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BENQ HT9060 DLP Projector $8,999 Review

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The BenQ’s Cinema preset required little adjustment to achieve accurate results when calibrating for standard dynamic range (SDR) sources. Measured Delta Es (dE) for all color points were below 3—a level considered imperceptible—and saturation tracking was excellent. I ultimately decided to target a 2.2 gamma instead of a BT.1886 (2.4) gamma due to the projector’s limited contrast—while BT.1886 perceptually adjusts the gamma curve based on the measured black level, in this case it left the image looking washed out in the darker grayscale range.

 

 

 

 

 

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Epson Home Cinema 5050UB Pro-UHD 3LCD Projector$2,999 Review

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The 5050UB was installed on a high shelf at the back of my room with its lens surface positioned 14 feet away from a 92-inch diagonal, 1.1 gain Stewart Filmscreen Cima screen. Similar to Epson’s 4010, the 5050UB features a 2.1x zoom lens and +/- 96 percent vertical and +/- 47 percent horizontal lens shift. These motorized adjustments on the projector make it easy to optimize image geometry and focus, and there’s also a pair of adjustable feet on its bottom surface to aid in shelf or table installations. Ten lens memory presets are provided for storing zoom and focus settings for installations requiring multiple display aspect ratios—when using a 2.35:1 aspect ratio “scope” screen, for example. Epson also says the that the level of accuracy provided by the 5050UB’s motorized adjustments makes it a good option for “Zero Edge” projection screens where there is minimal bezel area on the screen’s edges. ”

 

 

 

 

 

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Sony Bravia XBR-65A9G OLED Ultra HDTV Review

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of your AVR. But the Sony’s built-in sound is definitely above-average on its own. While no match for even a modest outboard home theater system, it should still surprise and impress most TV buyers. The set’s audio modes and adjustments also include a surround selection that’s effective in spreading the perceived sound beyond the confines of the set itself. The effect is subtle, however and may well depend on your room and setup.

The remote control that comes with the A9G has an upscale look and feel. On the downside, it has no backlighting (a chronic issue with TV remotes), so finding the right button in the dark was often hit or miss.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amazon Echo Sub – Hands On Review

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ANTHEM MRX-720 7.2 CHANNEL ARC GENESIS AV RECEIVER REVIEW

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“For streaming, the MRX-720 uses DTS Play-Fi, which in addition to making it Alexa compatible, enables it to stream Tidal, Pandora, Napster, Spotify, SiriusXM, iHeartRADIO, DEEZER, Internet Radio, kkbox, Juke!, Amazon Music, BBC, ESPN and NPR.

Of course, should you have a library of digital titles, DTS Play-Fi will allow you to playback FLAC, WAV, ALAC, MP3 and AAC supporting high resolution files up to 24/96.

Just like every other audio company, Anthem has also dipped its toes into the wireless/Bluetooth speaker waters1 via parent company Paradigm. The MRX-720 is compatible with Paradigm’s PW-600 and PW-800 wireless speakers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LG SL8YG 3.1.2 Atmos soundbar Review

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“More distinct details come across well. As the team enters the old complex HQ, the tap of a door keypad has electronic sparkle, while the scratch of cables being plugged in or the whine of old lockers being opened are clean and well-projected. And there’s a nice scale to its native DTS:X presentation. The sound is deep and vertical to a point. Later in the chapter, when Owen enters the jungle in search of Blue, he pauses as a flock of dinobirds pass overheard. The effect is clearly that of height, albeit ahead of me.

Later still the Isla Nublar volcano erupts and havoc ensues. Claire and Franklin are trapped as dust falls from the control room ceiling – a distant voice shouts ‘let’s get out of here!’. Michael Giacchino’s score rises in tension with brassy stabs. It’s a nice smorgasbord of sound that the LG serves up with panache and a pleasingly warm tone.

 

 

 

 

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Vizio M658-G1 M-Series Quantum LCD Ultra HDTV Review

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“Color Tuner settings are saved to the set’s Color Temp memories (Cool, Normal, and Computer), and not the set’s Picture Modes (i.e., Calibrated, Calibrated Dark, or Standard). In other words, if you want to calibrate different Color Temp settings for SDR sources, you must set different Color Temp values for these three picture modes. You can set up the basic controls separately for different inputs (though you must do this manually since there is no “copy to all inputs” menu feature), but your Color Tuner settings will continue to be the same in a given Picture Mode for all inputs.  ”

 

 

 

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