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TVs at CES 2015 go beyond 4K

4K is already old hat. Rapidly falling prices are causing TV makers to push ever more elaborate features — that’s why Quantum Dots, HDR and curved, bendable and ultra-slim sets were so prominent this year. Sarah Tew/CNET   LAS VEGAS — The marketing departments at major TV makers love their buzzwords, and none more than Samsung. …

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Coming Soon: 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Panasonic introduces first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player while Blu-ray Disc Association offers more details on the format at 2015 International CES. Ultra HD TVs are growing in popularly and declining in price, leading to near certainty that 4K will be the standard in TVs (at least in sizes 50 inches and above) over the next few years. However, one of …

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10 Questions to Ask Before Shopping for an HDTV

When it comes to selecting a new HDTV, it’s fair to say there’s no shortage of options. Whether you’re standing in front of a giant wall of TVs at your local brick-and-mortar retailer or staring at a screen full of options on Amazon or Crutchfield, you might quickly feel overwhelmed as you try to figure out which one is the “right” …

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Will Dolby 3D Deliver on the Promise of Glasses-Free 3D?

Every time a research group releases a report about the state of 3DTV, we hear that consumers’ primary complaint about current 3DTVs is the need to wear glasses. A number of manufacturers are working on glasses-free 3DTV (also known as autostereoscopic  3DTV); at CES 2012, I saw glasses-free demos from Toshiba, Sony, and Stream TV (Toshiba …

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Epson Home Cinema 5020UBe LCD Projector Reviewed

Epson is undoubtedly one of the most prolific projector manufacturers in the category, offering a wide range of home entertainment and home theater projectors at entry- to mid-level price points. The Home Cinema 5020UBe is one of the higher-end models from Epson’s 2012/2013 home theater lineup. It’s a THX-certified 3LCD projector with a …

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Middle Atlantic Offers RCS Rack System with Pre-Configured Options

The new Residential Configured Rack System (RCS) from Middle Atlantic Products ships fully assembled with pre-installed accessories to facilitate installations while offering substantial savings in time and money. A smart, cost-effective option for residential installers, RCS Series racks ship with pre-installed shelves, fans, a locking reversible glass …

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Onkyo Releases New Envision Cinema Products

Onkyo aims to bring cinematic sound to listening rooms where space or budget preclude use of a multi-speaker surround-sound setup by introducing two additions to its Envision Cinema line with a new soundbar system and an all-in-one TV-base speaker system. The LS-B50 (soundbar with wireless subwoofer) and LS-T10 combine a multi-channel, multi-speaker …

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Plasma Burn-In: Is It Still a Cause for Concern?

It’s fair to say, TV reviewers love plasma technology … because we love great picture quality. Year in and year out, publications like ours selectplasma TVs as our best-of in the TV category, because plasma TVs usually do a better job than LED/LCDs at reproducing the deepest black levels and best real-world image contrast to render a gorgeous …

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Roku 3 Streaming Media Player

Amidst a crowded field of streaming media players, Roku players consistently find themselves atop the Best-of and Editor’s Choice lists. One glance at the list of available apps, or channels, as Roku prefers to call them, and it’s easy to see why. With over 750 channels to choose from (some for free, others for a fee), Roku far surpasses …

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