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Onkyo produces three new HTiBs from its hat

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

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Onkyo wants you to feel the home theater in a box (HTiB) love as it unleashed today three new entry level systems which only require a HDTV to get them going. The Onkyo HT-S5100, HT-S4100 and HT-S3100 will be available in April with suggested retail prices of around $580, $480 and $380, respectively.

Key highlights of these systems include a HDTV-capable audio-video receiver, five or seven surround-sound loudspeakers, powerful subwoofer and an included iPod docking station. These of course vary depending upon the specific system. For more details, read the full release after the jump.

Okoro ZX100 Home Theater PC in automotive colors

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2008

Okoro ZX100 Home Theater PC in automotive colors
This HTPC has some really nice specs, which include a quad-core Intel processor at 3GHz, 3GB of RAM and NVIDIA’s GeForce 8600GT with HDMI out and PureVideo HD support. Plus, you can get the unit in the color of any automotive paint you want from a basic glossy black to $10k gold-flaked. Nice!

It’s also got a 32GB SSD drive for the OS and a 1TB drive for media storage, although you’ll probably want to upgrade that to 2TB if your media collection is huge. It can also play both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs. Windows Vista Ultimate comes pre-installed and of course card readers and everything else you might expect. Which is good because the base price is just under $6k.

Harman moving to acquire D&M Holdings?

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

harman-dm.jpgHow many well known consumer electronics brands can be shoved under one stable? We may soon find out as word has come from the Land of the Rising Sun that Harman International has bid for D&M Holdings in a sale which could run the former around $700 million.

This bid, according to Bloomberg, first surfaced on Friday. This potential acquisition bumped up D&M stock in Tokyo. If this purchase were to go through, a news article from the Japan Corporate News Network suggests Harman would ending up taking “a dominant share in the global audio market.” For its part, D&M issued a statement saying reports on this are not based upon information it has provided.

To put it in perspective, D&M Holdings currently houses the brands of Denon, Marantz, Boston Acoustics and Escient, among others. Harman, meanwhile, brings to the table Harmon Kardon, Infinity, …

Polk delivers Sirius home component tuner…late

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on February 28th, 2008

Polk Audio SR-H1000Polk Audio has apparently begun shipments of a Sirius tuner component product it first announced late last year. The Polk Audio SR-H1000 is now available for around $350.

Sony debuts S-Air wireless audio technology

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

dav-hdx576wf.jpgSony has got to be the proprietary technology king. It seems like a new CE season hardly goes by where it isn’t unveiling something. This year’s offering is its wireless S-Air technology, appearing in a variety of new home theater systems and accessories.

The six million dollar theater: drool factor is high!

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

6-million-theater.jpg$6 million is a lot of money, no doubt. What would you do with that much cash if you had it? One possible option is to hit up audiophile Jeremy Kipnis to set up for you his self described Kipnis Studio Standard. Think of it as the ultimate home theater experience.

The Kipnis Studio Standard is described by writer Steve Guttenberg as being “all about aggressively advancing the state of the art of picture and sound presentation.” Kipnis has installed in this uber-amazing screen room a massive screen which showcases video projected from “a Sony ultra-high-resolution (4,096-by-2,160) SRX-S110 digital projector.” Damm.

Come to my Bat Cave home theater

Posted in Furniture,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on January 16th, 2008

elite-batcave.jpgIf you have the money, they will build it for you. That’s the motto to run through your head if you have enough cash to layout for a custom home theater from the likes of Elite Home Theater Seating. The company showed off today its themed Batman “Bat Cave” theater.

Elite HTS, as the company calls itself, has its setups in many high profile locations, including Harrods department store in London, Technicolor Studios and American High Definition in Los Angeles. The latter location is reportedly used for “many private Hollywood screenings of upcoming feature films.”

CES 2008

My Theater Acoustic Panels enhance home theater sound

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

My Theater Acoustic PanelsHome theater buffs take note: United Plastics may have developed a new technology which could enhance your audio experience: acoustic panels you mount on your walls. These new My Theater Acoustic Panels are currently on display at CES.

The My Theater Acoustic Panels, according to United Plastics, improve “speaker sound quality by reducing reflective sound waves that bounce off hard surfaces like walls, floors, and tables.” Installation of these is reportedly a simple process of hanging them on the wall might like you would hang a piece of art.

CES 2008

Sony home theater stand includes surround sound

Posted in CES 2008,Furniture,Home Theater,Sony by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2008

Sony Sound Wall RHT-S10Home theater stands are normally a pretty boring item to read about. Sony has put a flair though to a new one it is displaying at CES. It’s called the Sony Sound Wall RHT-S10.

The Sony Sound Wall RHT-S10 is a home theater stand with an included surround sound system. It specifically offers “Sony’s first 5.1 channel surround sound system to offer built-in speakers, an amplifier and a subwoofer in one slim speaker package.” It is attached to “a free-standing wall facade that also serves as a mount for a television. Wires are hidden behind the wall and connected to an integrated A/V rack anchored at the base of the media stand.”

CES 2008

Bowers & Wilkins unveils wireless Liberty system

Posted in Bowers & Wilkins,CES 2008,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on January 7th, 2008

Bowers & Wilkins LibertyBowers & Wilkins is showcasing some rather interesting new pieces of audio gear during CES. One of these is the Bowers & Wilkins Liberty, a new integrated wireless entertainment system which will launch this fall.

The Bowers & Wilkins Liberty is a 5.1 system which sports wireless, cable-free speakers. The range of products in this system can include four speaker models and one combined digital radio and disc player with a wireless transmitter. The four speakers are the three-way, floor standing XTW 8, the two-way XTW 2 and XTW Centre bookshelf/stand speakers, and the PVW 1 subwoofer.

CES 2008

Logitech Squeezebox Duet brings out your tunes

Posted in CES 2008,Digital Audio,Home Theater,Logitech by Darrin Olson on January 6th, 2008

Logitech Squeezbox DuetLittle by little technology continues to work towards integrating your digital life with the not-yet digital portions of your world, and Logitech is bringing it a step closer this year by unveiling the Lotitech Squeezebox Duet music system. This new system being launched at CES 2008 consists of a receiver box and a handheld controller that brings digital music from your computer to your living room, entertainment center, kitchen or just about anywhere you like to listen to music around your house.

The receiver is connected via WiFi (802.11g) to your computer (PC, Mac, Linux) and can be configured to find and play your personal music collection wirelessly. The receiver is then connected to your home entertainment center through standard audio cables to bring your digital music out of your office and into the rest of your home.

Logitech Z Cinema PC surround sound

Posted in Home Theater,Logitech,Speakers by Darrin Olson on January 6th, 2008

Logitech Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System for your computerSo now that there are becoming more and more high quality movies, games and music available to download from the intertubes onto your computer, the next thing a person finds themselves needing (aside from getting that content over to their living room) is a higher quality display and sound system to take advantage of all this advanced media technology. This year at CES, Logitech is coming through with the sound portion of this equation by launching the Logitech Z Cinema surround sound system.

This new speaker system consists of just two satellite speakers (no rears) and a subwoofer along with what Logitech calls “SRS TruSurround HD” to put your desk chair in the middle of the surround sound action. The speakers have a 180W hybrid Class D + Class AB tri-amp, two-way satellite speakers and an 8″ subwoofer along with 24-bit audio via a USB connection. If for some reason you are unable to play your digital audio through the PC that the speakers are connected to, you can also just connect the player to an input jack to play directly through the speakers. Also, in the event that you don’t already have a media center remote control with your system, Logitech is throwing one is as well.

CES 2008

Polk Audio reveals upscale, thin surround system

Posted in CES 2008,Home Theater,Speakers by Nino Marchetti on January 5th, 2008

Polk Audio SurroundBar 360 DVD TheaterPolk Audio is always known for bringing excellent products to the Consumer Electronics Show to show off. It has a new two-piece surround sound system set to unveil known as the Polk Audio SurroundBar 360 DVD Theater. It is priced at around $1,200.

The Polk Audio SurroundBar 360 DVD Theater has a “multichannel loudspeaker (44 1/2″ W x 4 7/8″ D x 4 1/8″ H) and a separate, compact electronics console (16 1/2″ W x 11 1/2″ D x 3 3/16″ H) that contains an integrated DVD/CD player, SDA signal-processing amplifier, AM/FM radio, and a host of digital, analog, USB, and video inputs.” That’s right from the horse’s mouth folks – all of that in a tight little design which will make you drool over its very cool looking gloss black enclosure.

CES 2008

Motorola bringing next-gen DVR, MPEG-4 set-tops

Posted in CES 2008,DVR,Home Theater,Motorola by Reuben Drake on January 3rd, 2008

Motorola DCX series MPEG-4 set top boxesIf you’re getting frustrated with the limited feature set of your current set-top box from your cable company, Motorola is showcasing the next generation of set top boxes for the cable industry this year at the CES 2008, bringing their first MPEG-4 box for interactive in-home television programming. The new DCX series set-top boxes support high-def video content, surround sound and can act as a hub to share media between it and other compatible devices in the home.

One of the biggest complaints we’ve heard about DVRs from cable providers is the inability to easily share recorded content to anywhere else other than the DVR itself. The new DCX series boxes allow users to not only share the content with other devices so you can watch it in another room, but it also lets the owners add their own media to the device and share it as well.

CES 2008

Olivia recliner makes home theater seating plush

Posted in CES 2008,Furniture,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on January 2nd, 2008

sd-olivia.jpgAt some point you should probably upgrade that ratty old home media room recliner you have to something a little more sleek, modern and comfortable. Salamander Designs is showcasing one such new piece of furniture at CES – the Olivia.

The Olivia, which did not have pricing information available, can be customized in a variety of ways, according to its maker. It sports a seating surface measuring 23.5 inches wide and needs just three inches of clearance behind it to recline. It features both a standard manual recline mechanism, and a powered mechanism controlled by a switch in the arm. A hidden footrest automatically extends as the seat reclines.