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  1. Digital Hi-End Projectors - $3,000+ USD MSRP
    Q: I want to upgrade my Panasonic PT-AE7000 projector. It's in a room with three windows—one skylight in the ceiling, one in the back wall opposite to the screen, and one on the side. I can control the light from the windows in the walls with black-out shades, but not the skylight. I do not...
  2. Theater Room Items & Accessories
    Q: I'm upgrading my AV system for the first time in 10 years, and I want to do it right. I like the aesthetics of the power conditioners I've seen, but they all cost a good deal more than a quality surge protector. I understand (first-hand) the importance of surge protection, but I'm not so...
  3. Speakers
    Q: I have up to $2000 to spend on a pair of tower speakers for my home theater. I'm pretty confused about what I should get. I have a Denon AVR-X1000 AV receiver with a Definitive Technology CS8040HD center-channel speaker, Polk surrounds, and a Velodyne 10" 250W subwoofer. My focus is on...
  4. Rear Projection Units
    Q: I have a 50" Sears 5441S projection TV that works. Do you know what it's worth? I don't have room for it any more, so I'd like to sell it. - Peggy Sauerwein A: Wow, what a dinosaur! The best info I could find was on UsedPrice.com, a paid online "blue book" service that offers current...
  5. Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers
    Q: I have a Definitive Technology PowerField 1500 subwoofer. It's at least 17 years old, but what a fantastic sub! Unfortunately, it's not power on at all, so I called DefTech, and they quoted around $300 to repair it, including parts and shipping. All the speakers in my AV room are from...
  6. Speakers
    Q: I am considering a pair of Ohm speakers, likely the Super Sound Cylinders or Super Walsh 3.3010s with integrated powered subwoofers. Both models are available as beta versions for less than they will cost when they become full production models. Ohm has informed me that the speaker cones are...
  7. Digital Hi-End Projectors - $3,000+ USD MSRP
    Q: I'm looking for a new 4K/UHD projector with 3D and HDR. My room is around 16x16. I might be building another room; I'm not sure yet, but the maximum size would probably be around 20x20. The current room has some windows, so I have some ambient light during the day, but I do have blackout...
  8. Speakers
    Q: I'm looking for budget-oriented but reference-quality floorstanding speakers for a 5.1.4 setup. I will be using my Yamaha RX-A2060 AV receiver, which can drive down to 4-ohm speakers connected to the front LR outputs only. I want to get four identical towers for the front and surround left...
  9. Speakers
    Q: I am thinking about upgrading my AVR/speaker setup with a Marantz NR1608 AVR and Definitive Technology BP9000 speakers—specifically, the BP9020 or BP9040—and CS9040 center-channel speaker to go with my existing DefTech DI 5.5R in-ceiling surrounds. I don't have room for towers and a separate...
  10. Plasma Flat Panel Displays
    Q: I have a 60" Pioneer Elite PRO-151FD Kuro plasma TV. It turns off by itself after a few hours, and the blue power light blinks eight times. I bought the TV (the last one in Houston) off the wall at BestBuy in February 2010. I also bought a BestBuy warranty with it, but I doubt they'll honor...
  11. Speakers
    Q: As a former high-end AV-store employee some 25 years ago, my 2-channel system includes Audio Research electronics, Vandersteen speakers, etc. At that time, I bought Vandersteen's gigantic Signature center, four on-wall speakers, and a subwoofer as well. Fast forward to today. I want to...
  12. Speakers
    Q: I live in a condo that prohibits subwoofers. I have just upgraded my Pioneer AV receiver from a VSX-1020 to an Elite SC-LX502. My current speakers are two Pioneer SP-FS52 towers in a 2.1 configuration. Can I add surround speakers without using a separate subwoofer in my home-theater system? I...
  13. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Q: I just upgraded my front and center speakers, and I want to be sure I'm getting the optimal performance from them and the entire system. In particular, I want to be sure my AVR settings for speaker size and crossover are correct for my speakers. I've done a lot of research and found many...
  14. Soundbars
    Q: I've had a Bose V25 Lifestyle system for seven years. I recently sold my condo, and the buyer wants my 75" TV and the Bose system. So, now I'm in the market for a new TV sound system. In December, you recommended several soundbars on TWiT's Tech News Weekly show. Can you give me your...
  15. Blu-ray Software
    Q: I've have been reading about the image quality of various UHD Blu-rays. The majority of releases seem to be upscaled from a 2K file with only a slightly noticeable increase in quality compared with standard Blu-ray. Most of the 4K transfers seem to come from older titles that were shot on...
  16. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Q: I am finally moving into the world of 4K/UHD and Dolby Vision high dynamic range, and the choice of AVR seems more complicated than other elements. I am getting a TCL 55P607 TV and an Oppo UDP-203 UHD Blu-ray universal disc player. My current source devices include an Xbox One S, Chromecast...
  17. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    Q: I'm shopping for a new TV, and I'm trying to determine the best screen size and technology for my media room. The choice is down to the 65" LG 65C7 OLED TV or the 75" Sony XBR-75X900E LED-LCD TV . Both are roughly $3000. It's about 10 feet from the couch to the wall where the TV will be...
  18. Home A/V Distribution
    Q: I am in the process of finishing a bar area in my basement. I will have two TVs on the wall near the bar. I am a huge football fan, and I'd like to be able to view more than one game at a time. I have two DirecTV receivers (model HR24, 1080p), one in a bedroom and the other in the living...
  19. Plasma Flat Panel Displays
    Q: I have a Pioneer Kuro PDP-5020FD that I've had for almost seven years. I use it as my computer monitor, and I'm quite fond of it. About a year ago, it began displaying sparkling magenta pixels near the top center when displaying a white or light-colored background, and it also has the...
  20. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    Q: When I read your article about OLED vs LCD TVs , I was puzzled. LCD does not exist anymore. When was the last time you saw an LCD TV for sale? I would say around 2010. I bought one in 2005. Three years later, I had to change the bulb for $120, and again three years after that. So, when it...
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