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March 5, 2009

Yamaha bows 2009 home theater line

Yamaha has announced its 2009 home theater systems, adding four systems to the family.

yht791.jpgThe flagship YHT-791BL sports 7.1 channels, a 90W per channel HTR-6250BL receiver with 4 HDMI outputs, HD audio decoding and Bluetooth compatibility. Also included is 2 front speakers with 6.5-inch woofers and 0.75-inch tweeters, a center channel with two 3-inch woofers and a 0.75-inch tweeter, and 4 satellite speakers each with a 3-inch driver and 0.75-inch woofer. Low bass is provided by a 100W, 10-inch subwoofer and the YDS-11SL iPod dock is also packed in the box. The YHT-791BL will set you back $850.

yht591.jpgThe YHT-591BL is a 5.1-channel system that comes with the HTR-6240BL receiver and a 105W per channel amplifier. Three front and a single center speaker each pack in four 2.25-inch woofers and a 0.75-inch tweeter, while two rear satellite speakers each have 2.25-inch woofers and a 0.75-inch tweeter. The $650 system is finished off with a 100W, 10-inch subwoofer.

yht491.jpgNext up is the YHT-491BL which includes the HTR-6230BL AV receiver, pumping 100W to five speakers and an 8-inch subwoofer. The system includes Yamaha's NS-SP7800M speaker package with two front tower speakers and three smaller add-on's, all for $550. The speakers each sport two 2.25-inch woofers and a 0.5-inch tweeter.

yht391.jpgFinally, the YHT-391BL is the entry-level home theater out of this foursome. It also uses the HTR-6230BL receiver, but includes two-way satellite speakers, each with 2.25-inch woofers and 0.5-inch tweeters. The center channel has an extra 2.25-inch driver, and the $400 system finishes off with a 100W, 8-inch driver.

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March 4, 2009

Sony unveils W-series LCD TV's, pair of Blu-ray players, pair of home theater systems

Just after Sony's 2009 CES product debuts were pinned with some pricing information, the company has gone ahead and added a few more home theater gear to its line at a show in Las Vegas.

Sony_BDPS360(2).jpgFirst up is the BDP-S560 and BDP-S360 Blu-ray players, both capable of delivering 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema picture output, BD Live-enabled and capable of decoding newer audio codecs. The BDP-S560 adds in 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi so BD-Live content and firmware updates can be downloaded wirelessly. The DLNA-compatible device can also connect to other DLNA products for sharing digital photos and has a front USB port. The BDP-S560 should ship this summer for around $350. The BDP-S360 features all the features of the S560 with the exception of built-in Wi-Fi and will also ship this summer for roughly $300.

Sony_BDVE300.jpgNext up is a pair of home theater systems--the BDV-E500W and the BDV-E300. Both systems offer 5.1-channels, BD-Live Blu-ray, a Digital Media port for music playback, an iPod cradle, PC client, Bluetooth and an optional Network Walkman cradle. The BDV-E500W adds in S-AIR wireless audio capabilities while the BDV-E300 is S-AIR ready but modules are purchased separately. Both home theaters will ship in June for roughly $800 and $600, respectively.

sony_w_series.jpgFinally, the Bravia W-series LCD TV's includes the 40-inch KDL-40W5100, 46-inch KDL-46W5100 and 52-inch KDL-52W5100. All three models are DLNA compliant and have Ethernet connections for accessing Bravia internet content and internet widgets. No prices for the W-series are available yet, but expect the new models to ship this spring.

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February 25, 2009

Gefen Wireless HDMI Extender transmits 1080p video over UWB, but for a hefty price

gefenwirelesshdmi1.jpgNot sure about forking out mad cash for a Harmony 1100 remote AND an RF add-on so it crashes through walls? Here's an even more expensive solution that'll work with your existing remotes. The Gefen Wireless HDMI Extender works over ultra wideband sending up to three HD sources to one location--like your HDTV--without the clutter of HDMI cables or other wires. The extender can transmit 1080p video 30 feet within your line of sight, and while it will penetrate walls, don't count on a 30 foot range. Also doubling as an HD video switcher, the Gefen extender sports 2 HDMI and 1 component input, all user-selectable. The one major downside? Try the $999.00 price tag. But at least you won't have to buy a new remote if it's any consolation.

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February 21, 2009

Add a little weight to your floor and finances with JBL's K2 S9900 mahogany speaker set

jvck2.jpgIf you think Honeywell's 300-odd-pound 82-inch monster TV is enough to cave your floor in, the addition of JBL's K2 S9900 floor-standing speakers will turn that hunch into a guarantee. The 3-way behemoths weigh in at 180 pounds a piece thanks to an attractive mahogany casing and have a frequency response of 33 Hz to 50 Hz. The speakers have a heavy price tag too. Try $44650 a pair.

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February 2, 2009

Fujitsu's latest high-end speakers look like they came from outer space

fujitsu_ten_time_domain_speakers.jpgAnd now for futuristic speakers. Fujitsu Ten has announced a pair of uniquely designed speakers also uniquely named, the TD712zMK2 and the TD712zMK2-S. Both feature the same sound specs including 35Hz-26kHz (-10dB) frequency response, 84dB sensitivity, 35W to 70W output and 6Ω impedance. The 12 cm speakers only differ in size with the MK2 measuring 347 × 989 × 431mm and the MK2-S 347 × 601 × 431mm. My mistake, the two speakers also differ in price. The MK2 and MK2-S cost the equivalent of $3600 and $3900 respectively, but there is no info yet regarding whether the space age speakers will ever leave Nippon.

Via Crunchgear

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January 31, 2009

Pioneer's VSX-1018AH-K AV receiver gets reviewed, does alright

pioneer-vsx1018ahk(2).jpgIf you're looking for a solid midrange home theater receiver, CNET says Pioneer's VSX-1018AH-K is a good pick. The unit has onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, 1080p upconversion over HDMI, automatic speaker calibration, Sirius and XM satellite radio-ready, and iPod control via USB. That's the upside. As for the not-so-good things, the VSX-1018AH-K has a reasonable 3 HDMI slots but other units offer more for less money, a cramped remote, and rough looking interface. All in all CNET gave the AV receiver 3.5 out of 5.

Pioneer's VSX-1018AH-K is $550 at Amazon.

Via CNET

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January 10, 2009

Sharp's BD-HP22U, BD-HP16U Blu-ray players coming, plus 2 new Blu-ray home theaters

dvd_BDHP21U_pic1(2).jpgSharp has launched its third-generation Blu-ray players at CES 2009. The company's first Profile 2.0 player, the BD-HP22U, connects to the web via Ethernet and includes a 2 GB USB drive for storage. The lower-end BD-HP16U only sports Profile 1.1 features so while you'll have access to Bonus View and picture-in-picture you won't be able to access the interactive web features of BD-Live. Both players have slimmer form factors than last years models, 7.1-channel Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio support and an efficient 19 Watt power output. The prices are high on these AQUOS players. The BD-HP22U will set you back $300 when it arrives in May while the BD-HD16U will be $280 when it debuts in March.

Sharp's 2009 Blu-ray home theaters include the BD-MPC30 and BD-MPC30. The first has a synthetic finish while the latter has a wood finish. Both come complete with a Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player, an internal amp, and a 720 Watt 5.1-channel sound package. Both will be priced at $800 when they ship sometime this spring.

Via Electronista

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January 8, 2009

LG delivers BD370, BD390 Blu-ray players, 3 new networked home theater systems

LHB9791(2).jpgLG Electronics has followed up its BD300 with the BD370 and BD390 Blu-ray players. Both feature LG's NetCast Entertainment Access which allows instant streaming of Netflix movies, CinemaNow and YouTube videos. The BD-Live players also have Profile 1.1 Bonus View, 1080p DVD upscaling, support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and a USB port. The BD390 adds in wireless compatibility and 1 GB of built-in memory. The BD370 is slated for release in 2009's Q2 while the BD390 will be available in Q3.

LG has also added 3 new Blu-ray home home theater systems to its collection. All 3 have 1080p Blu-ray playback, NetCast Entertainment Access, 5.1-channels, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio support, and an iPod dock. The mid-range LHB977 adds a couple of HDMI slots, and substitutes the entry-level LHB954's spherical speakers with a couple of tallboys and a couple of satellite speakers. The flagship LHB979 blows 1000 Watts out of a champagne speaker silhouette and a two wireless rear speaker designed by Mark Levinson. The LHB954, LHB977, and LHB979 will be available in the second quarter of 2009.

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Vizio launches sub $200 Blu-ray player

logoVizio.pngNot only do Vizio products generally perform well, they're quite cost effective as well. Case in point: Vizio's new VBR100 Blu-ray player costs only $199.99.

The BD-Live VBR100 plays back Blu-ray discs in 1080p and can upconvert standard DVD's to your choice of 720p/1080i/1080p via an HDMI output. It has built-in decoding for uncompressed Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio codec, multi-channel PCM and all the other surround sound audio codecs. Connection include HDMI, composite, and component video outputs and 7.1-channel analog audio, coax and digital optical audio, and RCA audio outputs. Coming April 2009, the VBR100 brings a whole new price point to Blu-ray.

Vizio is also launching a couple of new HD sound bars--VSB210WS and VSB210. They have most features in common except the VSB210 doesn't include a wireless subwoofer. Both sound bars have 4 3-inch mid/bass drivers, a couple of 3/4-inch tweeters, SRS TruSurround and TruVolume. The VSB210WS also includes a 2.4 GHz wireless subwoofer with a long throw 6.5-inch woofer providing 35 to 80 Hz bass response. Both sound bars include a tabletop stand and wall-mount bracket.

The Vizio VSB210WS Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer will launch in February 2009 for $349.99 while the Vizio VSB210 will hit store in April 2009 for $199.99.

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December 16, 2008

Jamo Launches Super Thin A 804 Bass-Optimized Speakers

jamoa804(2).jpgJamo has announced the A 804 wall-mounted speaker today. A fairly thin 3.9 inches deep, the A 804 has a glossy black exterior composed of aluminum, steel, and a high-density polymer. Inside is a 0.75 inch silk-dome tweeter with Jamo's WaveGuide--sound control via tweeter faceplate design--as well as a 4.5 inch midrange and a pair of 4.5 inch woofers.

Jamo claims the A 804 also optimizes low frequency sounds with built-in flow-optimized dual bassreflex ports. The speakers can be mounted vertically or horizontally making them suitable for center, side, and rear use. Slated for release in January 2009, the A 804 costs $449 for a single speaker or $2, 245 for a 5.1 channel unit. Amps aren't included.

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