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  1. Community News & Polls
    Shootout Dates: August 16 & 17, 2014 (Saturday and Sunday) This year promises to be an intriguing one for videophiles. Consumers have a number of choices to make: 1080p HD versus 2160p UHD resolution, flat versus curved screens, LCD versus OLED versus plasma panels. At the high end, there are...
  2. Latest Industry News
     Vizio showed off an impressive and promising lineup of new TVs in Las Vegas during CES 2014. While the company’s exhibit was not a part of the official CES show, it was one of the highlights of my visit to Vegas; instead of a booth, Vizio had a very classy display in one of the ballrooms at...
  3. Latest Industry News
     I had a few unused video clips from the show floor at CES 2014 that I edited together into a short montage. No narration, just the sights and sounds of CES. I didn't want these clips to go to waste.   On the show floor at CES 2014
  4. Latest Industry News
    Scott Wilkinson and I took a large number of photos as we explored CES 2014. I put together an album to share what we saw. It was a huge show and some of the displays were truly over-the-top. There were plenty of OLEDs on display, and most TV makers were offering some sort of curved screen...
  5. Speakers
     What if I told you about a pair of rectangular tower speakers with dual 6-inch woofers and a dome tweeter, with the amazing capability to play from 42 hz to 28 khz? What if I told you that these astounding speakers even include a passive radiator that fires straight down, and on top of that...
  6. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
     I cancelled my cable subscription about two years ago, and put the money towards a faster internet connection. However, sometimes I wish I could record certain programs—In my case, that's usually sports-related. I've tried PC-based DVR solutions but they are finicky and besides, I hate the...
  7. 2-Channel Audio
     Here's something you cannot buy: The 40th Anniversary Sony VFET Amplifier from Pass Labs. Why can’t you buy it? Because the transistors inside it are 40 years old, and the two monoblock amps Sony showed off at the Venetian are the only two of their kind in the world, and since Sony no longer...
  8. Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers
     Bang & Olufsen is famous for the futuristic, minimalist, high-concept design of its audio and video offerings. Nevertheless, excellent performance is always a part of the package.   The Beolab 19 is a WISA-enabled subwoofer, which means it will work with any WISA-enabled system—regardless of...
  9. Speakers
     Sandy Gross has quite a reputation as a speaker designer. His new flagship model, the Triton One, cements that reputation with a speaker that is sure to shake up the industry, especially when you consider the price point: $5000/pair.   Sandy Gross with the Triton One   For a flagship...
  10. LCD Flat Panel Displays
     Well been looking at the Sony and Samsung but I have always liked Sony TV's so I guess I'm glad I waited due to the new 2014 model look nice. That's probably what I will go with once they become available to buy but overall they do look nice.   ...
  11. AVS Forum® Podcasts
     At CES 2014, Scott Wilkinson roams the show floor, talking with representatives from Hisense, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, StreamTV Networks, TCL, and Toshiba. He also runs into Joel Silver, president of the Imaging Science Foundation, with the editor of China's largest home theater...
  12. Display Calibration
     I survived level one of the THX Certified Calibration Workshop in Las Vegas. It laid a foundation for the next two days, which Scott Wilkinson (who already took the workshop) described as "drinking out of a fire hose." While I did already have some familiarity with the concepts behind video...
  13. DIY Speakers and Subs
     DIY bass fanatics are among the most passionate members here on AVS. It seems their quest for the ultimate in low-frequency bass response knows no limits. Dayton Audio understood this when it designed the Ultimax series of subwoofers, which feature high power handling and very long...
  14. Digital Hi-End Projectors - $3,000+ USD MSRP
     Hidden away in the Las Vegas Hotel, Optoma was doing a "soft launch" of a new projector, the HD91, with something AVS members have been asking about ever since we got to CES—LED illumination. It's 1080p with a rated output of 1000 lumens and around 900:1 ANSI contrast ratio. The LEDs are said...
  15. Video Processors
     DarbeeVision had several new products at CES this year. Perhaps the most anticipated was a new 4K processor, which has no model designation as yet. The demo consisted of native UHD content from a computer on a UHD flat panel with an AB swipe across the screen. It was quite difficult to see the...
  16. LCD Flat Panel Displays
     For me, Vizio's new Reference series was the most important product introduction at CES this year. Not only are these sets UHDTVs with 384 zones of full-array local dimming, they are the first I know of to implement Dolby Vision technology, which includes high brightness, high dynamic range...
  17. LCD Flat Panel Displays
     A new line for Vizio, the P series consists of the company's first UHDTVs. Like all 2014 Vizio TVs, these use full-array LED backlighting with local dimming, with 64 zones in this case along with Active Pixel Tuning. The V6 processor includes a quad-core GPU and dual-core CPU and a separate...
  18. LCD Flat Panel Displays
     Last year's M series used LED edgelighting, but all of Vizio's 2014 models now use full-array LED backlighting with local dimming—12 zones in the 42" model and 32 in models measuring 49" and above. In addition, the new M series implements a feature called Active Pixel Tuning, which adjusts the...
  19. LCD Flat Panel Displays
     For quite a few years, Vizio has taken over a huge ballroom at the Wynn hotel during CES. The 2014 lineup includes the entry-level E series, with screen sizes ranging from 23" to 70". Like the 2013 E series, this one uses full-array LED backlighting with local dimming, though the number of...
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