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Marantz promotes new A/V components

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

Marantz V8003

Marantz America is out with a few new home theater components designed to add a little extra pop to your personal entertainment options. These are the AV8003 and MM8003, priced at around $2,600 and $2,400, respectively.

The AV8003 preamplifier is, according to Marantz, a multi-zone processor and controller offering streaming A/V capability, while the MM8003 amplifier works with either a 7.1- or 5.1- channel system. Full details of both are found after the jump.

Salamander Designs offers rear A/V cabinet cooling

Posted in Furniture by Nino Marchetti on June 6th, 2008

Salamander Designs Extended Rear Panel with Active Cooling Kit

When we saw a press release from Salamander Designs announcing new A/V cabinet configurations, we yawned and moved to click to another page. Our click was stopped through when we read an interesting line about the company’s Extended Rear Panel with Active Cooling Kit. That looked pretty cool to us given the hot rat’s nest behind our A/V cabinet in the next room.

The Salamander Designs Extended Rear Panel with Active Cooling Kit is designed (without the Active Cooling Kit) to provide more depth and ventilation than standard rear panels and can reportedly be removed quicker. What the Active Cooling Kit adds to this configuration is a remote thermostat and dual fans which offer self-described “precision cooling.”

Sony shows off Bravia Theater Micro System

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on June 6th, 2008

Sony HT-IS100One of the worst things about a home theater aside from the wires is that the speakers tend to be big and bulky. Larger speakers often sound better, but they are hard to hide and can really mess up the looks of a room (so says my wife).

To go along with the new line of Sony Bravia HDTVs I wrote about this morning Sony has released a HT-IS100 Bravia Theater Micro System. The system is designed around five tiny speakers that are each about the size of a golf ball or a strawberry.

McIntosh cranks out five expensive new components

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on June 2nd, 2008

McIntosh MC2301

Audiophile specialist McIntosh Laboratory has just unloaded a flotilla of new high end (i.e. pricey) components for the “price is no object” home theater. The one we picture above, for example, is the MC2301 Vacuum Tube Power Amplifier, priced at around $11,000. That’s right, $11k.

Full details on this vacuum tube piece of audio equipment and four other new McIntosh releases are found after the jump.

LG shows off stylish new home theater systems

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

LG Tabletop Audio System (LFD850)

LG put out more detailed information today on some new home theater systems first shown off at CES earlier this year. These include, besides the LHT888, the new LHT874, LHT854, LFD850 and LFA840.

These systems are in the processing of appearing at retail locations such as Best Buy and Circuit City. LG describes them as featuring “distinctive designs” and “advanced technology. We detail the other items in this new line up after the jump.

LG Electronics LHT888 home theater system now available

Posted in LG by Shane McGlaun on May 27th, 2008

LG Electronics LHT888A home theater system with surround sound and a nice big screen TV is high on the priority list of many guys. The catch is that the wife or significant other often doesn’t want “ugly” cables running all around the room. LG Electronics introduced a nice home theater system at CES 2008 called the LHT888 that fixed that issue.

LG announced today that the LHT888 is now available for purchase at a MSRP of $649.95. For the money you get a home theater system with all four speakers on stands and wireless rear speakers that eliminate the need to run wires to the back of your room.

Canton updates Karat speakers

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on May 8th, 2008

Canton Karat Speakers

Canton is pumping new life into its high-end Karat loudspeakers with the introduction of six new models. The new Canton Karat 795 DC, 790 DC, 770 DC, 755 DC, 730 DC and 720 replace, respectively, the previous Karat 711 DC, 709 DC, 707 DC, 705 DC, 703 DC and 702 models. Prices range from $2,400 per speaker for the top-of-the-line Karat 795 DC, to $600 each for the two-way Karat 720.

Canton has said its new Karat speakers “incorporate upgraded drivers and crossovers, subtly refined cabinet aesthetics, and new high-gloss finish options.” One example of the technology upgrade “is a refinement in the integration between the tweeter and midrange drivers accomplished through improvements in the aluminum diaphragm, soft rubber surround, and associated crossover circuits of the midrange drivers used throughout the line.”

Klipsch goes eco-wood with new floor speakers

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on May 8th, 2008

Klipsch Palladium P-39F speaker

Klipsch is taking what it calls an environmentally friendly approach to the development of its upcoming flagship Palladium P-39F floorstanding speaker. This speaker is currently due out this summer.

The Klipsch Palladium P-39F speaker will be using a style of zebrawood veneer, which is reportedly common in select luxury goods. Klipsch’s approach, however, will instead be a “Linia” veneer, described by the company as real wood source from trees which were part of a government sanctioned controlled harvest.

Bell’O offers up nice new contemporary A/V cabinet

Posted in Furniture by Nino Marchetti on May 6th, 2008

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At some point in time it becomes necessary to move beyond the milk cartons and cardboard boxes you house your A/V gear in. One relatively new A/V cabinet we are eying is the AVSC-2061E from Bell’O, pricing at around $700.

Bell’o’s AVSC-2061E does up a nice combo of wood, glass and metal. It can hold a flat panel up to 65-inches in diameter as well as at least six audio video components and a center channel speaker. The middle shelf is adjustable as well.

Onkyo brings upgrades with the TX-SR606 receiver

Posted in Home Theater by Darrin Olson on April 22nd, 2008

Onkyo TX-SR606 home theater receiver wtih 1080i video upscaling and more HDMIOnkyo has released an upgrade to its TX-SR605, HDMI 1.3a home theater receiver with the announcement of the TX-SR606, while still keeping the price under $600. This new model comes similar to the original but with two more HDMI inputs added in which bring the total to four. They’ve also added in 1080i video upscaling, Audyssey’s new Dynamic EQ loudness compensation technology and the companies new Music Optimizer.

This is an impressive set up for the price, allowing four high-definition video inputs each with high-def 7.1-channel surround sound, and will also convert non-high-def signals up to 1080i. Aside from the new add-ons, the TX-SR606 receiver comes equipped with a 90 watt-per-channel amp, Remote Interactive HDMI control, has a number of surround sound codecs and is equipped to handle Sirius Satellite Radio.

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.

MediaCore melds PC with designer cabinet

Posted in Desktop PCs by Nino Marchetti on March 27th, 2008

mediacore.jpgIf the wife is screaming because your media center PC has cables running everywhere around your home theater room, you need a remedy to restore marital bliss. One possible solution might be the MediaCore and its furniture cabinet looks.

The MediaCore is a wooden enclosure which looks like a stylish European type cabinet. It is essentially a full fledged computer which is built into this thing, as you can see from the picture above. It has a forced air flow design to keep things cool and can host other A/V equipment like cable boxes to keep clutter down.

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, …

Monster ships new speakers for home theater crowd

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on March 19th, 2008

Monster StreamLine 100 SpeakersFirst off, sorry about the photo – that backside shot is the only one we could find. It belongs to the center speaker of a new series of speakers Monster announced today called the StreamLine 100. Prices vary between $300 and $600, depending upon which speaker component you need.

Monster designed the StreamLine 100 speakers to be integrated into a home theater. In this series you have a pair of towers, one center and a subwoofer. All offer interchangeable side panels with five color options, depending upon the colors lying around your room or your desire to be neurotic and change them every other day.