One of Yamaha's newest receivers is the RX-V573. With 7 amp options that include 7.1 surround, Bi-Amp double power and Zone B extended sound, the device features AirPlay. Charging for iGadget or MP3 player, sound optimization and compressed music enhancer are other features.
An AV Controller App provides support for music streaming for PC and Apple products while their Cinema DSP 3D provides a super solution for any home theater. The long awaited 4K pass-through will provide four times the resolution of a 1080p display. The RX-V573 is available for pre-order now.
By now you have probably heard of Google's Project Glass, their plan to put everything on the web in on your head. This is still in the planning stages and will probably not become reality for at least a year, but the idea is tempting as you can see in the video. The glasses wrap around your forehead and covers one eye so you can multi-task. Using Google maps for directions both indoors and out, sending and receiving messages, playing music and videos and, in general, doing other online activities, seems like a good idea, as long as you aren't driving at the time.
Being a prototype, Google is encouraging comments and suggestions so toss in your two cents on their site and they may just take you up on it.
If you are still on the sidelines about purchasing the new Sony Vita, here is one more perc that may make up your mind. Music Unlimited is now available with browsing, play lists, and purchase. Given that the portable gaming system already has Netflix, access to the PlayStation Network and social networking, the Vita is certainly worth another think.
Move over, Skymall, there's a new shopping service in the friendly skies. Delta will soon offer free access to Amazon as part of its overall WiFi service. Shop for shoes, watch a film, grab an app or download an eBook. Delta has been offering WiFi service via GoGo for a while now and users can choose between a Day Pass for $12.00, a monthly Traveler Pass for $34.95 and an Annual Pass for $399.95.
Sony's double-screened Vaio P Tablet has arrived. AT&T is offering the device that is 4G capable. It may take a while to get used to the dual 5.5" touchscreen displays but there are plenty of apps to play with. The tablet runs Android 3.2 and can be used for gaming, music, video and reading eBooks. It has both a front and rear camera, WiFi or Bluetooth connection and can transfer to a compatible PC or TV. Plan on a $399.00 price with 2-year contract and monthly data plan.
Roku recently updated its app for iOS devices. The latest 1.1.0 adds a standard remote with D pad buttons and shortcuts for Netflix, Pandora and Crackle. Device discovery for set up and loading time of Home has been updated. An optional swipe-base remote is also available and a shortcut for switching accounts. Of course, access by iPhone is still an option.
Turn your iPad/iPhone/touch into a karaoke machine with Soulo. It has a microphone and software that displays the words. The kit comes with a few preloaded tunes and hundreds can be downloaded from the Soulo store for $.99 each. Amateur fanatics can make a video of the experience to share with others. Choose between the regular kit with a wired microphone with pitch correction for $69.00 or a wireless version with receiver for $99.00. Look for them to release a mic with enhanced audio capability later this year.
Energy Sistem's Radio & TV 120 can stream from over 15,000 Internet Radio channels and 2,000 TV stations. It can store up to 2,000 tunes or up to 16 hours of video. Almost every audio/video file type is supported and it can transfer data and charge via USB. The radio/player has a 2.4" screen and displays a favorites list, and audio can be matched with speakers or 3.5mm headphones. Add a MicroSDHC card for 16GB additional storage.
JVC doesn't want to simply replace your clock radio, they want you to have an entire new nightstand. The N-BX3 iPhone/iPod Speaker Dock is made of wood with a glass top. At a size of 500 x 300 x 110mm and available in black or white, features include an FM tuner and SRS StudioSound for HD at a price of ¥400,000 (~$520.00.)
Sony's latest Walkman E Series, due out in Japan this month, is thinner than ever at 9.1 mm and weighs a mere 37g. It has a 1.4" color LCD Display, 30 hours per charge and a 98% noise cancelling option. Both have FM tuners, equalization, clear bass and stereo, and DSEE. The 2GB NW-E060, that comes with earbuds, lists for ¥9,000 (~$117.00) while the 4GB NW-E060K has a plug-in speaker at ¥11,000 (~$143.00.)