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November 8, 2008

Pioneer Announced LX01BD Home Theater System (But Why Blu-ray Profile 1.1?)

pioneer-bluraysystem-728-75(2).jpgWe're really having a tough time figuring out why companies insist on releasing Blu-ray players sans Profile 2.0, but it just keeps happening. Case in point is Pioneer's new LX01BD, the company's latest HD home theater system with Profile 1.1 Blu-ray playback. Aside from that faux pas, the LX01BD does features 1080p playback resolution, a couple of HDMI connections with Deep Color support, two combined front speakers and two rear speakers, an integrated 5.1 channel amplifier, and a subwoofer/receiver with dual-drive subs. Designed specifically for Pioneer's KURO plasma HDTV line, the LX01BD features KURO Link enabling full control of the system from the TV's remote. Now we just have to wait on pricing and availability details.

Via TechRadar

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October 31, 2008

France Incorporates Dolby Digital Plus And Dolby Digital Sound Into TNT HD Terrestrial HD Network, A Global First

Dolby_LOGO_Gold_Dolby_Digital(2).jpgFrance has chosen to incorporate Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Digital sound into the country's new high-definition terrestrial broadcast system, Télévision Numérique Terrestre HD (TNT HD). It's the first use of Dolby Digital sound in a terrestrial HD broadcast platform, and will allow viewers of the five new channels on the French platform to receive audio in both 5.1-channel surround sound and stereo.

Because Dolby Digital sound is optimal for limited bandwidth environments, TNT HD is able to simultaneously deliver high-quality video while still decoding Dolby Digital broadcast bitstreams and delivering high-def sound. In conjunction with the new broadcast platform, all HD-ready TV's sold in France must include Dolby Digital Plus and High Efficiency AAC (HE AAC) audio by December 2008.

Via PR

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October 29, 2008

Onkyo HT-S9100THX HTIB World's First Certified THX I/S Plus

onkyothxhtib-ars(2).jpgOnkyo's HT-S9100THX, the company's latest home-theater-in-a-box is available today, and according to Onkyo is the first THX system to be certified THX I/S Plus, plus handle 1080p video and HD sound formats. It's a great addition to home theaters with all the add-ons as it has a four-in-one HDMI 1.3a repeater, enabling it to hook up to your game console, Blu-ray player and anything else you may have laying around. It also has four composite inputs, three S-video inputs, and dual digital audio inputs.

All non HDMI video sources are upscaled by Faroudja's DCDi Edge, and the 7.1 channel speaker system is easily integrated into any room with Audyssey 2EQ Room Correction and Speaker Calibration features. In total, the receiver pumps out 130 Watts per channel and a 12-inch subwoofer is included with a native 290 Watt amplifier.

The pricing on Onkyo's new bad boy HTIB? $1099. BUT...Amazon is carrying it right now for only $935 with free shipping.

Via Journal.ars

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October 8, 2008

DVDO Edge Video Processor: High-End Anchor Bay Tech And 6! HDMI Slots

dvdo-edge-front.jpgDVDO's Edge video/A/V processor is built to take your HDTV's built-in processing to an entirely new level. Okay, it's fair to say at $799 it's expensive, but take a look at some of the high-end Anchor Bay technology the Edge uses to optimize your picture:

  • 10-bit Precision Video Scaling-optimizes both SD and HD signals
  • 10-bit Precision Deinterlacing-smooths image edges
  • Progressive Reprocessing-reduces artifacts typically caused by converting interlaced content to progressive
  • Mosquitoe Noise Reduction-removes artifacts from text in compressed video

And it gets better. The DVDO Edge has 6 HDMI inputs including one dedicated audio slot and a direct-to-HDTV connection, 2 component inputs, and both an S-video and composite input. Other than the HDMI audio input, there's also 3 optical digital ports, and both coaxial and stereo analog slots.

Yes, you'll pay a hefty price for the technology here, but c'mon now, it could hook up to anything your home theater possibly contains. Oh, and you get an included remote!

Pre-Order The DVDO Edge Video Processor From Amazon

Via ZDNet

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July 24, 2008

Onkyo TX-SR806 And TX-SR706 Home Theater Receivers, HT-S7100 And HT-S6100 HTiB's Available Now

TX-SR806Front(2).jpgOnkyo has unveiled a couple of new home theater receivers and a couple home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) systems for summer release. The Onkyo TX-SR806 and TX-SR706 receivers are highlighted by THX Ultra2 Plus and Select2Plus certification respectively and both feature THX Loudness Plus audio processing. Both receivers pump out 130 Watts per channel, Faroudja DCDi video processing for 1080p upconversion, and the TX-SR806 can also upconvert to 1080i if necessary. In terms of connectivity options, the two receivers have five and four HDMI 1.3a repeater inputs respectively. Both also feature an AM/FM tuner with connection options to Sirius and XM satellite radio, Audyssey room acoustics correction, Dynamic EQ, Onkyo's Music Optimizer, as well as bi-directional RS-232 ports and RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) for home automation systems. Onkyo's TX-SR706 is available now for $899 while the TX-SR806 will be available in August for $1099.

The HT-S7100 and HT-S6100 HTiB's each output 130 Watts per receiver channel, have a 7-channel speaker system, subwoofer and even an iPod dock. Both upscale to 1080i, have 4 HDMI inputs, DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD audio processing, Audyssey 2EQ room acoustics correction, and Audyssey Dynamic EQ loudness correction. The only real difference between the two systems is that the HT-S7100 includes two speaker stands. The HT-S7100 and HT-S6100 are both available now priced at $899 and $799 respectively.
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Via CEPro

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July 22, 2008

Hands On With The TV Armor TV Screen Protector

headon(2).jpgWe've told you about New Jersey-based TV Armor before and this past weekend we finally got to try out TV Amor's like-named TV screen protector this past weekend. At first look we weren't so sure about its design. Basically a 1/4-inch thick sheet of Lucite (a type of acrylic glass), TV Armor is molded at the top end at a 90-degree angle to snuggly fit the top of your TV with two oval cut at either end and at the bottom so two Velcro straps can be wrapped around your TV set to secure the screen protector. Felt spacers are included to stick on the corners of the TV Armor to ensure it never actually touches the TV screen. At first glance before actually placed on the TV set it looks clunky and definitely not something you'd want to ruin the design of your home theater.

Another initial concern we had was that acrylics aren't completely clear. Because of this TV Armor reduces your screen's brightness by about 5% however you can compensate by simply adjusting the TV's brightness level manually. Secondly, there is no antiglare solution on the market for acrylic plastics either simply because the sheet isn't 100% clear, it's actually a matte finish. So if your set is in an area where there is alot of brightness or natural light you'll get a somewhat distorted picture if the TV screen protector is more than 1/16-inch of the surface of the flatscreen.

without(2).jpgOkay, now that we've addressed our initial concerns we can tell you what we found once we actually attached TV Armor to a Toshiba 42-inch LCD HDTV. Once unpacked from the box, all's you have to do is attach the felt spacers to the corners of the TV Armor, feed the Velcro straps through the appropriate hole, place it on your screen and secure it. It takes all of 2 minutes from boxed to completely setup. Once the TV was actually turned on, without adjusting the brightness controls at all, any difference in picture quality was unnoticeable to human eye. However it was tested in an area where both natural and artificial lighting was fairly low. This could be different in a brighter area, but once again that can be fixed by manually adjusting your screen's brightness.

with(2).jpgNow as you may have guessed from the name TV Armor, or if you read the previous article, you can probably figure out the TV screen protector is designed to protect your TV screen. Genius, eh? Protect it from what? Mainly the types of objects your small kids will hurl across the room such as small toys or remote controls. It also works equally well to protect the TV screen from splashes or artistic kids who like to play with felt markers. Anything we happened to toss at the TV once protected within the realm of reason (meaning short of bricks and bullets) was absorbed by the TV Armor, which remained scratch-free, successfully protected the fragile LCD screen. We should also mention that once attached to the TV, TV Armor is virtually unnoticeable. The matte finish of the Lucite panel actually gives the set a nice look.

Overall we definitely give the TV Armor TV screen protector a thumbs up. If you have small kids, or host parties where drinks tend to fly this is the perfect solution. Available for screen sizes between 30 and 52 inches, TV Armor runs between $129 and $169 plus shipping fees. Head over to TV Armor's TV Screen Protector website to purchase yours.

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July 21, 2008

3D Home Theater Getting Its Own Set Of Standards

driscoll_fig03.jpg3D movie playback is a growing trend thanks to new digital cinema installations across the United States, but as we've said before 3D won't really catch on until it's easily transferred to the home theater. Several different groups are working on quickly advancing the technologies necessary to make this a reality and there are already 3D-ready HDTV's on the market, but there has remained one major problem until now.

Standards. That's right, right now several different companies produce 3D home theater technologies, but all tend to have their own technical methods that result in different file formats and compatibility with select devices. This is a big brick wall to consumer adoption. No one wants to read every product box to see if a particular device will work with their home theater setup. Enter the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) who've launched an initiative to develop a set of international standards that'll run across all 3D devices and delivery methods.

The establishment of 3D standards will take some time; the SMPTE estimates it'll be up to a year-and-a-half until the final standards are actually set in stone. The group's first meeting is set for August 19.

Via The Hollywood Reporter

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July 14, 2008

Mark Levinson's No502 Media Console: Does Creative Design Justify Outrageous Pricing?

no502.jpgMark Levinson's No502 Media Console is a little bit of design thinking applied to a typical A/V processor/receiver that apparently justifies a ridiculous price. Yes it has some impressive features including an Faraday chassis that doubles as an RF shield, two separate power supplies to reduce noise, Harman International Logic 7 technology, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio, auto-calibration, and 6 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs (though only v1.1), but do these features really justify the $30, 000 price tag. We don't think so. Must be the Mark Levinson name.

Via CEPro

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Klipsch Gets "Budget-Conscious" With New Palladium Speakers

klipschp38-02(2).jpgKlipsch is known for their high-end speakers in more than one way--design, sound, and price. If you want a unique look and incredible sound quality, Klipsch is a sure bet but bet you'll pay. Now it looks like the company is aiming at the more "budget-conscious" market with the addition of six new speakers to their Palladium lineup. A couple of new floorstanding main channel speakers, the P-37F and P-38F, will set you back $12, 000 and $8, 000 respectively, or you can settle for the P-17B bookshelf speakers priced at only $4, 000. The P-27S surround sound, P-27C center channel and P-312W subwoofer speakers will flesh out the rest of your audio setup, priced at $3, 500, $4, 000, and $4, 000 respectively. Budget-conscious? Not really, but you get what you pay for and give it to Klipsch for making their speakers at least a little more affordable.
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Via Engadget HD

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June 25, 2008

3D Home Theaters A Soon-To-Be Reality

howworks_3D_back_rev.jpg3D is going to be big. It's already catching on in a big way in Hollywood with 40 3D titles coming up in theaters, thanks to 3D film ticket sales at times doubling those of the standard film version. To make 3D really big though it has to find its way to the home theater, especially because 3D films cost studios more to make and home video accounts for three-quarters of Hollywood's $35.5 billion in annual revenues.

Thanks to the 3D@Home Consortium, consisting of Disney, Universal, Philips, Samsung, Sony, Thomson and IMAX, this could soon be a reality. The consortium banded in order to rapidly advance the technologies required to make 3D home theaters a reality and several signs are pointing to that reality. 3D HDTV's will be found in more than 1 million US homes by the end of this year, manufactured by the likes of Mitsubishi and Samsung. Earlier this week Mitsubishi also announced a content deal with Nvidia and Aspen Media Products that'll bring a bunch of 3D computer and video game titles to consumers. And Philips just unveiled a 52-inch 3D display that doesn't require those pesky 3D glasses for viewing.

Now that many more 3D titles are planned for theaters, you can bet they'll be released in 3D when they come to Blu-ray and DVD. In fact, the first 3D Blu-ray disc is coming August 19. Unfortunately it's Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds 3-D Concert, but c'mon now, it comes with the 3D glasses and all.

Finally a tech company known as TDVision is working on a way to make regular Blu-ray discs appear in 3D when played back. Now just sit back for a moment and imagine a home theater world that's almost more real than the one you live in everyday. Bizarre, eh? It's coming soon.

Via USA Today

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