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Do You Recommend the Vizio XVT3D580CM?

Do You Recommend the Vizio XVT3D580CM?

I would like to get the 58-inch Vizio XVT3D580CM CinemaWide HDTV with a 21:9 aspect ratio. I'm sure it will be great watching Blu-ray discs, but I'm concerned that it might be a disappointment with 16:9 content from my HD cable provider and over-the-air local channels. Can you give me the advantages and disadvantages of this TV, and if you've reviewed it, can you tell me what you think?

- Jay Nesbitt
Chula Vista, CA

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Why is 3D Through Active Glasses So Dark?

Why is 3D Through Active Glasses So Dark?

I enjoy movies in 3D with Dolby Atmos sound, such as Live of Pi, but the only local cinema showing in this format is the ArcLight Cinema in Sherman Oaks, CA, which uses active glasses for 3D. Does this make the movies too dark to enjoy?

- Barry Operman
Santa Monica, CA

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Bipolar Speakers in the Front?

Bipolar Speakers in the Front?

What do you think of bipolar speakers? Are they worth the price, and do they perform well while playing movies and music? Crutchfield has a special on Definitive Technology bipolar speakers—when you buy the front two, you get the center and two surround speakers. Would this be a good value at $2000? Would you put these in your home system?

- Paul Schneider
Garden Grove, CA

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Which Universal Remote?

Which Universal Remote?

I recently purchased a Marantz NR1602 receiver and Pioneer SP-PK52FS speaker package. I am really excited and pleased with the performance, but I now have a new problem—way too many remotes! I hear a lot of endorsement for the Logitech Harmony remotes, but I also have seen a lot of professional installers recommend URC and RTI remotes. I am not afraid to dive in and spend a few hours programming my own macros, and I prefer a remote based on physical buttons. My current system includes an Apple TV, Marantz NR1602 receiver, Dish Network Hopper, Panasonic TC-P50ST50 plasma TV, and a Sony PS3, which I know I'll need an added dongle to control. Can you recommend a particular model? Price is not an issue.

- Cory Hack
Hollis Center, ME

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Okay to Use Only Two Speakers with 7.1 AVR?

Okay to Use Only Two Speakers with 7.1 AVR?

I bought a Denon AVR-1913 AV receiver. It's a 7.1-channel unit, but I am planning to use only two speakers initially. Is it okay to do so? What speakers do you suggest?

- Aji A
Austin, TX

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Matching 3D Blu-ray Player with TV?

Matching 3D Blu-ray Player with TV?

I'm looking at getting an LG 47LM7600 because I like the passive glasses. Also, I really like the Vizio XVT3D474SV, but it's hard to find a new one, not a refurb. I've heard you say that you don't think LG Blu-ray players are that good. So my first question is, will an LG TV work with, say, a Samsung Blu-ray player, since they are different 3D systems? Also, should I spend $200 more and get the Vizio XVT3D474SV? I don't have $499 to spend on an Oppo Blu-ray player, but I'd like a nice one.

- James Isom
Frankfort, IL

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The Hobbit on Blu-ray at HFR?

The Hobbit on Blu-ray at HFR?

When The Hobbit is released on Blu-ray next year, will it contain high frame rate (HFR) playback capability? And what display(s) will be able to show it at 48fps?
Brad Ruley
Tampa, FL

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Bose 901 Speakers with Anthem MRX 700 AVR?

Bose 901 Speakers with Anthem MRX 700 AVR?

I have a pair of Bose 901 Series VI speakers, and I recently purchased an Anthem MRX 700 AV receiver. Are the speakers compatible with the receiver? The salespeople at the store said they are, but they've had many problems finding a receiver that is compatible with them. The problem seems to be the active equalizer box that comes with the speakers; it requires a tape-monitor connection, which most receivers don't have any more.
Vernon Hodgins
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Canada

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Video Calibration Videos?

Video Calibration Videos?

I've been looking for a video of a calibrator going step by step through an entire calibration, but I haven't been able to find one online. There are snippets here and there, but nothing from start to finish. Do you know where I might find such a video?
Phil Fritts
Birmingham, AL

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One or More Power Amps?

One or More Power Amps?

I recently purchased a 7.1 AV pre/pro for my home theater as an upgrade from my aging Marantz AVR. I am debating if I should pair this with a 7-channel amp for simplicity and lower cost or if I would get better performance pairing with 5 channel for the surrounds and a 2 channel amp for L/R.
- Ryan Francis
Harriman, UT

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Which LED/LCD TV to Buy?

Which LED/LCD TV to Buy?

We are finally going to pull the trigger and get an LED/LCD flat panel. Bye-bye CRT! We're looking at getting a 60-incher, and our budget is about $1500. Do you have any recommendations? I'm also wondering if we should look for good deals in the holiday shopping season.
- Vanessa LaFleur
Hudson, WI

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SACD from Marantz DV6600 to Anthem MRX 500?

SACD from Marantz DV6600 to Anthem MRX 500?

I have a Marantz DV6600 SACD/DVD player, and I updated my receiver to an Anthem MRX 500. How do I connect them to hear SACD content?
- George Clark
Eden, NSW
Australia

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Eliminating Jaggies in Football?

Eliminating Jaggies in Football?

I have a 2-year-old Samsung plasma television. Watching a football game, movement has the tendency of looking jagged. Is there anyway to correct this? Also, is there a product I can use to adjust this TV? I'm sure the color, brightness, etc. could use some adjustments.
- Lawrence Armstrong
Spartanburg, SC

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Low Frequencies from a Small Speaker?

Low Frequencies from a Small Speaker?

I'm looking at the new Pioneer SP-BS22-LR bookshelf speakers for a 5.1 setup. These speakers are rated from 55Hz to 20kHz using a 4-inch driver. Can a 4-inch driver really deliver that kind of low-frequency performance?
- Ganesh
New York, NY

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How to Fix Subwoofer Boominess?

How to Fix Subwoofer Boominess?

I have a Velodyne CHT-10 subwoofer connected to my Denon receiver's pre-out. I love it very much except for one thing—it sometimes sounds boomy. Do you know what could cause that and whether or not there's a setting I could change to make it always sound crisp?
- George P.
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada

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Best Speakers for Marantz SR6007?

Best Speakers for Marantz SR6007?

I intend to purchase a pair of floorstanding speakers for my future home theater. Which of the speakers listed below will work best with the Marantz SR6007 AV receiver?
- Mihai Giurgiu
Bacau, Romania

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Home Theater Audio Formats?

Home Theater Audio Formats?

Can you explain the popular audio formats for home theater? I have a media-center PC with a sound card connected to a receiver. Depending on the content, my receiver indicates DTS, PCM, Dolby Digital, etc.
- Alex Ehrhardt
Carterville, IL

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Break-In DVD for Plasma?

Break-In DVD for Plasma?

Do you recommend a "break-in" DVD for the first 100 hours on my LG PZ950? Also, can I lay it down to attach the stand?
- John Thorndike

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HDMI ARC Output as Audio Input?

HDMI ARC Output as Audio Input?

My Sony DAV-DZ640K home theater in a box (HTIB) includes a receiver with HDMI Audio Return Channel on its HDMI output. Can this serve as an HDMI audio input? After all, HDMI ARC basically transfers audio from TV to the receiver.
- Srijan Saha

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Shallow AV Receiver?

Shallow AV Receiver?

I've been thinking about a home-theater sound system for our living room. We have a 55-inch Toshiba LED-LCD TV wall-mounted in the center of built-in bookcases. However, the shelves are only about 12 inches deep! Do you have any ideas on what receivers I should consider? Also, I'm thinking about using GoldenEar speakers. How do I match receiver power with them?
- Jim Nolan

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