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.
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.
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.
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.
Audio legend Bob Carver tells stories from his more than 35 years as an audio designer, including his first amp built into a coffee can that the McIntosh Amp Clinic could not drive into clipping, beating the amp challenge issued to Stereophile and other publications, sonic holography, long-throw subwoofers, ribbon speakers, and answers to listener questions.
S1Digital founder Paul Heitlinger talks about computers as media sources; cable, over-the-air, and satellite TV on a media-center PC; multizone streaming and using the Xbox 360 as a client device; Blu-ray and media-center PCs; what you need to build your own MCPC, and answers to chat-room questions.
David Abrams, video calibrator extraordinaire and president of Avical Video System Specialists, reveals what he's doing for HBO and discusses the importance of basic setup and full calibration, the diffrences between calibrating CRTs and today's technology, calibrator training, THX-certified displays, and answers to many other listener questions.
The inimitable Michael Fremer, senior contributing editor for Stereophile and contrinbuting editor for Home Theater, waxes rhapsodic about the value of vinyl records, his work as soundtrack supervisor on the original Tron movie, answers to listener questions, and more.
Hollywood stereographers Greg Le Duc and Dave Gregory talk about their work shooting 3D video for AIX Records' latest sessions, what makes good and bad 3D, how filmmakers can avoid giving viewers eye strain and headaches, screen size, 2D-to-3D conversion, whether or not 3D enhances the movie experience, and answers to listener questions.
Audyssey CTO Chris Kyriakakis explains his company's MultEQ room correction, Dynamic EQ tone correction, Dynamic Volume loudness leveler, DSX soundfield expander, and more, including answers to listener questions.
Tom Norton, Senior Editor and Video Technical Editor of Home Theater magazine and contributor to UAV, celebrates 20 years working for Stereophile and its sibling publications, talks about his ongoing Blu-ray player tests as reported on UAV, answers listener questions about 3D, four-color displays, OLED, and more.
Our own Jon Iverson—audiophile, recording musician, and web monkey for UltimateAVmag.com, HomeTheatermag.com, and Stereophile.com—discusses LPs vs. CDs, data and dynamic-range compression, music servers, digital-to-analog converters, objective measurements vs. subjective impressions in reviews, blind audio testing, and more.
Rick Dean, senior vice president of THX and chairman of the 3D@Home Consortium, talks about the state of 3D technology today, 3D broadcasting, home vs theatrical 3D, the lack of 3D standards, THX video certification, THX Optimizer, Media Director, and more.
Alan Kraemer, CTO of SRS Labs, discusses live vs. reproduced audio, psychoacoustics and taking how we hear into account in audio processing, the advantages of "front-rendered surround" over discrete multichannel surround, upcoming SRS technologies, and more.
Sensio CTO Etienne Fortin talks about the process of creating, encoding, delivering, and decoding 3D content as well as Sensio's 3D codec, 3D movies, one reason why active-shutter glasses are so expensive, and more.