Runco's Chief Product Architect Bob Williams talks about the company's new D-73d dual-engine 3D projector, the three main types of stereoscopic imaging, the difference between linear and circular polarization, LEDs versus lamps as illumination sources, screen issues for 3D projection, the challenges of dual-projector 3D, commercial-cinema 3D, plasma and LCD flat-panel 3D, and answers to chat-room questions.
Jerry Mahabub, founder of GenAudio and inventor of AstoundSound 3D-audio technology, talks about his research in brain imaging and perception as a teenager and how that research led to AstoundSound, how the algorithm works with 2-channel and surround systems, his new recording studio where the soundtrack for benefit short-film We Are the World 25 for Haiti was mixed and encoded with AstoundSound, answers to chat-room questions, and more.
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Update: Now with a link to the YouTube video of the podcast!
Legendary speaker designer Sandy Gross discusses his illustrious career, the process of speaker design, different types of speaker drivers, imaging, the advantages of including powered subs in the main speakers, how GoldenEar manages to create high-quality yet relatively inexpensive speakers, bi-amping, tubes versus solid state amplification, vinyl versus digital audio, "exotic" speaker cables, answers to chat-room questions, and more.
Erik Aadahl, sound designer and supervising sound editor on such movies as Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens, I, Robot, Superman Returns, Valkyrie, and Transformers, talks about the importance of sound in storytelling and the process of sound design, and he shares anecdotes from some of the movies he's worked on. He also takes us on a tour of the Kim Novak Theater at Sony Pictures Studios, where he's working on a blockbuster due to be released this summer, though he couldn't reveal the title.
In this special episode of Home Theater Geeks, Leo Laporte and I visit the Panasonic, JVC, and Sony booths at NAB 2011 to talk about what they're up to in the professional realm and how that impacts the consumer experience.
Rob Sabin, Home Theater's new editor, talks about living on the real Jersey shore, his 25 years in the audio/video publication and installation business, his plans for the magazine and website, the importance of universal remote controls, 3D, streaming content versus Blu-ray, 4K displays, multichannel versus simulated surround, 3D-audio systems, and answers to chat-room questions.
Next3D co-founders David Cole (pictured) and D.J. Roller discuss the problems with current 3D broadcasting and explain how their new technology solves them by encoding 3D images at much lower bitrates, allowing high-quality 3D to be broadcast and streamed online. They also talk about Next3D's VOD (video on demand) streaming service that will offer 3D content exclusively, the company's agreement with Turner Broadcasting to shoot sports in 3D, and answers to chat-room questions.
Ron Williams, imaging consultant and CEO of the Landmark Group, talks about his four decades in the TV and film industries, including the transition from film to ENG (electronic news gathering) as well as from film to digital capture of TV programming, his dislike of LCD displays, OLED and SED flat panels, 3D, 4K, his work on the technical infrastructure for broadcasting the Beijing Olympics, movie piracy in China, digital cinema, and answers to chat-room questions.
Our own Jon Iversonmusician, radio DJ, and web monkey for UltimateAVmag.com, HomeTheater.com, HomeTheaterDesignMag.com, Stereophile.com, and InnerFidelity.comdiscusses the changing media-distribution landscape as we move away from physical media toward online streaming and downloading. He also talks about the advantages of in-home media servers, the problems of copy protection and artificial scarcity, his decision to make his music available for free, answers to chat-room questions, and more.
Barb Gonzalez, aka The Simple Tech Guru, updates her impression of Roku as well as other media-streaming devices and services such as Vudu, Google TV, Apple TV, and the Sony SMP-N100, which has the best picture quality of all, though not the widest selection of content. She also talks about how content providers present different user interfaces and content to different devices, and she explains a new service called Zediva, which streams the playback of actual, physical DVDs to get a jump on the release of streaming movies. Plus answers to chat room questions and more.
Video guru Joe Kane makes his second appearance on the podcast, talking about active and passive 3D technologies and his new "3D flat" test patterns, which reveal exactly what a 3D TV is doing, as well as the importance of evaluating a 3D TV's 2D performanceafter all, a 3D TV actually displays two 2D images, so it had better render 2D well if its 3D has any hope of looking good. He also describes the process of installing his own home theater and answers chat-room questions.
Jeff Murray, president of SpectraCal, discusses the importance of setting a TV's basic picture controls and grayscale calibration, the advantages and pitfalls of color-management systems, the company's VideoForge test-pattern generator and VideoEQ processor, automatic calibration using CalMan software with some of Panasonic's 2011 TVs, where to get educated about video calibration, calibrating 3D TVs, answers to chat-room questions, and more.
Our own Tyll Hertsens, editor-in-chief of InnerFidelity.com, talks about the surprisingly social hobby of headphones, measuring the performance of headphones and how that relates to the subjective experience of listening to them, in-ear versus on-ear versus over-the-ear designs, simulating surround in headphones, how sound levels impact sound quality and hearing safety, noise cancelling, breaking in headphones, answers to chat-room questions, and more.