For the first 14 years of its existence, SECRETS was published in standard HTML form, but in keeping with modern trends, as of January, 2008, the magazine has been published as a full database-driven website. SECRETS uses numerous CMS (Content Management System) modules which allow readers the best experience possible, including in-depth searches, submission of comments on reviews, and expanded content viewing.
The SECRETS mission is to provide straightforward, technical information about new products and emerging technologies, along with music and movie reviews and special features including our video interviews with industry leaders.
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The SECRETS Blog offers a platform for our Editors to discuss relevant AV topics and current events and invites reader response.
The SECRETS Primer has been transformed into an Encyclopedia of Words, Terms and Concepts. The Primer will be actively updated by our Editorial staff and Readers are invited to add additional technical information through our comment feature throughout the Primer.
As always, everything that has ever been published by SECRETS over our 14 years of publishing, is available on-line through our SECRETS Archives.
The SECRETS readers are serious audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts, consumers, and manufacturers, who are seeking technical, yet understandable, information about products and technologies.
Readership averages 300,000 unique readers each month and reflects a broad international following. January is traditionally the highest readership month, primarily driven by interest in the Consumer Electronics Show coverage.
As an avid movie lover, Chris was unable to turn away the 50-inch Samsung DLP TV that arrived at his door one day, thus launching him irrevocably into an obsession with home theater. Dissatisfied with the image quality of his new acquisition, Chris trained with the Imaging Science Foundation in 2006 and became a professional display calibrator. His ultimate theater desires were realized when he completed construction of a dedicated cinema/listening room in his home. Chris is extremely fortunate that his need for quality audio and video is shared and supported by his wife of over 25 years.
In his spare time he enjoys riding his recumbent trike at least 100 miles per week, trying out new restaurants, going to theme parks and spending as much time as possible watching movies and listening to music. Chris enjoys bringing his observations and discoveries about every kind of home theater product to as many curious and well-informed readers as possible. He is proud to be a part of the Team and hopes to help everyone enjoy their AV experiences to the fullest.
Stacey Spears is a widely recognized expert on the science of color in video, best known for his work with Don Munsil. Stacey has co-authored many high profile articles on video decoding, image processing, and deinterlacing. The Spears and Munsil calibration discs are widely regarded as the definitive tests for a range of video formats. Spears and Munsil were also the first to publicly document and explain the now infamous chroma upsampling error in a variety of decoders. They published their findings in Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity years ago.
Stacey led a number of development efforts for sixteen years at Microsoft before being recruited by SpectraCal, including significant contributions to the Xbox, Smooth Streaming, VC-1, and Media Foundation.
He holds over a dozen patents in video and image processing, including “Strategies for producing quantized image information” (2007), “Image processing using linear light values and other image processing improvements” (2007), “Strategies for performing scaling operations on image information" (2008), and “Regions of interest for quality adjustments” (2012).
Stacey is currently a Senior Editor at Secrets, specializing in Video Technology.