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As I mentioned, this year’s models are only slightly brighter than last year’s. The THX mode’s default light output, with a full-screen 100 percent pattern on my 100-inch 1.1-gain screen, was about 30 foot-lamberts (and I kept it close to that after calibration). Compare that with 28.3 ft-L in last year’s X750R. The brightest picture mode is the Natural mode, at about 52 ft-L in the high lamp mode. For those who plan to do some viewing during the day or in a room with modest ambient light, the Natural mode is a great option. It measured quite close to the THX mode in its color balance, and the color points were also very close to reference standards–with blue being the least accurate at a Delta Error of 3.13. I used the Natural mode to watch HDTV shows and sports during the day; and, with the blinds in the back of the room opened halfway, I was still able to enjoy a nicely saturated, nicely detailed image.”
“The Fluance Signature Series Floorstanding speakers certainly provide a serious value. Pound for pound these speakers provide a serious amount of hardware for a low price. These speakers do well at high volumes, and can take significant power. While they are large and heavy Fluance did save some money with the cabinets, using a lower priced finish and going light on the internal bracing has made the sound suffer somewhat.”
The 55-inch D55-E0 and the 65-inch D65-E0 reviewed here are the most well-featured of the series, with 4K resolution (found on only a couple of others in the series; the rest are 720p or 1080p) and local dimming. 4K doesn’t really affect image quality much, but dimming really helps, especially in demanding home theater situations.”
“With the bleak winter setting, the X12000 produced a very natural picture with an excellent sense of depth. While the picture was loaded with detail, it never looked contrived or artificial.
The X12000’s excellent greyscale performance meant it perfectly rendered the dark wood of the trees and the mountain stone without free of any unwelcome colour intrusion.”
“Is the Cadence worth $1,299 as a standalone soundbar? Yes. Should you also get the wireless sub? Yes, unequivocally. If budgetary requirements force you to opt out of one element, I’d say to get the Cadence and Dynamo sub now, then save for the Bravado surrounds. The complete system performs exceedingly well and has a bleeding-edge feature set, and thus it is priced appropriately. Yes, $3,100 is a lot of money and can buy you a lot of things. But in my opinion, this is a high-end product that is well engineered and performs exceedingly well. It’s a no-brainer for someone who wants to take their home theater to the next level without adding the hassle of a dedicated surround sound system. The bottom line is that this is an epic, game-changing home theater solution that’s simple to set up, will play back just about anything you want, and will do so brilliantly.
This seemed like the right moment to demo a drummer-led band. Billy Cobham’s debut solo album, Spectrum (LP), veers between Mahavishnu Orchestra–like intensity (with Jan Hammer’s keys providing the manic repetitive flourishes) and the suave horn charts of Cobham’s subsequent albums. The satellites delighted in both the buzzy, distorted keyboard textures and the sassy timbre of the horns, saxes, and flute. Cobham is a busy and vigorous drummer, and with the sub dialed in, his rolling, stuttering line of percussive thought had just the right combination of punch and decay. With the beats coming hard and fast, the sub’s lack of overhang was refreshing.”
LeEco has certainly entered the North American television market with quite a bang. Their 65-inch Super4 X series has perhaps the best color range and dynamic brightness at this sub-$1,000 price point. Being able to connect your Android devices to the television and stream your favorite content is a plus, along with all of your favorite apps in the streaming world ready for your viewing pleasure right inside the display. The sleek-and-slim design is another plus along with its support of HDR10. That being said, it only has 3 HDMI inputs and black levels are murky at best, thanks to poor contrast performance. You don’t want to do any critical viewing with this display.:”