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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Most notably a trade show for custom integration and automation technologies, it seems that there's a whole lot more audio video technologies being introduced at this year's CEDIA than has been seen in the last decade. With that said, here's a rundown of some notable announcements in AV from the show.
CEDIA has kicked off today in San Diego, concentrating on AV presentation more than ever. 4K technology is being perfected, and several 8K prototypes are being introduced. The following are five announcements from CEDIA that particularly caught my attention, and would be worth checking out on the show floor, or following up on later.
I don't like driving. I find it to be a chore. So the only way for me to cope with the stress of driving is to have a good audio system. Factory basic audio systems are often not ideal, so I usually upgrade my cars' system using gear from companies like Clarion ProAudio, Alpine, and Pioneer.
Looking for a great subwoofer is actually pretty easy. You want lots of boom? Get front-ported ones. Tight bass? Get one with sealed enclosures, or one with a down-firing port. Sprinkle $1,200 worth of loonies, and it's actually difficult to get a bad one.
Has any subject created more controversy among audiophiles than MQA? Developed by Meridian Audio and announced in late 2014, MQA purports to deliver master-quality audio in files that aren't much larger than CD-resolution. Not just CD-quality, not just high-resolution, but audio that matches, as closely as possible, what the microphones picked up at the recording venue.
On July 31, 2018, WiFi HiFi attended the launch of Sony's Master Series flagship series TVs, the A9F OLED and Z9F LCD TVs in New York City. Both displays are powered by the new X1 Ultimate video processing.
Being a member of various discussion groups, I always encounter so many people with false logic. In some cases, it's clearly due to stubbornness. And that simply can't be helped. But in all too many cases, the falsities are the result of a lack of available information, or a misunderstanding of facts.
Kanto recently released the SYD powered speaker, with stereo-in-a-box configuration, for a MAP of $430, which fit right into my budget. So I decided to try it out.
I'm always on the hunt for a good pair of earphones that can easily fit into my jeans pocket, and are easy of use, but also boast good sound quality.
About five years ago, Meridian released MQA (Master Quality Authenticated), promising that when you listen to audio in that format, it would be the absolute best, true-to-life version of the recording. But has it lived up to the hype? I have my reservations.