slow and clunky; many of the discs looked good, but some of the transfers were grainy and many felt that the picture quality of HD DVD was a tad sharper than Blu-ray. Hardware and firmware improvements in the first-generation Blu-ray players, such as the Samsung BDP-1000, have closed the gap that existed between the picture quality lead that HD DVD held over Blu-ray. Now, very ...
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