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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There's no better place to try out noise cancelling/isolating headphones than on a plane. And I had a couple of great opportunities to test several active noise cancelling (ANC) headphones and noise isolating earphones earlier this year during travels to CES 2018 in Las Vegas followed by a trip to Indonesia.
It's been nearly a full decade since I built my dedicated home theatre. Since that day, it keeps evolving. It was first an LCD HD theatre, than 3D, then I added some upgrades to the subwoofer, including added DSPeaker Antimode 8033s, speakers, projection screen, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The latest upgrade is full-spec UHD with Wide Color Gamut and High Dynamic Range. That's when I procured a JVC X750R projector.
During my visit to Indonesia back in February, I ended up reviewing two speaker systems handcrafted there, with pricing at either end of the spectrum. On the starting end, I tested Aurel Bryan speakers, which I will report on in a different article. And on the top end, I tested the Vermouth Audio Little Luccas mkII Limited Edition Upgrade 2. Both speakers are famous beyond Indonesia, in places like Australia and European countries.
Just because your TV says it has a refresh rate of 120Hz or 240Hz, does that mean it's actually refreshing at 120Hz or 240Hz? Not necessarily. One of the latest techniques is using different technology to approximate the effect of a higher refresh rate, without actually driving the TV at the higher rate.
Last year's 900E series was Sony's hottest television, offering the best price-to-performance ratio amongst the entire Sony TV line-up. How does the latest model stack up? I took an in-depth look at the 55X900F XBR-series UHD TV to gauge.
It came as a surprise that my articles on the things I packed for CES has helped quite a number of readers plan for their own trips to CES. One reader suggested I expand on the topic, and write a similar article with tips on what to bring along for overseas trips, and some of my favourite gear.
Bass is a difficult creature. Any room almost inevitably wreaks havoc, no matter how good the speaker is. Below 100Hz, the speaker's sound is reflected around the room and the direct sound arrives to your ear in one big lump with the room effects.
Not too long ago, I wrote an article on why I no longer watch movies at commercial cinemas in Canada. I have to go to the U.S. in order to enjoy the great sound of commercial cinemas, including 7.1 and Dolby Atmos.
Living in Canada and being surrounded by technology, I'm so used to various technological tools - from something as basic as the Internet, to connected everything the house, including light switches, a thermostat, and even my slow cooker; along with Alexa-enabled macros, and TVs set for THX or SMPTE viewing distances.
In stores, manufacturers purposefully max out brightness and contrast, among other settings, to make their TVs look artificially "better" than the competition. We know that "better" actually means "we jacked the brightness, contrast and colour settings as much as possible so you would buy our TV."