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The Case For (Quality) Calibration Print E-mail
Written by Terry Paullin   
Friday, 08 February 2008
robertbusch.jpg So you’ve got a new TV and you want to get it calibrated. You’ve read all the articles that say it’s smart money spent to make your new set as good as it can be. You may have even visited the ISF website and found a recommended guy in your area. But the guy you called wants $400 and you heard that Sparky down at the Geek Squad is now offering “ISF” calibrations for $300. A chance to save a buck? Let’s take a closer look.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 August 2010 )
One Installer's Opinion: Measuring Black Level...and 5 other Myths Print E-mail
Written by Terry Paullin   
Friday, 20 November 2009

black-level.jpgDiogenes is my Hero. He was, as you may recall, the little Greek fellow (circa. 400 BC) who, armed with a lantern, went running around searching for the Truth. Reports vary as to his success, but there is little question that his mission would be doublely difficult today - especially if he was confining his search to Big Box Electronics stores and gathering data according to "Sparky", the on-duty salesperson. If there were any teeth at all in the "Truth-in-Advertising" laws, our correctional institutions would be overflowing (even more than they are). All we can do is expose the nonsense from time to time and call "Shenanigans" on specific offenders. This month's column is another modest attempt at the aforementioned whistle-blowing.

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 November 2009 )
The Perfect Storm - CES 2013 Print E-mail
Written by Terry Paulin   
Friday, 15 February 2013

the_perfect_storm_by_frenzoalot.jpgAhh ... C.E.S. (Consumer Electronics Show) - That immutable bastion of ultra-hype for what's happening sometime next year - maybe .... set in the perfect confluence of fantasy, caprice and wishful thinking ... Las Vegas.

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 February 2013 )
3D..isappointment, Chicken Little is screaming ...and other matters Print E-mail
Written by Terry Paullin   
Wednesday, 29 December 2010

3dtvexample2.jpgNo, this isn't the I-told-ya-so column ... yet. Events have moved much faster than I predicted when I wrote a column on this topic about a year ago, but it seems we are headed for the same forecasted result.  In that column I pointed to lack of standards, lack of content, the glasses nuisance and the problematic usage model in the home as probable deterrents to wide (or any) adoption of 3D in your living room. Press releases received over the past few months from various independent surveys have "leaked" reports of disappointing sales from even the most conservative manufacturer's estimates.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 December 2010 )
One Installers Opinion - Home Theatre Print E-mail
Written by Terry Paullin   
Saturday, 22 December 2012
It's that time of year again when H.T. pundits, ivory tower consultants and I-got-nothin'-better-to-do bloggers put pen to paper - O.K., fingers to keyboards and make all kinds of predictions, forecasts and wild speculations based on the last "customer survey" they saw regarding the future of Home Theatre.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 December 2012 )
Some Sound Advice Print E-mail
Written by Terry Paullin   
Friday, 08 August 2008
a_funny_music_note_000.jpg This website is decidedly "video" - and why not - that's it's purpose, to help you make the best decisions about the video side of your Home Theater. Alas, there is another side that deserves at least as much attention. This article is aimed at giving you an overview of what's entailed in making the audio side of things as good as the video. With Blu-Ray supporting the two new audio codecs, Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio, there is more motivation than ever to "get the sound right".  

Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 January 2010 )
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