Sony PS3 combo with Recorder relaunched in Japan with Bluetooth keyboard

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2011

Sony Japan has unveiled the updated PS3 HDD 320GB Recorder Pack which consists of a 320GB Sony PS3 console and a TORNE digital terrestrial tuner and application. This bundle pack will hit retail shelves again on June 30th for US$480.

You also get one wireless controller, Power cord, AV cable and USB cable. The company has also unveiled the PS3-compatible Bluetooth keyboard with a dedicated PS3 button for all the syncing functions. It also features HID Bluetooth profile support and can be used for surfing the web. It will be available starting June 30th for 5000 yen or about US$63.

Sony ICZ-R50 Radio Recorder

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

For those of you in Japan who are looking for a new radio, this may be the one. The Sony ICZ-R50 radio recorder is now available for purchase in Japan. This device comes packed with 4GB of storage space, an AM/FM radio recorder and an SD/SDHC card slot for storage expansion up to 32GB.

Sound good? If so, the Sony ICZ-R50 can also be used as an MP3 player or an IC voice recorder. Sadly, we don’t have any info on pricing right now, but hopefully soon.

Panasonic DMR-BR30 Blu-ray recorder with swappable hard drives

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2011

Blu-ray recorders with integrated hard drives are no big deal, but Panasonic is offering something different in their DMR-BR30 that was announced for the Japanese market. It features a slot for swappable hard drives. The idea must be to mimic VHS cassettes. It’s not a bad idea really.

The problem is that you won’t be able to swap just any hard drive. You’ll need to buy Panasonic’s DY-HDD500 500GB hard drives for $240 each. It connects via a USB connection and is only supported in this recorder. Users will be able to copy videos from Blu-ray discs or DVDs to the hard drive or vice versa. But only if you have that hard drive.

Franklin debuts AnyBook Reader for kids

Posted in Voice Recorders by Shane McGlaun on September 16th, 2010

Franklin has been in the electronics market with things like digital dictionaries and spelling devices for a long time the company has announced a new digital reader that isn’t like a Kindle as you might think. This digital reader looks like a pen and is aimed at kids that can’t read yet.

The child and the parent would place special stickers on each page of any book to use the AnyBook Reader. After the stickers are placed the parent or reader would follow along and touch the sticker on each page.

Sharp unveils two new Aquos Blu-Ray Recorders

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2010

Sharp has released two new Blu-Ray recorders in the BD-HDW55 and BD-HDW53. The BD-HDW55 comes with a 500GB HDD, while the BD-HDW53 comes with a smaller 320GB HDD. Both recorders offer 10x more recording time compared to the usual DR recording method.

The Sharp Aquos BD-HDW55 will give you up to 63-hours of HD video recording and the 50GB Blu-ray disc supports only 6-hour of HD video. We don’t have any info on pricing for these Blu-ray recorders yet, but hopefully we will have more details soon.

Philips Freeview HD recorder

Posted in HD by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2010

Philips is the latest company to out an HD PVR. The HDT8520 HD recorder is a sleek design and holds 500 GB of storage space. That’s 125 minutes of HD video. It can live pause TV and has a three hour buffer limit so you won’t miss your favorite TV shows.

Some other features include DD5.1 audio support, parental locking, 8-day EPG and a power consumption capacity of under 1W in standby mode. There’s 1080p HD up-scaling, and USB and Ethernet ports for enhanced connectivity. Philips has also introduced a slim receiver called the DTR5520, which offers superior sound and great quality picture.

Affordable VHS and Blu-Ray Recorder combo

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on March 1st, 2010

DX Antenna Japan has unveiled the DXBW320, the cheapest HDD/VHS and Blu-Ray disc recorder combo on the market today. I bet this is one combo device that isn’t sitting in most of your homes right now.

If you are in the market for one, it’s priced at 70,000 Yen (or $784). The DXBW320 features a 320GB HDD, a Blu-Ray and DVD Recorder and a VHS deck all in the same unit. As a bonus this combo device also has two Digital TV tuners. We don’t have any onfo yet on when or if this one will be released in the States.

Gramophone record player and recorder

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on February 7th, 2010

Bah. In my day, records skipped and hissed and crackled in your ear. And that’s the way we liked it. Well, my retro-loving analog friend, check out your new non-digital player. And when I say player, I mean record player. Gakken’s Gramophone kit will take you back in time and it can play records of any size. It uses a bamboo needle to reproduce your vinyl music.

Maybe the coolest feature is that it lets you record your own music directly to vinyl, so you can make your own records. Records which won’t play in your car, on your walkman, in your CD player etc.

Teac LP-R550 CD Recorder

Posted in CD Player by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2009

Teac LP-R550 CD RecorderLook, there’s a price to pay for liking all of grandma’s music. Like not being able to play an LP or cassette tape on your iPod. We aren’t judging ya. The classics are awesome. That’s why they’re classic.

Well here’s yet another device that will help you out and convert those LPs and cassette tapes into CD format. The Teac LP-R550 comes with a cassette tape recorder, LP disk player, and an AM/FM tuner. You can purchase the Teac LP-R550 for about $745. Which is pretty pricey. It may be cheaper just to hit iTunes and buy them all.

Amex Digital 4x External and Slim Blu-Ray Recorder for Mac

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2009

Amex Digital 4x External and Slim Blu-Ray Recorder for MacYou can now play and burn Blu-rays and DVDs wherever you go with the Amex Digital BDR-S1/ BDR-T28 4x Blu-ray recorders for Mac. They’re available in black or white and the USB-powered Blu-ray burners support the latest green ECO S.M.A.R.T that extends battery life more than 40% and STAT Drive with 30% faster data transfer rates.

The drives also feature Quiet Drive Technology that reduces the noise level of audio and video recording or playback and the ad Research technology that compensates for warped discs. The Amex Digital BDR-S1/ BDR-T28 4x Blu-ray recorders are priced at $599 each.

Sony intros new DVDirect camcorder-to-DVD recorder

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2009

Sony intros new DVDirect camcorder-to-DVD recorderIt’s about 60 percent smaller in size, which is nice, but aside from that Sony’s new VRD-MC6 DVDirect looks and acts like the previous VRD-MC10 and VRD-MC5. It can take 1080i video with 5.1 audio from your Handycam’s drive or Memory Stick and shoot out an AVCHD DVD that plays back on compatible Blu-ray drives.

You can also bring in SD video over FireWire, composite, or USB to churn out regular DVDs with automatic chaptering and custom menu backgrounds, or you can just drop in an SD card full of photos and MP3s to create a slideshow.

Denon launches USB vinyl recorder

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on April 9th, 2009

Denon launches USB vinyl recorderCheck out this sexy looking automatic turntable from Denon. Available in silver or black, the DP-200USB comes equipped with a USB port and an integrated MP3 encoder that will allow you to transfer all of your vinyl collection to MP3 audio tracks without using a computer.

It’s pretty easy to use. Just need to push a button and it does the rest. The Trans Music Convertor will create MP3 files in 192kbps quality and the Gracenote metadata services will add info to your files. It will cost you about £199.99.

New pocket video recorder by Amadana

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2009

New pocket video recorder by AmadanaJapanese manufacturer Amadana recently rolled out the SAL pocket video recorder that records video in MPEG4 format and captures 3MP pictures with its CMOS image sensor. The device measures 54mm x 95mm x 12mm and weighs just 85 grams.

This portable gadget also offers up 2GB of internal memory. You can transfer video and picture files to your PC or laptop via USB port. No word on pricing yet. Looks like the Amadana SAL pocket video recorder will only be available in Japan.

Sharp drops world’s first LCD TV with built-in Blu-Ray recorder

Posted in LCD by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2008

Sharp drops world’s first LCD TV with built-in Blu-Ray recorderSharp dropped their AQUOS DX series, the first LCD TVs with built-in Blu Ray Disc Recorders. It’s a series of 16 new models ranging in size from 26-Inch to 52-Inch screen sizes in a variety of colors. All are compatible with BD-RE V2.1 (Single / Dual layer), BD-R 1.1 (Single / Dual Layer) recordable disc, and most available playable discs. The HDTVs also feature the Digital W Tuner which allows you to watch TV while recording programs. The Kameyama LCD Panel will provide smooth picture quality. It will cost you from €1200 to €3600.

Convert your photos directly to DVDs

Posted in Computer Components by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2008

Convert your photos directly CDs
Do you hate it when you have to copy tons of pics from your camera onto the PC, then burn them using software so that they can later be viewed on your DVD player? Yes, there are plenty of cameras that offer TV out, but maybe you love your current camera and don’t want another.

If that’s the case, check out this device that does it all, without a PC. It’s a compact recorder for converting your JPEGs to MPEGs and burning them onto CDs. It can also burn images without converting, making back-ups easier. Comes equipped with RCA and S-Video inputs and also acts as a player.