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Control4 Dimmers UPDATE

Control4 Dimmers Review UpdateWhen I finished my initial review of Control4 I had it controlling my AV system but nothing else. As complete home integration is one of the reasons to use Control4 I needed to test something out. Control4 was nice enough to send over a few light dimmers to install so that I can see how they integrate.

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The New Wave of Color Calibration Technology: Cube Calibration

Cube CalibrationOne of the Awards given out in 2012 by Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity for "Technology on the Rise" was for Cube Calibration. For most people this probably doesn't mean much yet, but for those of us that are calibrators, or enthusiasts with an interest in calibration technology, this was a huge development. One might even say that Cube Calibration is the biggest improvement to consumer display technology since the introduction of the Color Management System (CMS).

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Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-Smartphone

Samsung S-III SmartphoneNew models of Smartphones seem to be arriving on phone store shelves almost daily, and the Apple iPhone is feeling the snapping at their heels by the latest models from numerous companies. Samsung's Galaxy S-III is definitely strong competition. . . . .

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Anamorphic Lenses and Projection Screens: Affordable?

omWhen I finally took the plunge into a projection setup in my home theater, the hardest decision I had to make was what aspect ratio to get for my screen. Everything that came after that, from the screen material to the projector, was dependent on that decision.

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Lumagen Radiance XS-3D Video Processor

Lumagen Radiance XS-3D

Last year I looked at the Lumagen Radiance Mini-3D video processor and its interaction with ChromaPure software for automated calibrations. Paired with an older projector, it was able to provide an accurate grayscale, gamut, and gamma providing an image that was far more accurate than without it. Now, we take a look at the Radiance XS-3D video processor, which is a step up from the Mini-3D.

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iRule Home Automation System Review - Controller Application

iRule Home Automation System Review - Controller Application

Ever since I built my first AV system, I have wanted a slick touch-screen remote to control it all. Let's face it; once you have more than just a TV in your media room, you need a way to integrate that pile of remotes into an...

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ChromaPure 2.2 Video Calibration System and Lumagen Radiance Mini-3D Video Processor

ChromaPure 2.2 and Lumagen Radiance Series If you’ve read the previous DIY calibration articles here at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, then you’ve seen us cover ChromaPure and CalMAN calibration systems, and the DVDO Duo video processor. This time we’re going to look at the newest release of ChromaPure, version 2.2, as well as the Lumagen Radiance Mini-3D Video Processor, both individually and together.

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CalMAN Calibration Software Version 5

CalMAN Calibration Software Version 5

 

There are a few different programs out there to assist in calibrating a display, but CalMAN from SpectraCal is currently the most prevalent. CalMAN is used for ISF Level I and II training, and is available in a variety of different configurations ranging from the DIY user to the full time calibration professional.

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Home Theater WallWizard XM37 Flat Panel HDTV Wall Mounting Bracket

Home Theater WallWizard XM37 Mount One of the things I like about CEDIA is discovering something that I hadn’t expected to impress me. Oh sure the dazzling larger than life flat panels, or bright projectors are always omnipresent. The beautiful glossy speakers and sometimes those overstuffed theater chairs are a welcomed relief. But this year walking by the WallWizard booth it was the motorized wall mounts caught my attention. When I was introduced to them I was shown some innovative ideas that seemed to solve issues we’ve all thought about but never seen addressed.

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Darbee Darblet DVP5000 Video Processor

Darbee Darblet DVP5000 Video ProcessorDarbee came into our lives after a dry period in the world of video processors. New video processors are coming out all the time, but the excitement behind them is pretty much the focus of videophiles and pro calibrators.

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NextGen Copperhead Xtreme HDMI Cables

NextGen Copperhead Xtreme HDMI Cables Ah HDMI. This now commonplace interface has had a storied history of controversy and confusion. Now evolved, it is still far from perfect but at least we A/V enthusiasts are living with it now. The most misunderstood part of the equation has traditionally been the cable. How long can it be and not cause signal deterioration, or even drop the signal altogether? NexGen addresses these questions with their Copperhead Xtreme HDMI Cable.

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