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Samsung offers up for sale new Blu-ray home-theater-in-a-box system

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on July 24th, 2008

Samsung HT-BD2E

Samsung is kicking out another home theater in a box system which sports an included Blu-ray Disc player. This one is called the Samsung HT-BD2E and pricing will be at around $800.

The Samsung HT-BD2E, which will be available in August, joins two similar systems Samsung already offers. This particular system reportedly offers the same quality features as the others while also offering a more “user friendly” 5.1-channel design. It includes your four typical statellite speakers, a center channel and a passive subwoofer.

Home theater ticket booths from Bass let you charge multiplex prices

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on July 24th, 2008

Bass Deluxe Ticket Booth

Do you feel like you already have the ultimate geek home theater room? What might take it beyond that, you ask? How about your own ticket booth? If charging your guests to see a movie at your house sounds like a nice way to finance the monthly payments on your setup, Bass Industries has a couple of ticket booths you’ll want to check out.

Two ticket booths seem to make the current Bass line up – a regular and a deluxe model. The regular one includes an illuminated header, optional curtain background image and is available in a variety of finishes and curtain colors. The deluxe model adds to this, it seems, by just looking more classy.

Onkyo kicks off mid-year with new receivers, home theater systems

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on July 23rd, 2008

Onkyo TX-SR806

Onkyo yesterday made some new product annoucements associated with mid-year releases. These new products include two mid-price home theater receivers and two packaged home theater systems. The Onkyo TX-SR706 receiver is now available around $900.  HT-S7100 and HT-S6100 systems are also currently available around $900 and $800 respectively. The TX-SR806 will price around $1,100, and it will be shipping in mid August.

Highlights of this new gear include both receivers being THX certified and including the new THX Loudness Plus audio processing technology for improved low-volume-level listening and the home theater systems being seven-channel. You can get full details after the jump.

Sears to sell Dish Network DTVPal digital to analog converter

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on July 17th, 2008

Dish Network DTVPalMost of us know thanks to the gobs of press and TV commercials that early in 2009 most broadcasters are switching to all digital broadcasts as mandated by the FCC. The switch means that TV watchers without cable, satellite or new digital ready TVs will need a converter box to keep watching TV.

Sears announced today that it would be carrying the Dish Network DTVPal converter box in all of its stores across the country. Dish says that its converter box is the only one with nationwide customer care and service. The box also features an electronic program guide and a remote that can control the TV volume for users.

Open Air Cinema complete backyard theater kit now available

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on July 14th, 2008

Open Air Theater KitDuring the summer several local parks in my area have movies that you can watch outside for free. If the idea of movies outside appeals to you; but you don’t want to have to sit around watching with a bunch of stinky, sweaty strangers Open Air has exactly what you need with its new backyard home theater kits.

The kit is called the CineBox Home and comes with everything you need for showing movies in your backyard. Options for either a 10-foot or 12-foot inflatable screen are available. In addition to the screen the kits also include the other gear you need to get started.

Aztech WL850MS wireless multimedia streamer

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on June 18th, 2008

Aztech WL850MS wireless multimedia streamer
Is your room configured to handle 1080p video footage streaming over a network? Then you’ll like the Aztech WL850MS Wireless Multimedia Streamer. It’s got some specs that make it different: 802.11n Wi-Fi technology, Multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) antennas for extra coverage, 2.4/5GHz dual-band capability.

It will be less prone to interference from cordless phones, bluetooth and the like with the dual-band capability. It will cost you about $263 for the WL850MS transmitter/receiver kit.

Stargate home theater gets us all geeky inside

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on June 17th, 2008

Visual Concepts Stargate Home Theater

Here’s a way to satisfy your Stargate fetish if you happen to have lots of spare change in your pocket. A guy by the name of Andrew Caldwell worked with a home theater outfit called Visual Concepts and others to build a Stargate-themed home theater room. Sweet!

The centerpiece of the theater is the 10-foot diameter “Stargate” screen, according to CE Pro. The ceiling sports a dome with “a sky mural and twinkling stars” and there’s even air-piston doors which open at a hand swipe as well as replications of the wall panels from Atlantis.

Audyssey offers pricey solution for tuning media room audio

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on June 13th, 2008

Audyssey Sound Equalizer

If you’ve got some dough to drop and are uber-fanatical about having that perfect audio tuning in your media room, Audyssey Labs has a product you might want to check out. It is called the Audyssey Sound Equalizer and you’ll find it pricing for around $5,000.

The Audyssey Sound Equalizer uses the company’s MultEQ XT room correction technology and a special PC application to “capture up to 32 points of acoustical information throughout a listening area. Based on these measurements, MultEQ Pro automatically calculates an equalization solution that corrects for time and frequency response problems in the listening area, creating a fully automated surround system setup.”

Marantz promotes new A/V components

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on June 9th, 2008

Marantz V8003

Marantz America is out with a few new home theater components designed to add a little extra pop to your personal entertainment options. These are the AV8003 and MM8003, priced at around $2,600 and $2,400, respectively.

The AV8003 preamplifier is, according to Marantz, a multi-zone processor and controller offering streaming A/V capability, while the MM8003 amplifier works with either a 7.1- or 5.1- channel system. Full details of both are found after the jump.

McIntosh cranks out five expensive new components

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on June 2nd, 2008

McIntosh MC2301

Audiophile specialist McIntosh Laboratory has just unloaded a flotilla of new high end (i.e. pricey) components for the “price is no object” home theater. The one we picture above, for example, is the MC2301 Vacuum Tube Power Amplifier, priced at around $11,000. That’s right, $11k.

Full details on this vacuum tube piece of audio equipment and four other new McIntosh releases are found after the jump.

LG shows off stylish new home theater systems

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on May 27th, 2008

LG Tabletop Audio System (LFD850)

LG put out more detailed information today on some new home theater systems first shown off at CES earlier this year. These include, besides the LHT888, the new LHT874, LHT854, LFD850 and LFA840.

These systems are in the processing of appearing at retail locations such as Best Buy and Circuit City. LG describes them as featuring “distinctive designs” and “advanced technology. We detail the other items in this new line up after the jump.

Roku reveals Netflix set-top-box, reviews come in

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2008

Roku reveals Netflix set-top-box, reviews
This should make a lot of people happy. After a bit of a wait, I present the first Netflix set-top-box. Previously, Instant Viewing was available only to Windows PC users through the IE browser. But now, thanks to Roku, users can finally tap into at least a chunk of the Netflix library without having to wait for those damn discs in your mailbox for just $99.99.

The Netflix Player can even use a wireless signal to stream, but performance may differ here and there. It’s got HDMI, component, composite, Ethernet, S-Video and a Toslink optical audio jack as far as ports go. No HD support, but things look quite positive so far.

Panasonic unveils Blu-ray HTiB system

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on May 9th, 2008

Panasonic SC-BT100

Pansonic has itself its first new home theater in a box (HTiB) system with an integrated Blu-Ray Disc player set to go on sale. It is called the SC-BT100 and you’ll find it for around $1,000.

The Panasonic SC-BT100 includes speakers and a subwoofer for a 5.1 channel experience. It can be upgraded to wireless full 7.1 channel sound with the optional purchase of two side speakers and a transceiver. The included Blu-ray Disc player has “the Final Standard Profile for advanced functions such as Bonus View and audio mixing, which allows the consumer to switch the sound between the main and sub windows.”

New Gefen product lets you extend HDMI

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on May 8th, 2008

Gefen Cat-5 HDMI Extender

Gefen wants to help you push HDMI over a distance as well as offering control from a remote source. It is introducing its HDMI RS-232 CAT-5 Extender for around $600.

The Gefen HDMI RS-232 CAT-5 Extender lets one adjust their displays, change settings and access audio/video sources from up to 50 meters (150-feet) in distance. Sender and receiver units connect the A/V source to the remote display using category-5 cables that transmit 1080p full HD resolutions as well as RS-232.

Onkyo brings upgrades with the TX-SR606 receiver

Posted in Home Theater by Darrin Olson on April 22nd, 2008

Onkyo TX-SR606 home theater receiver wtih 1080i video upscaling and more HDMIOnkyo has released an upgrade to its TX-SR605, HDMI 1.3a home theater receiver with the announcement of the TX-SR606, while still keeping the price under $600. This new model comes similar to the original but with two more HDMI inputs added in which bring the total to four. They’ve also added in 1080i video upscaling, Audyssey’s new Dynamic EQ loudness compensation technology and the companies new Music Optimizer.

This is an impressive set up for the price, allowing four high-definition video inputs each with high-def 7.1-channel surround sound, and will also convert non-high-def signals up to 1080i. Aside from the new add-ons, the TX-SR606 receiver comes equipped with a 90 watt-per-channel amp, Remote Interactive HDMI control, has a number of surround sound codecs and is equipped to handle Sirius Satellite Radio.