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A Home Theater Build Project - Part III

Home Theater Build Project-Part 3-2011

In this section I'll begin to talk about the ways in which I upgraded my room outside of actual equipment changes. Some of these changes were implemented to improve performance, while others were to improve the overall viewing experience. Either way, many of these are easy things that anyone can do in between the major equipment changes that we are often researching.

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Sundance Film Festival 2011

Sundance

The news out of Sundance this year was that business is once again booming. We could tell that things were hopping well before the festival too because the online ticket system was showing many shows as sold out. We may have compounded the effect by shifting our attendance to the opening week of the festival. For the past couple of Sundance’s we had attended the less populated second half. This year, for the first half anyway, it was just plain hard to get tickets. Using the online system during our allotted time slot, weeks in advance of the festival, there were many movies already sold out. Red State, the new movie from Kevin Smith (Clerks) sold out in all time slots in 1 day, including a showing at 8:30 am on a Monday morning.

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A Home Theater Build Project - Part II

Home Theater Build Project Part II - 2010

In this installment I am discussing my upgrade paths and the decisions that went into each change: Video, Audio and Other cconsiderations, including power conditioners. I've presented the changes that I decided on in a chronological manner, as I think that many of us approach our decisions in this way...

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DIY Calibration Software - Update: CalMAN 4.1

DIY Calibration Software - Update: CalMAN 4.1

Since our DIY Calibration software round-up was originally published in May, the CalMAN software has undergone a major upgrade. When we met the SpectraCal folks at CEDIA in September, they were eager to have us try this new software package. I already had some hands on time with CalMAN 4 at the Calibration Bootcamp that I attended earlier this year CalMAN Calibration Bootcamp: A Crash Course in the Science of Calibration, but I hadn’t had enough time to really explore the software on my own system and without the guidance of the SpectraCal training team.

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Secrets Best of 2010 Awards

The SECRETS Editorial Team is pleased to announce the Best of 2010 Awards. This year we have added some new categories for Media, so look for our awards in the Blu-ray, CD and Vinyl Recordings. And we have established a new award (it is so "Bad", you will have to go to the second page to see it). The Editorial Team also wants to highlight the technologies that we will be paying attention to in 2011, so look for the "Technologies on the Rise Awards".

In-Floor/In-Ceiling Subwoofers

Congratulations to all of our 2010 WINNERS!!

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Sundance Film Festival 2011 - Full Report

Sundance Film Festival 2011

The news out of Sundance this year was that business is once again booming. We could tell that things were hopping well before the festival too because the online ticket system was showing many shows as sold out. We may have compounded the effect by shifting...

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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2010 Show Coverage


The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2010, held last weekend in Denver, was a big success!  Rick Schmidt covered the show for SECRETS and his show report is amazing!  174 rooms in 3 days!  Whatever your pleasure...Legacy Audio, Emotiva, Velodyne, Prima Luna, Bryston, Levinson, YG-Acoustics, Tannoy, to name just a few.......the photos are terrific!

Don't miss Rick's report of the show...Check out the Full Coverage!

CES 2011 Show Report - Summary

CES 2011

Do check out the CES 2011 Show Coverage Reports by the SECRETS Team: Robert Kozel, Jim Milton, Adrian Wittenberg, Stephen Hornbrook and John Johnson. Robert's summary of CES 2011 reflects the team's......

"What struck me the most about CES was the sheer magnitude of it all. I have been to Las Vegas many times for conventions in the past, but nothing compared to CES 2011. The enormous international crowds combined with thousands of exhibitors and locations spread throughout the city made it an event I will not soon forget. From the perspective of products, CES is overwhelming with its diversity. There were exhibitors covering home electronics, phones, appliances, automotive, computer hardware, networking, etc. The list was endless and it would be impossible for anyone to take all of it in. The crowd at CES was not just spending time looking at new products. There were countless people with "Buyer" tags on their show badges talking to exhibitors and discussing business. If the crowds were any indication, this should be a good year for the economy. Time will tell if all those conversations ultimately turn into real orders.

Final CES 2011 Impressions and more images just added by Stephen Hornbrook. Check it out!

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Rocky Mountain 2010-Full Coverage

Rocky Mountain 2010 Show Report

Sunday at RMAF I started some Velodyne and Tannoy brunch. These DC10T's from Tannoy are seriously beautiful. The Velodyne in the background is the big story though.The newest line of subs from big V is called Digital Drive Plus.A completely redesigned driver...

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CES 2011-Full Coverage

CES 2011

Oppo BDP-95! this was the only place to see it at CES. can't wait for this beauty.

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A Home Theater Build Project - Part I

Home Theater Build Project

We all have a spare room. Well, many of us do. And those of us bitten by the A/V bug often dream about what we would do with that room. I have such a room, and six years ago embarked on a wild odyssey to build a dedicated A/V room from scratch. How could someone with limited construction skills, moderate budget, and even more limited tool selection, go about making a clean, professional looking dedicated home theater?

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