August 31, 2007
Sure - we advocate watching most TV on your well - TV. But TreeHugger TV is hard to miss, and if you have a Mac-Mini or other HTPC hooked up to your TV you can view countless hours of green - eco-friendly TV using your favorite internet browser. We really like the show on CO2 stuff and the show on FRESHTOPIA.
At TreeHugger: TreeHugger TV
August 30, 2007
You can be a total TV Snob with the Sony KDL-46XBR2 46" Bravia XBR 1080p LCD HDTV. We love full 1080p, and we love the fact this LCD TV from Sony has three HDMI inputs. We like the look and integration you can get with it as well - pick a trim color and match the room and then mount it on the wall. Perfect. The price is not bad either - at under $3k you'll find it hard to beat for features and looks.
At Sony KDL-46XBR2 46" Bravia XBR 1080p LCD HDTV.
August 29, 2007
Japan’s Epoch company had taken the retro puzzler and jammed it into a set top gaming system. The controllers actually look like Tetris blocks and you even get a pink and a blue one. The updated version of the game comes with a variety of modes including a two-player side-by-side mode (thanks to the dual controllers.)
The Tetris TV game retails for ¥4,280 (appx. $36 USD,) but I’m not sure if and when you’ll be able to get one outside of Japan.
August 28, 2007
If you want to watch your local HDTV signals on your HDTV, then you're going to need one of those rather tacky TV antennas. We think the idea of a Picture Frame/Indoor TV Antenna is the way to go. Perhaps your friends won't notice the antenna when they come over to watch some HDTV.
Via Chip Chick at Radio Shack
August 27, 2007
It's nice to see Engadget asking some hard questions about the Apple TV. We're unimpressed - mostly with the formats it will play, and also because we have a Mac-Mini and don't see what the big deal is anyways. They've assembled hundreds of comments from readers and if you're like us - the comments can be the best way to see if you really need to buy that gadget or new thing for your TV. Also - if you want to get a larger perspective on media streaming in general to your HDTV or old school TV - check out our sister site NetworkingAudioVideo.com.
August 24, 2007
Want dolby digital surround without the wires? Look no further than the Philips AmbiSound Home Theater Sound Bar with Integrated 1080p-Upscaling DVD/MP3 Player. Philips engineers have tackled this problem. They've managed to take the output from 5 distinct channel amplifiers and placed them in a single speaker called a Soundbar. Within the soundbar, speakers are angled to provide a realistic audio environment that literally emulates sound as if it's coming from all sides. It's 5.1 surround without the mess! In addition to the latest audio technology, the Ambisound system is only five inches thick and can be easily mounted onto a wall underneath an existing Flat-TV. The simple, yet elegant design enhances the décor of any home theater space, regardless of the room layout or design.
At Philips AmbiSound Home Theater Sound Bar with Integrated 1080p-Upscaling DVD/MP3 Player
August 23, 2007
WebwireTV looks very interesting from the sneak preview we just saw. We're pretty happy with Joost, but we're not so happy about Joost being application based - we'd rather have our TV in any browser we choose. The few differences between the two clients include a central content distribution model -- Joost uses P2P. Beyond that, WiTV doesn't have the same kind of content deals that Joost has, although the interface and the absence of any kind of software installation definitely is what we like best.
Via Engadget at WebWire TV Sneak Preview
Having been through the terrifying (OMG - SO NOT) scare of Mooninites, we were proud to say we're big Aqua Teen Fans no matter what happens to your marketing campaign. We love Frylock and think this TV show turned movie is killer viewing. Make sure and get a few minutes to listen to commentary and see if Master Shake is really that stupid or just very highly evolved..
Via Uncrate at Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters for DVD
We like small TVs and wish US consumers had the same choices as our European cousins. The Grundig Davio 7 is a small 7-inch 720 x 576 LCD TV capable of picking up digital channels via its DVB-T digital tuner or analogue channels if you can't get a digital reception. It also has a passive magnet antenna and two hours of playing time via its lithium-polymer battery. We're not sure when it will be available, but expect to pay over $200 for this gem.
Via Tech Digest at Grundig
August 22, 2007
It's nice to see some quality LCD TVs coming to Target. They usually have good stuff, but getting the Bravia brand and exclusivity for the back to school and holiday season is critical in the already crowded LCD market. We're Sony Bravia owners here at TV Snob - but we're more in the 1080p club than the 720p club. Both of the new Target Sony Bravias are 720p, with the 26-inch model going for $800, and the 32-inch for $900; they'll also be available in-store next month. We're not going to turn our nose up in the air over a 720p set - still very good and just want the low end doctor ordered.
Via Gizmodo at Target
Takara is at it again with this crazy underwater mood projector. Sure - it's not TV but it's TV to some life forms on the planet. We love mood lights, mood swings, and even mood rings. We think Takara has a hit on it's hand and we'll be swimming and watching Mood TV on our ceiling very soon.
August 21, 2007
We're calling it. Much like Gizmodo recently, the Soundbar or Faux-Suround Sound Soundbar is becoming the de-facto choice for people who don't like lots of wires running all through their living room. With a home theater Soundbar, you don't have to have 5 speakers, but instead can simulate Dolby Digital 5.1 and other 5 speaker wonders with the Soundbar which usually has a ton of speakers in them and a subwoofer.
Yamaha will be coming out with a bunch of models, the YAS-70 Budget Soundbar and the higher end YSP-4000 - which has all the bells and whistles you'd expect. Personally, the TV Snob isn't that much of a sound snob after wiring up our living room. The sound is amazing with all 5.1 speakers a blaring, but in our new theater room in the basement we're most likely going to go for a Soundbar.
Yamaha also has a lower end model the Yamaha YSP-800 82-Watt Digital Soundbar and you may want to check out the Philips AmbiSound Home Theater Sound Bar with Integrated 1080p-Upscaling DVD/MP3 Player. We like the Philips, but think that you should be able to get an HD-DVD or Blue Ray player with it.
Whatever you choose, make sure you take a walk down to your local Best Buy or other electronics store. This sold us on the fact they work and sound great.
August 20, 2007
This post might be better for our sister site Weather Snob, but if you're looking for an LCD TV with a built-in clock, thermometer and hygrometer, whose dials swing open to reveal speakers, then look no further young shopper.
There's a four-in-one A/V connection (Composite, S-Video, Audio Input and Headphone Jack) and remote control. Maybe this is the perfect TV for the weather obsessed or someone who wants both analog and digital devices living in harmony.
Via Gizmodo at HANNSPREE Timesquare 12.1
There's a "solid chance" that Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon will produce a 90-minute TV special featuring the character of Rupert "Ripper" Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) for the BBC, according to a report by novelist Suzanne Brockmann, one of five winners of an auction for a private dinner with Whedon at Comic-Con International in San Diego last month.
Among the other news coming out of Brockmann's conversation: Whedon is developing Cabin in the Woods, a horror movie with former Buffy writer Drew Goddard.
Via SCI FI Wire
Missed out on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and want to catch up? Watch the Buffy The Vampire Slayer DVDs.
August 17, 2007
Want to make your TV viewing a bit less stressful? Check out this crazy massage viewing chair called the Rave. Integrating the latest stress management technology with a sleek design and color offering, Raffel Comfort Sciences and its flagship brand Tranquil Ease is introducing “The Rave” Synchronized Massage and Music Chair. Raffel Comfort Sciences is a leading, international manufacturer and designer of high quality, high-value personal comfort products including massage, sleep, therapeutic and personal comfort products that promote wellness, relaxation and a stress-free mind, body and spirit.
Using convenient fingertip control, The Rave offers four pre-programmed massage sessions, each running 15 minutes with automatic shutoff. Sessions feature the finest therapeutic Shiatsu acupressure and Swedish massage techniques available, all of which can be adjusted by intensity, width, speed and direction. The sessions provide deep kneading, tapping, rolling, spot and partial massages, to meet the user’s specific needs and preferences. Custom massage options are available.
Read at www.tranquilease.com
With a rather large price drop of over $150, the Logitech Harmony 670 Universal Remote is a total steal. It's Easy to set up - Just connect your Harmony remote to your computer and the Web wizard walks you step-by-step through a simple set up. Enter the model numbers of your components, then answer a few easy questions about how you Watch TV or Watch a DVD. Harmony lets you control even the most complex system without the hassle of programming complicated macros.
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August 16, 2007
It's tough to call the Mac-Mini a home theater pc, but we think the new core duo 2s fit the bill. Since you can run Windows or MAC OS X (though we'll stick with Front Row on OS X), this makes it an easy pick to use as your home theater PC. We've been thinking about upgrading our older PowerPC mini, and given you get 1 gig of ram and a better video card, we think we have a winner. Trust us - watching movies, listening to music, and of course watching TV downloaded from iTunes or your own sources is hard to beat and is much better than Apple TV.
At Apple Mac Mini Core Duo 2
August 15, 2007
Mirror Media has been manufacturing mirrors that also function as TVs for some time now, and this time the company has taken one step further by combining its previous efforts with a built-in computer. The MirrorTV can be combined with a built-in fully compatible multimedia computer, so you can access web or email, run PowerPoint presentations and corporate videos and store and play MP3 audio or MPEG video files. It can be controlled or updated via the internet, WAN or intranet and with an integrated wireless LAN it doesn't even need to be plugged in.
We wish it was a mac and not a windows computer, but if you need to you can always buy one of their older sets and hook it up to your Mac Mini.
At Mirror Media via Ubergizmo
August 14, 2007
If you didn't know, this site is part of a larger network of sites from Blogpire Productions and we'd like to tell you about a new site that's part of the Blogpire - NetworkingAudioVideo.com. If you want to learn how to stream music, movies, and TV around your house - NetworkingAudioVideo.com is for you. We're excited about NetworkingAudioVideo.com, and we're really excited about giving away lots of cool high tech prizes!
We've teamed up with MvixUSA to giveaway some T-Shirts and if enough people sign up - some Mvix Media Centers. The type of prize you can win depends on how many people sign up for our newsletter at NetworkAudioVideo.com. This giveaway will be a tiered giveaway, so the more users that sign up, the bigger the prizes. If more than 500 ( U.S.) users sign up, Mvix will give away All of the following prizes. All winners will be chosen by the end of the giveaway, and be chosen via random drawing.
- (10) MvixUSA T-shirts - 100 signups or more
- (1) Mvix MV-4000U Media Center - 250 signups or more
- (1) Mvix MX-760HD Media Center - 500 signups or more
This giveaway is open to U.S. participants only and ends August 31st, 2007.
To be eligible to win, all you have to do to win is be part of the Networking Audio Video mailing list. Click here to be part of the mailing list or sign up by using the form below.
Thin and from the picture - stunning, Toshiba's third generation of HD DVD players is just 2.4 inches tall. The line starts with the HD-A3 ($300, October), which plays HD DVDs in 1080i, not the superior 1080p format. However the higher-end models, either the HD-A30 ($400, September) or the HD-A35 ($500, October), both of which do 1080p are probably a better bet. It's great to see the prices coming down and we can't wait to see who wins the HD-DVD war.
At Toshiba via SCI FI Tech
August 13, 2007
We love the Philips Ambilight technology and finally they have pushed it to the extreme. The new Aurea televisions are a more aggressive take on ambient television lighting. Fully LED back-lit, the Aureas will actually glow through the case border, creating a dynamic frame effect. Also they've improved the sound to minimize visible speaker components - the Aurea uses 26 tiny drivers as opposed to larger speakers. The new Philips Ambilight sets offer 1080p resolution with 8000:1 dynamic contrast and increased refresh rates. The 42" 42PFL9900D will cost nearly $7000 bucks when it's released in September. Can't wait to see them and we can't wait to light up our TV viewing in style.
At tuexperto via Gizmodo
August 10, 2007
We've always liked reading a bit, or perhaps catching the latest greatest ad in the bathroom while taking a piss - but watch TV? How long will I have to hold it to make sure I get at least 2 minutes of tv/pissing viewing time?
The Piss-Screen - that is the real name - is designed to shock drunk guys in bars into choosing a taxi instead of driving home after one too many. So how does it work? Well, you use your stream of pee to control a car-racing game on the screen. If you're too drunk the car crashes in a horrible mess. Check out a demo video to get the idea.
Via Shiny Shiny
August 9, 2007
We're not big NETGEAR fans, but it looks like Maximum PC thinks the new EVA8000 video, audio, and picture streaming wonder is the thing to own if you have this TV convergence itch. We have a companion site - Networking Audio Video that would sort of agree, but we've been more in the Mvix camp on the entire convergence to the TV front. What do they like? The industrial design is one thing - the unit actually fits in with your cable box and dvd player for a change. They also don't think the user interface sucks and you can actually use the internet with ease. Now we're convinced. :-)
August 6, 2007
Rome - The Complete Second Season
The Simpsons - The Complete Tenth Season
The Simpsons - The Complete Tenth Season (Collectible Bart Head Pack)
The Muppet Show - Season Two
The Dresden Files - The Complete First Season
Full House - The Complete Seventh Season
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August 3, 2007
Looking for a high-end projector? Well, if you have a few bucks lying around, you might want to check out the BenQ W10000 1080p DLP Front Projector. According to a review at HDTV Magazine that starts out:
1080p DLP front projection is slowly starting to dribble into the market but pricing has been high. BenQ is providing the W10000 for the street price of just under $6000, providing a full 1920x1080 DLP Dark Chip3 DMD far closer in price range with other recently released 1080p technology at $5k and below.
As noted, this is a full 1920x1080 chip and does not use wobulation. The advantage here is the potential for a pixel perfect response. Bear in mind this also means pixels are going to be more visible but whether or not that is a problem is a matter of viewing distance. This is a single chip display utilizing an 8 segment color wheel, which also means rainbows are possible. The "rainbow effect", as its known, is a byproduct of using a color wheel to rapidly flash alternating red, green, and blue picture elements to the screen. For a small segment of the population, this can create a visible "rainbow" artifact when projected content features bright objects on a dark background (movie credits, for example). While greatly reduced over the years by adding more sections and increasing rotational speed, they are still perceptible by some viewers.
Overall, the review like the BenQ W10000 except for color issus:
As noted in the subjective viewing results, this machine appears to do everything right with my areas of complaint related far more to specsmanship rather than visual experience. That green primary error hangs like a sore thumb on an otherwise blemish free delivery. The reality is most consumers would be unaware and many a videophile would let this one slide considering the rest of the package. I have enjoyed this projector immensely but ultimately the green error prevents it from being a long term product in my performance world; I want the correct colors.
We'll try to round you up a few more reviews of th W10000 so we can get an overall consenus.
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August 2, 2007
There's been a lot of speculation about the new TiVo HD out in the last few months and it looks like most of its been right. The great thing about the new TiVo is that it retails for $299. Not too shabby when you realize it records 180 hours of standard TV (20 hours for HD) and dual CableCARD slots. Here are the basic specs:
- Controls cable TV with Record, Pause, Rewind, and Fast-Forward in HD
- Records two HD channels at once, while watching another recorded show
- Records up to 20 hours in HD (or 180 hours in Standard Definition)
- Designed specifically for cable customers1
- Video output modes include: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i
- Download thousands of movies directly to your TV
- Share home movies with your friends and family on their TV
- Get broadband videos, music and photos on your TV
- Schedule shows online
- Discover broadcast and broadband shows with universal Swivel Search
- Easily pre-approve what your kids watch with TiVo KidZone
- 16.5" W x 12.625" D x 3.375" H
- Weight: 12 lbs.
- Signal sources: Digital cable, Analog cable, Digital antenna (ATSC) and Analog antenna channels (satellite not supported)
- Outputs: HDMI, Component video, S-video, Composite video, Optical audio, Analog audio
- Video output modes include: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i
- Inputs: Dual CableCARD support (2 slots), Cable coax, Antenna coax
- Ethernet connection, USB 2.0 ports (2), phone line, E-SATA***
- Works with the TiVo Wireless G Network Adapter
- TiVo Series3 architecture
More at TiVo.com
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August 1, 2007
I've mentioned it before but I'm really a big fan of wireless headphones. In fact, I prefer to watch TV with headphones because it gives me the ability to block out outside noises and really become involved in what I'm watching. The key to to wireless headphones is to find a pair that can really handle the sound output from your TV or home theater system. One of the best sets of headphones you can look at is Pioneer SE-DIR800C HDPH Dolby Digital 5.1 Wireless Headphones. According to Amazon:
Amazon.com Product Description
Don't let a sleeping family keep you from your new action adventure movie, DTS 5.1 concert, or online video game tournament by setting up these Pioneer wireless surround sound headphones. The SE-DIR800C phones, which connect to any 5.1-channel source--including a DVD player, game console, digital cable box, or satellite receiver--are equipped with Dolby Headphone technology, which produces up to five virtual loudspeakers in your head by directing and reflecting the sound from each channel. The effect is a stunning surround experience, far more dimensional than with typical headphones, and, some say, even better than with a high-performance surround speaker system. The audio is natural sounding and doesn't cause "listener fatigue" as do many other headphones. The phones also work with a variety of surround formats, including Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Surround.
Most conveniently, the SE-DIR800C phones are completely cordless. The small wireless transmitter connects to your source (DVD player, game console, etc.) and broadcasts a clear, strong signal via infrared technology to the headphones. Thanks to the wireless technology, you won't snag a headphone cord on furniture, your dog, your glasses, or anything else.
The phones feature a trio of "virtual room" presets from which to choose. The options actually reproduce the sound of a playback system in up to three different listening environments based on the acoustic measurements of real rooms. The small room setting (DH1) re-creates a small, well-damped room with very little reverberation that's perfect for both movies and music-only recordings, while the medium room (DH2) is a more acoustically live (or "wet") room that's well suited to both formats as well (with moderate reverberation). Meanwhile, the large room setting (DH3) offers a bigger sound, more like the audio within a concert hall or movie theater.
You just can't go wrong with headphones that incorporate Dolby Digital Surround Sound. Be sure to check out the deal at Amazon.
Compare Prices: Pioneer SE-DIR800C HDPH Dolby Digital 5.1 Wireless Headphones
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