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Interviews: CEDIA - 2007

For CEDIA - 2007, we recorded four different segments to try the HD format out. They are encoded as *.wmv files, so you will need the latest Microsoft Windows Media Player to view them in HD.

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Show Report: CEDIA - 2007

CEDIA show reportThese days, custom installation is the thing, probably because home theater is the thing, and putting in a good home theater is not for the faint hearted. There are so many details to worry about, so much equipment, so many cables . . .

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Using the Auto Set-up and EQ Features in an SSP or Receiver

Many surround sound receivers and processors these days offer an "Auto" set-up routine that attempts to configure the basic set-up for the consumer, including whether a speaker should be high-passed or not, which frequency to high-pass it at if applicable . . .

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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest - 2007

Rocky Mountain show reportThis is the fourth year of the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF), which was held at the Denver Technical Center, just outside of Denver, Colorado.

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DVI and HDMI Connections and HDCP Explained

Recently I have had a barrage of e-mails from friends and readers asking why HDTV connectivity is so complicated. I found myself sending out the same advice and comments over and over, so I wanted to share some of this advice. DVI (Digital Video Interface) . . .

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DVD Benchmark - Part 6 - DVD-Audio

In mid-2000, after a long delay for a variety of issues, DVD-Audio (DVD-A) was given an inauspicious launch with the arrival of the first DVD-Audio players. It's been over a year since the first players have hit the market, and this marks our first foray into a background article explaining the technology behind DVD-Audio . . .

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Video Resolution . . . Simplified

Even though we've discussed video resolution in the pages of Secrets more than once, a real understanding of it still eludes a large number of people that I've encountered recently . . .

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How a Hole-in-the-Box Works

Even though loudspeakers utilizing bass reflex techniques (i.e., ported or passive radiator designs) are quite common, or maybe even the norm if you carouse the average audio/video retailer. There are, however, many misconceptions about how a bass-reflex system works . . .

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THX-Certification

THX is almost a quarter century old, and its Consumer Branch has been around since 1990, yet people still do not have a proper understanding of THX.  Maybe that's THX's fault, maybe it's ours (the press) . . .

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Understanding Contrast Ratios in Video Display Devices

When we shop for a projector, one of the specifications that we really want to be aware of is the Contrast Ratio (CR). In general, we know that it is the relationship between the black and white levels that a projector can show ...

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The Secrets SSP (Surround Sound Processor) Benchmark Specifications

The Secrets DVD Benchmark has been remarkably popular, but in an of itself not all that remarkable or unexpected.  What took us off guard is that it has been equally popular with our readers and manufacturers of the equipment.

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