Q I’m confused by the volume display on my AV receiver. There are two settings to choose from, Relative and Absolute. What’s the difference, and what do they mean? —Scott Oakley / via e-mail
23/10/14 12:39 PM
21/10/14 4:09 PM
I had always thought that the current standard frame rate of 24 fps was established because it was the slowest rate that would yield smooth motion with no jerkiness or flicker, but it turns out that lower frame rates can look surprisingly smooth, especially with double and triple flashing, thanks to persistence of vision and other psychovisual effects.Read More
14/10/14 4:57 PM
One person wrote recently that he was looking at three fixed-frame projector screens. All of them white, all of them the same size. One was $1800, one was $1200, and one was $600. Is there really any difference between them, or is it all just marketing?Read More
10/10/14 3:43 PM
Every screen product on the market has a "gain" factor. Some screens are "low gain" and some are "high gain." Most white home theater screens are low gain, and carry ratings in the range of 1.0 to 1.3 gain. Some of today's gray screens are rated as low as 0.8 gain. On the other hand, one vendor is marketing screens with gain ratings that they claim are as high as 6.0. However, unless you have gone shopping for a screen before you are not likely to know what any of these numbers mean.Read More
6/10/14 12:39 PM
Yamaha knows a thing or two about surround sound. Its YSP range of soundbars has impressed us for years, being one of the few one-box solutions that come close to giving a genuine 5.1 surround-sound experience.
25/09/14 4:45 PM
One of the most confusing topics in audio is figuring out what size amplifier your speakers need. Usually, you're making the decision based on simplistic and sometimes meaningless amp and speaker specifications.
18/09/14 9:48 AM
Does a speaker’s enclosure size have any effect on audio quality? I've always assumed a larger enclosure size is better, but I never understood why that is the case.
17/09/14 2:54 PM
So, thumbs up or thumbs down on the TX-NR636 7.2-channel network AV receiver? I say thumbs up. Way up. If the company had only included subwoofer correction in its new, proprietary AccuEQ system, I would climb a stepstool to get my thumbs a little higher.Read More
9/09/14 2:10 PM
Those who want movies with the very highest quality will be keen on 4K Blu-ray's better resolution, color, and dynamic range. Yet millions seem happy with streaming video, despite its shortcomings.Read More
14/08/14 12:42 PM
Maybe you've been reading about dual subwoofers on the A/V forums and wondering what all the fuss is about.Read More