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Olive offers up expensive networked audio system

Posted in Home Theater,Media Players,Olive Media Products by Nino Marchetti on September 26th, 2007

Olive OPUS No5San Francisco-based Olive Media Products is known for putting out high end, pricey audio gear. It’s no surprise than to find a $3,000 price tag on its new OPUS No5 networked audio system.

The Olive OPUS No5 is a hard drive based audio storage system which lets its owner store upwards of 2,200 CDs. It makes use of top-end digital and audio technologies to create what Olive feels is an “audiophile-quality sound” experience. This device features a minimalist design, streams Internet radio and offers audio features like a signal/noise ratio of 123dB.

Sony new home media server looks hot

Posted in Home Theater,Media Servers,Sony by Nino Marchetti on September 6th, 2007

Sony HES-V1000Another big Sony announcement today came in the form of a stylish, standalone home media server. The new HES-V1000 is priced at around $3,500 and should be available next month.

The HES-V1000 comes ready to party, containing both a 1080p 200-disc Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD changer and a 500GB hard drive. This server will let you also burn content onto Blu-ray Discs as well as standard DVDs. It can connect to the Internet to collect metadata, wirelessly stream music throughout the home with a router to other devices and offers what Sony says is a easy navigation system.

New Harman Kardon A/V system a looker

Posted in DVD,Harmon Kardon,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on August 30th, 2007

Harman Kardon Cinespecial 29Harman Kardon today unveiled for European markets the Cinespecial 29, a two component home theatre system. It’s priced at €1,299 and should be available in October.

The Cinespecial 29 consists of the Harman Kardon DVD 29 DVD player and the AVR 350 A/V receiver in a new industrial design. The DVD 29 can play DVD Audio, supports HDMI and can upscale to 1080i. The AVR 350 has two HDMI 1.2a inputs, an automatic calibration system and offers expanded iPod integration.

Onkyo TX-NR905: yet another mega receiver

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

Onkyo TX-NR905Hmmm…what should accompany the new Onkyo HD DVD player we recently mentioned? How about the company’s new high-end THX Ultra2 certified A/V receiver? That should probably due the ticket!

The Onkyo TX-NR905, priced at around $2,100, is another one of these new mega A/V receivers designed to keep you up with the latest home theater video and audio standards. In this particular device you get HDMI 1.3a, HD Radio reception and onboard decoding for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital HD, and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Yamaha DVD-S1800 supports DVD-Audio, SACD

Posted in Home Theater,Yamaha by Nino Marchetti on August 17th, 2007

Yamaha DVD-S1800Yamaha earlier this week rolled out a new DVD player to go along with the top-of-the-line A/V receiver recently unveiled. The DVD-S1800 is expected this month for around $450.

The Yamaha DVD-S1800 offers among its high end features 1080p HDMI output as well as DVD-Audio and SACD support. There’s also upconverting to 1080p, 216MHz/12-bit video DAC, 5.1 channel output and integrated bass management.

MediaMax HD server does HD DVD, Blu-ray Disc

Posted in Blu-ray,HD DVD,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on August 16th, 2007

MediaMax HDHere’s what looks to be a hearty new media server which can serve up HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc in multiple rooms. The MediaMax HD, constructed by Axonix, runs between $3,500 and $6,000 depending upon configuration.

The MediaMax HD offers the ability to have playback of media stored on its MediaServer component including: HD and SD DVD movies, CD, MP3 and WAV music, photos and downloaded movies and music. This media can be played across a network simultaneously in any room. Axonix says its media server is the first to play via cover art or metadata both next generation optical disc formats.

Boston Acoustics speaker set goes slim, wireless

Posted in Home Theater,Speakers by Nino Marchetti on August 14th, 2007

Boston Acoustics TVee Model TwoBoston Acoustics is targeting those who want simplicity in their television entertainment area with the unveiling of the Tvee Model Two. This new two piece speaker system is priced at around $400 and should be available in September.

The Boston Acoustics TVee Model Two consists of a slim soundbar placed above or below the television and a matching wireless woofer which can be placed anywhere in the room. The soundbar features four 2.5-inch mid bass drivers and two .5-inch dome tweeters, while the woofer offers a six-inch down firing bass driver. Total system output is put at over 100 watts.

Slingbox HD preview caught at FCC site

Posted in Home Theater,Rumors,Sling Media by Chris Weber on August 10th, 2007

Slingbox HD rear view showing no need for dongle with component videoTG Daily found this newer version of the Slingbox Pro from Sling Media getting its approval on the FCC web site. The new device which could end up being the “Slingbox HD” shows a new look (hopefully this isn’t final or there will be some options) and most significantly has built-in component video inputs which rids us of the need for the HD dongle needed with the current Pro model.

In a recent Revision3 interview with Sling Media’s CEO, the Slingbox HD name came out after a little prying along with a release date of January, (not specific on the year). Obviously we’re still a little bit early for complete specs and pricing but if Sling Media wants to get this out the door by the beginning of next year we should expect to hear more …

Onkyo announces first HD DVD player

Posted in DVD,HD DVD,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on August 10th, 2007

Onkyo DV-HD805Onkyo announced yesterday plans to shortly launch its first HD DVD player. The new DV-HD805 is priced at around $900 and should debut this fall.

The Onkyo DV-HD805, said its manufacturer, is one of the first HD DVD players to take advantage of high-bit-rate audio streaming via HDMI version 1.3a. This latest HDMI version also offers technology to reportedly improve color tones and achieve finer color gradation. You’ll also get support for lossless surround sound formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Polk SurroundBar50 brings plasmas big sound

Posted in Home Theater,Plasma,Speakers by Nino Marchetti on August 10th, 2007

Polk Audio SurroundBar50Polk Audio today said it was adding a 51-inch model today to its SurroundBar family of single surround sound speakers. The SurroundBar50 will be priced at around $1100 and should be available in October.

The Polk Audio SurroundBar50 is designed to match the width of 50-inch plasmas and LCD TVs. It is a slim, front-mounted speaker which lets one enjoy surround sound without the need for additional speakers. This speaker uses special image enhancing technology to enhance and produce a large stereo soundfield from a two-channel source. It also offers new drivers, a crossover design and larger enclosure for better bass.

Yamaha RX-Z11

Posted in Home Theater,Yamaha by Nino Marchetti on August 8th, 2007

Yamaha RX-Z11Yamaha is getting ready to drop in the laps of audiophiles just in time for Christmas a hard core A/V receiver with THX Ultra2 Plus certification. The Yamaha RX-Z11 will cost you though, at around $5,500.

The Yamaha RX-Z11 is designed for the HD era, says Yamaha, and it definitely shows with the huge bounty of features on this 11.2-channel monster. It uses something called Cinema DSP HD3 processing to create what Yamaha feels is “3-D surround sound height realism.” There’s also support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, 30/36bit Deep Color, xvYCC, 120 and 24Hz refresh rates and Auto Lip-sync.

Oppo DV-980H

Posted in DVD,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on August 8th, 2007

OPPO DV-980HOppo Digital came out this week with a new universal DVD player with 7.1 channel audio and 1080p up-conversion. The Oppo DV-980H is available now for around $170.

The Oppo DV-980H is, according to Oppo, the “world’s first to offer 7.1-channel audio output and 1080p video up-conversion in a DVD player.” The player offers support for Dolby Digital Surround EX decoding and HDMI 1.2a output. Like many other DVD players on today’s market the DV-980H provides multiple HD output formats, including 1080p/1080i/720p/480p/480i. It is compatible with DVD-Audio/Video, SACD, DivX, WMV9, WMA, Kodak Picture CD and a variety of other formats.

Trends UD-10.1 USB Audio Converter

Posted in Home Theater,USB by Nino Marchetti on August 1st, 2007

Trends UD-10.1 USB Audio ConverterTrends Audio, a consumer electronics brand out of Hong Kong, announced plans to begin selling a USB device which will act as a bridge between a computer and a home entertainment system. The new Trends UD-10.1 USB Audio Converter is priced at around $120.

The Trends UD-10.1 USB Audio Converter can link a Windows or Mac machine with coaxial, optical and standard AES/EBU(110 Ohm via XLR) and S/PDIF (75 Ohm via RCA or BNC). This permits a computer, said Trends Audio, to act as a high-end digital-playback device for passing digitally encoded signals into a receiver or signal pre-processor/pre-amplifier for high-end audiophile applications.

Iogear 4-Port Automatic HDMI Switch simplifies HDMI life

Posted in HDTV,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on July 30th, 2007

Iogear 4-Port Automatic HDMI SwitchHDMI-enabled devices are one of the hot things in consumer electronics devices right now. You probably have more HDMI devices than HDMI ports on the back of your television though. Iogear thinks it may have the answer to your clutter of HDMI cables with its 4-Port Automatic HDMI Switch.

The Iogear 4-Port Automatic HDMI Switch supports connecting up to four HDMI devices to a single HDMI port on your television or other end device. You can connect devices like Apple TV, DVD players, video game consoles and media servers. This HDMI switch is is High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) compliant and supports 1080p resolution. LEDs on the front panel display the HDMI device that is currently in use.

Podz Wireless Rechargeable Speakers

Posted in Home Theater,Speakers by Chetz on July 27th, 2007

Podz wireless rechargeable speakersThese little round Podz speakers allow you to extend your home stereo or MP3 listening range to parts of your house or yard that may be difficult to reach with wired speakers. The Podz are wireless speakers with internal, rechargeable batteries that can pick receive a signal up to 150 feet away.

The system comes with a base station, two speakers and two Mini base chargers. Connect the base station to your home stereo, your iPod or any other MP3 player through the headphone jack and it will transmit the sound to the speakers through walls and floors to the remote Podz speakers. The 3″ drivers in the speakers will create a good sound for over two hours off of one charge and can grace your home with their presence for $150.