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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 ...
Monday, 01 January 2007 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
AV Education on RHT The High End Prewire Written by Jerry Del Colliano I recently bought a small home in the hills above Los Angeles and have taken on the project of renovating it, a process which includes two complete home theaters, high-speed Internet connectivity throughout the house, some distributed audio, lighting control, and more. The idea of this article is to show you some of what is possible in a whole-home prewire, so that when you build a new house or gut an existing property, you have a good idea of what to ask from a qualified AV installer. My project is based around renovating a home built in 1959 that is devoid of most, if not all, of the latest AV and communications protocols. Many newer homes come designed for much more technology, but only in rare cases will a house that you buy be properly prewired for everything a Revolution Home Theater reader ...
Saturday, 01 July 2006 ,  Written by Bryan Dailey
Toshiba HD-A1 HD DVD Player
Introduction Cracking open the box of my first HD DVD player, I can’t help but think back to the days of the VHS vs. Betamax and DVD-Audio vs. SACD format wars. With the pending release of Blu-ray, the competing high-definition disc format, many consumers are taking a “wait and see” attitude about which one will be the champion of the high-resolution disc. Blu-ray players are going to be in the $1,000 to $1,500 range. However Toshiba is the first to market with their HD-A1 and HD-XA1 players, $499 and $799, respectively. Those thirsty for more HD content have braved the format war controversy and picked up these Toshiba units, which were virtually impossible to find in their first few weeks of release. However, this was partially due to a small inventory rollout from Toshiba. The company tentatively dipped their feet in the water with this player and the initial reports from consumers, AVRev.com staffers and ...
Thursday, 01 June 2006 ,  Written by Jeremy R. Kipnis
Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD Player
Introduction With tremendous hype and noted delays, HD DVD players have hit the market, allowing consumers to see HD movies from a commercially available disc for the first time. Two players mark the launch of the format: the Toshiba HD-XA1 ($799.95) and HD-A1 HD DVD ($499.95). The launch is a cautious one, with reportedly only 15,000 units being shipped for the first run of players, leaving stores like Sears and Best Buy to sell off their small number of players relatively quickly. Initial software offerings are quite pleasing, with Warner Bros. correctly featuring “Phantom of the Opera” and “The Last Samurai” alongside Universal’s “Serenity” (apparently alternating with Warner’s “Million Dollar Baby,” which came out the following week, due to a mastering concern by the producers). Also available in the second week (Tuesday, April 25) were releases that included Universal’s “Apollo 13” and “Doom” for a total of six HD DVD titles at the end ...
Saturday, 01 April 2006 ,  Written by Bryan Southard
Transparent Audio PowerIsolator 8 Power Conditioner
Introduction Power improvement products are not easy for average consumers to get their minds around. There are many different philosophies on how to do it right, with few agreeing on what’s best. Questions on power correction come my way quite often, with most people wondering if they even need better AC and, if so, how much they need to spend to fix the problem. To exacerbate the issue, bad power is not always something that you hear and can determine needs improving, but rather an area that, once you correct it, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to fix. The Transparent PowerIsolator 8 is a reference-level power-conditioning device that provides eight hospital-grade outlets for your precious AV gear. It is available only in a black-brushed finish and retails for $2,995. The Transparent PowerIsolator 8 is a much sleeker-looking product than ...
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