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  1. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    Remarkably, in the US the average person watches five hours of TV per day. Where do they find the time? How much time do you spend? Take the poll. According to  Nielsen viewership statistics , in the U.S. the average amount of time spent each day watching TV is five hours. That is up to 35...
  2. Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat
    This thread is focused on persons having the Roon Nucleus or other Roon devices, who play their music through Roon, who have access to full CD quality albums directly from Tidal, but who also have uploaded their own albums from CD to a hard drive which is played through the Roon/Tidal interface...
  3. Speakers
    When buying speakers systems, AV enthusiasts rightly spend much time examining specifications in an effort to gauge what level of performance to expect once a new system is installed. Frequency response, sensitivity and power handling, if reported accurately, help inform decisions based on the...
  4. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    If you are thinking of buying a new primary TV, what size are you looking at? With 4K and now 8K TV, bigger screens have advantages. So, with 4K TV here and 8K TV right around the corner, here's a question I'm super curious to discover how people answer: How big will your next primary...
  5. Speakers
    Back in December 2014, AVS Forum editor Scott Wilkinson posted a poll asking "Have you installed Dolby Atmos?" At the time, 18.5% of voters said they installed speakers in their ceiling while Atmos-enabled speakers and add-on modules each commanded 2.5% of the vote. Ultimately, at that time...
  6. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    When choosing a new 4K TV, many shoppers establish a budget and then either set out to buy the best TV of a particular size that they can get for their budget, or the largest TV they can get for their money. There are other criteria used to make purchases, such as brand preference, aesthetics...
  7. Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat
    Laurel vs. Yanni. At first I did not want to believe it: Here was a new " blue dress " type illusion meme and it was about audio: Laurel vs. Yanni. People were talking, writers were writing, scientists were theorizing, and countless millions listened to a sample of the pronunciation of the word...
  8. OLED Technology and Flat Panels General
    The past few years have seen a whirlwind of change when it comes to TV technology. Plasma was put out to pasture, OLED grew into formidable challenger to LCD, and 4K caught on along with HDR. And, of course, 3D disappeared from consumer televisions. Now, 8K is on the way. However, there is an...
  9. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    If you want to get maximum performance out of your TV, a quick optimization can offer noticeable improvements while a fully calibrated TV often brings the performance of a given display to a whole nother level of accuracy. Optimization refers to anything you can do to improve picture quality...
  10. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    TVs have long been a fixture of American households, with about 40% of households having more than one*. In this poll, I want to find out how many TVs AVS Forum members have in their homes. Given that TVs tend to last a long time—aside from accidental damage all the TVs I've owned over the...
  11. Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat
    Audiophiles pursue ever higher fidelity through every avenue available. But inevitably, there is one binary decision to be made when seeking a deep listening experience: Should I use speakers or headphones to listen to this music? There's pleasure to be found in the expansive soundfields and...
  12. OLED Technology and Flat Panels General
    3D is the most vexing of display technologies. It promises to draw the viewer into a movie, and at its best the format is inimitably stunning. But, 3D has also been used and abused so many times that people have lost trust in it. What just a few years ago was considered the must-have feature of...
  13. Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers
    Nothing adds to the impact of music, movie, or gaming sound quite like the bass produced by a great  subwoofer . And while it’s no secret that AVS Forum is home to some of the most dedicated deep-bass aficionados on the Internet, it's not clear exactly how far down the rabbit hole some folks...
  14. Home Theater Gaming
    Whether you have a projection-based home theater or a rig built around a flat-panel TV, it's a thrill to play video games on a highly capable AV system. With 4K and HDR now in the mix, and with many games offering sophisticated surround-sound mixes as well as high frame rates, I got to wondering...
  15. Area Home Theater Meets
    It appears we have great interest in meeting other Home Theater enthusiast in our area. The purpose of this poll is to see wants to attend and when. I am happy to host but if you are in the North Dallas area (Plano, Allen, Frisco, Little Elm, McKinney or Prosper) and would also like to host...
  16. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Streaming video is now a fact of life for many AV enthusiasts. Even those who prefer the quality of Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray are tempted by the vast catalog of content that's available at the touch of a button. However, not all streaming experiences are the same. If you feel the urge to...
  17. High Dynamic Range (HDR) & Wide Color Gamut (WCG)
    2017 is the year of HDR in the land of TVs. High dynamic range offers viewers brighter highlights, more shadow detail, and richer colors. Currently, there are two flavors of HDR used to deliver content to consumers: HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Whereas HDR10 is the de facto standard for HDR—it...
  18. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    The cost per diagonal inch of a 4K TV has dropped significantly in recent years while screen sizes have steadily increased. When it comes to impactful viewing experiences, screen dimensions are as crucial a factor as any other feature or picture quality parameter. Yes it's a cliche, but size...
  19. Speakers
    This past Friday—April 7, 2017—I had the pleasure and honor of being a guest of Klipsch Audio at the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction, held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. A significant portion of the four-hour event involved performances by the inductees including Pearl Jam, Yes...
  20. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    Last week I attended a press event at Samsung's QA lab in Pine Brook, NJ. One of the presentations was about QLED TV, an acronym that Samsung says is a product category—like OLED—and not merely a marketing term. Speaking to that point, the company explicitly noted that other manufacturers...
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