Pre-eminent video guru Joe Kane, creator of the Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics setup and test Blu-ray, offers invaluable insight into projection screens, video calibration, the Samsung projectors he helped design, and more.
Kevin Collins, Microsoft's Director of Custom Installation Channel, Connected TV Business, Entertainment and Devices Division, reminisces about HD DVD and gets geeky about Windows Media Server, including broadcast tuners, NICs, Ethernet switches, Xbox 360 as media-center extender, downloading movies, UltraViolet DRM, and answers to listener questions.
Walt Husak, Director of Image Technologies at Dolby Labs, explains the three types of digital-cinema 3D, why Dolby 3D is called "color interference" technology, how 3D is delivered to the home, what makes good and bad 3D, why most 3D content is animated rather than live-action, 2D-to-3D conversion, and answers to chat-room questions.
Paul Thurrott, host of TWiT's Windows Weekly podcast, discusses the changing paradigm of TV and movie delivery to the home, from traditional over-the-air, cable, and satellite to IPTV via Netflix, Hulu, etc., as well as image and sound quality vs. Blu-ray, how the Zune model differs from iTunes, media streaming around the home, and answers to chat-room questions.
A/V raconteur and Home Theater reviewer Fred Manteghian talks about his reference system, products he's reviewed recently, some favorite Blu-ray titles, the advantages of iTunes and Internet radio, automatic room correction, speaker placement, tubes versus solid-state electronics, electrostatic versus dynamic speakers, and answers to chat-room questions.
Bob Farinelli, president and CTO of Elan Home Systems, discusses what people need to think about when considering a whole-house A/V system; distributing audio via line level, speaker level, and S/PDIF digital; long HDMI runs; wired vs. WiFi IP distribution; wall-mounted keypads vs handheld remotes; eliminating audio delay in "party mode"; and answers to chat-room questions.
HT senior editor Tom Norton and Stereophile contributing editor Kal Rubinson offer their impressions of the 2010 CEDIA Expo, including interesting products they saw and heard, their favorite audio and video demos, industry trends, and more.
Film and TV composer Jeff Rona talks about the difference between recording music for its own sake and music for movies and TV shows, the use of live musicians and electronic instruments, working in Hans Zimmer's studio, how audio-production technology has changed over the years, his own home-theater system, and answers to chat-room questions.
In his second papearance on Home Theater Geeks, Mark Waldrep, AIX Records' founder, president, and chief engineer, discusses his latest recording sessions in which he captured 3D high-def video as well as high-def audio, his concept of recorded private musical performances as opposed to conventional music and concert videos, high-definition surround music, the equipment he uses to capture and mix HD audio, why he prefers dynamic speakers over electrostatics, and answers to chat-room questions.
Don Stewart, a third-generation owner/partner at Stewart Filmscreen, talks about the company's more than 60-year history, projection-screen basics such as gain and aspect ratios, white vs. gray vs. "black" screens, acoustically transparent screens, curved screens, 3D screens, and answers to chat-room questions.
Home-theater consultant Jeremy Kipnis discusses the gear in his own theater spacedeemed the most expensive and technically complex in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records for the last three yearsas well as his pursuit of absolute accuracy in audio and video reproduction, 4K vs 3D, projection screens, and answers to chat-room questions.
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Update: Photos of the theater added to this post; check 'em out!
Andy Parsons, Senior VP of Advanced Product Development at Pioneer and a spokesman for the Blu-ray Disc Association, discusses the newly finalized 3D Blu-ray spec, 3D technology in general, why Pioneer got out of the plasma business, and more.
Chris Hustonmusician, recording engineer/producer, and acoustical engineershares stories from his incredible life, including growing up in Liverpool with the Beatles, getting arrested in East Germany with his band The Undertakers, having dinner with Charles Manson, and working and hanging out with The Who, Keith Moon, Jimi Hendrix, and other big-name musicians as well as how the art of making records has changed over the years, how the acoustics of recording studios and home listening rooms differ, and answers to chat-room questions.
World-renowned home-theater designer Theo Kalomirakis talks about how he got into the business, the allure of grand movie palaces, the details of some of his spectacular theaters, balancing design and performance, working with interior designers and architects, the importance of lighting in a home theater, perforated vs. non-perforated screens, and answers to chat-room questions.
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Click below to see some photos of Kalomirakis-designed theaters.
Nelson Pass, founder of Pass Labs and legendary do-it-yourself guru, reveals how he got into electronics and discusses his work at ESS with Oskar Heil, co-founding Threshold Electronics, his new venture called First Watt, various DIY amplifier and speaker projects, the importance of the DIY community, the operation of various types of transistors (including the new static-induction transistors), and answers to chat-room questions.