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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CES 2019, as usual, opened with its Unveiled session, showcasing fresh, new technologies in a variety of categories. After browsing the booths for a few hours, here are five items in particular that caught my attention.
Members of the WiFi HiFi editorial team selected our top 10 product picks for 2018 Here are the 10 personal picks from David Susilo, WiFi HiFi contributor in the areas of audio, video, and custom integration and calibration.
Yup, it's that time of the year again. And, as usual, I'm already starting to prepare my bag of goodies that I will take with me to CES 2019 in January.
Mesh networking is all about spreading high-speed wireless networking across your home and doing it as easily as possible. The idea is to connect the modem-equipped router and place secondary (and tertiary, and so on) modules or nodes in locations to help extend coverage and make it more reliable.
Unlike many audiophiles, I like equalizers. Not as a tone control, but as an actual tool to flatten the frequency response in a given listening environment.
Pioneer's mid-level Elite VSX-LX503, priced at $1,450, brings all of the great features that were found in the SC-05 mid-level receiver introduced a decade ago back to the fold, along with a better DAC.
When Edifier sent me an e-mail with the title "$100 speakers that don't suck," my first thought was: challenge accepted! They're about $130/pr. in Canada with a straight price conversion, so they still fall into the sub-$150 category. What could I expect? A lot, apparently.
I heard the name Roksan when I was growing up in Australia. Some of my friends' parents owned the company's CD player and integrated amps, usually coupled with the Dual turntable, wired with Monster Cables, and set up with Monitor Audio speakers. I never really had the chance to carefully listen to the systems, but I remember wondering why so many people were buying that combination.
I've said in the past that it is impossible for a cable to improve the input signal. But I've also noted a caveat, that this is unless the cable applies some kind of processing. Well, I've found such cable. The Marseille internal chip in this cable, marketed under several brands, including Marseille's own mCable, Philips, and Seiki, is certified by the Technicolor 4K Image Certification program.
So you bought a new TV. Now what? In order for it to perform at its best, and to prolong its life (not to mention that of your eyes), you will need to calibrate the display. However, most consumers understandably don't want to spend $300 on the calibration of a $1,000 TV. As a calibrator, here are some tips on what can be done to optimize a TV's performance.