Home Theater Room Acoustic Design Tips

home_theater_acoustic_room_designThe single most important factor of a great sounding home theater is the acoustic properties of the room itself. Not the brand of speakers, not the receiver, not the bit rate of the movie soundtrack. Unfortunately, room acoustics is usually the area where most people give the least amount of attention. And I can’t blame […]

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Does 4K Resolution Matter?

4k resolution flat panel televisions, such as the LG 84LM9600 84″ LED LCD, are now available and potential buyers are wondering if the extra resolution is worth it. In some cases it is, but in most, it’s not.  The details below can help you decide. What Exactly is 4K (and 8K) Resolution? The previous specification […]

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Vudu XL – Unboxing and First Impressions

vudu_xlI just unboxed and installed my Vudu XL evaluation unit, connected it to the flat panel TV in my family room, and started played around with it.  Here are my initial thoughts: This is a very nice looking set top box; possibly the most attractive design I’ve seen, with lots of glossy, high-quality plastic. The […]

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The Ultimate Home Theater Subwoofer: JL Audio Gotham G213

JL Audio Gothem G213 SubwooferIf you want the ultimate subwoofer for your home theater, this is probably it: the JL Audio Gotham. JL Audio, long known for their car stereo subwoofers, started to make a move into home theater a few years ago. I had the opportunity to hear this subwoofer a couple of years ago at CEDIA. Let […]

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Contest: Win A Rocketfish Wireless Surround Sound System

Rocketfish Universal Wireless Speaker Transmitter and AmplifierI’m passing along my good fortune. The good folks at Rocketfish sent me review sample and I’m giving it away to one lucky commenter. Don’t know what a Rocketfish Wireless Surround System is? Well, it’s a 2-part system that eliminates the need to run wires from your A/V receiver to your rear surround speakers. The […]

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New THX Spec for Home Theater – THX Loudness Plus

THX LogoTHX just announced a new specification for home theater: THX Loudless Plus. My initial thought was, “I bet this means yet another new THX equipment specification.” Well, yes, it does. The benchmark specification for all future receivers will now be THX Ultra2 Plus and THX Select2 Plus. But this is not a bad thing; this […]

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My Thoughts on the Logitech Harmony 1000 Remote Control

Logitech Harmony 1000 Remote ControlI’m a long-time Philips Pronto user and I’ve been somewhat frustrated by the unresponsiveness of the Pronto development team. I noticed that Logitech just released the Harmony 1000 remote. Since they are are much easier to program than the Philips Pronto remotes, I decided I may want to purchase one, and I started researching. Unfortunately, […]

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Home Theater Seatings Distances: Field-of-View vs. Resolution

Recommended Seating Distances and Resolution BenefitsThere are two different factors to determine how close a viewer should sit to the screen of their home theater (field-of-view and picture resolution). To choose a proper distance, it is necessary to understand the impacts of both, and understand when trade-offs occur. There are multiple ideal seating distances depending on the equipment and the […]

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1080p Does Matter – Here’s When (Screen Size vs. Viewing Distance vs. Resolution)

Resolution vs. Screen Size vs. Viewing Distance Chart

Recommended Seating Distances and Resolution benefits (small)I’ve read various articles debating the importance of the 1080p. I want to set the record straight once and for all: if you are serious about properly setting-up your viewing room, you will definitely benefit from 1080p (and even 1440p.) Why? Because the 1080p resolution is the first to deliver enough detail to your eyeball when you are seated at the proper distance from the screen. But don’t just take my word for it, read on for the proof.

There are a few obvious factors to being able to detect resolution differences: the resolution of the screen, the size of the screen, and the viewing distance. To be able to detect differences between resolutions, the screen must be large enough and you must sit close enough. So the question becomes “How do I know if need a higher resolution or not?”. Here is your answer.

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