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  1. Official AVS Forum® Blu-ray Disc Reviews
    Check out Ralph Potts' review of this live-action retelling of the classic fairytale that has touched and inspired generations. The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 ) Film:Extras:Audio/Video total rating: ( Max score: 100 ) 94 Details: Studio and Year: Disney - 2015 MPAA...
  2. AVS Forum® Podcasts
    In part 2 of my conversation with AV journalist Robert Heron, he talks about home-theater PCs, including the basic hardware and software components, building an HTPC on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux platforms, the disappearance of Windows Media Center and what can replace it, the advantages of...
  3. Speakers
      The 800 Series Diamond is the flagship speaker line of Bowers & Wilkins , the British company that's been in the high-end speaker business since 1965. You'll find B&W's 800 Series speakers in many of the world's top recording and mastering studios, and yesterday I witnessed the unveiling...
  4. Latest Industry News
    The new titles will be presented in Dolby Cinema theaters with Dolby Vision HDR and Atmos sound. They should be a superb movie experience! As many AVS readers know by now, I'm very bullish on Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) projection and Atmos immersive sound. Movies created and...
  5. Official AVS Forum® Blu-ray Disc Reviews
    Check out Ralph Potts' review of this sequel that brings back the a cappella singing Barden Bellas squaring off against a new opponent. The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 ) Film:Extras:Audio/Video total rating: ( Max score: 100 ) 88 Details: Studio and Year: Universal - 2015...
  6. Official AVS Forum® Blu-ray Disc Reviews
      Check out Lee Weber's review of the Criterion Collection release of Brian De Palma's 1980 Horror/Thriller "Dressed To Kill". The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 ) Film:Extras:Audio/Video total rating: ( Max score: 100 ) 83   Details: Studio and Year: The...
  7. Speakers
    The search for great-sounding speakers is one of the joys of being an audio enthusiast, and upgrading the speakers is one of the most effective ways to improve the performance of a sound system . There are hundreds upon hundreds of companies making speakers, so finding the best performers—and...
  8. Community News & Polls
    Brad Horstkotte likes to build things. As an accomplished woodworker, he enjoys making electric guitars of his own fanciful designs, and he did not hesitate to build an entire home theater in one half of a four-car garage behind his house in Los Angeles, CA. Not only did he finish the room by...
  9. Official AVS Forum® Blu-ray Disc Reviews
    Ralph Potts reviews this TV series that tells the story of Jim Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City before Batman's arrival. The Review  at a Glance: (max score: 5 ) Film:Extras:Audio/Video total rating: ( Max score: 100 ) 89 Details: Studio and Year: Warner – 2014/2015...
  10. Latest Industry News
    Most have HDR capabilities and wide color gamuts, but details are pretty sparse. We will probably see the US versions at CEDIA next month. At IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung, or International Radio Exhibition) in Berlin last week, Sony and JVC announced new home-theater projectors for...
  11. Display Calibration
      2015 saw the introduction of numerous HDR (high dynamic range) displays from the major TV manufacturers. The technology offers a significant boost in image quality by providing an increase in contrast over conventional displays that use the current BT.709 standard for HD video. One of...
  12. Official AVS Forum® Blu-ray Disc Reviews
    Ralph Potts reviews this tale about a young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, who is rendered ageless after an accident. The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 ) Film:Extras:Audio/Video total rating: ( Max score: 100 ) 90 Details: Studio and Year: LionsGate - 2015...
  13. AVS Forum® Podcasts
    AV technologist Robert Heron, one of my most popular guests, returns to talk about the news of the day, including several announcements from IFA, such as the Panasonic UHD HDR OLED, LG's new flat UHD HDR OLED, and Samsung's UltraHD Blu-ray player , as well as curved versus flat screens, high...
  14. Latest Industry News
    There's plenty of news coming out of the IFA electronics show in Berlin, and one tasty tidbit from today was Samsung's official unveiling of a new Ultra HD Blu-ray player . Engadget reports that Samsung announced the new UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player should be available in Europe...
  15. Official AVS Forum® Blu-ray Disc Reviews
    Ralph Potts reviews season eight of the popular TV sitcom that revolves around a group of genius friends who remain socially challenged, but always produce hilarious results. The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 ) Film:Extras:Audio/Video total rating: ( Max score: 100 ) 81...
  16. OLED Technology and Flat Panels General
    With this announcement, LG is no longer the only OLED kid on the block. The new panel has all the right stuff, and I can't wait to see it! In a move that is sure to delight OLED fans everywhere,  Panasonic  introduced the TX-65CZ950 OLED UHDTV during its press conference at IFA...
  17. Official AVS Forum® Blu-ray Disc Reviews
    Answer a few trivia questions about the latest installment in the Mad Max franchise and you could win a Dolby Atmos-ready AVR from Denon ! In conjunction with the Blu-ray release of Mad Max: Fury Road, our friends at Dolby, and Denon are offering a terrific opportunity for AVS Forum...
  18. Community News & Polls
    Conventional wisdom says no, but many AVS members claim to see the increased detail of UHD at distances more suited to HD. What say you? Human visual acuity is limited; those with normal vision can generally distinguish details that subtend an angle of about 1 arc-minute, or 1/60 of a degree...
  19. Official AVS Forum® Blu-ray Disc Reviews
    See Ralph Potts' review of the seventh installment in the global blockbuster franchise that delivers the biggest adrenaline rush yet. The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 ) Film:Extras:Audio/Video total rating: ( Max score: 100 ) 95 Details: Studio and Year: Universal - 2015...
  20. 2-Channel Audio
      This year's DC Audiofest—held at the Hilton in Rockville, Maryland—provided an excellent opportunity to hear some high-end 2-channel sound systems. To beat the weekend crowds, I attended the show on its first day—Friday—and I managed to visit the vast majority of exhibits during a 10-hour...
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