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Are Cinemas Up in the Air?

February 14, 2010
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When I recently calibrated the picture for my LCD and blu-ray player, I made a mental note to be extremely observant next time I went to a movie theater.  I was going to be especially mindful of the color tones, detail, contrast and sound quality.  The other evening, my wife and I saw “Up...

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Lossless Audio is for Winners

February 10, 2010
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Lossless Audio is for Winners

There’s lots of buzz about lossless audio formats (well, not literally). Why should you care and why does it matter for your home theater?  Why are lossless audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio superior to their DVD predecessors?  Well, it all started when sound went digital.  One of the first...

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Batman’s True Audio Identity

February 5, 2010
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Last night my wife and I watched Batman The Dark Knight on Blu-ray.  As the movie started, I double checked which soundtrack was enabled.  To my surprise, the Dolby surround track was the default, not the Dolby TrueHD track.  Soon as I switched it, the change was very apparent!  The sound was richer, had...

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Stop Streaming: Sound and Vision’s 2009 Awards

January 30, 2010
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In Sound & Vision’s March/April edition, they announced their picks for the 2009 Editor’s Awards.  Some notes of interest include: LG’s BD390 stand-alone blu-ray player was given top honors.  Interestingly enough,  they did not mention the Samsung or Panasonic players which were endorsed in earlier issues.  If you are looking for a blu-ray player...

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Calibration Conundrum

January 24, 2010
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Many HDTVs do not show the best picture out of the box.  TVs are set up mainly for showrooms so they can scream “Pick me! Pick me!”.  By changing the settings on your TV you can enjoy a much better picture and potentially lengthen your set’s life (at least for plasmas and tube (CRTs))....

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The Great HDMI Cable Scam

January 22, 2010
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So, you’re in your local electronics store (Best Buy) and you’ve just bought a nice LCD, blu-ray or PS3 and they attempt to sell you a HDMI cable for $100.  This is a SCAM!!  You can buy an HDMI cable that is the 100% equivalent on Amazon for $10 or less (Link provided below)....

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NECN is now in HD

January 19, 2010
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New England Cable News is now available in high definition.  For folks with Comcast, it is on channel 810.  If you have a TIVO, it has not appeared in the guide yet. Edit: As of Jan 22nd, it has appeared in the TIVO guide

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Not blue about Blu-ray

January 18, 2010
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The revamp of my home theater started last year when I replaced my Sony rear-projection set with a Samsung 52″ LCD (more on this later). While the Samsung was a huge upgrade, I was not exploiting its potential with the sources I had. Introducing a Blu-ray player was the best way to realize that...

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Welcome!

January 17, 2010
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Welcome to the Tech of the Hub blog!  This is where I plan to share my passion about technology with a focus on home theater.  I am part way through rebuilding my home theater and would like to share what I have learned along the way.  My goal is to achieve the best audio...

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