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)
With it's price and reliability, Vizio sure is becoming the choice for consumers looking for HDTV. Amazon has some pretty good deals on various Vizio HD TVs and we especially like this deal on the Vizio L32:
The Vizio L32 widescreen 32-inch LCD TV offers an HDTV display capability at 720p and 1080i, allowing you to enjoy high-definition content broadcast in either format. This product offers a super high 1366 x 768 native resolution, an 800:1 contrast ratio, a high 500 cd/m2 brightness that provides a more vivid, brilliant picture in any environment, and a 170-degree viewing angle. Get PIP and POP side-by-side, to watch two video programs at same time. The super fast 12-millesecond action video response time ensures that you can enjoy fast-moving games and videos with stunning clarity.
It's energy efficient, consuming 60% less power than conventional TVs of the same size. The 50,000-hour lamp life provides 20 years of use before half-brightness level is reached (based on avg 6 hrs/day use). Support an nntenna or cable TV through the NTSC tuner, RF input, digital HD from a cable or satellite STB, HDTV receiver, or DVD player through the HDMI input, analog HD from a cable or satellite STB, HDTV receiver, or DVD player through component video (YPbPr) inputs, A/V video from a cable or satellite STB, HDTV receiver, or DVD player through composite video and S-Video inputs.
Inputs: 1 RF for internal NTSC tuner, 1 HDMI (digital video + digital audio), 2 component + audio, 2 composite + audio, 1 S-Video/composite + audio, 1 RGB (analog) + audio, 1 RS232 serial port (DB9). Outputs: 1 audio out (RCA), 1 headphone. Speakers are built-in, 2 at 10 watts each. Remote control and TV stand included.
Get the sharpest and clearest images possible from both HD and standard television programming and your favorite DVD movies with the technologically advanced 46-inch Toshiba 46HM95 DLP projection TV. Vivid imagery and vibrant colors will pop off the screen, thanks to the integrated Texas Instruments' HD2+ chip, which enables a much higher contrast ratio along with a more consistent picture than other DLP chips due to filled-in mirror "vias" in the center of each pixel. This set has a built-in analog/digital/digital cable tuners (NTSC/ATSC/QAM) that will receive free over-the-air HDTV signals (ATSC) and HDTV signals from a cable connection (QAM). It's also Digital Cable Ready (via the CableCard slot), so you can enjoy digital cable without an additional box or remote using an optional CableCard. It also comes with TV Guide On Screen and Toshiba's innovative Channel Browser "back" button feature--similar to a PC browser back button--that allows easy access to recently viewed channels.
DLP (which stands for Digital Light Processing) uses an optical semiconductor to recreate source material with a fidelity analog systems can't match. While other technologies lose a certain amount of light in transit, the microscopic mirrors in a DLP projection system bring more light from lamp to screen. It also features better color uniformity over time--no burn-in, screen aging or color-shifting possible. It's the leading display technology for products like small portable conference room projectors and professional venue entertainment systems.
The technology at the center of the 46HM95 is the new Toshiba Digital Light Engine named Talen X, which utilizes Texas Instruments' xHD4 chip, advanced optics, and Toshiba's DEEP Picture and Xtreme BLAC technologies to provide high resolution with improved brightness and contrast. It also includes the new PixelPure AT Digital Video Processing, utilizing new Adaptive Technology to create further improved picture quality, the new Radiance 150 Hi-Bright Lamp for noticeably brighter images and a TheaterFine DFP Screen with anti-glare coating that results in increased detail and noticeably deeper blacks.
The PixelPure AT digital video processor offers motion adaptive de-interlacing, adaptive MPEG processing, and adaptive contrast and color enhancement for a consistently high picture quality. The 3D Y/C digital comb filter (4 MB, 10-Bit) constantly analyzes the three dimensions of picture height, picture width, and picture changes-over-time, to reduce dramatically edge image artifacts while improving transition detail.
The TheaterNet Control System simplifies the control of external components through both an IR jack and Firewire (IEEE1394) port, the latter of which can be used to transmit digital video and audio and allow for recording of HDTV. This set also includes a built-in OmniViewer memory card slot, which is compatible with a wide variety of popular formats--Secure Digital (SD), MultiMedia (MMC), Memory Stick, Compact Flash, and Smart Media--enabling you to view photo slideshows directly from your digital camera's memory card.
Perfect for viewing high-definition content and your favorite widescreen movies, this set offers a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1280 x 720-pixel resolution. Other features include both picture-in-picture (PIP) and picture-on-picture (POP) capabilities, tri-lingual on-screen menus (English, French, Spanish), channel labeling, channel return, channel browse, favorite channel, and V-Chip parental controls.
The 40-watt stereo audio system (two 20-watt speakers) delivers ample sound for sports and movies. It features the following video and audio connections:
If you're looking for a quality Plasma and a lower-end price, you always want to take a peek at Hitachi products. Amazon has a great deal going on right now on the Hitachi Ultravision 42HDS69 42" Plasma HDTV:
Amazon.com Product Description
Get the most out of your high-definition plasma television purchase with the 42-inch Hitachi 42HDS69, which offers a wealth of advanced technological features that will ensure superior picture and audio performance for years to come. Its blend of refined aesthetics is ideal for any home while its fully high-definition display--with 1080 vertical lines of interlaced resolution--provides stunningly vivid and colorful entertainment.
The set's built-in ATSC (DTV) tuner pulls HD signals (480p/720p/1080i) right from the airwaves, and its QAM tuner is fully compatible with unscrambled HDTV cable reception. The set's CableCARD port means the set will also receive digital cable television systems services directly from a compatible cable operator without requiring a bulky, external cable box. A standard analog NTSC tuner receives standard-definition (SD) programming. It comes with a manual swivel tabletop stand.
Plasma display technology offers the widest viewing angle of any type of television. The wide viewing angle makes plasma the ultimate choice for wall mounted television. Plasma television performance is also exceptional for producing high quality images of fast motion content, like sports programming.
Hitachi's original ALiS (Alternate Lighting of Surfaces) technology minimizes the barriers between picture elements or pixels to deliver a smoother, more film-like picture. Using more than one million pixels, ALiS can reproduce more detail than any plasma in its class. ALiS is also unique in that it is designed to match closely to the 1080i HDTV system for a sharp, smooth and seamless image.
This set's video is powered by the PictureMaster HD III processing technology, which features third-generation 1080p processing and new histogram processing for enhanced contrast, sharpness, and color for a clearer, sharper picture. It also offers extended color capabilities to reproduce the purest reds, greens and blues, a maximum 16-bit/281 trillion color capability, and a 16 percent brighter panel.
For under $1500 and free shipping, you can't beat this deal!
Since the TiVo services seems to keep evolving, now might be the time to consider getting a TiVo. Amazon has a decent deal going on a Series2 80 Hour Dual Tuner DVR:
Amazon.com Product Description:
The TiVo Series2 DT does something that only DirecTV TiVo users have enjoyed up till now--the ability to record two shows at once. This dual-tuner (DT) TiVo Series2 is the first standalone DVR that's optimized for households with cable television. Now, you'll never have to miss any of your favorite shows--even if they're on at the same time. It also offers the same entertainment services as other TiVo Series2 DVRs, including digital music, digital photos, remote scheduling, and hassle-free favorites recording. All this and the famed luxury of being able to pause and view instant replays of live television, too. TiVo DVRs record television programming directly to an onboard digital ATA/IDE hard drive, eliminating the hassles of videotape (imprecise tape searching, head cleaning, steadily degrading picture, fuzzy sound, etc.).
This TiVo Series2 DT model (TCD649080) offers an 80-hour recording capacity. It offers the ability to simultaneously record programming from two basic cable channels, or one basic cable channel and one digital cable channel. It also includes built-in Ethernet and USB ports, making it easier than ever to add the TiVo box to your home network. This enables you to take advantage of the TivoToGo feature, which allows you to transfer programs from the TiVo box to a Windows-based desktop or laptop PC so you can watch your favorite programs on the go or while others are watching live or recorded programing on the TV.
So put away those old VHS tapes and enter the 21rst century!
If you're like me, getting up to put in a DVD is such a pain in the butt. That's why you want to check out this deal at Amazon on the Sony DVPCX995V 400-Disc DVD Mega Changer/Player:
Amazon.com Product Description
Conveniently store your entire DVD library (or all your favorite CDs and Super Audio CDs) in the Sony DVPCX995V 400-disc, progressive scan Mega Changer--the perfect tool for organizing your media library as well as providing extraodinary high definition sound and video to your home theater. It up-scales video to high-definition (1080i/720p) resolution and transmits high quality audio through a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI). It also features a redesigned Disc Explorer on-screen graphic interface, providing intuitive and easy access to the expansive disc library. With the ability to conveniently house and sort through 400 media discs, this cool player can eliminate the need for racks and racks of CD and DVD storage.
It features Sony's Precision Cinema Progressive circuitry, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 channel outputs, and also offers coaxial and optical digital outputs. It's compatible with DVD-RW/-R/+RW/+R, MP3, JPEG, CD-RW/-R, VCD and SVCD formats--so it can play just about any disc you have from movies and video to music. Other convenience features include multi-disc resume (40 discs), custom parental controls (on all 400 discs), playback memory (400 discs), background graphics that display on your TV while music plays, and a multi-brand remote control.
Wow! You'll be amazed by the price, so be sure to check it out.
Looking for a name-brand 50" Plasma under $2500? You'll want to check out the great deal on the Pioneer PDP-5070HD PureVision 50" Plasma HDTV over at Amazon:
Amazon.com Product Description
The 50-inch Pioneer PDP-5070HD plasma television delivers large, lifelike images right out of the box, thanks to the built-in ATSC (digital) tuner that can pick up over-air high-def channels with an optional antenna. You can also hook up an HDMI-capable cable or satellite set-top box and enjoy the highest standard of high-definition audio and video--with only a single cord connection. Nicely compact, it features a bottom mounted speaker design that makes it easy to fit into a home theater cabinet with a smaller footprint.
Pioneer's exclusive Crystal Emissive Layer is sandwiched between the plasma glass and the individual light cells. This advanced layer helps conduct energy more efficiently so that each cell can be charged and discharged three times faster than before. Pioneer's Advanced Continuous Emission IV (ACE IV) works in conjunction with the Crystal Emissive Layer in the glass to reduce the visual steps between levels of color, making color transitions smoother than ever before. It also offers both vertical and horizontal ribs that help keep the light focused and concentrated, and prevent it from bleeding into neighboring cells. This cell structure means a brighter, sharper, and more accurate image that consistently reminds you of the reasons you bought a plasma TV in the first place.
The PDP-5070HD features a 1365 x 768-pixel resolution (meaning that 1080p signals via the HDMI connection will be downscaled) and a wide 160-degree viewing angle. This Pioneer PureVision plasma TV uses Pure Drive II, 10-bit all-digital processing that maintains a digital path throughout signal processing. This streamlined Pure Drive process provides an optimal picture with virtually no video noise or loss of quality. Other video processing features include Dynamic Range Expansion (DRE) to further reduce video noise, Advanced Pure Cinema 3:3 pull-down for smooth, natural reproduction of film content, and color temperature adjustment.
Be sure to check this deal out before the price goes up.
Ahh, the serenity of watching TV while blocking out all of the outside disturbances. If you a wireless headphones fanatic like me, you'll want to check out the Sennheiser RS 140 Wireless Balanced Headphones. According to Amazon:
Listening with headphones is almost an exercise in personal bondage. You're movement is limited by the length of the headphone cable. Stylish, lightweight, and comfortable Sennheiser RS140 wireless RF headphone system features a switchable dynamic compression system for excellent speech intelligibility and a balance control for optimum right/left volume adjustment. If necessary, a high output level can be adjusted to compensate for moderate hearing loss. Enjoy wireless freedom of sound with exceptional sound adaptation. Using Radio Frequencies for its wireless technology, you're free to travel around your home while listening to your sounds without disturbing others.
At the core, it's all about the enjoyment of listening without restriction. For that, the RS140 is essential. Optimum signal reception due to self-learning automatic level control Extremely comfortable to wear, ightweight Range - up to 150 meters (RS 140 - 864 MHz) or up to 100 m (RS 140 - 926 MHz) Easy recharging - simply hang the headphones onto the charging cradle / Rechargeable NiMH batteries included Optional wall mounting (transmitter) possible Acoustic signals provide feedback on many functions Operating time per full charge - Up to 23 hours Sennheiser USA 2-year warranty.
Be sure to check out all of the great user reviews of the Sennheiser RS 140 on Amazon's website.
There's nothing I dig more than a A/V Receiver with the ability to integrate an XM receiver. That's why I really like the Onkyo TX-SR504 7.1 Channel A/V Receiver which has quite a few other features at a truly reasonable price. According to Amazon.com:
From the Manufacturer
Want more than a superb balance of precise surround sound processing, powerful amplification and signal-enhancing technologies to bring out the very best in your home theater? The TX-SR504 goes above and beyond by giving you the capability to switch up to three high-definition components for simple connection to HDTVs. So, on top of sensational DVD movies and your own music catalog, the TX-SR504 easily integrates recorded video content, live high-definition broadcasts and the most gripping console games. While this receiver’s sophistication can’t be denied, it’s also designed to make operating your home entertainment a stress-free, simple exercise. A perfectly laid out rear panel features color-coded ports, while the preprogrammed RI (Remote Interactive) remote control and accessible front panel controls do all the work for you. In more ways than one, the TX-SR504 will set you up for the best home theater entertainment yet.
XM® Satellite Radio* (through XM Passport™) with XM HD Surround
With the next-generation XM Connect and Play port on the TX-SR504’s rear, it is possible to access 160 digital channels of radio programming including 100% commercial-free music; over 30 channels of news, sports, talk and entertainment; and over 20 dedicated channels of XM Instant Traffic & Weather. Now with XM Passport, a mini satellite tuner can be easily connected to other XM Ready devices (like car audio and portable device players) using only one subscription. And in a landmark breakthrough for radio, XM is able to offer XM HD Surround: radio content with six discrete channels of digital audio, enabling 24-hour, 5.1-channel surround sound radio for the very first time. Using the TX-SR504’s onboard Neural Audio decoder, XM HD Surround is possible with the free-form music channel Fine Tuning (XM Channel 76) and XM Pops (XM Channel 113), as well as with a variety of special shows and live music performances.
*Requires XM Passport/Connect and Play Kit
The Onkyo TX-SR504 7.1 Channel A/V Receiver is currently less than $200 with free shipping, so you might want check this deal out before it's gone.
If you're looking for a great deal on a sweet looking TV, be sure to check out the Philips 42" Widescreen Plasma TV:
Amazon.com Product Description
Save space and enjoy a wonderfully vivid picture with the stylish, 42-inch Philips 42PF7320A widescreen plasma TV, a great choice for your full-featured entertainment center. It has a built-in 181-channel NTSC tuner for standard television broadcasts, and you can receive high-definition TV right out of the box with the optional, removable CableCARD, which picks up HD (ATSC) broadcasts from your digital cable provider (digital cable subscription required). This set includes a tabletop stand, but it's also wall-mountable with optional kit (VESA compatible).
This plasma TV includes an anti-ageing circuit to help prevent screen burn-in and an anti-reflective coating on the screen. This set uses Philips' exclusive Pixel Plus video processor to increase the number of lines and the number of pixels. The result is razor sharp pictures with incredible detail and dept, every time from any source.
The 42PF7320A has a 1024 x 768-pixel resolution, 160-degree viewing angle, a 1500 cd/m2 (candela per square meter) brightness rating, and a 10000:1 contrast ratio. (The higher the contrast ratio, the greater a TV's ability to display subtle color details and not get washed out by ambient room light.) Other features include picture-in-picture display (via component and HDMI connections), auto volume leveler, adjustable color temperature and sharpness, sleep timer, and V-Chip parental controls.
What a great TV for around $2000 with free shipping so you might want to jump on this price while you've got the chance.