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MIX Wireless Mini HTPC Keyboard Mouse

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2011

The MIX Wireless Mini HTPC keyboard mouse is a palm-sized 2.4GHz RF wireless keyboard which only needs batteries and a free USB port to operate. So obviously it makes a good choice for HTPC use.

The device features an optical touchpad, so you can interact more easily with your operating system and it will operate from within 10 meters of range. The device measures just 109mm x 59mm x 18mm and weighs just 93 grams.

Star Wars home theater is awesome

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2011

This Star Wars themed home theater can be found in Hawaii, not some Star Destroyer out in space. We’re talking 10,000 square feet. It is a vision of geek heaven. It has flat panel TVs, futuristic touchscreen remotes, a life sized R2-D2 and C-3PO, and other Star Wars stuff everywhere.

It looks just like the inside of a Star Wars spaceship, with awesome blue lighting and acoustic panels on the walls that look like spaceship doors. In this room you don’t just watch Star Wars, you live it. It has to be said though: If you take away the blue lighting, it almost looks like a Star Trek Bridge.

Veho Mimi all-in-one HTPC controller looks like a gamepad

Posted in Home Theater by Reuben Drake on March 7th, 2011

Is your home theater still using the old mouse and keyboard combo? Well Veho has announced the “Mimi wifi Keyboard & Air Mouse with game controller.” It looks like an Xbox 360 gamepad controller, but this one has everything you want in an all-in-one computer-controller.

It features a motion sensor to control the mouse, separate buttons for left and right clicking and a range of about 33 feet. It’s compatible with both Windows and Mac via a USB dongle, but the customizable buttons will only work on a Microsoft OS machine. It will cost you about 150 dollars (or £90).

Runco outs crazy expensive projectors costing more than some homes

Posted in Home Theater,Projectors by Shane McGlaun on September 23rd, 2010

When it comes to home theaters you can have the average mans set up with a nice big screen TV and surround sound. Then you can have the high-end rich home theater gurus set up with sound like the theater and a projector that can blind astronauts on the ISS as it passes over your house.

Runco has unveiled a couple new projectors that are aimed squarely at the rich people wanting the best and having the loot to pay for it. The two new projectors are the Runco SC-50d and the SC-60d. They are the top of the line from Runco and are custom built. The projectors have dual lamps and support 3D content with active or passive systems.

GefenTV launches Auto Volume Stabilizer to quiet those commercials

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on August 24th, 2010

I really hate it when I am watching something that isn’t on the DVR and I have to watch commercials. I hate it even more when those commercials are ten times louder than the show I was trying to watch to start with. GefenTV has a new device called the Auto Volume Stabilizer.

The little device connects inline between your source device like a Blu-ray player or set-top box and your audio system. It has analog and digital inputs on the rear and adjusts the volume to consistent levels without you ever realizing it is doing it. At least that is what GefenTV claims.

Sceptre entertainment centers are easy to build

Posted in Home,Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on August 17th, 2010

I once volunteered to build some of those desks that you have to construct out of all the little pieces of MDF and tons of screws and cam locks. I have also built my share of entertainment centers from the same stuff before. They are all a massive pain and take forever to finish.

Sceptre is a company we have talked about before and is best known for its cheap and cool LCD TVs and computer screens. Sceptre has announced that it will be getting into the entertainment center furniture business with a line of assembly required offerings needing no tools to build.

EFO iPazzPort HTPC Keyboard looks like a BlackBerry

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on August 8th, 2010

This EFO iPazzPort keyboard looks a lot like a BlackBerry. A rare Albino Blackberry. This is the third generation model and as such adds on function keys that can be used during bootup (You know, the old “Hit F1 to enter BIOS”), dedicated keys for playing and pausing etc, and a laser pointer.

There is also of course the convenient QWERTY keyboard. It can be yours for just $45. It won’t make calls.

Gorilla Glass coming to HDTV market to protect against Wii Remotes

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on August 2nd, 2010

Corning has been offering Gorilla Glass for years but the stuff has only become common in the mobile market over the last few years. We typically see Gorilla Glass used for smartphone screens like the iPhone 4.

Corning has announced that starting next year Gorilla Glass will find a new market. The glass will be used to protect HDTVs from scratches and breakage. This is great news for Wii players who won’t have to worry as much about killing the TV.

Redbox adds Blu-ray rentals to some kiosks

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on July 30th, 2010

Back early in June I mentioned that rumors were going around that Redbox would be offering Blu-ray movie rentals for $1.50 per night. Redbox has now come out and made the Blu-ray rentals official.

Redbox has added Blu-ray titles to 13,300 of its kiosks across the country. The company says that all 23,000 of the kiosks will have Blu-ray rentals by the fall. The flicks will rent for $1.50 per night.

Onkyo HT-S7300 and HT-S6300 3D Home Theater in a Box

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on July 11th, 2010

If you don’t want to buy your home theater by piecing together parts, you may want to try a packaged home theater in a box. In that case Onkyo is here to help. Onkyo has put together a couple of new 3D-ready Home Theater in a Box setups: The Onkyo HT-6300 and HT-7300.

Both come with four 3D-ready HDMI 1.4a inputs and handle upscaling to 1080p via the Faroudja DCDi Cinema processor. The difference comes down to the HT-7300 swapping the front speakers for a pair of 41-inch tall floor-standing speakers with dual woofers.

Eminent iTrio connects two HDMI devices wirelessly

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on April 19th, 2010

I like my home theater, but I hate all the wires behind the entertainment center. It would be even worse if I were trying to hang the TV on the wall. A company called Eminent has announced a new device called the iTrio that wirelessly streams HDTV content.

The system has a sender and a receiver and can stream video from two different HDMI sources. That means you can use it for your PS3 and your cable box that connect via HDMI. The device can stream full 1080p resolution feeds.

Dish unveils awesome VIP 922 DVR with Slingbox built-in

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on April 8th, 2010

I love my DVR, but the worst thing about it is that it only has a 20GB HDD and I can’t do anything with the programs I record other than watch them on the TV. Dish Network has announced a new DVR that frees your content and hold lots more of it.

The new DVR is called the VIP 922 and the thing has Slingbox tech built-in. Slingbox tech inside the DVR is a first and should let you shoot that content to your PC for viewing and possibly to other devices as well.

College sports fans can get new HDTVs in collegiate livery

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on April 7th, 2010

I am not a college sports fan at all, but I know a few people who live and die by the scores of their favorite college teams. If you are one of these sports fans that wants everything in the team colors RCTView.com has your new TV.

The company has some licensed collegiate HDTVs that sport team mascots and logos form several major schools in Florida. The sets are available with logos for the Florida State Seminoles, Florida Gators, Miami Hurricanes, and University of Central Florida Knights.

Sanus Systems offers cheap and easy HDTV wall mount needing no stud

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on April 1st, 2010

I once wanted to wall mount a HDTV in my bedroom until I found out that there were no studs where the wife wanted it and she couldn’t move the set over a foot without “ruining the room.” If you have found yourself in a similar spot, Sanus Systems has a new wall mount that is perfect for you.

The mount is a freestanding unit that puts your TV up in the air on the wall, but doesn’t need a stud to mount. The legs of the stand support the weight of the TV. There are two models including the FS56 for screens up to 56″ and the FS46 for up to 46″ sets.

Integra ships 9-channel DTA-70.1 amp for home theater

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on March 31st, 2010

I like home theater stuff, but I don’t have tons of high-end gear in my entertainment center. I wouldn’t spend thousands on an amplifier for instance to get sound that was better.

If you are serious about your home theater, Integra has a new amp that is made with quality components at a price you might not expect. The DTA-70.1 has 150W of power on each of its 9-channels and is THX-Ultra2 certified.