Category Archives: Testing

The (black) magic of HDMI

Weird evening. I want to measure the frequency responses of some sound bars with a focus on the bass end. First problem, my M-Audio Fast Track Pro microphone pre-amp/DAC won’t work. My recording software tells me that there’s an incompatible … Continue reading

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Efficiency

I’ve just installed Samsung’s new top of the line 64 inch plasma. Looks like it’s a pretty good TV, but the reason I’m writing this is simple: I did it all by myself, fairly easily. This mighty beast, even though … Continue reading

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Do you have a recent full HD Samsung TV?

If so, can you do me a favour? A number of Samsung TVs I’ve reviewed lately are unable to apply the ‘Screen Fit’ aspect ratio to HDTV. But that might be due to all the 1080i stations in Canberra broadcasting … Continue reading

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Beware the expert

There are advantages to old-fashioned analog music, according to some audiophiles. “There is a fuller sound to it, and more depth to the sound,” said Ryan Holiday, the New Orleans-based marketing director for American Apparel. He’s a new devotee of … Continue reading

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It all depends on the model: further on LG passive 3D

Well, there I was, once again incorrectly, thinking that the whole matter of passive 3D was settled. A couple of weeks ago I established, I think, that the current top of the line LG TV, the 55LM9600, uses two different … Continue reading

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Do manufacturers listen to their home theatre receivers?

I’ve just drafted yet another review of yet another home theatre receiver which, goddam it, buggers up the sound! The reason? Supposedly clever sound processors from third party suppliers. With this one it was Dolby Volume. With another couple I’ve … Continue reading

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It’s all about the context

In a post a couple of days ago I showed how easily the perception of colour can be shifted. The same applies the sense of lightness or darkness. Here is one manipulated position of the ‘Koffka Ring’. What’s interesting here … Continue reading

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Details, 3D details

In comments Gregory suggested that a proper test for resolution of 3D systems might involve such things as the perceptibility of really small text. I agree entirely. And apparently such tests have been done. These are recounted to some extent … Continue reading

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Deceived by your eyes

In the previous post I developed some test patterns which I claimed consisted of pixel-wide red lines and green blue lines. To make things clearer, I tripled their size on the screen so that you could see the alternate lines. … Continue reading

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Passive 3D test patterns – working out how things work

So, in a rush on Friday I claimed that the new LG TV I was reviewing delivered its 3D signal in a particular way. I should specify my method. First: an assumption. Necessarily my tests were conducted by providing the … Continue reading

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