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The Best of the “Worst Install Mistake” Contest

  Back in June, we ran a contest where we asked AVS members to share their worst home theater installation mistakes ever for a chance to win an Epson projector. The responses we got were both hilarious and heartbreaking, often simultaneously. There were tales of smashed plasmas, fried, smoking electronics, electrocution, pets and children causing destruction, and of course, lots of faulty wiring.   This “EPIC FAIL” thread was one for the records, and we thought it too good to slip quietly into the archives without highlighting some of the best/worst stories... read more

Top 20 Most Wanted Unreleased Blu-rays

  By Eric Podolsky, 10/12/12   As the Blu-ray format slowly pushes DVDs into yesterday’s news, us videophiles couldn’t be happier with the ever-growing plethora of old films getting remastered and released in a pristine HD format. We are very grateful to live in a time when we’re able to experience film at a cinematic level in our own homes -- Blu-ray has truly improved the quality of home theater in ways that none of us could fathom a decade ago.   But there are still a massive number of classic films that, for whatever reason, have yet to get the proper HD... read more

7 Amazing 3D Blu-rays For Your Home Theater

  By Eric Podolsky, 10/10/12   As the 3D Blu-ray market grows larger with every passing year, we’re finding it harder and harder to sift through the plethora of mediocre 3D films to find ones that are truly worthy of our home theater. It’s certainly true that there is a discrepancy between what constitutes a good film and a good 3D film -- eye-popping 3D visuals will often make up for the lack of a good plot when it comes to 3D Blu-rays. Conversely, while there are plenty of fantastic movies that have been released on 3D Blu-ray, most of the time 3D just doesn’t... read more

Projectors 101: AVS’ Favorites

    By Eric Podolsky, 10/03/12   If there’s one thing that becomes readily apparent from browsing AVS Forum’s wealth of informative threads, it’s that the AVS community takes projectors very seriously. There are few topics onsite that inspire the amount of time and dedication in our members as projectors do, and AVS Forum takes great pride in our wealth of lengthy threads that contain invaluable information submitted by our resident projector experts. There’s no denying that the world of projectors can be a rabbit hole that leads to endless experimenting,... read more

Home Theater: What Is It Now, Anyway?

  By David Bott, 10/02/12   Okay, I need to ask something here. It is something that has been bugging me for some time now. The question is, what is currently considered to be a “home theater"?   What I mean is, “home theater” use to be just that: a personal theater in someone’s home.  But lately, it seems that people are using the term “home theater” to talk about anything to do with audio and video in their home. I have even heard people say, “I now have a home theater!” because they had hooked up something that did 5.1 for the first time. Now don’t get... read more

The Best of the ‘Greatest Home Theater Moment Ever’ Contest

We received many inspiring submissions from AVS members when we asked you to share your most meaningful home theater moment of all time with us. The responses varied widely, but all drove home and emphasised the passion and love that we all share for achieving a true cinematic experience in our own home.   After much deliberation, we’re happy to announce that the winner of a $100 gift card to Amazon is AVS member Moggie! It’s impossible not to smile ear to ear when reading his submission: Quote: I've had many great experiences in my home theater but... read more

5 Best Wireless Routers For Your Money

    By Eric Podolsky, 9/10/12   As we collectively hurtle into the brave, new world of streaming, our ever-increasing bandwidth demands present us with constant challenges. The amount of data we stream continues to increase exponentially, and the routers we use to transmit said data are becoming obsolete faster than ever before. Thanks to a growing pool of streaming HD entertainment and games, the typical 300 Mbps wireless router just isn’t going to hold up to demands pressed upon it.   Naturally, as our hardware becomes increasingly unable to handle the... read more

What Surround Sound Configuration Is Right For You?

    By Eric Podolsky, 8/27/12   When building a home theater, there is no debate as to the importance of choosing an audio configuration that’s the best fit for your taste, as well as your space. Whether you’re looking to keep it minimal and compact, or want to go all out with big, floor-standing speakers, care needs to be given to their configuration if you want everything to sound its best. Here are some of the main considerations to take into play when choosing your home theater’s surround sound configuration.   Room Size   As most AVS members... read more

15 Demo Worthy Blu-ray Scenes to show off your Surround Sound System

As home theater enthusiasts we love to show off our home entertainment systems. Let’s face it we have put lots of blood, sweat, tears and money into our labor of love so why shouldn’t we sit our friends, neighbors, relatives and anyone else that happens by down for a demonstration? Like many of you reading this I still get a kick out of watching people react to a great demo scene played back in my 7.2 channel theater. Of course this type of setup isn’t required to derive the awe factor as each room, system and enthusiast is different. The advent of surround sound gave... read more

Fall's Most Anticipated Blu-Ray Releases

  By Eric Podolsky   8/17/12   As the summer winds down and the brutal heat starts to subside, we find ourselves looking forward to reaping the bountiful harvest of new Blu-ray releases in store for the fall. With such a barrage of first-time Blu-ray releases on autumn’s horizon, our couches are guaranteed to see plenty of action as the days get cooler.   Titanic - 2D and 3D - 9/10     James Cameron’s ambitious blockbuster comes to Blu-ray for the first time, and should look great with its new 3D facelift. Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures -... read more

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