November 29, 2009
Anyone seriously concerned about acquiring swine flu or any other number of exotic diseases these days probably wonder about the cleanliness inherent in handling money--or say, Netflix discs. To test out the cleanliness of Netflix discs, which are handled by millions of people, KLTV.com sent a sample of six Netflix discs
and sleeves to the pathology lab at the University of Texas Health Science Center of Tyler to put them under the microscope. Surprisingly, at least to myself, the four different types of bacteria found to be growing on the discs were nothing to be concerned about. Separate testing of the sleeves proved to be benign as well. To be fair, a sample of six discs is small, and doesn't mean every Netflix disc is clean. But I wonder if companies like Redbox or Blockbuster would fair as well?
November 17, 2009
If you're okay with forking out some dough for a second-tier brand HDTV this Black Friday, Meijer.com may be a good place to check out. Among its published Black Friday HDTV deals:
Sylvania Blu-ray Disc Player $89.00
Blu-ray Movies - Over 24 Title to Choose From - (Live Free or Die Hard, Die Another Day, Speed and more) $9.00
Sylvania 19" Class LCD HDTV $129.99
Sylvania 42" 1080p LCD HDTV $499.99
Buy Any Xbox 360 Game System or Bundle, Get Grand Theft Auto IV and Halo 3 FREE $0.00
Buy a PS3 120GB Slim Console, Get 2 Buy-ray Movies and 2 Video Games (Exclusions Apply) $0.00
Nintendo DSi Video Game System w/ FREE $30 Meijer Coupon Good For Your Next Purchase $169.99
Nintendo Wii Console w/ $50 OFF Your Next Meijer Purchase Coupon $199.99
November 16, 2009
It's not too often that we see 32-inch HDTVs being reviewed these days, but CNET has a review of the 32-inch Vizio VO320E thanks to its "Eco" tag because it exceeds the Energy Star standard by more than 15 percent. Interestingly, despite the fact the set is fairly energy-efficient, it really doesn't out do other LCDs on the market by much. Where it does shine is its picture quality which you'll get for a low, low price. Just $360 and change. You can read the entire review here.
November 15, 2009
Here's some of the latest Black Friday HDTV deals that have appeared on the web. Best Buy has the best (and most) stuff I've seen so far.
Haier 22" LCD TV $199.99
Xbox 360 Arcade System With Carry Case And Three Games $229.95
Samsung BD-1600A Blu-ray Disc Player $149.99
Gigaware Micro Projector $99.99
AOC 22" 720P LCD HDTV $199.99
Auvio 3.5" Pocket Digital TV $79.99
Auvio 7" Portable TV $119.99
Samsung 32" LCD HDTV $399.99
Xbox 360 Elite System w/$60 Cash Back & 2 Games (Lego Batman and Pure)
Insignia Blu-ray Disc Player (Model # NS-BRDVD3) w/Superman Returns or Beetlejuice Bluray $99.99
Samsung BD-P1600 Blu-Ray Disc Player $149.99
Samsung BD-P4600 Blu-ray Disc Player $279.99
Sony BDP-S360 Blu-ray Disc Player $149.99
Logitech Harmony 510 Advanced Universal Remote $39.99
Western Digital WDTV Media Player $74.99
4' Monster Cable 700 Series HDMI Cable $49.99
Init Cherry Wood Stand With Mount For TVs Up To 46" $99.99
Init Cherry Wood w/Black Glass Shelves TV Stand $149.99
Klipsch Icon 2-Way Triple 5.25" Floorstanding Speaker $186.99
Klipsch Icon 2-Way Triple 6.5" Floorstanding Speaker $236.99
Samsung 5.1 Channel 1000W Home Theater System With Blu-ray Disc Player $399.99
Sony 5.1 Channel 1000W Home Theater System $279.99
Sony 7.1 Channel 770-Watt A/V Receiver $279.99
Dynex 19" 720p LCD HDTV (Model # DX-L19-10A) $149.99
Dynex 32" 720p LCD HDTV (Model # DX-L321-10A) $299.99 *
Dynex 40" 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV (Model # DX-L40-10A) $499.99
Insignia 42" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV (Model # NS-L42Q120-10A) $699.99 *
LG 32" 1080p LCD HDTV (Model # 32LH30-UA) $439.99
Panasonic Viera 50" 1080p Plasma HDTV (Model # TC-P50U1) w/Blu-ray Disc Player (Model # DMP-BD60K) $999.98
Samsung 32" 1080p LCD HDTV (Model # LN32B530P7F) $497.99
Samsung 32" 720p LCD HDTV (Model # LN32B360C5D) $397.99
Samsung 40" 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV (Model # LN40B500P3FXZA) $597.99
Samsung 42" 720p Plasma HDTV (Model # PN42B400P3DXZA) $547.99
Samsung 46" 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (Model # UN4686000VF) $1599.99 *
Samsung 46" 1080p LCD HDTV (LN46B500P3FXZA) $847.99
Samsung 50" 1080p Plasma HDTV (Model # PN50B530S2F) $897.99
Samsung 50" 720p Plasma HDTV (Model # PN50B430P2D) $697.99
Sony 32" 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV (Model # KDL32L504) $377.99
Sony 40" 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV (Model # KDL40S504) $662.99
Sony 46" 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV (Model # KDL465504) $852.99
Tilting Wall Mount For 30"-56" Flat-Panel TVs $99.99
November 12, 2009
YouTube is about to enter the world of 1080p video, according to an announcement today at the NewTeeVee Live conference. So far the Google-owned video platform has only supported 720p video and due to a variety of factors, HD video playback only accounts for 10% of all video views. Most of that is due to software/hardware limitations, but YouTube has decided to scrap waiting for the world to catch up. YouTube simply has to re-encode already available video and will roll out 1080p video playback and a new fullscreen player within the next few days.
November 11, 2009
Bang & Olufsen today launched the largest BeoVision 7 HDTV yet available -- 55 inches large. The set adds in 120 Hz motion refresh and a built-in Blu-ray player with digital surround sound. The new BeoVision 7 also features LED locally dimming backlighting, two three-way bass reflex speakers, six integrated 125W ICEpower amplifiers, a center speaker, and a motorized floor stand. The set can also be mounted. Color options available include natural aluminum, black, blue, dark grey and red and the price tag runs a high $18700.
November 9, 2009
Whether or not a company produces a product with any green benefits, spin doctoring the product's respective marketing material to make it seem that way seems to be a must. Though I think many, many consumer electronics products out there today boasting "eco-friendliness" are anything but. Sony's KDL-46VE5 LCD HDTV sports the eco-friendly tag, yet according to CNET, the set is in fact energy efficient and performs well from a quality picture perspective.
The set has a presence sensor which detects a viewer in front of it. When the viewer leaves, the TV set automatically shuts off. Novel, and a reason to up the price, but I'd imagine the feature does save quite a bit of energy. Other positive features according to the reviewers include "relatively deep black levels", solid standard mode dejudder processing, plenty of connectivity options and picture controls. Not so great features include bluish-tinged dark areas, expensive price, and dejudder-dependent antiblur.
CNET ended up giving the 46-inch LCD set a 3.5 out of 5 and a "Good" energy rating.
Sony KDL-46VE5 -- At Amazon
November 7, 2009
Today Amazon is boasting some super hot pre-Black Friday deals that include a $199.98 Xbox 360 Arcade that includes a $100 promo code for the free purchase of other items. The first run is already 100% claimed for this morning, but it'll be on again at 12 PM PST. You'll have to be on the ball though as I expect the 360s will sell out in a matter of minutes. Other Gold Box deals today include a 32-inch Sony Bravia HDTV for $399.99.
Walmart will also be offering the same deal in retail stores across the United States, though there will only be 10 units available per outlet.
November 6, 2009
TiVo owners unhappy with the speed and bandwidth capabilities of the current AG0100 Wireless G USB network adapter will be happy to know an 802.11n version appeared in the FCC database today. The AN0100 Wireless 11n AP doesn't have a description or any images attached in the FCC filing (aside from what looks like an included Ethernet slot), but it's probable that the new adapter will better handle wireless HD streaming across a home network. The current version of the DVR adapter features support for TiViToGo, online scheduling, multi-room viewing, and photo and music playback.
November 2, 2009
It may still be three weeks away from Black Friday 2009, but it's never to early to get your shopping plans in order. Skimming the net this evening, I've been trying to pull together the best home theater/HDTV deals I could find! Here's what I have so far from material that has already been leaked.
Panasonic 42" plasma-->$649.99
Samsung 50" PN50B430-->$699.99
Sony 40" Class LCD HDTV (Model KDL40S504)-->$664.99
Sony 46" Class LCD HDTV (Model KDL-46S504)-->$854.99
Sony 46" LCD HDTV (Model KDL46V5100)-->$1239.99
Sony 52" LCD HDTV (Model KDL52V5100)-->$1599.99
Sylvania 37" LC370SS9 LCD HDTV-->$399.99
Samsung Blu-ray Disc Player (Model BD-P1600-A)-->$149.99
Sony Blu-ray Disc Player (Model #BDPS360)-->$149.99
RCA 5.1 Channel 250 Watt Home Theater System RTD317-->$99.99
Samsung 5.1 Channel 1000 Watt Single Disc HT-Z320 DVD Home Theater System-->$197.99
Samsung Blu-ray Home Theater System (Model HT-BD1250)-->$397.99
Sony Bravia 5.1 Channel 1000 Watt Integrated Home Theater System DAV-HDX589-->$329.99
Blu-ray DVDs - $14.99