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Will The 4K TV I Buy Today Become Obsolete?

Will The 4K TV I Buy Today Become Obsolete

Most TV stores have Ultra-HD (4K) sets for sale. Are the specifications established, so we can buy one without worrying that it won’t work if the final specifications are not part of the circuitry in the 4K TVs being sold right now?

- Andy L.
Sacramento, CA

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Sound Bars and 3D Blu-ray player and TV

Sound Bars and 3D Blu-ray player and TV

I have a Sony 3D Blu-ray player and LG 3D TV, but my Sony sound bar is not capable of 3D, so my sound bar is useless right now, will a splitter let me use my sound bar again?

- John L.
Keeseville, NY

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Class D Digital Amps: How do they work?

Class D Digital Amps: How do they work?

I have seen some new amplifiers that are called digital amps and labeled Class D. How can amps amplify in a digital fashion?

- Roy, C
Chicago, Ill.

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Crossover Networks: How do they work?

Crossover Networks: How do they work?

I took one of my speakers apart and I saw the board with the crossover network on it. There was a coil of wire, a capacitor, and a resistor. What do each of these parts do to perform the crossing over? 

- Ralph G.
Atlanta, Georgia

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11.2 Receivers: Explain the Extra Channels

11.2 Receivers: Explain the Extra Channels

I've seen new receivers that are advertised at 11.2. What are the additional channels used for and are they discrete channels or matrixed?

- Chris B
Oklahoma City, OK

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Are power ratings of A/V receivers directly comparable?

Are power ratings of A/V receivers directly comparable?

I saw two receivers that I am interested in…both of them were specified as having 100 watts x 5 in the power amps. One receiver was priced at $699, the other at $1499. What might I expect the differences to be when the specification were the same?

-Steve E.
Spokane, Washington

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HDTV and shooting home movies: 60i or 60P, which option is best?

HDTV and shooting home movies: 60i or 60P, which option is best?

I shoot my home movies with a HighDef camera and it offers me the option of 60i or 60p. Is there any advantage using one or the other as to how it will appear on my HighDef Flat Panel Display?

- Ron S
Sarasota, Fla

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UltraHD: Can we see the benefits?

UltraHD: Can we see the benefits

There seems to be some confusion as to whether the UHD resolution will be observable with screens 65 and under from realistic viewing distances due to human eye limitations. Is this true? Will the REC. 2020 wider color gamut have a greater impact on the average home viewer?

- Richard A.
Chicago, IL

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Projector for a dark home theater room: how bright for deepest blacks?

Projector for a dark home theater room: how bright for deepest blacks?

My home theater room is very dark. Should I opt for a projector that is not very bright so that I can have deeper blacks?

- Kyle, E
Medford, Ore

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DTS Master Audio: Question About Output Formats

DTS Master Audio: Question About Output Formats

Need help understanding DTS Master Audio. I have a Samsung BD-F5900 Blu-ray player attached to a Yamaha RX-V475 via HDMI. I have the audio on the Blu-ray player set to output unprocessed bitstream but when I play a movie, the receiver only displays DTS and not DTS MA. Is this because the receiver is only 5.1 channel and am I really getting the full lossless audio provided by DTS MA? Aside from the extra channel audio, should I set the player to output PCM and will I be getting higher audio by setting it to PCM?

- K. Mastrogiovanni
Galt, CA

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Connecting Internet to PC to AVR to TV

Connecting Internet to PC to AVR to TV

I, rather my wife, would like to view internet offerings on our home theater system, particularly the larger screen. I can find any number of articles on the physical connection to PCs/laptops (directly) to a TV but find little or nothing even in the AVR manuals on how to make physical connections to an AVR as well as what setup of the computer, AVR and TV...

- Frank Z
Connecticut

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Low-Profile Speakers for the Audiophile in Challenging Space?

Low-Profile Speakers for the Audiophile in Challenging Space?

I am somewhat spaced constrained and am looking for speakers (5-10K range) that are relatively low profile and, more importantly, are designed to be placed up against the wall. Many of the speakers I have sampled require a placement at least 12-18" from the wall. The room is approx.: 14 x 21. Ideally the speakers would be placed on the 21' wall. In wall speakers are not a good option (old plaster & lathe walls on 2/4 studs). I am looking for a 2 channel audiophile solution to replace an older system. Our listening preference is primarily classical (symphonic) and jazz with the occasional R&R. Generally prefer imaging over brightness.

- Submitted by: Peter R
Seattle, Washington

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Black and White Movies: How to Calibrate

Black and White Movies: How to Calibrate

I have a KURO display that has the ISF-Night mode calibrated to 30 foot-Lamberts with a 6500 K white point. I also had the Pure mode calibrated with a 5400 K white point for black and white movies. Should I use the 5400 K calibrated Pure mode with black and white movies on Blu-ray? I have always wondered which is the most accurate white point for black and white movies. Do they always correct the white point of black and white movies so that it looks correct on displays calibrated with a 6500 K white point?

- David A.
Dublin, Ohio

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Which AVR Should I Choose: Anthem 710 or Pioneer SC-79?

AV Receiver (AVR) Choice: Anthem 710 or Pioneer SC-79

My dream of owning a Statement ended when I woke up realizing it wasn't going to happen. So, now I have narrowed my choice of AVR down to two. It's between a Pioneer SC-79 or the Anthem 710. Which would you recommend I go with. I would be looking for whichever one to be able to handle a medium to large size room. Bells and whistles don't mean a whole lot just the sound. I'm not a big music guy so most of its use would be for gaming and movies. I currently own the VSX-84txsi and have enjoyed it for seven years, but the 710 is very interesting to me (not to mention the fact, it's a thousand dollars cheaper). Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated and please keep up the good work. Thanks SECRETS!

- John Z.
Cockeysville, Maryland

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Power Protection: Fancy Power Protector or UPS or Simple Surge Protector?

Power Protection: Fancy Power Protector or UPS or Simple Surge Protector?

I just bought a Samsung UN65F8000 LED TV, a Piooneer VSX-1128-K receiver which will power a pair of polk audio RTiA1's a CSiA4 Centre and PSW10 Sub. Also in the setup is HD Satellite box, a PS3 and a PS4 when it arrives in three weeks along with a BoxeeBox and some other crap. My question is about power protection. Should I get a fancy power protector for several hundred dollars, a UPS or simple surge protector? I don't mind spending a few hundred bucks if it will serve a purpose. Our power isn't bad but goes out acouple times a year and we get a brown-out now and again.

- Jack M.
Halifax, Canada

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Cables and Connections for Home Theater Equipment in a Closet

Q & A - Cables and Connections for Home Theater Equipment in a Closet

I've got a Pioneer receiver and a Polk sub along with Pioneer's Andrew Jones HT speakers. I want to place the electronics in a closet. I'm bouncing between the RedMere HDMI cables or cat6 with baluns for the TV. The sub will be 50 feet from the receiver. What are the best ways to get the signal to the sub using the LFE input?

- Don C
Bentonville, Arkansas

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Rotel versus Parasound: Difference in Sound Quality

Rotel versus Parasound: Difference in Sound Quality

How big is the difference in the quality of sound between a Rotel RSP 1068 and a Parrasound P7 pre amp (the Rotel in the bypass mode). Is the difference worth the P7's price tag? Right now I am using an OPPO-83SE with the Rotel and I am planning on replacing the 83SE with an Oppo BDP 105.

- J. Vazquez
Pennsylvania

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Projectors: Buying higher-end used or reconditioned models, considerations?

Projectors: Buying higher-end used or reconditioned models, considerations?

I will have a spot in the basement of my new home for a small home theater. My budget is limited for what I can spend on a projector and screen, however. Rather than buy an entry-level 1080p projector, I am considering buying a higher end model from the used or reconditioned market. Is the risk worth the reward? For example, I can buy a Sony VPLHW30ES for about $2K or a JVC DLAX3 for around $1,500. I have a Pioneer plasma, so I know that black levels are important. What do you think?

- S Knapp
Georgia

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Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones: Receiver or Headphone Amp?

Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones: Receiver or Headphone Amp?

Do I need to add a headphone amp to my 4 yr. old AVR Denon 4310 to add power to my Sennheiser HD 800 headphones? If so, what kind? In addition to listening to music I watch a lot of movies with the headphones. Can I connect the amp directly to the Denon with an optical or different cord?
- Troy C
Boyceville

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Q&A - Flash Drive Music: What Source Component Options?

Flash Drive Music: What Source Component Options?I have an analog tube preamp with no digital in's or outs. My sources arÅe an Oppo BDP-83 and a Marantz changer. My problem is that I have a lot of music on flash drives and use my Oppo's usb to play them. The Oppo does not play hi-rez files, only mp3's. What are my options as far as a source component that will give me great sound from rca connections and handles flash drives.
- Steve S
Southfield, MI

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