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  1. Home Theater Computers
    KODI 19.0 Matrix HDR Windows API (merged) This is a fork of Kodi 19.0 "Matrix" version that adds full HDR support with maximum image quality and HDR10 metadata passthrough in Windows 10 and UWP. Because we are in January 2020 and Kodi does not have (yet) an official version that supports...
  2. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    Is an 85” TV in your future? Earlier this year, I reviewed the 65” Sony X900F and found it to be an all-around great performer. It provides premium picture performance at an eminently reasonable price point. Typically, television reviews are of either 55” or 65” models, primarily because of...
  3. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    The eagerly awaited 65" Vizio P-Series Quantum 4K/UHD HDR LCD TV is finally available at various retailers, with top-notch specs for an amazing list price! The Vizio P-Series 4K/UHD HDR LCD TV sets a pretty high bar for performance and value; see our review here . Now, the company is upping...
  4. High Dynamic Range (HDR) & Wide Color Gamut (WCG)
    According to WorldAtlas.com , the most popular sport in the world is soccer—or, as it's called everywhere but the US, football. Over half the world's entire population—4 billion people—follow the sport. So, it's no wonder that the World Cup live broadcast is among the most watched sporting...
  5. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    Whenever you shop for a new 4K TV, one thing becomes clear: There's a huge spectrum of prices at the most common screen sizes. For example, if you are shopping for a 65" TV then you can easily find one for less than $1000—TCL's 65" 2018 6-series is $969 at Best Buy and yet there's also an...
  6. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    Sony's X900F offers premium picture performance at mainstream TV prices. It is an update to the well-regarded X900E series that features a number of improvements like the inclusion of the X1 Extreme processor. This is a 4K HDR smart TV, meaning it's ready to play the latest content, and it runs...
  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. Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP
    JVC is well-known for its D-ILA (Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier) projectors, which are based on the company's implementation of LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon) imaging technology. Today, the JVC unveiled the LX-UH1, adding a DLP-based model to the JVC stable. Both types of JVC projectors...
  9. OLED Technology and Flat Panels General
    Sony has officially announced the pricing for its 2018 4K/UHD premium TV models, including the A8F OLED line and some sizes of the X900F and X850F LCD lines. (The other sizes are already available.) The press release also includes the word "availability," but that only means they are available...
  10. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    The Onkyo TX-SR383 is the company's first AV receiver to be introduced in 2018. With a list price of $399 ($499 Canadian), it's in the "entry-level" category, but it offers several features that reach beyond that classification. This AVR provides seven channels of amplification rated at 80...
  11. Latest Industry News
    As I wrote here , one of the most important announcements for video enthusiasts at CES 2018 is the unveiling of LG-SpectraCal AutoCal. SpectraCal's CalMan calibration software can now automatically calibrate the SDR and HDR performance of LG's 2018 lineup of OLED and Super UHD LCD TVs. Required...
  12. OLED Technology and Flat Panels General
    As you might expect, this year's CES includes a new lineup of LG OLED TVs. Four new model lines are being announced: B8, C8, E8, and W8. There will also be a G8, but LG plans to continue selling the G7 in the US for a while. An important part of this story is LG's next-generation Alpha video...
  13. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    In addition to OLED TVs, LG also makes LCD models. At the top of that product category are the LG Super UHD TVs, which were first introduced last year. And like last year, the 2018 models are based on Nano Cell technology, which LG says is "similar to quantum dots." In fact, Nano Cell...
  14. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    This year's LG LCD TVs—not including the Super UHD LCD TVs—encompass three UHD model lines and one new FHD line. All but one use IPS (in-plane switching) LCD panels, which yield better off-axis performance but generally higher black levels than VA (vertical alignment) panels. For some reason...
  15. AVS Forum® Podcasts
    Color-imaging scientist Jack Holm digs deep into high dynamic range. Topics include color volume, what artists might do with an expanded palette of colors and brightness, the actual dynamic range of most images, accurate versus preferred images, the difference between PQ and HLG HDR formats, the...
  16. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    I don't normally report rumors, but this one is too good not to. According to a recent story on the Bloomberg Technology site , Apple is planning to announce a new Apple TV set-top box that can stream 4K and HDR. The announcement will supposedly be made at an event in September that will also...
  17. High Dynamic Range (HDR) & Wide Color Gamut (WCG)
    Video guru Joe Kane gave a fascinating presentation at the Samsung QLED/HDR10 Summit two weeks ago. He started by reminding us that content creators were caught completely by surprise at the emergence of 4K/UHD TVs. Also, for studios to be interested, the new video system needs to be about more...
  18. OLED Technology and Flat Panels General
    Q: I'm planning to buy a future-proof TV that must hold up for the next 5-8 years. I need good picture quality as well as sound quality. My viewing is in a room with 20-35% lighting from the outside (no lighting in the room). Aside from being future-proof with a long lifespan, my priorities are...
  19. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Owners of Yamaha AVRs including the RX-V83 family, plus RX-V681 , RX-A860 , RX-A1060 , RX-A2060 , RX-A3060 and CX-A5100 models are getting a firmware update that adds exciting new capabilities. These include compatibility with Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and Dolby Vision flavors of HDR, as...
  20. Speakers
    Two of the most significant advances in the state-of-the-art of home theater to appear in recent years are HDR video and 3D immersive audio. HDR video features increased dynamic range—it has brighter highlights as well as more detailed shadows. Meanwhile, 3D immersive audio adds height to the...
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