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September 14, 2007

Blu-ray vs HD-DVD - What's Going On?

Bluray Hddvd Shiny Shiny has a really amazing article on the current state of HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. From what they've found the stats are a nightmare - there are enough out there for each format to pick some stat and make it look like they're winning. For instance: Blu-ray discs are outselling HD-DVD discs 3:1. But, HD-DVD players are outselling Blu-ray players 3:1. Are the Blu-ray player owners buying a hell of a lot more films? Nope, it's all about the PS3. Because the PS3 has the Blu-Ray player - it's already got a huge installed base.

And, there's no doubt that you're going to have to invest somewhere - by 2011 it's predicted that 60% of homes will have an HD ready TV, but only 20% will receive HD from their television provider. So, this missing 40% are going to have to get their HD content from somewhere - and it's likely to be players, either standalone, laptops or games consoles.

Our answer is to buy a dual format player or just stick to DVD. Trust us - you're in no rush, and if you have a premium cable package the majority of good films show on the HD channels anyway. And if you have to rush out - get a PS3 or the Xbox HD-DVD option for your Xbox 360.

Via Shiny Shiny

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September 5, 2007

Vizio Becomes the #1 HDTV Seller in the U.S.

VizologoVizio is now the biggest seller of HDTV sets in America. We've got a Vizio ourselves - the 42" model and we love it. Just last Christmas we purchased it over the more expensive Sony or Sharp because it had all the features we wanted - HDMI, good sound, and a big picture. You won't find Vizio everywhere, but you will find them at Costco or your local Walmart and don't be scared - they're really solid and a great set.

For current deals on two sets that were big last season check out below.

Via I4U News

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August 30, 2007

The Ultimate 46 Inch 1080p LCD TV - The Sony KDL-46XBR2


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.

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August 28, 2007

Make Your HDTV Antenna Less Tacky


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

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August 21, 2007

The Year of the Soundbar for your HDTV and Home Theater

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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.

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August 2, 2007

TiVo HD is Finally Here

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:

Product Overview:

  • 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

Product Features:

  • 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

Product Dimensions:

  • 16.5" W x 12.625" D x 3.375" H

  • Weight: 12 lbs.

Product Specifications:

  • 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

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July 26, 2007

Rumor: Vizio to Offer 52-inch LCD TV

This hasn't been verified but if you're looking for an inexpensive 52-inch LCD TV, you'll want to check out Costco next month. According to DigiTimes:

A 52-inch Vizio-branded full-HD LCD TV is expected to hit the North America market in August with the panels sourced from LG.Philips LCD, according to sources.

The price tag for the new model will be US$2,200 and the TV will first be available in Costco, added the sources.

If you don't have a Costco nearby, I'd assume you should be able to find it at your local Sams Club in the near future. We'll keep you posted if any "official" details come out on a Vizio 52-inch LCD.


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July 24, 2007

Get Full HD with the Sony KDL-40V2500 40 inch Bravia V-Series 1080p LCD HDTV

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You're going to get Full HD at 1920 x 1080 panel Resolution with over 2 million pixels with this Sony. The Sony KDL-40V2500 40" Bravia V-Series 1080p LCD HDTV uses Sony's Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE), and builds a Dynamic Contrast Ratio of up to 7000:1 achieved by using real-time image processing. We like the PC input (HD-15-pin) and the 2x HDMI inputs. Plus, we hear the sound is quite excellent on this set.

At Sony KDL-40V2500 40" Bravia V-Series 1080p LCD HDTV

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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?


Bang & Olufsen Website

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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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