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Academy Award Winners & Nominees on Blu-ray

It's almost Oscar Sunday, and with this exciting time of the year, many of us get to learn more about some amazing movies that we may have passed up or missed in the theaters - both of Oscar past and present. In celebration of this highly acclaimed season, I've collected a handful of the best available movies on blu-ray (see my official reviews by clicking the titles). Whether they're winning classics or nominated hopefuls, these movies should be owned, watched, and admired.   Zero Dark Thirty (2012)       Synopsis: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for... read more

Best Blu-rays for Your Valentine's Day Date Night

Whether you're looking for the right movie to watch on Valentine's Day, or you just need a good date night chick flick that won't make you regurgitate your popcorn, here's a list of romantic movies that might bring even the stoniest man to the edge of tears.    About Time         Synopsis: At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.   From the creator of Notting Hill, Love... read more

Vizio and Sony Impress, Curved Screens Puzzle: Trends from CES 2014

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AVS Forum's Top 9 LCD TVs

LCD TVs have taken over the flat-panel market big time. For one thing, they are much brighter than plasmas, which means they catch shoppers' attention much better in the store. They can be made ultra thin with LED illumination, which also offers the added benefit of being much "greener" for the environment than the old fluorescent backlighting. In fact, virtually all LCD TVs these days use LED illumination in one of two configurations—LEDs placed around the edges of the screen (edgelighting) or in an array directly behind the screen (full-array backlighting).   [Jump... read more

AVS Forum's Top 10 Powered Soundbars

If you don't have the space or the inclination to install a full-on surround-speaker system—say, in a bedroom or other secondary zone—you might think you're stuck listening to the TV's onboard audio, which is almost always dreadful. But there is an alternative that greatly improves on the sound of the TV's speakers without taking up much space at all—a soundbar.   Most soundbars have speaker drivers in a long, narrow, horizontal housing that is placed directly below—or possibly above—the TV screen, and they are available in different sizes to match the width of... read more

AVS Forum's Top 8 Low-Cost Surround-Speaker Packages

When it comes to surround-speaker packages, there is no shortage of great ones out there—SoundandVision.com lists over 50 in its Top Picks! And they range in price from several hundred to tens of thousands of dollars. So to keep this buying guide manageable, I've decided to limit it to surround systems with an MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price) no more than $2500. I realize that $2500 is hardly "low cost" for many people, but there are several systems far below that in this guide—and believe me, even $2500 is low cost compared with the top end of the speaker... read more

AVS Forum's Top 6 Streaming Media Players

Physical media such as Blu-ray and CD face serious challenges, due in large part to the proliferation of online media streaming. Of course, content streamed from online sources is typically not the best possible quality because it must be highly compressed to flow without interruption through the limited bandwidth available to most consumers. But no one can deny that streaming content is more convenient than physical media, and it's available on many different devices in the home and on the go.   In fact, many (if not most) TVs and Blu-ray players—as well as game... read more

AVS Forum's Top 10 Projectors

If you want a true cinematic experience at home, nothing beats a front projector and a separate screen, just like they use in commercial theaters. Such a system can provide a much larger picture than just about any flat panel. On the downside, projectors are trickier to set up than flat panels, and in most cases, the picture washes out with even a little ambient light in the room. You can combat this by getting an ambient light-rejecting screen and/or a very bright projector, but both of these options increase the total cost.   [Jump to Top 10 Projectors]   Lamps... read more

Top Blu-rays for 2013

It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of 2013. When I began thinking about assembling this list there weren’t as many titles coming to the forefront of my mind as I’d hoped. Once I began going over this year’s reviews I didn’t have any problem coming up with 25 titles that either look, sound or look and sound great making them worthy additions to the collections of enthusiasts. While the year isn’t quite over I wanted to post this article prior to the beginning of the holiday shopping season. I have included remarks from my review of each along with a link to... read more

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