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June 28, 2007

Deal of the Day: Remanufactured Sharp LC-26GA5U 26" AQUOS Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD TV

Here's a nice deal on an AQUOS LCD TV. You can save over $600 by buying the LC-26GA5U remanufactured.

Here's a brief description from Amazon:

Sharp's AQUOS LC-26GA5U Advanced Super View television makes LCD quality and flat-panel elegance better looking and more affordable than ever. The 26-inch widescreen set is picture-frame thin and its table stand detaches for efficient wall mounting (wall-mount brackets optional). With 1,366 x 768 native pixel resolution, the LC-26GA5U offers compatibility with high-definition video sources up to 720p. Two built-in speakers powered by 10 watts per channel render full-bodied stereo sound.

LCD screens offer a number of benefits over CRT monitors and televisions, including general ease of use, freedom from eye strain (no screen flickering or radiation emissions), quiet operation (no high-pitch "flyback" noise, an issue with CRT TVs), accurate image geometry (no curvature distortion or susceptibility to magnetic interference from, say, speakers), long screen life (no risk of image burn-in), space savings, and light weight/easy positioning. They also tend to be more affordable than their flat-panel plasma counterparts, which often (though not always) offer faster response times and higher contrast ratios.

Sharp's proprietary Quick Shoot video circuit ensures a lightning-quick response time of less than 16 ms for smooth-as-silk video and gaming graphics. The LC-26GA5U's Advanced Super View/black TFT (thin-film-transistor) screen offers exceptionally wide (170- by 170-degree) viewing angles and an extraordinary contrast ratio of 800:1 for super-black blacks.

You might want to jump on this deal before it disappears.

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June 27, 2007

Maybe a Little More Bubble Wrap on that New Plasma?

You thought you were having a bad day? Check out how this Plasma got delivered to some really unlucky person:

It's awful hard to hold back the tears when you see this picture. Now you can go about your day and know things aren't as bad as you thought.


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June 25, 2007

Amazon DVD Releases Coming June 26, 2007

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection Vol. 11

Monk - Season Five

Reno 911! - The Complete Fourth Season

Miami Vice: Season Five

Hannah Montana - Pop Star Profile

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June 21, 2007

Resources for Building your Own Windows Media Center

As more consumers are becoming interested in turning their PCs into Home Media Centers, we've gotten a lot of emails asking about Media Center resources. I ran across a website that will help you build a Windows Media Center from scratch. doesn't have tutorials on building a Media Center but is an online databases of ratings on how well a certain component works with Window Media Center as you can see from this screenshot:

What a great resource for you do-it-yourselfers.


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June 20, 2007

Review: Panasonic TH-42PZ700U 42-inch Plasma TV

Are you ready to step up to the world of 1080p HDTV? If so, you'll want to check out this review of the Panasonic TH-42PZ700U 42-inch Plasma TV from The review starts out:

The Panasonic TH-42PZ700U is one of the most expensive 42-inch plasmas on the market, but it's also the best-performing flat panel of its size we've ever tested. The high price can be blamed squarely on its native resolution--it's the first and only 42-inch 1080p plasma--but the picture quality has little to do with all those pixels. Instead, we noted its deep black levels and realistic shadow detail along with a commendably clean image. Of course, we could complain about other aspects of its performance, namely its color accuracy, but that's not enough to spoil an excellent picture. If you have the cash to burn but don't have the space to go bigger, the Panasonic TH-42PZ700U fits the bill perfectly.

Overall, the bottom line from CNET:

The bottom line: For those who can spare no expense, the Panasonic TH-42PZ700U plasma offers the best picture quality in its size class.

So if you're looking for a high quality Plasma, be sure to check out the full review.


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June 19, 2007

Deal of the Day: Sony BRAVIA DAV-HDX267W Theater System with Wireless Speaker Kit

Looking for a good home theater system but you don't want to deal with a million wires? Then you'll want to check out the Sony BRAVIA DAV-HDX267W Theater System with Wireless Speaker Kit. The HDX267W is a pretty powerful system at a reasonable price and according to Amazon:

Product Description

Let your select Sony HDMI components play in harmony with the simple setup and connectivity of the DAV-DX267W theater system. With wireless rear-surround speakers, setup is a snap. Highly advanced BRAVIA Theater Sync technology allows you to easily control select HDMI devices with one touch on the included remote control. And you'll be enjoying music and movies in no time with automatic digital cinema calibration that optimizes sound from every speaker. For crystal-clear video, the integrated high-performance 5-DVD/CD changer upscales standard 480p DVDs to 1080i resolution (requires compatible television).

New to Sony receivers is the inclusion of the Digital Media Port (DMP), which adds even more connectivity to your BRAVIA home theater. The DMP allows you to play music from a PC client device, Bluetooth receiver, audio docking station, Network Walkman(R) or iPod digital music player.

At less than $400, you might want to check this deal out.


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June 18, 2007

Amazon DVD Releases Coming June 19, 2007

Daniel Boone - Season Four

Silver Spoons - The Complete First Season

Animaniacs, Vol. 3

Pinky and the Brain, Vol. 3

Perry Mason - Season 2, Vol. 1

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - Season 3, Vol. 1

Picket Fences - Season 1

Miss Potter

Reno 911! - Miami (Unrated Edition)

Bridge To Terabithia (Full Screen Edition)

Bridge to Terabithia (Widescreen Edition)

Lovejoy - The Complete Season 1

If... (Criterion Collection)

Bridge to Terabithia [Blu-ray]

Gray Matters

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (The Friendship Edition)


Sweet Movie (Criterion Collection)

Lucille Ball Film Collection (Dance Girl Dance / The Big Street / Du Barry Was a Lady / Critic's Choice / Mame)

The Panic in Needle Park

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

Die Hard Collection (Die Hard / Die Hard 2 - Die Harder / Die Hard with a Vengence / Live Free or Die Hard - Bonus Disc)

WR: Mysteries of the Organism (Criterion Collection)

The Powerpuff Girls - The Complete First Season

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June 15, 2007

Bang & Olufsen Announces the BeoVision 7 Home Theater in a Box

If you know the Bang & Olufsen name, you know we're talking some pricey but high-quality electronics. B&G has just announced the BeoVision 7 complete home theater in a box which includes:

  • 40-inch HDTV
  • 7.1 surround sound speakers
  • Amplifier
  • DVD player
  • Motorized Stand

According to the Press Release:

BeoVision 7 combines state-of-the-art technology with beautiful design to produce an incredible entertainment system. It provides the perfect balance between sound and picture performance, with its VisionClear package of High Definition picture technologies, acoustic clarity of the voice track and strong sound reproduction. The digital sound module supports surround sound in 7.1 channels and the connection of BeoLab loudspeakers, including the BeoLab 7-2 and BeoLab 7-4 for the center channel.

Oh, you want to know the how much the BeoVision 7 is going to set you back?:

BeoVision 7 will arrive in all North American showrooms this summer 2007. Expected MSRP $13,250 USD, including the BeoLab 7-2 or BeoLab 7-4 center channel loudspeaker. Stand options range from $500 to $1000 and include rotating floorstand, tablestand, and/or wall bracket.

I have to say the $13,250 price tag didn't knock me out of my seat like I thought it would. While that price tag is probably a little steep for most, that sounds like a steal to me. What do you think?


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June 14, 2007

First Look: Philips SJM3151 iPod-Friendly Universal Remote

You already know we dig Phillips remotes. has a look at another cool remote from Phillips, the SJM3151 iPod-Friendly Universal Remote. This is one of the first remotes we've seen based on the Zigbee wireless standard. According to Crave:

But why clutter the coffee table with yet another remote? That's where the Philips SJM3151 comes in. The remote does double duty as a standard six-device universal remote and a full-service iPod remote, complete with a built-in LCD screen that mirrors that of a docked iPod. Based on the Philips SRU9600, the remote can be programmed to control via infrared the usual bevy of home theater gear--TV, cable/satellite box, DVD player, AV receiver--but it also uses the Zigbee RF wireless standard to communicate with the included iPod dock at distances up to 300 feet.

Wow! If you looking for a pretty powerful remote, you want to keep an eye for this one. Crave says we should see the SJM3151 around the Fall of 2007 for around $180.


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June 12, 2007

Review: XtremeHD 4 to 1 HDMI Switcher

When it comes to HDMI, most TVs only come with one connector which makes it a pain to hook up multiple devices to your TV. What you need is a reliable device like the XtremeHD 4 to 1 HDMI Switcher. DigitalHome has a review of the XtremeHD that starts out:

If you’re like many Digital Home owners who are always adding new digital toys, you're probably finding that you have more HDMI output devices than your current HDTV television can handle.

The answer to this dilemma is an HDMI switch which allows you to accept HDMI signals from multiple devices and then switch between which input you'd like to display on screen.

The review describes the device:

The XtremeHD from XtremeMac is a four port HDMI switcher which provides expansion capability to home entertainment systems with limited HDMI inputs. Up to four HDMI sources, such as DVD players, satellite systems, digital video recorders, PS3's, XBOX 360 Elite and Apple TV can be connected to the HDMI switcher.

Overall the review is positive:

The XtremeHD HDMI switcher is an attractive reasonably priced and solidly built 4to1 HDMI switcher that Digital Home would recommend for any household that has more HDMI output devices than their current HDTV can accommodate.

For under $99, this is one device HDMI users really need to look at.


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June 11, 2007

Amazon DVD Releases Coming June 12, 2007

Deadwood - The Complete Third Season

Noah's Arc - The Complete Second Season

The Practice - Volume One

The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries: Season Two

The Office: Seasons One and Two

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June 7, 2007

Rumor: Dell Getting Out of the LCD TV Business

There's no confirmed reports but Engadget is reporting that Dell is going to discontinue offering LCD TVs. According to the rumors:

According to unconfirmed reports stemming from Taiwan (where else?), Michael Dell is pulling his company out of the LCD TV biz to return focus to its core PC efforts.

And it sounds like it's happening pretty quick:

Dell is purportedly set to stop manufacture this month, so we should know soon enough how legitimate these reports are, a Dell spokeswoman wouldn't comment on the rumors, only stating that Dell currently sells LCD TVs in a limited number of markets.

We don't know a lot of people with Dell LCD TVs but we know they're pretty reliable for a decent price. Still as we told you recently, LCD prices are at rock bottom and probably not very profitable for a lot of manufacturers right now.


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June 6, 2007

Hide your TV in your Floor

Got a TV but you're not sure how to integrate it into a room? Well, if you got a lot of extra bucks lying around you might want to try install a TV lift into a wood floor. According to

The homeowners had painstakingly chosen special white marble for the fireplace so the last thing they wanted to do was cover it up with a TV. Placing the set in a cabinet at the foot of the bed was considered as well, but that idea was ultimately deemed too intrusive for a room with such sleek, modern lines. Left with few other options, the crew at Audio Video Excellence looked to the floor—or rather, beneath the floor, for a solution. After a portion of the flooring had been carefully cut away, Audio Video Excellence installed an Electro-Kinetics TV lift into the floor and mounted a 50-inch Pioneer plasma TV to the top of it. Most of the time, the TV and lift hide out in the basement below the bedroom.

Very cool! You can see a few more images and the entire article at:

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June 5, 2007

Deal of the Day: The Sopranos on DVD

Since next week is the last episode of "The Sopranos", I thought this would be a good time to start my Sopranos DVD collection. So here are some deals from Amazon if you're ready to start your collection too:

The Sopranos - The Complete Seasons 1 - 5 & Season 6, Part 1 (6-Pack)

The Sopranos - The Complete First Five Seasons

The Sopranos: The Complete First Season

The Sopranos: The Complete Second Season

The Sopranos: The Complete Third Season

The Sopranos - The Complete Fourth Season

The Sopranos - The Complete Fifth Season

The Sopranos - Season 6, Part 1

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June 4, 2007

Amazon DVD Releases Coming June 05, 2007

Seinfeld - Season 8

Rescue Me - The Complete Third Season

Mission: Impossible - The Second TV Season

Hogan's Heroes - The Sixth & Final Season

Dante's Cove - The Complete Second Season

Robin Hood - Season 1

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June 1, 2007

May 2007 Monthly Roundup for TVSnob

It's hard to believe May is already over and we're about to jump into what's probably going to be a really hot summer. Anyway, we had a few exciting TV items in the month of May like Hitachi Announcing a 1000GB Blu-ray Recorder and LG Announcing the World's First High-Definition TV Refrigerator

Also if you've been thinking about getting an LCD anytime soon, you'll want to be sure to check out Are LCD TVs at the Lowest They Can Go?

So grab a cup of coffee and do a little TVSnob catch-up reading.

General News and Rants
Win $50 Bucks at Tool Snob
Are LCD TVs at the Lowest They Can Go?
Is Apple TV the Next Big Thing or Just Another Fad?

Deal of the Day
Deal of the Day: Vizio L32 32" Widescreen HD-Ready Flat-Panel LCD TV
Deal of the Day: Toshiba 46HM95 46" Diagonal 16:9 Integrated HD DLP Projection TV with HDMI
Deal of the Day: Hitachi Ultravision 42HDS69 42" Plasma HDTV
Deal of the Day: TiVo TCD649080 Series2 80 Hour Dual Tuner Digital Video Recorder
Deal of the Day: Sony DVPCX995V 400-Disc DVD Mega Changer/Player

Reviews, First Looks, and Tutorials
Review: Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD Player
Ultimate LCD TV Protection for Klutzy Wii Owners
Hitachi Announces 1000GB Blu-ray Recorder
Review: Definitive Technology BP7000SC Bipolar Super Tower Loudspeakers
LG Announces World's First High-Definition TV Refrigerator
Review: Logitech 555/550 Universal Remote Control

New DVD Releases
Amazon DVD Releases Coming May 29, 2007
Amazon DVD Releases Coming May 22, 2007
Amazon DVD Releases Coming May 14, 2007
Amazon DVD Releases Coming May 08, 2007

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