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Helios H2000 DVD player upscales video files

Posted in DVD,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on July 23rd, 2007

Helios H2000Consumer electronics company Helios announced today a low cost DVD player which upscales both regular DVDs and also video files in a variety of formats. The new Helios H2000 is set to appear in August for $99.

The Helios H2000 upscales to 1080i resolution DVDs as well as MPEG-4, XviD, DivX and MPEG-2 via component, HDMI and VGA connectivity. The player can also output an unprocessed 480i/576i video signal and allow a TV or external video scaler to do the upscaling. It even includes support for the VobSub subtitle format in case you like to download and play foreign films.

Shanling MC-30 iPod Music Center

Posted in Dock,Home Theater,iPod Accessories by Darrin Olson on July 17th, 2007

SHANLING MC-30 IPOD MUSIC CENTERHere’s an iPod dock that took the design path a little less traveled and it appears the results have turned out nicely. The Shanling MC-30 iPod Music Center combines a CD player, AM/FM tuner, iPod dock and a tube power amp into a compact and sharp looking brushed aluminum frame.

The music center runs by an included remote control but also has volume and input selector knobs concealed in the top of the front leg columns. A blue LED light shows off the disc player and an LCD panel on the front displays current settings. The stereo includes quality components from the likes of Philips and Burr-Brown to put out 3 watts per channel from a tube power amplifier.

If you’re looking for a home stereo that centers on your iPod you’ll probably be the only one on the block with one of these, but …

InFocus Play Big IN82 gives you 1080p drool power

Posted in DLP,Home Theater,InFocus,Projectors by Nino Marchetti on July 10th, 2007

InFoucs Play Big IN82InFocus has long been known as a high end name in the projection market. While focused mainly on business, it has also unveiled over time some consumer products. The newest announced today looks to be the most interesting yet.

The InFocus Play Big IN82 is what InFocus is billing as the its first 1080p DLP home theater projector. It’s the highest performing, single-chip projector of its type in the company’s history, according to InFocus. There’s plenty of great home theatre technology here to keep video projection movie hounds happy, including Texas Instruments DarkChip 3 technology and a contrast ratio which can be adjusted as desired from 4000:1 to 12000:1. Nice!

Denon X-SPACE Surround Bar

Posted in Denon,Home Theater,Speakers by Darrin Olson on July 5th, 2007

Denon introduce DHT-FS3 X-SPACE Surround BarDenon’s launched a new surround sound speaker system that they say will produce great quality surround sound without having to run speaker wire through your walls or resort to so-so quality wireless systems.

The Denon DHT-FS3 X-SPACE Surround Bar is a single bar that puts out 150 watts using six speaker drivers and seven digital amplifiers along with a matching shiny black subwoofer to put out the additional base that the bar alone doesn’t. TechDigest is also reporting that Denon will be launching another piece in September to bring WiFi audio streaming to the speaker system, but until then you can get the X-SPACE surround bar for a little over $1400.

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Hitachi Pushing 60-Inch Plasma, Others

Posted in HDTV,Hitachi,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on June 29th, 2007

HitachiHitachi has been busy this week showcasing their Fall 2007 line up of plasma displays for the masses. These models range in size from 50- to 60-inches and price from around $3,000 to $8,000.

The most impressive of the models Hitachi is preparing is a 60-inch Director’s Series plasma (P60X901). This model, like select others in the new plasma line up, comes loaded with cutting edge viewing technologies. These include, in a nut shell, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 2-million pixels and something the company is calling Reel60. This last feature is designed to “accurately and automatically eliminates the jittery or stuttering visual effect called ‘judder’ which results from outdated methods for 3:2 pulldown correction (i.e. converting from 24 frames used in film to 60 frames used in television).”

I always like other nice touches like stylish looks, a remote control with glow in …

iLuv i199 Home Theater With BluePin

Posted in Bluetooth,Home Theater,iLuv,iPod Accessories by Darrin Olson on June 17th, 2007

iLuv i199 stereo bluetooth player in blackYou’ve probably already guessed with all the i’s prefixing the name of this product that this home multimedia system has some claimed integration with Apple’s iPod player, and it does. In fact the integration the iLuv i199 has with the iPod and other devices is pretty legit and actually useful.

The iLuv provides quality music playback through jAura speakers and can play music from a variety of sources. The top of the device has a universal dock for iPods which will playback songs and charge the device. If you connect the AV out to your television you can even watch videos from your iPod through the iLuv system on your TV.

Probably the most significant feature of the iLuv i199 is the BluePin Bluetooth audio transmitter and receiver. What the BLuePin does is allow you to stream media from other Bluetooth enabled devices …

Forbidden City Ping CD player

Posted in Home Theater by Darrin Olson on June 10th, 2007

Forbidden City Ping CD player from Opera AudioComing toward the end of this month is a new hifi CD player from Opera Audio called the Forbidden City Ping featuring a solid-state 100 watt 2-channel amplifier, and a LED display and an AM/FM tuner. They’ve designed a linear style player with an interesting color pattern that comes in red or gray that almost looks like peg-board.

The interesting part about this hifi CD player/amplifier is it’s a USB 1.1 connection to your computer. Using a SpAct interface through USB the Ping player can play music on you computer hard drive or any other mounted drive, and works with Mac and Windows (English and Japanese versions). The SpAct architecture recovers the audio clock from the USB packet data. This enables the playback on the stereo to happen with low clock jitters in the music.

The price tag for the Forbidden …

Inada W.1 Massage Chair

Posted in Health,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on May 30th, 2007

Inada W.1 Massage ChairHere’s a chair you might find worth adding to your home media room layout. The Inada W.1 Massage Chair, claims its manufacturer, is the world’s first massage chair which synchs music and sound from a home entertainment system with massage.

The chair, which has a built-in amplifier as well as speakers integrated into the head rest, connects to your home entertainment system. It takes the music and sound playing from that system and tries to time the massage to the bass range, while also doing tapping and back vibration for the treble range and leg vibration. It comes complete with up and down buttons to adjust the bass and treble levels and is designed to provide you “deeper mental relaxation.” I’m not sure about that last part though – can you imagine trying to relax as an action scene from a movie like Miami Vice …

Bravia Finally Meets the iPod

Posted in Dock,Home Theater,iPod,Sony by Chetz on April 5th, 2007

Sony Digital Media Port iPod Dock TDM-IP1Two months after releasing its first docking station for Apple’s iPod, Sony is back to show off a new adapter that connects your ‘pod to Bravia home theaters. The Digital Media Port iPod Dock, a.k.a. TDM-IP1, acts as the middleman between the two technology titans, a move that Sony had been putting off for some time.

The sleek black appearance weighs about 220 grams and is 90 x 78 x 65 mm, so it doesn’t take up too much space somewhere close to your TV. The TDM-IP1 is compatible with the more recent iPods (like the first and second generation nanos and the fourth and fifth gen iPods/iPod minis), but does anyone still have an older model kicking around anyway?

Sony has priced the adapter at a penny under $100 which doesn’t make it the cheapest iPod adapter out there, but …

The Star Wars Home Theater Experience

Posted in Home Theater,Star Wars by Chetz on March 14th, 2007

Star Wars home theaterThose of you who are fans of George Lucas’ “Star Wars” saga and feel the need to elevate your home theater experience into the Force, will probably be targeting Nikko Electronics 2.1 speaker system that is shaped like twin TIE Fighters. There’s also a subwoofer unit that bears the distinctive logo of the movie, just in case you have someone over that doesn’t quite get the connection.

The company will exhibit the TIE Speakers at this week’s CeBIT where we’ll probably get prices and availability. Nikko also offers a life-size R2-D2 home projector unit, remote control shaped like the Millennium Falcon and an Anakin Skywalker lightsaber Skype phone so you really could go all-out and deck your pad in a complete “Star Wars” motif. All you need is a Han Solo-encased-in-carbonite piece of art to hang on the wall and you’re all set.

Sony BRAVIA Flat-Panel LCD HDTVs

Posted in HDTV,Home Theater,LCD,Sony,Television by Paul Patterson on March 1st, 2007

Sony BRAVIA High Definition TelevisionsSony has been busy with product announcements this week. The latest announcement from Sony is a new line of seven BRAVIA high-definition televisions.

The BRAVIA televisions come in two series – the 1080p V-series and the 720p S-series. The V-series units include 40- and 46-inch (pictured) screen sizes, while the S-series offers 26-, 32-, 40-, 46-inch models.

The new televisions are compatible with Sony’s new BRAVIA Internet Video Link module which provides access to Internet video, music videos, movie trailers, user generated videos and RSS feeds. The module mounts on the back of the TV and connects to the Internet via broadband Ethernet connection.

The BRAVIA televisions are expected to be available in Summer 2007. The pricing details have not been released.

No Tuxedo Required

Posted in Home Theater,Plasma,Samsung,Television by Chetz on February 28th, 2007

Samsung plasma televisions named after Cannes film festivalSamsung brings some of the glitz and glitter of the Cannes Film Festival to your home with three newly announced plasma screen televisions named after the prestigious French movie party.

The company says that its new PDP image quality delivers brighter screens, richer colors and clearer images using new technological features incorporated into the Cannes line. For example, the Ultra DayLight component delivers a contrast ratio of 1000:1 in brightly lit rooms and 15000:1 in dimmed environments. The reproduction of natural colors is improved with Natural True Color Technology which processes reds, blues and greens with faster 18 bit speed processing. Finally, the Real Motion Studio technology sharpens the image on-screen, making letters and hard outlines less blurry.

That sounds all well and good but the bottom line is how much will it cost? Samsung is going to launch three sizes …

Seven New Sonys

Posted in Home Theater,Sony by Chetz on February 28th, 2007

Sony Electronics released new stereo systems to retail in MarchSony Electronics has plans to release seven new home theater systems to retail starting in March, with three of them specifically tailored to complement its Bravia line of TVs.

The DAV-HDX500 ($500), DAV-HDX267W ($300), DAV-HDX265 ($300) BRAVIA models combine a DVD player/changer with HDMI output with 720p/1080i video upscaling, a Digital Media Port that allows WiFi and Bluetooth devices connectivity to the system, and Bravia Theater Sync, making it easier for each component to talk to each other over HDMI. Sony is also installing Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC) in each unit, allowing you to balance your multi-channel surround sound setup with the use of an included microphone.

If you have a Bravia TV already and want your system to compliment its style, your best bet is probably the HDX500 which matches the look and height of …

Home Stereo with HDD, Ethernet, USB and AnyMusic

Posted in Digital Audio,Home Theater by Darrin Olson on February 9th, 2007

Onkyo Home stereo with anymusicOnkyo has released a new compact home stereo system that’s designed to integrate nicely with your digital music collection. The Onkyo BR-NX10 also has Sony’s AnyMusic service built in.

The Onkyo home stereo holds an 80GB hard drive to store digital music, and with the CD player it allows playing or ripping of the audio disks to the hard drive. This device also has a USB port to transfer files from a PC and an Ethernet port to connect to the internet. Once connected users can browse, purchase and download songs from Sony’s AnyMusic.

An FM Stereo tuner to allow recording the radio would be a nice feature in this package, however we didn’t notice any controls or features for FM radio. The BR-NX10 from Onkyo is expected to retail for about €600 (~$780 USD).

Onkyo via Akihabara News

LG HDTV’s With Built In Hard Drive

Posted in HDTV,Home Theater,LG,Television by Darrin Olson on February 6th, 2007

LG HDTV with built in hard driveLG has some new HDTV’s coming your way with a nice built in feature. The new XCanvas high def televisions almost negate the need for a DVR by housing a built in hard drive.

We’ve seen LCD and plasma televisions with built in DVD players, but we seem to like this even better. Using an internal 160GB hard drive, high definition television and movies can be recorded and played back at a later date, even in a dual picture mode similar to having two tuners.

Your might soon start to wonder just how much high def TV the 160 HDD can hold, but have no fear. The new LG XCanvas televisions come with a USB port to transfer the media in or out, although we’re not sure of the format at this point.

These new hard drive toting TV’s also come with the …