In the first three parts of this series, I discussed three critical factors to consider when choosing a screen for your home entertainment room: size and viewing distance, screen gain, and aspect ratio. In this, the final instalment of the series, I'll finish the discussion off with details on acoustically transparent screens, using specialty paint for your screening wall, and other alternatives worth considering.
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While it's easy for me to find and pick speakers for my home theatre, bedroom, and listening room, that's not necessarily the case for my computer system. It was easier when I used to do a lot of studio work. I'd buy the best one I could afford, which was from Genelec, and priced around US$3,500 back in 1998. Now, it's a different story. I want something a lot more affordable, in the $600 range, and that's of a 2.1 configuration.
Anyone who knows me knows my first piece of advice to anyone who buys a new TV is to get it professional calibrated. (I'm sort of biased on that topic!) But that's not what this piece is all about. Here are some practical tips on the first things you should do once you're ready to bring home a brand spanking new display.
Recently, a spate of articles online have suggested that the end of physical Blu-ray disc media is near, largely as a result of the growth in streaming. Much of the fear has been fueled by Samsung's recent announcement that it will no longer sell Blu-ray players in North America; Oppo announced the same in a farewell message on its website just shy of a year ago. But this couldn't be further from the truth.
Last year, I wrote about the importance of customer service. But we should also remember that customer service doesn't just apply to the way businesses treat their customers. It's is a two-way street. And customers should also use logical thinking when interacting with a dealer or service technician.
Sonarworks software claims to calibrate any pair of headphones to sound like a pair of studio headphones by flattening the frequency response to a studio-reference standard. I was sceptical, but I figured I'd stop by to check it out. Boy, was I wrong!
David's Take: Hands-On the Sony WH-1000XM3 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones - The Roaring Sound of Silence
Sony has released the third iteration of the WH1000s headphones. Typical of YouTube hyperbole, online posters claimed this version 3 is amazing. I was guarded, but as I become curious, I took the bait and bought myself a pair to see if all the hype was justifiable.
As my last day at CES 2019 approached, the energy had been completely sucked out of my body. Thankfully, the following five items re-energized me throughout the day, giving me great hope for what's to come in AV in 2019.
During our third day walking the CES show floor, we came across plenty more AV goodies that excite us about what's to come for 2019.
After walking the second day of the show, here are a few items that caught my eye in the audio and video categories.
I started my first day at CES attending an invite-only exhibit from Panasonic at the MGM Conference Center, where the company introduced its upcoming GZ2000, a 4K OLED TV aimed at folks who want very accurate colours in the most literal sense of the word.