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JVC DLA-RS4500 4K PROJECTOR REVIEW

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“To test that theory, I experimented with the manual aperture which previously had been left fully open. By turning up the laser power to Mid and closing down the iris to -10, I recaptured much of the contrast this projector doesn’t have natively. The upside to this is the laser won’t lose output like a lamp does. So if you choose to run the projector this way (I would), it will sustain its output level for the full 20,000-hour lifespan. After tweaking these adjustments, the murk was substantially reduced. A manual iris is something all bright projectors should have, regardless of price. It’s the best way to control both output and image contrast.”

 

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LG OLED55B7V 4K OLED TV Review

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“We watched an extensive amount of football on the LG OLED55B7, and were surprised to catch a few instances of tearing artefacts even with [TruMotion] switched off. Trying to diagnose if they were interpolation or deinterlacing artefacts wasn’t easy, so we conducted many tests, and found that the tearing went away if we engaged [Game] mode or sent a progressive rather than interlaced video signal to the television.”

 

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ONKYO SBT-A500 ATMOS REVIEW

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“A prime example was the Locked Up scene created in house at DTS. With other DTS:X-supported systems of either the traditional component or soundbar variety, the scene is absolutely captivating in its precision. A fly seems to buzz right next to your ears, while the slimy tongues of the toads are crafted with precision and dimensionality to the point of tricking your brain that they’re real. When played back with the A500, however, there was none of that. The scene is devoid of depth, and downright boring.”

 

 

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RSL CG3 5.2 Home Theater Speaker System Review

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“You’d think the neutral, even response would have been the first thing I noticed about the RSL CG3 system once serious listening began in earnest. And perhaps it would have been, if not for the speakers’ big, bold, size-defying sound. To call it “room-filling” wouldn’t be saying much, since any reasonably mid-level sub/sat system can pretty easily fill my 13- by 15- by 8-foot listening space with sound. “Room-saturating” would be a more apt descriptor. The first disc I threw at the system was The Ultimate Edition of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Warner Home Video), since I had just recently auditioned the opening scenes using the same receiver and two significantly larger speaker systems in the same room.”

 

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Sony KD-55A1 Review

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“The A1’s Motionflow gets the balance just about spot on, removing blur without adding weirdness. Motion processing has long been one of Sony’s strengths, and that looks set to continue in the OLED era.”

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Epson EH-TW7300 Review

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” Finally, if you try to push the brightness up to levels that look more, well, HDR, such as by using the Dynamic picture preset, significant amounts of detail gets clipped out of the picture’s brightest areas. Explosive effects in Batman v Superman appear bleached and empty.”

 

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MARTINLOGAN CADENCE SOUNDBAR AND DYNAMO 700W SUBWOOFER REVIEW

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“Everything I liked about the MartinLogan Vision applies to the Cadence. It sounds great with movies and music. The streaming features allow you to listen to music all day and watch movies all night. I also consider the MartinLogan Cadence to be a good value. Why? If you think about it, with only a MartinLogan Cadence in your system, you wouldn’t have to buy five cabinet-style speakers and an expensive receiver or amplifier. There’s no need for costly speaker cables or interconnects and you’d save a ton of floor space. Surrounds could be added later when you have more coin to drop and you’d still have a sound system that wouldn’t make you hang your head in shame.”

 

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