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CES 2008

Lyngdorf announces all digital home theater gear

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

lyngdorf.jpgLyngdorf Audio is showcasing at the Consumer Electronics Show two new home theater components for those looking for more edgy gear. This items are the TDA-2300 digital integrated amplifier and D-1 home theater processor.

The Lyngdorf D-1 is a home theater processor which will price at around $17,000. This high end home theater component is a multi-channel unit which is all digital, meaning there are no analog to digital or D/A conversion processes which occur. Its maker says this provides for “an unbroken digital signal path of the very highest quality all the way from the source to the speaker terminals.” It also includes a room correction system to help remove “any room-related distortion and coloration of the sound.”

Ziova debuts new networked home media player

Posted in Home Theater,Media Players,Media Servers by Nino Marchetti on December 31st, 2007

ziova-cs615.jpgA company by the name of Ziova has unveiled what it is calling a new high definition network media player which can sport an internal hard drive. The ClearStream CS615 is expected to price at around $330.

The ClearStream CS615 from Ziova is powered by the Sigma Designs 8634 chipset. It is a home networked media player which brings your media files to your home theater system. You can get entertainment via the 10/100 Ethernet wired networking, an internal hard drive and a USB 2.0 hard drive connection. Video output options include HDMI and component video.

Cables to Go ends HDMI cable hook up problems

Posted in Adapters,HDMI,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on December 27th, 2007

hdmi-rotating-adapter.jpgHow many times have you cursed HDTV manufacturers while trying to install HDMI cables into those hard to reach HDMI ports on the back? Cables to Go thinks it may have an answer to this home theater issue by unveiling a line of rotating HDMI and DVI adapters. These adapters all price at around $13.

The Cables to Go HDMI and DVI 360-Degree Rotating Connectors are designed to enable 360 degree rotation and 90 degree bending so one can more easily connect HDMI and DVI cables to sources. Each one sports a center ball joint design and appropriate connectivity ports in its body shape.

Escient reveals new home media A/V gear

Posted in Escient,Home Theater,Media Servers by Nino Marchetti on December 19th, 2007

escient-vision.jpgEscient, a developer of networked media products, is planning to ship early next year a new line of media management devices which will let one “play and import all their movies, videos, music, and photos using the front-panel drive and home network.” This new Vision line of products is set to price between $2,000 and $8,000.

The Escient Vision line consists of seven products, including two versions of an all-in-one server/player, Models VS-100 and VS-200, as well as the VC-1 networked audio/video zone player and the large-capacity VX-600 media server. All of these devices will sport a new high definition user interface and also allow one to access streaming music through Rhapsody.

AV Toolbox releases new video scaler

Posted in HDMI,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on December 12th, 2007

AV Toolbox AVT-3900AV Toolbox has introduced to the market a video scaler designed to take both analog and digital video signals and convert them to 1080p. The new AVT-3900 is priced at $635.

The AV Toolbox AVT-3900, currently being distributed in the UK, has specific video inputs which accept “HDMI, DVI (via DVI to HDMI cable), PC generated RGB (up to WUXGA), HD component (YPbPr/YCbCr, 480i up to 1080p), S-video and composite video.” All of these signals are processed via the AVT-3900′s internal scaling engine and the device outputs 1080p with supports for HDMI version 1.2.

Pass Labs shipping new integrated amplifier

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on December 11th, 2007

Pass Labs INT-150Pass Laboratories, an audio equipment specialty company, announced a new integrated amplifier for high end home audio systems. The Pass Labs INT-150 is priced at around $6,500.

The Pass Labs INT-150 is the company’s first integrated amplifier. It is rated at 150 watts per channel into 8 ohms and 300 watts into 4 ohms. It is equipped with a special circuit which reportedly will improve performance by lowering distortion and noise processed by the amplifier. Input, output and AC connectors are on the rear of the device.

Gefen delivers new HD video scaling device

Posted in Gefen,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on December 11th, 2007

Gefen Home Theater Scaler PlusNot all home theater systems, especially older ones, have video upscaling as a feature in either the DVD player or A/V receiver. For those people Gefen has announced its new Home Theater Scaler Plus, priced at around $500.

The Gefen Home Theater Scaler Plus scales video signals to high resolutions ranging from 480i to 1080p, converting analog signals to digital. It comes equipped with with inputs for component video with left/right audio, composite/s-video with left/right audio, and two HDMI inputs each with digital TOSlink and S/PDIF audio. There’s also HDMI output and the video scaler is HDCP compliant.

New C3X 1080 projector sports 3 TI chips

Posted in Home Theater,Projectors by Nino Marchetti on December 4th, 2007

SIM2 C3X 1080SIM2, a developer of home theater products, is out with a stylish new home media projector which hopefully will match features with its high price. The SIM2 C3X 1080 is awaiting your credit card to be charged for around $32,000.

The SIM2 C3X 1080 is a small 3 chip projector using Texas Instrument’s latest DarkChip 4 chip (you home theater geeks know what this means so I’ll move on). It delivers self-described “benchmark quality” 1080p video display and makes use of special all-glass optics in the company’s proprietary light engine.

APC offering high tech A/V power conditioners

Posted in APC,Home Theater,Power Strips by Nino Marchetti on November 29th, 2007

APC H15 Power ConditionerAPC is not just about doing back up power solutions for your home or small business network. It also has products in other power related categories such as A/V gear. One of its newest offerings is the APC H15 Power Conditioner, priced at around $450. APC has also released a less expensive model, the H10, at around $350.

The APC H15 Power Conditioner is designed to provide what APC says is full power conditioning, including surge protection, noise filtering, and automatic voltage regulation (AVR). Both the H15 and the H10 have 12 filtered, surge protection outlets, with six of these outlets offering noise filtering for digital devices. The power conditioners also offer two analog, two video, and two high-current filtered outlets for amplifiers, subwoofers and the like.

Star trekking from your armchair

Posted in Home Theater,Sci-Fi by Chetz on November 20th, 2007

star_trek_movie_theater.jpgThe next logical step once you have a home theater room is to find a way to make it truly unique. Some people do that by having it look like the interior of a real movie theater while others are more interested in turning it into a luxury den. But one home owner in Palm Beach County, FL took their love of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” to its fullest and transformed their home theater into the bridge of the USS Enterprise-D. Geeky? Yes. Something that you are envious of? That too.

The entire Star Trek rec area measuring 70 feet by 22 feet and is actually three rooms: the viewing room, a bar and a lounge area with its own life-sized Robby the Robot model. This Star Trek nerd heaven took six months to build from start to finish and uses one of the largest Kaleidescape …

Marantz ships powerful SR8002 A/V receiver

Posted in Home Theater,Marantz,Receivers by Nino Marchetti on October 31st, 2007

Marantz SR8002Word on A/V Street this week is Marantz, a developer of audio-video gear, is out with a new and highly desired A/V receiver. The Marantz SR8002 is priced at around $2,100.

The Marantz SR8002 is a 7.1-channel receiver loaded to the gills with features. Take a look at this laundry list of its most pronounced ones: HDMI 1.3 repeating capability, HD Radio, THX Select2 processing, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and dts HD Master Audio as well as MultEQ room correction and calibration technology from Audyssey Laboratories. You also get multi-room signal distribution.

Onkyo shipping HDMI v1.3a 7.1-channel HTIB

Posted in Home Theater,Onkyo by Nino Marchetti on October 17th, 2007

Onkyo HT-SP908Onkyo recently announced a new home theater in a box system which is in tune with the HDMI v1.3a standard. The Onkyo HT-SP908 is priced at around $1,100.

The Onkyo HT-SP908 7.1-channel audio system comes with the company’s TX-SR605 A/V receiver. This receiver has two HDMI v1.3a inputs and one output which are “fully compatible with 1080p video, including DeepColor technology.” The receiver also supports the latest high audio codecs as well as being XM and Sirius satellite radio ready. Basic iPod control and audio playback is offered to the A/V receiver via an included S-A1X Remote Interactive (RI) control dock.

Add color to your music with Planets speakers

Posted in Home Theater,Speakers by Conner Flynn on October 10th, 2007

Planets Speakers

It’s about time speaker makers started adding a little color and design to their products. These German engineered speakers from Urban Fidelity(Sounds like an insurance firm, I know) come in some nice neon colors. Those orbs at the top are not just for show either. Yes, they look ultra cool, but the spheres actually create an omni-directional spread of sound.

They are designed to bring 360-degrees of sound to your home theater and in general make you look really cool to your friends.

Colorful audio enhancers

Posted in ASUS,Home Theater,music,USB by Chetz on October 5th, 2007

Asus Xonar U1 USB-powered audio enhancerFor notebook or PC users that want to improve their quality of sound emanating from their machine Asus is pleased to bring to you the Xonar U1. This USB audio device looks like it should belong on the head of a member of Devo but in fact it clears up the electromagnetic interference and removes any residue static created by your computer’s circuitry using a digital to analog converter (DAC).

NuVo home audio system gets EnergyStar logo

Posted in Home Theater,Nuvo by Nino Marchetti on October 4th, 2007

Nuvo Essentia E6G home audio system that is energy efficientNuVo Technologies, a developer of home audio systems, recently unveiled a new multiple room audio system which is energy efficient. The new NuVo Essentia E6G is priced at around $2,300.

The NuVo Essentia E6G sports six audio source inputs for delivering up to six zones of music throughout the home. It sports an EnergyStar logo due to having low energy consumption during idle times. It also sports connectivity options which consolidate all speaker connections into one connector hub.