Monthly Archives: April 2012

Live blog: LG Passive 3D resolution

This morning a shiny 55 inch LG 55LM9600 (the company’s current top of the line model) turned up. I’ve installed it quickly. After doing the physical stuff I made it do a factory default system reset so the TV was … Continue reading

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Constants approximated

Goodness gracious me. XKCD’s author has come up with a list of approximations for all sorts of constants and numerical values using all kinds of unintuitive formulations. For example, he offers as a close (1 part in 25,000) approximation of … Continue reading

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3D: Passive vs Active redux

Trying to make sense out of what a passive 3D TV is doing, and how we as human beings are seeing its results, is not an easy thing to do. It is complicated by changing standards, misunderstandings, the inability to … Continue reading

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It’s official – 3D Olympics! But not for all.

Channel 9 sought a license for a trial broadcast of the 2012 London Olympics in 3D, and ACMA has approved it. The trial begins on 16 July and is open for a month, covering the games which run from 27 … Continue reading

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Scoop: Australia to get free to air Olympics in 3D!

I’ve just been on the telephone to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to ask about whether the 2012 London Olympics, which is being filmed in 3D (using Panasonic equipment, so says Panasonic) will be available on free to … Continue reading

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I’m now translated

My woefully out of of date Dictionary of Home Entertainment has been translated into Finnish (with my permission). See it at

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NAD’s decision

The plot thickens. I have now had the Koupit Lasix v Praze , ahem, pleasure of reading the US Council of Better Business Bureau’s National Advertising Division’s finding in the case of Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. Much of its … Continue reading

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Passive vs Active 3D TVs, revisited

In my post ‘Sorry, but it is half vertical resolution‘ I claimed that my tests support the view that passive 3D TVs, with current technology, provide only half the vertical resolution of active ones. I made reference therein to an … Continue reading

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Samsung to discontinue 3D claims in US

Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, President, DisplayMate Technologies Corporation in the US, has drawn my attention to a finding by the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus in the United States. This body has recommended to … Continue reading

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Two3 many bits used to encode sound? I say yes!

A while back I analysed the lossless audio encoding of a few hundred Blu-ray discs. The aim? To find out how efficient lossless compression of 24 bit audio was compared to 16 bit. The results were not entirely unexpected. The … Continue reading

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