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May 20, 2008

LG's Xcanvas HT953TVP Home Theater Simulates 10.1-Channel Surround Sound!

HT953TVP_XCANVAS_003(2).jpgLG's Xcanvas HT953TVP home theater system looks to be the official companion to the Xcanvas Scarlett and Xcanvas Bobos plasma lines. Announced yesterday, the HT953TVP upscales to 1080p, can playback MP3 files as well as supports MP3 recording via USB, and features 5.1-channel surround sound. Probably the most eye-popping feature is the Virtual Sound Matrix which actually simulates 10.1 channel surround sound. Heck, why even bother going to the movie theater with technology like this in your living room!

Via Akihabara News

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May 7, 2008

ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre First PC Software With DTS-HD Audio

TMT_H_Bst.jpgArcSoft has achieved an industry milestone, as its TotalMedia Theatre has received DTS-HD audio certification from DTS. This marks the first time multimedia software features DTS-HD which can decode lossless DTS-HD Master Audio recreating the studio master sound track "bit for bit". It also means users of the ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre have control of a Bass Management System, allowing bass signals to be directed to the most appropriate speakers and subwoofers in the theater system. Other supported features include "speaker remapping" for playback on a variety of speaker configurations, and "DTS digital surround transcoding" which basically upscales sound quality found on traditional DVD's to 5.1 surround sound. The ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre plays back MPEG-2, AVC, and VC1 Blu-ray disc formats, as well as a variety of other HD formats including WMV HD, QuickTime HD, DivX HD, and H.264 HD. Looks for it to hit shelves in the coming weeks.

Via ArcSoft

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May 6, 2008

China's DIVA Wants To Go Head To Head With HDMI

S-HDMI-DVI-1.jpgA group of Chinese companies have formed the DIVA consortium in order to develop a new A/V interface spec, unsurprisingly called DIVA, that the consortium plans to market as an improvement on the popular HDMI interface. Apparently the China Video Industry Association has thrown its full support behind the new interface spec which the consortium claims can be used to operate AV equipment through TV's without any compression. And how exactly is it different from HDMI? Because the transmission of AV data is bi-directional, entire home networks can be set up by connecting devices using DIVA.

Via Tech-on

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May 1, 2008

Toshiba REGZA ZH500 And ZV500 Series' Features Dolby Volume Audio Processing

Dolby_Blue_300dpi.jpgDolby may be working on improving your HDTV's picture quality, but that's not to say they still aren't hard at work on new and improved sound technologies. In fact, just today Dolby announced that Toshiba's new REGZA ZH500 and ZV500 series LCD TV's hitting Japanese shelves next month will be the first available sets to have Dolby Volume audio processing.

Dolby Volume performs two very important tasks. First of all, it enables a consistent level of volume no matter the media playback format or audio source. Second of all, it maintains sound quality no matter the volume level, so that some of the subtleties of sound we typically can't properly hear at low volume levels won't be lost. According to Dolby, this results in "improved surround imaging, enhanced dialogue intelligibility, and improved overall clarity of the audio content at lower levels." When's this coming to North America you say? Come on now, do they ever tell us right off the bat?

Via Dolby

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April 28, 2008

Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-ray Player Set For Release Along With HT-BD2F Home Theater In A Box?

Samsung_Blu_Ray_004.jpgIt looks like the Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-ray player has finally been released, along with another home theater offering. This announcement has us a little confused though given just last week Samsung announced a delay in the release, pushing it back to June. The BD-P1500 offers 1080p resolution, Blu-ray disc, DVD, and CD play back, Bonus View allowing picture-in-picture viewing, bookmarking, USB-enabled firmware updates, and BD Live interactive features.

The new home theater, Samsung's HT-BD2F features 5.1-channel sound and support for a variety of audio codecs including Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD and lossless DTS-HD Master Audio. Samsung's initial home-theater-in-a-box release, the HT-BD2 carried almost identical features but had a 7.1-channel surround sound system. As a result, the new release will feature a lower price.

Along with the announcement of the new product releases, Samsung also gave us a glimpse into their overall Blu-ray strategy. A leader in Blu-ray product development, Samsung predicts the Blu-ray market will achieve an average annual growth of 80% through 2012. By then the company expects 51 million Blu-ray units will sell per year, well above the expected 5 million this year, which is already a three-fold increase from last year. The company expects its own sales to increase to W400 billion (Korean Won) this year and surpass W1 trillion by 2010, and intends to be the market leader.

Samsung is also working hard to allow for mobile product compatibility with its Blu-ray offerings (such as camcorder and digital camera plug-ins) as well media streaming options bringing the best of the web to your HDTV.

Via Akihabara News

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April 10, 2008

Kevin Rose Goes "Cheap" On His Home Theater Setup

kevin-rose.jpgKevin Rose, founder of Digg and Revision3, is taking a whole lot of heat for spending less than 10 grand on his entire home theater system despite having a substantial wad of cash in the back. Rose didn't even bother with an LCD or plasma screen instead choosing the Panasonic PT-AE2000U HD projector and a large motorized screen...placed right next to a huge window. Other components include the Denon AVR-4038CI, Klipsch XF-48 home theater system, TiVo Series 3 and Apple TV. Using online video platform Qik, Rose filmed himself doing the whole setup, cutting out the installation price altogether. Final price: $9040.

Via My HDTV Choice

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April 7, 2008

Gais Lisire Aluminum Speakers: Perfect Audio Addition For Web TV Fans

gais_lisire_aluminum_speakers.jpgIt's not to often we feature speakers on TVSnob, but everyone once in a while we come across ones that are just too cool not to mention. These 2.1-channel aluminum speakers from the Gais Lisire Series 020 look like misplaced airplane parts but they're actually perfect for those of you who prefer watching TV shows on your PC. The main subwoofer is 12-inches wide and contains a built-in 6 Watt amp, while the two satellite speakers both contain 2.5 Watt amps. You can find them at AudioCubes for $199.99.

Via technabob

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April 2, 2008

Panasonic SC-BT100 Blu-ray Home Theater: Don't Rush Out The Door For This $1000 System

SC-BT100_Angle1_540x238.JPGThe Panasonic SC-BT100 Blu-ray home theater system, first announced at CES 2008, is supposed to be available later this spring at an unconfirmed price. It seems to have popped up on the J&R website already for pre-order priced at $999.95. Not a bad price for a higher-end home theater system with Blu-ray playback.

The SC-BT100 system's key features:

  • Blu-ray profile 1.1 for picture-in-picture viewing
  • 7.1 channel ready (meaning you actually have to purchase an extra couple of speakers and a wireless transceiver to actually make it a 7.1 channel system)
  • five disc changer
  • SD card slot (for digital media playback
  • wireless rear speakers

The system has a few lacking areas as well. Profile 1.1 is a step behind Profile 2.0/BD Live which enables more interactive features and internet connectivity straight from Blu-ray disc titles. The SC-BT100 only plays back iPod video via a low-res composite output and its pretty barren in the connectivity area.

At $1000, this is a better deal than many, but we'll have to see the price drop substantially before we run out and purchase the Panasonic SC-BT100.


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January 27, 2008

Gefen TV: New Line Of High-Quality A/V Products For The Home Theater Layman


Gefen has released a new line of A/V products aimed at home theater enthusiasts, simply called Gefen TV. The Gefen TV line is designed to enable an impressive home theater setup without in-depth knowledge of audio/video systems and priced to appeal to a audience beyond A/V professionals.

The first product release is the Gefen TV Switcher, which allows you to share one HDMI 1.3 port to 4 separate devices, allowing you to manually switch between devices. The Switcher also can detect which devices have recently received power and will automatically switch to those devices if you're not the manual type. Marketed as a "perfect companion to the Apple TV", The Gefen TV Switcher will route up to 1080p high-def content to your HDTV from all kinds of devices including Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, and game consoles. The Gefen TV Switcher is available for $200 via the Gefen website.

Gefen will also be re-issuing their standard and high-definition personal video recorders under the Gefen TV name.

Via Electronista

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