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Sony VAIO TP1 Living Room PC

Posted in Home Theater,PCs,Sony by Paul Patterson on January 29th, 2007

Sony VAIO TP1 Living Room PCSporting a spherical form factor measuring 10.63″ in diameter and 3.58″ high, the Sony VAIO TP1 Living Room PC is a bold new approach to home PC design. Promoted as a “Living Room PC”, the TP1 was made to blend with your home decor and allow you to surf the web and watch live and pre-recorded TV shows from the comfort of your sofa.

The TP1 comes equipped with a matching wireless keyboard and remote control. The lightweight keyboard was designed to fit on your lap and has a built-in touchpad with hot buttons that launch your frequently used applications.

Frequently accessed features such as the optical drive, USB ports and multi-card reader are located on the front of the PC, hidden behind a curved slide-away panel, while constantly-connected terminals are hidden from sight on the back of the unit.

Specifications
The TP1 features Windows Vista …

Bang & Olufsen Release BeoLab 9 Loudspeakers

Posted in Bang & Olufsen,Home Theater,Speakers by Darrin Olson on January 20th, 2007

Bang & Olufsen Beolab 9 SpeakersIn the quest for superior sound quality combined with superior designs, the BeoLab line of loudspeakers from Bang & Olufsen often times will end the search, for a price.

Bang & Olufsen has recently released the BeoLab 9 loudspeaker, which is the latest in their line of high-end speakers, and the fourth offered with their Acoustic Lens Technology for treble sounds. The lens sits on top of the speaker in a specially shaped housing which distributes the treble in an 180 degree arc, and limits it’s exposure to echoing from the floor and ceiling. The BeoLab 9 speaker also has a manual position switch which changes the sound based on it’s position in the room. Placing the speaker in an open area, a corner or against a flat wall can be accommodated without sound compromise.

The look of these high-end speakers gives it …

IntelliTouch Wireless Speakers for iPod

Posted in Home Theater,iPod,News,Speakers by Chetz on January 7th, 2007

IntelliTouch Eos Wirless Speakers for iPodToday IntelliTouch announced its new Eos wireless speaker system for the Apple iPod. The speaker system uses WiFi technology to provide high-quality sound to the remote speakers.

The system comes with a docking station for the iPod which includes built-in speakers, and one additional wireless speaker. More wireless remote speakers can be purchased and added on separately. Each remote speaker can be mounted directly on a power outlet or set on a counter top with a cord to be powered.

The wireless connectivity for the speakers can transfer the sound up to 150 feet away, through walls and works indoors or outdoors. There is also a wireless accessory for a weatherproof outdoor amplifier with it’s own volume control to run the sound off of existing outdoor weatherproof speakers.

IntelliTouch expects the Eos iPod speaker system to be available in March of this year retailing …

Siren Screamer Bridges PC and Stereo

Posted in Accessories,Digital Audio,Home Theater by Chetz on January 4th, 2007

Siren ScreamerA common problem with digital music is that it sits on your PC. Sure you can listen to it with headphones or transfer it to DAP, but what if you want to play it on that kick-butt stereo system that you have?

Well, your in luck. There are a number of ways you can get your digital music to come through your stereo, but the Siren Screamer may be one of the easier and more convenient ones. Connect on component to your stereo, and the other to the USB port of your PC. The music is transmitted wirelessly from your PC to your stereo, and you can control it with a handy remote, to boot.

The remote has an LCD display and can run Windows Media Player and iTunes to control the playback, all without wires. The receiving unit connected to the stereo uses has …

Epson MovieMate 30s Portable Projector Combo

Posted in Epson,Home Theater by Paul Patterson on December 24th, 2006

Epson MovieMate 30sThe Epson MovieMate 30s is a portable projector, CD/DVD player, and speakers all in one unit. You can take the MovieMate with you anywhere to enjoy a widescreen performance – in your living room or your backyard. The MovieMate is perfect for sporting events, watching home movies, or video games.

The MovieMate can project directly on any white wall to create an 80-inch to 12-foot image. You can project an 80″ widescreen image from 6’6″ away and a 12′ image from 12′ away (16:9). Featuring offset lens shift functionality, you can align the image even if the unit is not aligned with the screen or wall.
Epson MovieMate 30s
The MovieMate also includes an integrated Progressive Scan DVD/CD player that reads multiple formats, two built-in 10W speakers, and remote control. It works with satellite and cable TV receivers, video gaming devices, …

Seura Television Mirror

Posted in Home,Home Theater by Quagmire on December 5th, 2006

Seura Television Mirror
The Television Mirror from Séura uses a specially formulated mirror designed exclusively for LCD TV’s that can be discreetly hidden when the display is turned off.

The Seura Mirrors come in two product lines: the Premier Series and the Enhanced Series. The Premier HDTV Series TV mirrors are designed for larger rooms and feature 32″, 37″, 45″ and soon 60″ liquid crystal displays that include a widescreen HDTV tuner with CableCARD technology. The EDTV Enhanced Series features 15″ or 20″ liquid crystal displays and are better suited for smaller rooms such as a bathroom, kitchen, or home gym.

Both product lines are available in recessed or surface-mounted configurations. The recessed models blend nicely into the wall, giving the illusion that the TV is simply a mirror. The surface-mounted units mount on a wall like a painting or picture and feature side panels that can be finished …

Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote

Posted in Home Theater,Logitech by Quagmire on December 4th, 2006

Logitech Harmony 890Imagine a world in which you control all your home entertainment and advanced lighting systems using only one remote. Such a world could be yours with the Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote. The Harmony 890 allows you to wirelessly control your home entertainment system without direct line-of-sight to the components.

The Harmony 890 uses both radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) wireless signals to control the parts of your home-entertainment system that may be hidden behind walls or cabinet doors. The 890 breaks the line-of-site barrier by sending RF commands to a wireless A/V bridge receiver. The receiver serves as a bridge by converting RF signals to IR commands, and then broadcasts infrared signals to the components allowing you to achieve true wireless bliss.
Logitech Harmony 890 Screen
Programming the 890 is easy; just connect the remote to your …

Sharp SD-SP10 1-Bit Virtual Surround Sound System

Posted in Home Theater,Sharp by Paul Patterson on December 3rd, 2006

Sharp SD-SP10Surround sound systems don’t always need to be complicated and the Sharp SD-SP10 Virtual Surround Sound System is a great example of such a system. The SD-SP10 incorporates a simple, two-component design that takes just minutes to set up and gives you many options for setup with rooms of varying shapes and sizes.

Sharp’s 1-Bit audio technology makes the most out of this minimalist home theater system. The 2.1 Channel Home Theater System simulates 5.1 Channel Surround Sound from just one speaker box.

Sharp incorporates two technologies to create and enhance the virtual surround sound experience. The Dolby Virtual Speaker delivers 5.1 surround sound by using a unique digital signal processing technology and with the Audistry by Dolby technology you can customize your sound depending on your personal preferences.

The slender profile and small footprint of the SD-SP10 offer many flexible setup options and there is …

Epson Pro Cinema 1080p Home Theater Projector

Posted in Epson,Home Theater,Projectors by Quagmire on December 1st, 2006

Epson 1080p Projector
This is the recently introduced PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080p Home Theater Projector from Epson America. The Pro Cinema 1080p is engineered to fully utilize the benefits of the 1080p high definition video signal by taking advantage of some exclusive technologies developed by Epson.

Epson develops and manufactures most of the major technologies that go into its line of projectors and who better than Epson to integrate all of those technologies into one cohesive system. These technologies include:

Epson’s C2 Fine 3LCD Technology – A three-chip high definition system that produces full-time color with dramatically higher contrast ratios.
Epson’s 1080Perfect Video Processing – Reproduces images without noise and artifacts, while maintaining the full integrity of the signal.
Epson Absolute Black Technology – Helps to deliver dramatically high contrast ratios (up to 12,000:1) adding depth to images for the most captivating scenes possible.
Epson is unique among projector manufacturers …

Saitek iFreedom Speakers – Wireless From Your Music Player

Posted in Bluetooth,Home Theater,Speakers by Chetz on November 17th, 2006

Saitek iFreedom Bluetooth SpeakersMP3 players are great because they allow you to easily and conveniently have music wherever you go, but what if you want to share your music? Your options are usually to either split your headphones to share with someone, or you can dock your player to play the music through a bigger system with speakers.

iFreedom from Saitek let’s you share your music wirelessly from your MP3 player through this portable, battery powered set of speakers. It has a little transmitter that hooks up to your player via USB or 3.5mm cable connection. The transmitter will transmit your music to the portable speakers from up to 10 meters away via Bluetooth technology. The MP3 player (namely targeting an iPod I’m guessing from the name of the gadget) can then control the song you are playing (obviously) and the volume of the speakers. The …

BenQ W10000 1080p HD Digital Projector

Posted in BenQ,Home Theater by Quagmire on November 16th, 2006

BenQ W10000
The BenQ W10000 is BenQ’s first foray into the 1080p HD digital projector market. This projector is a serious upgrade for any home theater zealot and takes BenQ’s projector lineup to a whole new level.

The W10000 home cinema projector features BenQ’s proprietary Senseye technology and a 10000:1 contrast ratio with native 1920 x 1080 resolution. Other features include:

1,200 ANSI lumens
Advanced Continuous Electronic IRIS – Increases the contrast ratio to 10000:1 while optimizing light intensity for bright and dark scenes
DarkChip3 DMD chipset – DMD helps to decrease the scattering of light and significantly boosts image contrast for dark scenes with a high resolution projection lens to provide the best possible image performance.
A broad selection of application modes including cinema mode, home theater mode, family room mode, photo mode and gaming mode, providing instant settings for various applications.
Features a whisper quiet design that is able …

JVC HDD/DVD/MiniDV Recorder

Posted in Digital Video,Home Theater,JVC by Darrin Olson on November 5th, 2006

JVC DR-DX5S HDD/DVD/MiniDV Video RecorderThis is a really cool video recorder from JVC with triple action recording for HDD, DVD and MiniDVD. The device can record in multiple formats, including MiniDV, HDD, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and DVD-R, and it can play almost every popular format currently out there. The list of playable formats for the DR-DX5S from JVC include the same recording formats already listed along with CD, SVCD, VCD, CD-R/RW, WMA, MP3, and JPEG digital still images.

The video recorder records it’s data to an internal 250 GB hard drive and features 6-way dubbing, a bit-rate optimizer and high speeding dubbing up to 64x. Also,this device has a MiniDV deck built right in. Another pretty cool feature is the comprehensive remote, which has a lot of functionality and is probably too big to get lost in the cushion of the couch.

The JVC DR-DX5S is a great …

Yamaha YSP-1 Digital Sound Projector

Posted in Home Theater,Yamaha by Quagmire on November 1st, 2006

Yamaha YSP-1

The Yamaha YSP-1 Digital Sound Projector is the home theater system for those people looking for a device with great sound, a slender footprint, and simple setup and control.

Not all home theater rooms are designed the same and placement of speakers can often be a difficult task. Since the Digital Sound Projector consists of a single component measuring 40-9/16″ W x 7-3/4″ H x 4-5/8″ D and weighing 28.7lbs there are many more placement options. The Sound Projector can be positioned in the front center, the front corners of the room, table mounted or even placed next to, or on top of, your video display.

Although the Sound Projector is a single component, there are actually 42 speaker drivers inside that project precisely focused sound for an optimum surround sound effect. This effect is achieved through multiple small speakers, each with its own digital amplifier, combined …

Crestron Isys – One Remote to Rule Them All

Posted in Home,Home Theater,Remotes by Darrin Olson on October 28th, 2006

Crestron TPMC 10 Wireless RemoteThis WiFi touch panel from Crestron could quite possibly be the ultimate cool wireless remote control to run everything in your home. Imagine with a touch of a button, the Plasma TV, Stereo and DVD player all turn on, the window curtain goes shut and the lights dim.

This little tablet PC like device actually has Windows XP embedded as the operating system, and has applications on the device for browsing the web, watching streamed media, VoIP and remote desktop to your PC. Wow.

This remote control is a touch screen at 8.4″ with a resolution of 800×600 along with some handy dedicated softkey navigation buttons, a stylus, built in fingerprint scanner for security (you don’t mess with another man’s entertainment system), Bluetooth and has docking stations that can mount on a desk or on the wall when you aren’t carrying it around.

This …

ZVOX 325 Single-Cabinet Audio System

Posted in Home Theater by Quagmire on October 28th, 2006

ZVOX 325Those people looking for a great-sounding alternative to bulky multi-speaker packages have a new option to consider in the ZVOX 325 sound system. The ZVOX 325 is a single-cabinet audio system with performance rivaling expensive, highly-complicated home theater systems.

The 325 is a self-contained, self-powered one-box speaker system which features an amplifier, speakers, a built-in subwoofer, and virtual surround sound processing. The new system sports a new amplifier design, improved subwoofer, high-performance speakers, and PhaseCue virtual surround technology all in a 17″ wide footprint.
As the popularity of flat-panel TVs continues to grow, people will also need to upgrade their sound systems. This system is a great alternative for those people who want to keep with the minimalist design of their flat-panel TVs.
The ZVOX 325 can also be used to listen to your portable music player. Just plug the player into the front …