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Cox to broadcast Masters golf tournament in 3D

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

With all the 3D TVs that turned up at CES this year we knew that 3D was going to be big in 2010. The 3D sets are now starting to land at retailers for those so included to purchase. 3D content for TV is also starting to come as well.

Cox has announced that it will be broadcasting the Masters golf tournament in 3D for two hours each day for the duration of the tournament. The cable network will also show a highlight show each day in 3D.

Pegatron shows off Tegra 2 HTPC

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2010

Behold this fresh Pegatron home theater PC powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset. The exterior suggests the glory days of Atari, which we like. There aren’t many details to be had, but we can tell you that this Pegatron HTPC includes HDMI, Ethernet, and microphone and speaker plugs in back.

It should handle 1080p and Flash video easily, running on either Android or Windows CE. No info on price or availability yet, but we’re thinking it has to be $100-$150.

Harman Kardon HKTS 20 and HKTS 30 5.1 speaker systems drop

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

I have used lots of products from Harman Kardon over the years as well as the firms sister company JBL. Harman Kardon makes all sorts of speakers ranging for computer speakers to home theater gear. Most of the stuff tends to be high-end, which means expensive.

Harman Kardon has unveiled a couple new surround sound home theater speaker systems. The new systems include the HKTS 20 and the HKTS 30. The speaker systems are almost identical with lots of the same features including a 200W powered 8-inch subwoofer.

Versus network comes back to DirecTV

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on March 16th, 2010

Last summer I was all set to watch some MMA fights on the Versus network on my DirecTV service. When I went to watch the fights Versus had been pulled from DirecTV and in its place was a page that said Versus wanted too much money and DirecTV pulled the station.

I was not happy. If you were in the same boat, Versus is coming back to DirecTV. DirecTV and Versus have announced that the two firms have settled their differences and the Versus station will come back to all DirecTV packages that had the station before.

Sceptre unveils chrome HDTV that looks really cool

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on March 10th, 2010

Sceptre has been making computer displays and other gear for a while now. The company has TVs in colors that you don’t often see from other makers. The latest offering from Sceptre is a 24-inch HDTV that is covered in shiny chrome.

The set has a 24-inch screen and supports full 1080p resolution. The screen can be used with a PC too supporting resolutions up to 1920 x 1080. Contrast is 4000:1 and the screen has a brightness rating of 300 cd/m2 and a panel response time of 2ms.

Zvox adds digital inputs to new sound bars

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on January 27th, 2010

I am a big movie and home theater fan. If I could find a way to get surround sound speakers in the back of my room without causing a divorce I would. For some of us real surround sound just isn’t an option for many reasons. Thankfully, we can at least get sound bars to get better sound that what the TV offers.

Zvox has a line of sound bars that it has been offering for a while now. The company announced today that it has updated three of its sound bars with digital inputs. The Zvox 575 HSD, 550 HSD, and 430 HSD have all been updated with optical and coaxial digital inputs.

Aperion Home Audio Link breaks cover

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

Getting music from you computer in one room to your home theater or stereo in another can be a challenge. You can carry your notebook into the other room and connect it up some times, but for the most part, you need something wireless for the task.

Aperion Audio has announced a new device called the Home Audio Link system that can stream music from your PC to a home theater system wirelessly. The system plugs into the USB port of your computer on the transmitter end and the receiver plugs into your audio system with RCA cables.

Target unveils TV delivery and install service across the country

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on January 18th, 2010

Everybody needs at least one geek friend. After all, who else are you going to call if your computer won’t work or you need your new TV setup? If you lack a geek friend, you will need to break down and pay someone that works for actual money rather than beer and pizza.

Target has announced a new TV delivery and install service perfect for those without a geek in their friends list. The service will deliver, setup, and train you how to use a HDTV starting at $99. If you want that new TV mounted to the wall it starts at $199.

Boxetti transforming home theater: A big box of ugly

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

We love home theater systems. The large sound and movie experience is awesome. But it can be challenging setting up all of the speakers and the rest of it. The Boxetti Thrill might make things easier, keeping it all in one place. It’s a home theater cabinet from Lithuanian designer Rolands Landsbergs.

When not in use, it looks like an ugly piece of furniture, a washer maybe, but when it’s movie time, it opens up Transformers style to reveal a full home theater rig including speakers and a flat screen TV on a motorized lift. There’s even hidden storage area for your DVDs and Blu-Rays. Problem is it doesn’t get any less fugly.

ZAGGbox up for pre-order

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on January 15th, 2010

I mentioned the Zaggbox media player back in late October 2009. At the time we didn’t have many details on the machine other than it was going to debut at CES 2010 and would be about $1000. Zagg has gone official now with the device and is giving up the goods.

The ZAGGbox is packed with connectivity for connecting to local TVs. It is also designed to stream media to smartphones via UPnP, video Podcasting or a built-in web server. The device will launch along with an iPhone app as well for streaming content.

Luxury green HTPC has retro good looks

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2010

A luxury green HTPC. That’s what we have here. A sexy one at that, what with its sexy styling and all. It comes from Seoul-based designer, Design Hara. It’s green because it has a recyclable chassis, handcrafted cypress wood or rose wood side panels and a front cover made from natural sheep leather.

All of the internal parts are connected using bolts and nuts, which helps make the recyclable e-waste separation process much easier. This HTPC requires only 33% of the energy that its desktop equivalent uses. Some other specs include a Mini-ITX motherboard with HDMI and DVI outputs, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB RAM and a 1TB hard drive.

Tiniest 1080p PC is silent, enjoys Doublemint gum

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2010

Yes HTPCs are getting smaller and smaller. One day soon they will be the size of a flash drive, with flash drives being the size of a pebble. This crazy small PC has a Via EPIA-P820 Pico-ITX motherboard inside, and Via’s AMOS-3001 is the first PC to use it. It has COM ports and two USB ports on the front, and Ethernet, USB, and HDMI ports in back. It measures just 6 inches wide.

The 1.2GHz all-in-one VIA VX855 Media System Processor plays 1080p video as well. And yes the design is fanless, which keeps things silent. No pricing info just yet, but we should know more soon.

Air Keyboard is an awesome HTPC keyboard

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2010

In the world of HTPC keyboards, this one is surely one of the best. It’s the latest version of Cideko’s Air Keyboard and it’s barely larger than your palm, but still gives you full keyboard and mouse control of your home theater PC. It also gives you transport controls for all of your media and the motion sensor moves the mouse cursor as you tilt.

Right now it’s just a prototype. According to Dvice the new rounded styling feels good in the hand and it has convenient earphone and microphone ports. It ships this summer for an unknown price.

Cambridge Consultants unveils whitespace radio

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

TV stations that broadcast on airwaves today each have what’s called whitespace between them. The whitespace is there to keep each broadcast from interfering with the ones next to it. There has been lots of talk about using this whitespace for other uses.

A company called Cambridge Consultants has unveiled a new radio at CES that can use the whitespace to stream HD video and other material around a home. The radio can operate on normal 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi bands and can also operate on the 600Mhz whitespace band between stations.

Sherwood unveils RD-7505N AV receiver with internet connectivity

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on January 5th, 2010

I would like to watch internet content on the TV in my living room, but I don’t want to clutter the space with a PC. I would also like to upgrade my AV receiver to one supporting the HD sound formats the PS3 is capable of. Sherwood has unveiled a new AV receiver that supports HD sound and internet connectivity with no PC.

The device is called the RD-7505N and is compliant with HDMI 1.4 and 7.1 surround sound. The receiver is ready for 3D content, the device has internet connectivity, and users can surf the web using the receivers remote control.