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Onkyo rolls out new A/V receivers

Posted in Receivers by Nino Marchetti on March 18th, 2008

Onkyo TX-SR576Home electronics company Onkyo is set to bring us two new entry level A/V receivers which are each available in black or silver finishes. The 80 watt-per-channel TX-SR576 and 75 watt-per-channel TX-SR506 are priced at around $480 and $380 respectively.

These new Onkyo A/V receivers offer dual source “powered zone 2″ capability, meaning the receiver’s rear surround amplifier channels to power stereo speakers in a second room while still listening to 5.1-channel sound in the main zone. They also both offer support for Audyssey’s new Dynamic EQ loudness correction technology.

Polk delivers Sirius home component tuner…late

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on February 28th, 2008

Polk Audio SR-H1000Polk Audio has apparently begun shipments of a Sirius tuner component product it first announced late last year. The Polk Audio SR-H1000 is now available for around $350.

Sony debuts S-Air wireless audio technology

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

dav-hdx576wf.jpgSony has got to be the proprietary technology king. It seems like a new CE season hardly goes by where it isn’t unveiling something. This year’s offering is its wireless S-Air technology, appearing in a variety of new home theater systems and accessories.

15 coolest geek-themed home theaters

Posted in Lists by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2008

15 coolest geek-themed home theaters
When geeks set out to make home theaters, the results are often astounding, with some very cool themes. Often based on Sci-Fi flicks, these amazing works of art are expensive labors of geek love. I proudly present some of the cooler home theaters that have recently caught our eye.

KEF ships new 5.1 speaker system

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on February 11th, 2008

KEF KHT1005.2 SeriesKEF, a British manufacturer of home theater speakers, recently unveiled the necessary components for a new 5.1 surround sound system. It is called the KEF KHT1005.2 Series and pricing is at around $850.

The KEF KHT1005.2 Series includes a diminutive high performance subwoofer and egg-shaped speakers. KEF has its own patented driver technology for its speakers, which can reportedly “project an exceptionally broad frequency range from just a single point.” They are available in a high-gloss black finish and include mounting brackets.

The six million dollar theater: drool factor is high!

Posted in Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on February 8th, 2008

6-million-theater.jpg$6 million is a lot of money, no doubt. What would you do with that much cash if you had it? One possible option is to hit up audiophile Jeremy Kipnis to set up for you his self described Kipnis Studio Standard. Think of it as the ultimate home theater experience.

The Kipnis Studio Standard is described by writer Steve Guttenberg as being “all about aggressively advancing the state of the art of picture and sound presentation.” Kipnis has installed in this uber-amazing screen room a massive screen which showcases video projected from “a Sony ultra-high-resolution (4,096-by-2,160) SRX-S110 digital projector.” Damm.

Come to my Bat Cave home theater

Posted in Furniture,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on January 16th, 2008

elite-batcave.jpgIf you have the money, they will build it for you. That’s the motto to run through your head if you have enough cash to layout for a custom home theater from the likes of Elite Home Theater Seating. The company showed off today its themed Batman “Bat Cave” theater.

Elite HTS, as the company calls itself, has its setups in many high profile locations, including Harrods department store in London, Technicolor Studios and American High Definition in Los Angeles. The latter location is reportedly used for “many private Hollywood screenings of upcoming feature films.”

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 …

Creative X-Fi Sound System Z600

Posted in Creative,Speakers by Nino Marchetti on July 3rd, 2007

Creative X-Fi Sound System Z600It looks as if Creative has finally brought one of its nicer looking speaker systems to American shores. The Creative X-Fi Sound System Z600 is priced at around $300.

The Creative X-Fi Sound System Z600 is targeted towards owners of Creative’s Zen Vision:M portable media player. A dock for the player comes as part of the package and is capable of charging the PMP as it plays. Also part of the package are two two-way satellite speakers, each with a large 3.5″ driver and soft dome tweeter, and a 130-watt subwoofer.

Home Stereo with HDD, Ethernet, USB and AnyMusic

Posted in Digital Audio,Home Theater by Darrin Olson on February 9th, 2007

Onkyo Home stereo with anymusicOnkyo has released a new compact home stereo system that’s designed to integrate nicely with your digital music collection. The Onkyo BR-NX10 also has Sony’s AnyMusic service built in.

The Onkyo home stereo holds an 80GB hard drive to store digital music, and with the CD player it allows playing or ripping of the audio disks to the hard drive. This device also has a USB port to transfer files from a PC and an Ethernet port to connect to the internet. Once connected users can browse, purchase and download songs from Sony’s AnyMusic.

An FM Stereo tuner to allow recording the radio would be a nice feature in this package, however we didn’t notice any controls or features for FM radio. The BR-NX10 from Onkyo is expected to retail for about €600 (~$780 USD).

Onkyo via Akihabara News

Sharp SD-SP10 1-Bit Virtual Surround Sound System

Posted in Home Theater,Sharp by Paul Patterson on December 3rd, 2006

Sharp SD-SP10Surround sound systems don’t always need to be complicated and the Sharp SD-SP10 Virtual Surround Sound System is a great example of such a system. The SD-SP10 incorporates a simple, two-component design that takes just minutes to set up and gives you many options for setup with rooms of varying shapes and sizes.

Sharp’s 1-Bit audio technology makes the most out of this minimalist home theater system. The 2.1 Channel Home Theater System simulates 5.1 Channel Surround Sound from just one speaker box.

Sharp incorporates two technologies to create and enhance the virtual surround sound experience. The Dolby Virtual Speaker delivers 5.1 surround sound by using a unique digital signal processing technology and with the Audistry by Dolby technology you can customize your sound depending on your personal preferences.

The slender profile and small footprint of the SD-SP10 offer many flexible setup options and there is …