• Bringing Home A Real Theater Experience, A Romance In Three Parts. Convenience or performance, which would you...

  • From Tribbles to giant space amoebas The trek continues with Star Trek: The Original Series – the second season which was released just recently. The cheesy special effects and hokey dialogue continue from the first season as well as some truly excellent episodes that deal with the trials and “tribbulations” of family...

  • What’s the job of a speaker cable? It’s to convey, without degrading the signal, an alternating-current (AC) voltage that’s an electrical equivalent of the air-pressure changes (sound waves) that struck the original microphones. After all, when you’ve spent all those dollars on an expensive receiver – processor or amplifier, and an extensive...

  • Why Amplifiers Often Run Out of Power Where It's Needed Most — for Peak Dynamics To better understand amplifier dynamic headroom, we need to look at dynamic range, and how we experience it in everyday life. On a hike in the woods, most of us know the soft rustling sound of leaves...

  • What are you really looking at when you gaze at a color TV screen or a newspaper photo? On a TV screen or in a newspaper or a magazine picture, or even the computer monitor screen on which you read this text, the images are formed by groups of red, green and...

  • Retrieving real deep bass and reproducing it in your home theater or listening room at real-life levels...

  • Bi-words seem to be proliferating these days (bi-coastal, bipolar, etc.), and the world of stereo and home...

  • No one ever said that setting up surround sound home theater was going to be a piece of cake. And, as most enthusiasts and newbies have discovered, it's not simple. But there are ways to try and keep it manageable. One of the most confusing subjects for first-time owners of surround sound...

  • For all the months of research that home theater and music enthusiasts put into finding the right speakers and electronics for their home theater or stereo music systems, few pay attention to the actual listening room where the setup will be installed. This one link in the chain can be hugely influential...

  • 1. You went for an all-inclusive surround sound speaker package from a big brand name manufacturer noted for electronics and TV sets. On the surface, it’s not that irrational. If ________ (fill in Sony, Kenwood, any major electronics brand) knows how to build CD players, audio/video receivers or TV monitors, they must...

  • As audio/video hobbyists, most of us grew up thinking that if we have an amplifier with 50 watts of rated output power into 8-ohm speakers, and that combination produces reasonably clean and loud music, then by doubling the amplifier power to 100 watts per channel, the system would then play twice as...

  • Boldly going … again For Star Trek fans, patience it turns out can definitely be a virtue. The five-year mission of the starship Enterprise was to seek out new life and new civilizations. The current five-year mission of Paramount Home Entertainment is to test the patience of fans for the same time...

  • Instructions on getting good bass from a subwoofer in any given room usually begin by suggesting corner placement of the subwoofer. And it's true: placing the subwoofer in a corner will equally energize all the room's resonances and maximize the subwoofer's output. However, one of the more bizarre aspects of how subwoofers...

  • (presented by Philips) A simple explanation for how TV works is that a transmission signal sends information to your TV. The information tells the TV what the picture is supposed to look like. Once received, the TV paints that picture onto the screen pixel by pixel, forming horizontal rows, called ‘scan lines,’...

  • What is HDTV? (presented by Philips) HDTV stands for High Definition Television. It is a digital format that provides an extremely high-resolution picture (2.1 million pixels), accompanied by digitally enhanced sound (Dolby Digital surround sound) all presented in widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio). HDTV refers to the TV itself and the broadcast method...

  • Aspect Ratio and Widescreen TVs (presented by Philips) It seems like everyone is excited about widescreen TV. Really, who wouldn’t be-especially if you are someone who loves movies? But things get complicated when you start to hear talk of anamorphic formats and aspect ratios. What if you just want a great big...

  • LCD vs. Plasma TVs Currently, flat TVs are created using two different technologies: plasma and Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). The foundation of the plasma TV is over a million tiny glass cells that are charged with a mixture of neon and xenon. Behind these cells are colored phosphors, which are chemical compounds...