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Walmart offers deals on HDTVs for Super Bowl

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on January 26th, 2009

Samsung 32-inch HDTVLast weekend may have been rough on football fans that have spent the last few months feasting on the glut of weekend football games. The last big game for the season will be played next weekend and it’s the big game — the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl is a big deal to many sports fans and means that each year many football fans go all out on parties to watch the big game. Usually these parties center on lots of food and a big screen TV to watch the action.

Nielsen says 5.7% of U.S. homes still not ready for digital transition

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on January 23rd, 2009

Nielsen LogoAnyone who watches TV has to have seen the constant public service announcements and ads that are talking about the digital transition happening next month. Despite the tons of commercials, many homes in America who watch over-the-air broadcasts have yet to get a converter box.

Nielsen reports that 6.5 million homes across the U.S. are still not ready for the transition. This is despite the fact that coupons for free or greatly reduced price converters have been available for a year or more.

Blockbuster and Sonic Solutions Team Up for Digital Movie Service

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on January 14th, 2009

BlockbusterStreaming movie rentals are seen by many consumers and movie rental firms to be the future of movie rentals. The problem is that many movie studios and large rental chains like Blockbuster are slow to support online rentals for fear of hurting their retail rental and sales business.

Blockbuster and Sonic solutions announced this week that they would be working together on a new digital movie service. Sonic will provide the software part for delivering movie content across PCs and consumer electronics devices.

JVC debuts wall-mountable 2.1 channel system

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on January 13th, 2009

JVC-NXT10

A stylish new JVC home theater system is coming in May for around $600 that will fit the need of urban loft dwellers. It is called the NX-T10.

The NX-T10 is a 2.1 channel system which can be hung on a wall or placed on a table. It consists of a low-profile main unit, two compact omni-directional main speakers and a powered subwoofer. The speakers can be hung on the wall as well.

ZVOX Z-Base 550 puts surround sound under your TV

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on December 18th, 2008

ZVOX Z-BaseI wanted a surround sound system for many years and for one reason or another, I was never able to get one set up. In the early years of being married, our apartments were too small for a surround sound setup. Then once we had a house the wife deemed wires and speakers too ugly.

At the time, there were no sound bars for me to use, but for those in similar situations today you have options. ZVOX has a new device called the Z-Base All-in-One Home Theater that sits under the TV. Inside the scratch resistant case resides five 2-inch full-range speakers and one 5.25-inch powered subwoofer.

DisplaySearch global TV shipments up in Q3

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on November 25th, 2008

Samsung 50-inch Plasma TVThe nationwide switch from analog to digital broadcasts will be here before you know it. While the switch won’t affect most TV watchers in the U.S., there are some who are still not ready. As a result of old analog TVs not functioning after the switch, many have been upgrading to digital flat panel TVs. This has been one of the major factors pushing growth in the TV market.

DisplaySearch has released its quarterly reports on the number of TVs shipped worldwide for Q3 2008. Despite the poor economy, TV shipments grew by 11% quarter-over-quarter and 6% year-over-year. Over 53 million TVs were shipped worldwide in the quarter. Shipments in North America grew more than expected with a 12% increase compared to last quarter to 10 million units.

DLO ships HomeDock HD Pro upscaling iPod dock

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2008

DLO ships HomeDock HD Pro upscaling iPod dockMy god, it’s full of stars ports! It also makes for one fancy-ass iPod dock. The HomeDock HD Pro was unveiled at CEDIA earlier this year and it has now made its way off the production line and began shipping. This upscaling iPod dock takes your stored media and sends it out via HDMI in 720p / 1080i. It even has an RS-232 control port. It remains to be seen if this dock can really make HD video out of your iPod movies, but at $399 it had better.

Prices for Blu-ray players to drop for Christmas

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on November 10th, 2008

Batman BeginsBlu-ray was able to beat HD DVD early this year to become the HD format champion. After it won the format wars many hoped that the price for Blu-ray players would become more affordable. So far that price drop hasn’t really materialized.

According to ABI Research, the Blu-ray price drop may finally be here. ABI says that prices for Blu-ray players this holiday season could be as low as $150 to $200. Amazon has a Samsung Blu-ray player for $200 that includes four Blu-ray movies with it. According to ABI Blu-ray hardware makers need to reduce prices to gain the momentum needed to penetrate the market further.

Sherwood BDP-5003 Blu-ray player for $299

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on October 15th, 2008

Sherwood BDP-5003 Blu-ray playerBlu-ray finally killed off the HD DVD format early this year meaning that many were expecting to see Blu-ray players drop in price quickly. That didn’t really materialize with Blu-ray players staying at levels about the same as before HD DVD died. At least one Blu-ray player has finally come down into the reach of most consumers.

Sherwood has announced a new Blu-ray player called the BDP-5003 that retails for $299.95 and offers upscaling, 1080p resolution and video playback at both 60Hz and 24Hz. The player is fully compatible with HDMI 1.3 and supports Dolby TruHD and DTS-Master Audio HD.

Hands On: Epson MovieMate 55 Home Theater projector

Posted in Home Theater,Review by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2008

Hands On: Epson MovieMate 55We had the opportunity to check out the Epson MovieMate 55 all-in-one projector, which offers a high-quality projector, a CD/DVD player and stereo speakers in a portable unit. Epson’s goal with the MovieMate 55 seems to be to offer consumers an affordable, easy and convenient home entertainment console that goes anywhere. Did they succeed? Read on.

Pinel Pinel Movie Trunk portable home theater

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on October 9th, 2008

Pinel Pinel Movie Trunk portable home theaterThis may not be the most portable home theater ever, but it conveniently keeps all of your devices in one spot so they can be stored away out of sight. The Pinel Pinel Movie Trunk boasts a Bang & Olufsen Beolab 6000 subwoofer, Two Beolab 3 speakers, BeoVision 6-26 TV and a DVD1 DVD/CD player.

You can choose from 51 flavors of different leathers, all with nickel plated brass hardware, and you even have three drawers for you to store your DVDs. Up to four dozen DVDs. No word on price yet, but I think most of us love the idea, but would want a larger TV at the expense of portability.

JBL helps guys get wife approval on 5.1 surround sound

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on September 5th, 2008

JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion ModuleI remember trying to get my wife to agree to let me put 5.1 surround sound in our living room when we bought our first house. She was of the opinion that two small speaker wires running along the bottom of the wall would be the first thing other women would see when they walked in the house. I was of the opinion that she was crazy, but as is the way of women, she won out — for a while.

Thankfully, guys can preempt the old “wires are ugly” argument when they tell the wife or significant other that they want a surround sound system in the living room thanks to JBL. The new JBL WEM-1 Wireless Expansion module will turn wired loudspeakers into wireless units. The JBL system uses a receiver and amplifier unit with 50W of power.

Epson Releases MovieMate 55 Projector

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2008

Epson Releases MovieMate 55 ProjectorEpson announced their latest addition to the MovieMate line up, the MovieMate 55. The 55 model will have the same WVGA (854 x 480) resolution as the 50 model, but with a brighter 1200 ANSI lumens. The MovieMate 55 will also have a built-in DVD player inside the projector, which will play standard DVDs and CDs. If you want HD quality you can connect an external player.

It’s able to display an image up to 150 inches, diagonally, from a projection distance of less than 15 feet, making it an ideal portable to take movie night with you wherever you go. It also sports 8 watt stereo speakers with Dolby 5.1 Digital DTS technology for the best sound possible. The MovieMate 55 is already available for purchase on the Epson website and will retail for $699.

REVIEW: D-Link DivX Connected wireless HD media player

Posted in Home Theater by Darrin Olson on August 10th, 2008

D-Link DSM-330 DivX Connected HD media playerToday we got a chance to go hands-on with the DSM-330 DivX Connected HD Media Player that D-Link debuted last month. This media player is a handy piece of wireless-capable hardware that bridges the gap between your computer and your TV bringing your downloaded digital media into the living room at up to 720p, and in our tests it did so with ease.

Samsung wants you to love its wireless sound bar DVD player combo thingie

Posted in Home Theater,Speakers by Nino Marchetti on July 25th, 2008

Samsung HT-X810

Samsung has done a rather unique spin on the whole sound bar in front of the flat panel thing, unveiling the other day a sound bar which doubles as a self-contained DVD system. It is called the Samsung HT-X810 and pricing is said to be around $700.

The Samsung HT-X810 is, according to Samsung, a virtual 5.1-channel system which incorporates an upconverting DVD player and FM tuner. It makes use of 5.8 GHz technology to connect with the included wireless subwoofer and also incorporates Bluetooth so one can stream from Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices and home theater components.