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Gefen offers surround sound speakers that are big on price for those small on space

Posted in Gefen by Shane McGlaun on August 11th, 2010

OK, so we all know that home theater isn’t exactly a cheap thing to get into. That is assuming something other than the cheap and bad sounding gear from your local Walmart is on the menu. When you are trying to get surround sound into a small space things can be ever more tricky.

Gefen has unveiled a new set of surround sound speakers for people wanting to outfit a small space. The speakers are called the GefenTV Conference Room Speakers and the kit includes five identical satellites. The system lacks a subwoofer because Gefen says the system is for fidelity not bass.

Gefen wireless HDMI extender streams uncompressed 1080p HD video to HDTVs

Posted in Gefen by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2010

Gefen has released a new wireless HDMI video/audio 60GHz extender that allows uncompressed full HD 1080p video to be transmitted wirelessly from the source to HDTVs. You get both a receiver and sender, featuring multimedia antenna technology that allows the 1080p HD video signal to be sent over a maximum distance of 30 feet.

The LEDs in front let you know what’s going on with power status, pairing activity and the strength of the wireless signals. The system supports CEC protocols and allows you to upgrade the firmware via an RS232 serial port. An IR remote is included.

Gefen Unveils 5.1 Surround-to-Stereo Signal Converter

Posted in Gefen by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2009

Gefen Unveils 5.1 Surround-to-Stereo Signal ConverterGefen, the company known for their signal switchers and converters, has announced the GefenTV Digital Audio Decoder, which remixes 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround audio for stereo (L/R) outputs. What this means is that the unit lets any movie or television program broadcasting in 5.1 Dolby digital audio to be decoded, and output on a pair of analog speakers.

This will give two-channel stereo systems the ability to convey some of the same surround sound information as a proper 5.1 system, but without the artificialness that usually accompanies such enhancement.

Gefen adds new HDMI switchers to lineup

Posted in Gefen by Shane McGlaun on November 5th, 2008

GefenTV  SwitcherI have a problem with the amount of HDMI inputs offered on most of the HDTV sets available today. Typically, you only get three HDMI connections and some TVs offer even less. That means for users with multiple game consoles with HDMI, Satellite boxes, Blu-ray players or an Apple TV you end up manually changing cables frequently.

Gefen has added a pair of new HDMI switchers to its line at different ends of the price scale that will remedy this situation. The GefenTV Multi Format Switcher retails for $499 and offers the ability to send composite, component, and s-video devices to the TV with one HDMI port needed. The device supports full 1080p resolution.

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Gefen brings PVRs to CES

Posted in CES 2008,DVR,Gefen by Nino Marchetti on January 5th, 2008

gefen-pvr.jpgGefen announced to the press via an email a few days ago its upcoming CES line up. Amongst the cables, switchers and other line items we noted something of interest: two personal video recorders. No specific release date was given for the items, now available for pre-order, but we did note there’s a hard drive based PVR for around $1,000 and a USB memory device based one for around $650.

Gefen’s HD-PVR, which will also connect to removable USB memory devices for storage, has a built-in 80GB hard drive. With this you connect the PVR to an HDMI enabled display, select the video source and function you want from the source inputs and off you go recording. Recording can be done up to 1080i and there’s an on-screen menu for control options. Through this PVR you can also scan storage devices for other types of media to interact with.

Gefen delivers new HD video scaling device

Posted in Gefen,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on December 11th, 2007

Gefen Home Theater Scaler PlusNot all home theater systems, especially older ones, have video upscaling as a feature in either the DVD player or A/V receiver. For those people Gefen has announced its new Home Theater Scaler Plus, priced at around $500.

The Gefen Home Theater Scaler Plus scales video signals to high resolutions ranging from 480i to 1080p, converting analog signals to digital. It comes equipped with with inputs for component video with left/right audio, composite/s-video with left/right audio, and two HDMI inputs each with digital TOSlink and S/PDIF audio. There’s also HDMI output and the video scaler is HDCP compliant.

Gefen USB extender gives 100 times more distance

Posted in Gefen,Networking,USB by Darrin Olson on October 18th, 2007

Gefen USB 400FO USB extender can boost USB device signal up to 500 metersGone are the days of having your USB devices tethered within the standard 5 meter limit of a USB cable. The Gefen USB 400FO USB extender kit uses fiber optics with full USB 2.0 standard compatibility to stretch the reach of not just one but four USB connections up to 1,650 feet or 500 meters.

The kit comes with two externally powered boxes, the send unit (USB 400FOS) and the receive unit (USB 400FOR). Your computer connects up to four USB cables to the sender unit which sends the signal as far as 500 meters to the receiver unit where it gets converted back to a USB connection to power your RC Car or Missile Launcher from almost a third of a mile away.

Gefen wireless USB device extends connectivity

Posted in Gefen,USB by Nino Marchetti on October 10th, 2007

Gefen Wireless USB ExtenderHow would you like to be able to use select USB devices a good distance away from your computer? That’s the idea behind the new Gefen Wireless USB Extender, priced at around $400.

The Gefen Wireless USB Extender makes use of a sender/receiver system to wirelessly transmit USB 2.0 signals up to 100 feet away. Gefen says it’s an ideal solution for those in particular who don’t want to run USB cables around the area. It requires no installation of USB drivers and can reportedly deliver data at speeds up to 54 Mbps.