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Samsung wants you to love its wireless sound bar DVD player combo thingie

Posted in Home Theater,Speakers by Nino Marchetti on July 25th, 2008

Samsung HT-X810

Samsung has done a rather unique spin on the whole sound bar in front of the flat panel thing, unveiling the other day a sound bar which doubles as a self-contained DVD system. It is called the Samsung HT-X810 and pricing is said to be around $700.

The Samsung HT-X810 is, according to Samsung, a virtual 5.1-channel system which incorporates an upconverting DVD player and FM tuner. It makes use of 5.8 GHz technology to connect with the included wireless subwoofer and also incorporates Bluetooth so one can stream from Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices and home theater components.

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.

Samsung showcases new artsy LCD HDTVs

Posted in HDTV by Nino Marchetti on July 24th, 2008

Samsung Series 8 860

Samsung had a little mid-year coming out party yesterday as it unveiled a bunch of new flat panels and associated home theater gear. One of these upcoming releases is the new Series 8 850 and Series 8 860 LCD HDTVs, pricing between around $2,700 and $3,500.

Four models make up the Series 8 850 and 860, consisting of two each 45.9- and 52-inch televisions. All units will be available in September and unique features include a slim, narrow bezel with a touch of color around the edges and support for RSS feeds from USA Today. For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

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.

SIM2 projects budget 1080p home theater projector

Posted in Projectors by Nino Marchetti on July 22nd, 2008

SIM2 Domino D60

SIM2 is showing off this week a new home theater projector for those who are a little more on a budget. It is still a little expensive, but if you have around $5,000 to spare the new Domino D60 can be yours.

The SIM2 Domino D60 is a single-chip DLP projection system is based upon the latest 1080p DarkChip3 0.95-inch DMD chipset from TI. It does all video resolutions up to 1080p and includes on-board processing for handling aspect ratios. The contrast ratio is said to be greater than 10,000 to 1.

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.

Belkin FlyWire makes home theater installs clean as a whistle

Posted in Belkin by Shane McGlaun on July 11th, 2008

Belkin FlyWireIf your home theater is anything like mine you have a HD satellite box, PS3, Wii, Xbox and a few other items all trying to connect to the two available HDMI ports and other connectors on my TV. Then there is the problem of all the wires, which my wife seems to complain about with far too much frequency.

Belkin has a device that will go on sale in late October that will take care of both these problems called the FlyWire. The FlyWire comes in two versions with the normal FlyWire coming in October and the FlyWire R1 coming in Q1 2009.

Intest gives you 15TB of NAS goodness for your pirated videos

Posted in NAS by Nino Marchetti on July 8th, 2008

Intest TeraRAID XV-NAS

Think about your home entertainment library for a moment. How many GBs of storage do you need for all of your digital media? Don’t have enough and need a few TB for your content? Intest seems to have a new 15 Terabyte NAS solution, called the Intest TeraRAID XV-NAS.

The Intest TeraRAID XV-NAS, priced at around $15,000 for the 15TB solution or $11,000 for 7TB, exists to host every illegally copied or downloaded movie and song track you’ve ever added to your collection. This monster of a NAS device includes 15 hot swappable bays in a RAID 6 configuration. The server is pre-loaded with Seagate hard drives designed for multi-streaming video applications.

Epson does up projector-based home entertainment system

Posted in Projectors by Nino Marchetti on July 7th, 2008

Epson Ensemble HD Home Cinema System

Epson’s got a new fully-integrated, high-end home entertainment system ready for the marketplace just in time for the upcoming Olympics. It is called the Ensemble HD Cinema System and you’ll find it pricing around $7,000 for a 1080p system and $5,000 for a 720p version.

The Epson Ensemble HD Home Cinema System consists of a number of components. These include a PowerLite 3LCD HD multimedia projector, a 100-inch motorized screen which expands from the front channel, ceiling mounted speaker system, an A/V controller with built-in DVD player, speaker system, 150 watt subwoofer and a universial remote.

Onkyo TX-SA706 7.1 AV amplifier

Posted in amplifier by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2008

Onkyo TX-SA706 7.1 AV amplifier
Onkyo released their new 7.1 AV amplifier that even features an HDMI 1.3 port. It’s called the TX-SA706X, and it offers five HDMI inputs and one HDMI output supporting 1080p video signals.

The device also handles Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio and provides a maximum output of 200Watts x 7, a frequency response of 5Hz-100,000Hz and includes Audyssey Dynamic EQ Processing. Now that’s nice and powerful. You’ll be able to get the Onkyo TX-SA706 on July 19th, 2008 for €1,120.

Sony adds new upper end A/V receivers

Posted in Receivers by Nino Marchetti on June 27th, 2008

Sony STR-DA4400ES

Sony is updating its line of upper end “Elevated Standard” A/V receivers with three new models. The STR-DA4400ES, STR-DA3400ES and STR-DA2400ES receivers are priced at around $1,500, $1,000 and $800 respectively.

Sony said all three receivers will be available later this summer. Key features include 7.1 channel surround sound, support for advanced audio codecs like Dolby TrueHD, a new graphical user interface and auto audio calibration. You can get the full details of these new Sony ES A/V receivers after the jump.

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.

Krell readies $50k preamp/processor

Posted in amplifier by Nino Marchetti on June 14th, 2008

Krell Evolution 707

Krell is one of those high end audio companies you don’t hear much about unless you are a true audiophile who has some serious cash to drop on top notch gear. One of the company’s latest products is a case in point – the Evolution 707 preamp/processor, reported to be pricing at around $30,000.

The Krell Evolution 707 provides for 8.4 channels of audio output, including two center channel and four subwoofer outputs for blasting your neighbors into submission. It supports HDMI 1.3 as well as pretty much ever standard of Dolby and DTS you can think of, plus nine of Krell’s own specialized surround sound modes.

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.”