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December 14, 2009

JVC outs world's first wireless soundbar home theater systems

JVCSoundbars.jpgToday JVC has introduced two new soundbar home theater systems--the 5.1-channel TH-BA3 and the 4.1-channel TH-BS7.

JVC claims the TH-BA3 is the world's first dual wireless home theater soundbar featuring both a wireless subwoofer and wireless surround speakers. The system pumps out 280 Watts and built into the soundbar is a power amplifier, surround decoding, system controls and the transmitter for the wireless surround speakers. Capable of decoding Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby ProLogic II surround signals, the TH-BA3 also includes one analog and two optical digital inputs. The soundbar system is now available for $549.95.

The TH-BS7 is differentiated by its slim design meant to complement today's super-thin HDTVs and its ability to be wall-mounted. The soundbar is only 1.4 inches tall, the wall-mountable amplifier is even slimmer (1.2 inches) and the unit also includes a wireless subwoofer (with a 6-inch woofer powered by a 100 Watt amp). According to JVC's press release, the slim design is in part due to the design of its "Direct Drive speaker technology that uses a unique voice coil design and strong neodymium magnets" to deliver sound. The four Direct Drive speakers are all pushed by 20 Watts while the entire system boasts 180 Watts overall. Like the TH-BA3, the TH-BS7 is capable of decoding Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II sound and has one analog input. However the TH-BS7 throws in an extra optical digital input making it three available for use. Also available this December, the TH-BS7 costs $599.95.

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October 11, 2009

LG outs Mark Levinson-approved Blu-ray home theater system

lg-HB954SP.jpgLG announced the HB954SP Blu-ray home cinema system this past Thursday bringing Mark Levinson-approved audio to the masses. The 5.1-channel theater system features 1080p video playback, 1000 Watts of power and 5 oval-shaped pictures. The included Blu-ray player has an attractive design with a slide-out slot for an iPod Touch or iPhone, both of which can be controlled by remote control. The Blu-ray player is also Profile 2.0 so owners can access interactive film content on the web via the built-in Ethernet port. Full YouTube integration is also included if you're more of an amateur video fan. Other specs of note include standard-def video upscaling to 1080p, a pair of HDMI slots, a USB connection, and the LG Sound Gallery, enabling owners to access 7 sound controls to match the room ambiance. While LG hasn't released a price yet, the HB954SP Blu-ray home theater system is expected to arrive on retailers' shelves in November.

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September 19, 2009

Denon 9.3-channel AVR-4810CI ships for $2999

denon-4810ci.jpgDenon has introduced the AVR-4810CI audio/video receiver, a 9.3-channel receiver outfitted with 9 built-in amplifiers configurable to a plethora of system designs. Features include 6 HDMI inputs/2 outputs, all certified for HDMI 1.3a, support for Dolby Pro Logic IIz with Front Height Effects Channels, as well as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio. Video-specific features include 2.35:1 CinemaScope, Anchor Bay Technologies-powered 1080p/24 analog upscaling, and more. An Ethernet port and Wi-Fi connectivity are also provided for audio, video and photo streaming. Shipping now, the AVR-4810CI AV receiver is a great companion home theater piece for the DBP-4010UDCI Universal Blu-ray Disc Player, and costs $2999. Definitely pricey, but seemingly worth it for the features bought.

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September 6, 2009

Philips Wireless HDTV Link transmits 1080p video up to 30 feet

philips-wireless-hdtv-link.jpgPhilips intends to clean up your home theater cable clutter with the Wireless HDTV Link, a small box capable of transmitting 1080p/30 content to any major brand HDTV from up to 30 feet away. Small enough to fit behind a standard wall mount, the Philips Wireless HDTV Link also has 2 HDMI ports and 2 component slots. Costing the equivalent of US$850, the Wireless HDTV Link is expected to ship soon (probably in Europe).

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September 5, 2009

Samsung adds YouTube streaming, MKV file support to 2009 Blu-ray and home theater products

samsung-youtube.jpgAdd YouTube video and MKV file support to the growing list of capabilities that Samsung's 2009 Blu-ray players and home theater systems offer. Blockbuster support was announced earlier this summer and is still on track to debut this fall, but a free firmware upgrade available now enables BDP-1600, BDP-3600, and BDP-4600 Blu-ray owners to start streaming SD YouTube videos now. MKV file support (often used for torrents) is also included in the update. Blockbuster and YouTube support will also be available later this year for the HT-BD1250, HT-BD7200, HT-BD8200, and HT-BD3252--Samsung's 2009 Blu-ray home theaters. The company hasn't specified an exact date that the home theater firmware update will be available.

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August 15, 2009

LG LHB953 Blu-ray HTIB gets reviewed: a solid buy

lhb953.jpgLG first announced a trio of Blu-ray HTIBs at CES earlier this year, and now the product reviews are beginning to roll in. CNET put the screws to the LG LHB953 Blu-ray HTIB recently, and by the time the review was done, the LG home theater unit had thrown the screws right back.

Though the LHB953 wasn't the best HTIB from an aesthetic perspective released so far this year (it's a little big), it's Blu-ray image quality and 5.1-channel audio playback was top of the line. Furthermore, it's excellent streaming capabilities which include Netflix, CinemaNow, Pandora and Youtube really push it over the top.

CNET says the LHB953 could use some video inputs, as well as automatic speaker calibration and a wireless rear speaker option. But for $436, it's well worth the money spent for the overall quality purchased.

LG LHB953 Blu-ray HTIB-->At Amazon

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August 10, 2009

Onkyo outs high-end TX-NR807, TX-NR707 AV receivers

onkyo-txnr807.jpgLast week the prolific Onkyo announced its HT Series AV receiver duo. This week the company has shipped a pair of additional models in its TX line. The TX-NR807 and TX-NR707, successors to the TX-NR607 launched last year, cost $1100 and $900, respectively.

The flagship TX-NR807 is packed with features. Among them: Audyssey DSX processing (up to 9.1 speakers), Dolby Pro Logic IIz, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio support, THX-Select2 Plus certification, 1080p video upconversion, DLNA 1.5-compliance, 6 HDMI inputs, and streaming audio from Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius and vTuner internet radio. Support for MP3, WMA, FLAC, Lossless, Ogg Vorbis, and AAC files from hard drives and network-attached PCs is also included.

The TX-NR707 has all the features of the TX-NR807 with the exception of streaming audio and networking support. It also has less power.

Onkyo TX-NR807-->At Amazon
Onkyo TX-NR707-->At Amazon

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August 8, 2009

Atlona AT-HD530 HDMI downconverter converts HD video to SD

atlona.jpgUsually resolution is converted upward from standard-definition to 720p or 1080p high-definition resolution. In the case of Atlona's AT-HD530, the down-converter changes high-def video content to standard-def. The unit accepts high-def sources over HDMI or DVI inputs, converts it, and then sends it to a standard-def display over composite or S-video outputs including any accompanying audio.

The AT-HD530 not only accepts 1080p video content from HDTVs but also UXGA (1600 x 1200 pixels at 60 Hz) content from a Mac or PC. Also, both NTSC and PAL signals are supported so the AT-HD530 is good to go in North America or Europe.

On sale this month, the Atlona AT-HD530 will cost $299.

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August 5, 2009

Onkyo adds HT Series HT-RC180, HT-RC160 to its AV receiver line

htrc160.jpgOnkyo has added a pair of home theater receivers to its roster today. Called the HT Series, the first model is the 7.2-channel HT-RC160. Key features include Dolby ProLogic IIz, 5 HDMI inputs and an MSRP of $549. The step-up HT-RC180 features include those of the HT-RC160 and adds in THX Select2Plus Certification, and networking features that include streaming radio from Pandora and Rhapsody. The HT-RC180 has an MSRP of $1049.

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July 14, 2009

Blockbuster OnDemand available through 2009 Samsung home theater hardware

blockbuster-ondemand.jpgI've long been calling for the death of Blockbuster, big cynic that I am and all. But a partnership announced today with Samsung is probably the best thing that's happened to the former video rental bigwig in a long time. And it could be a big step in proving my long-standing prediction wrong.

Blockbuster OnDemand, the company's streaming video service, will be integrated into Samsung's home theater products by this fall. As part of the agreement, Blockbuster OnDemand will be available through all 2009 Samsung HDTVs coming this fall, and have preferred placement on Samsung Blu-ray players.

Furthermore, Samsung Blu-ray products will be sold in Blockbuster's bricks-and-mortar stores as well as through Blockbuster online.

Blockbuster OnDemand allows users to rent or buy movies directly from Samsung products. It can be managed directly from the HDTV using nothing more than a remote. No PC integration or management is needed.

For those of you who have already bought early 2009 models, a firmware update will allow you to access Blockbuster OnDemand on Samsung LCDs and plasmas 650 and above, and LED HDTVs 7000 and above.

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