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BenQ Announces TH681 HD and 3D Home Projector

Posted in BenQ,Projectors by Darrin Olson on March 22nd, 2014

BenQ TH681 HD Home ProjectorBenQ announced on Thursday their planned release of the TH681 Full HD Home Projector. The TH681 boasts a bright display of 3000 lumens for a 1080p resolution picture with a 10,000:1 high contrast ratio. It is also capable of showing 3D media, provided you have a device that will play 3D content and you bring your 3D glasses.

The projector uses Eco-Smart technology to help with power consumption and provides a lamp life of up to 6500 hours when utilizing the Eco-Smart mode. It also comes with all of the standard ports such as HDMI, RGB, Composite, S-Video, Mini-Jack, RCA and USB. It even includes a single 10W speaker if for some reason your not sporting surround sound with your projection.

The BenQ TH681 is planning its availability on March 26th, and pricing is expected to be around $1200 USD …

JBL Cinema 300 Speaker System and Cinema 500 Home Theater Speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2011

JBL has some new home theater speakers in the Cinema 300 and Cinema 500. Both speaker systems feature four satellite speakers and a 150-watt subwoofer. The JBL Cinema 300 is among the smallest speakers that the company has offered yet. Pretty good looking too. These will look great in the home.

The JBL Cinema 500 consists of dual-midrange center and satellite speakers, and a down-firing 150-watt powered subwoofer. The JBL Cinema 300 and Cinema 500 retail for $499 and $699.

Star Wars home theater is awesome

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2011

This Star Wars themed home theater can be found in Hawaii, not some Star Destroyer out in space. We’re talking 10,000 square feet. It is a vision of geek heaven. It has flat panel TVs, futuristic touchscreen remotes, a life sized R2-D2 and C-3PO, and other Star Wars stuff everywhere.

It looks just like the inside of a Star Wars spaceship, with awesome blue lighting and acoustic panels on the walls that look like spaceship doors. In this room you don’t just watch Star Wars, you live it. It has to be said though: If you take away the blue lighting, it almost looks like a Star Trek Bridge.

Runco outs crazy expensive projectors costing more than some homes

Posted in Home Theater,Projectors by Shane McGlaun on September 23rd, 2010

When it comes to home theaters you can have the average mans set up with a nice big screen TV and surround sound. Then you can have the high-end rich home theater gurus set up with sound like the theater and a projector that can blind astronauts on the ISS as it passes over your house.

Runco has unveiled a couple new projectors that are aimed squarely at the rich people wanting the best and having the loot to pay for it. The two new projectors are the Runco SC-50d and the SC-60d. They are the top of the line from Runco and are custom built. The projectors have dual lamps and support 3D content with active or passive systems.

GefenTV launches Auto Volume Stabilizer to quiet those commercials

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on August 24th, 2010

I really hate it when I am watching something that isn’t on the DVR and I have to watch commercials. I hate it even more when those commercials are ten times louder than the show I was trying to watch to start with. GefenTV has a new device called the Auto Volume Stabilizer.

The little device connects inline between your source device like a Blu-ray player or set-top box and your audio system. It has analog and digital inputs on the rear and adjusts the volume to consistent levels without you ever realizing it is doing it. At least that is what GefenTV claims.

Onkyo whips out RC260 and RC270 home theater receivers

Posted in Onkyo by Shane McGlaun on August 16th, 2010

Home theater fans have a new reason to be excited today as Onkyo adds a pair of new AV receivers to its already impressive line. The two new receivers are said to be mid-range offerings for the Onkyo line, which means they are still rather expensive by some standards.

The new parts include the RC270 and the RC260 receivers. Both of the receivers support 3D with HDMI 1.4a and 7.2 -channel surround sound. Supported codecs include Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The receivers also have Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz.

Gefen offers surround sound speakers that are big on price for those small on space

Posted in Gefen by Shane McGlaun on August 11th, 2010

OK, so we all know that home theater isn’t exactly a cheap thing to get into. That is assuming something other than the cheap and bad sounding gear from your local Walmart is on the menu. When you are trying to get surround sound into a small space things can be ever more tricky.

Gefen has unveiled a new set of surround sound speakers for people wanting to outfit a small space. The speakers are called the GefenTV Conference Room Speakers and the kit includes five identical satellites. The system lacks a subwoofer because Gefen says the system is for fidelity not bass.

Hulu Plus and CBS talks confirmed

Posted in Hulu by Shane McGlaun on August 3rd, 2010

I am not one to pay for streaming services and TV programming other than my Satellite TV channels. Hulu is making it very hard for me to resist paying the $9 per month to get it on my PS3 though.

Hulu Plus will already offer major network content with one of the few remaining holdouts being CBS. Rumors circulated over the last month or so that CBS and Hulu were in talks. Reuters reports that CBS CEO Les Moonves has now confirmed those talks.

Netgear Wireless Home Theater Kit

Posted in Netgear by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2010

Netgear has a new wireless home theater kit that comes with some awesome features. The kit consists of a pair of adapters that you plug into your router or gateway while the other connects to the computer, gaming console or Ethernet/Wi-fi. You can purchase more adapters to expand the functionality of your system as well.

This is a good solution for those who are tired of the limitations of Boxee for instance. If it performs well, it’s a great way to keep esxpanding.

Sanyo debuts new PLV-Z4000 projector

Posted in Sanyo by Shane McGlaun on April 29th, 2010

Sanyo makes all sorts of electronics and gadgets from TVs to computers and other devices. Sanyo is big in the projector market for home theater, the classroom and office as well.

The latest projector from Sanyo is the new PLV-Z4000. The projector is aimed at the home theater fan and sports 120Hz 3LCD technology. It has a contrast ratio of 65000:1 and 1200 ANSI lumens of brightness.

Eminent iTrio connects two HDMI devices wirelessly

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on April 19th, 2010

I like my home theater, but I hate all the wires behind the entertainment center. It would be even worse if I were trying to hang the TV on the wall. A company called Eminent has announced a new device called the iTrio that wirelessly streams HDTV content.

The system has a sender and a receiver and can stream video from two different HDMI sources. That means you can use it for your PS3 and your cable box that connect via HDMI. The device can stream full 1080p resolution feeds.

College sports fans can get new HDTVs in collegiate livery

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on April 7th, 2010

I am not a college sports fan at all, but I know a few people who live and die by the scores of their favorite college teams. If you are one of these sports fans that wants everything in the team colors RCTView.com has your new TV.

The company has some licensed collegiate HDTVs that sport team mascots and logos form several major schools in Florida. The sets are available with logos for the Florida State Seminoles, Florida Gators, Miami Hurricanes, and University of Central Florida Knights.

Sanus Systems offers cheap and easy HDTV wall mount needing no stud

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on April 1st, 2010

I once wanted to wall mount a HDTV in my bedroom until I found out that there were no studs where the wife wanted it and she couldn’t move the set over a foot without “ruining the room.” If you have found yourself in a similar spot, Sanus Systems has a new wall mount that is perfect for you.

The mount is a freestanding unit that puts your TV up in the air on the wall, but doesn’t need a stud to mount. The legs of the stand support the weight of the TV. There are two models including the FS56 for screens up to 56″ and the FS46 for up to 46″ sets.

Integra ships 9-channel DTA-70.1 amp for home theater

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on March 31st, 2010

I like home theater stuff, but I don’t have tons of high-end gear in my entertainment center. I wouldn’t spend thousands on an amplifier for instance to get sound that was better.

If you are serious about your home theater, Integra has a new amp that is made with quality components at a price you might not expect. The DTA-70.1 has 150W of power on each of its 9-channels and is THX-Ultra2 certified.

Pegatron shows off Tegra 2 HTPC

Posted in Home Theater by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2010

Behold this fresh Pegatron home theater PC powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset. The exterior suggests the glory days of Atari, which we like. There aren’t many details to be had, but we can tell you that this Pegatron HTPC includes HDMI, Ethernet, and microphone and speaker plugs in back.

It should handle 1080p and Flash video easily, running on either Android or Windows CE. No info on price or availability yet, but we’re thinking it has to be $100-$150.