September 9, 2009

Onkyo Top O' The Line Receiver


If you are thinking of investing in more advanced equipment, Onkyo has almost halved the price of their new Onkyo RC160. The 7.2-channel receiver has a one-cable connection and 5 HDMI 1.3a for Blu-ray, gaming consoles and set top boxes. The company's Audyssey equalization and Faroudja deinterlacing technologies are included in the package along with Dolby sound and connectivity for PMPs and HD Radio.

Via Onkyo Receivers

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September 7, 2009

Denon Blu-ray Player is Super-Compatible


Denon's DVD-A1UDCI Blu-ray Player is certainly state of the art. It can play DVDs, CDs, SACD and DVD Audio formats and is BD-Live Ready. Outputs include HDMI, stereo analog, an extra audio and it upconverts 16 bit video to 32 bit. There's more. It is also compatible with AVCHD, MP3, WMA, AAC, and DivX files and can display JPEGs. Look for a state of the art $4,500.00 price.

Via Denon

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September 4, 2009

Freakin' Friday! WD HD Mini Media Player


Western Digital has unveiled a smaller, cheaper less expensive TV HD Media Player. Designed to playback media stored on a USB or portable drive, the digital content can be played in up to 1080i HD on an HDTV. At a size of 2.8 x 1.6 x 3.2", the mini player, like its larger brother, can play music, video and photos and supports most formats including RMVB. Compatible with storage devices, cameras and camcorders, it has component and composite video output as well as digital optical audio output via SPDIF.

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August 21, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Zune HD to Arrive Soon


After it was inadvertently leaked on Amazon, Microsoft confirmed that the Zune HD will be released September 15. The media player features a has a 3.3" OLED touchscreen, HD radio, browser WiFi and is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra chip ultralow-power HD processor. Preorder the 16GB model or the 32GB Zune if you just can't wait for the grand debut.

Via Zune Players

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August 17, 2009

IRA, Internet Radio Adapter


IRA, aka the Internet Radio Adapter, automatically connects to any Wireless Network without a computer in only 3 minutes. You can receive over 11,000 stations worldwide. Filter by genre or location, enjoy On Demand podcasts and store up to 40 of your fave stations with a one-touch STAR button. Best of all, IRA will remember your favorites even when it is unplugged.


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August 12, 2009

Lexicon High-End THX-Certified Blu-ray Player


Lexicon tosses its hat into the Blu-ray ring bigtime with a THX-certified Blu-ray player that loads in less than five seconds. The BD-30 can also handle SACD, DVD-Audio, DVD, CD and audio and video via USB. It features Anchor Bay video processing, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, BD-Live and RS232 with external control systems. Expect a price of $3,499.00 when it debuts. Ouch.

Via CE Pro

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August 5, 2009

Vizio To Release Streaming HDTVs


Vizio will soon be producing HDTVs this September that will stream Netflix, Showtime, Yahoo widgets and other Internet content. The XVT series has a basic 32-inch model at a price starting at $749.00. Options such as LED backlighting and 240Hz can be added for those with higher budgets. The top of the line will have the options and 5 HDMI ports at a price of $2,199.00. We will see if this line can make them more competitive with others in the HDTV world.

Via PR Newswire

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DC Movie Cowboy - Super System


Digital Cowboy has a multimedia player that they have dubbed Movie Cowboy, of course. It can stream almost anything through its USB port, 2 USB hosts, HDMI output and composite output. Check out this compatiblilty list: MPEG2 HD(ts,tp,trp), MPEG-1/2, Xvid, DAT, ISO, VOB, IFO, MKV(x.264), H.264, WMV9, ASF, MOV, RMVB, FLV, MP4, MotionJPEG video files, and MP3, AAC, OGG, AC3, DTS, MPEG1/2 Layer 1/2/3(MP3), MPEG2-2BC, MPEG-2/4 ACC-LG, WMA9(Pro) and FLAC audio files. The price should be ¥19,900 (~$208.00.)

Via Akihabara News

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August 3, 2009

Olive Opus No. 4 - Sweet Music


Olive's new Opus No. 4 produces high quality sound and can hold as much as 2TB of tunes, or about 6,000 CDs. Hook it up to your music system without use of a PC and playback via its intuitive color-coded touchscreen. Other features include simple digitizing through its DAC, preset and added Internet radio stations and genre specific details. Playback to up to 10 rooms in your home with an added Melody Hi-Fi Multi-Room Player. The Opus No. 4 will be available this month in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB models for $1,499.00, $1,599.00 and $1,799.00 respectively.

Via PR Web

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August 1, 2009

Hands On Review: MG-M²TV


MediaGate was kind enough to send us their latest gadget, the M2TV, aka the MG-M²TV. The next generation of the MG-800HD can receive images, video and audio via an external hard drive, video card or USB source and playback in the highest quality HDTV display or home theater with almost any A/V file supported. I hooked it up and found it to be easy to connect, mostly simple to work and fun to play with.

On my USB flash memory drive I had downloaded some images from artist Mike Wrathell, a video from Robot Snob and some music from Jamendo (thanks to amelie's tune "Do it Over") so that I could run the full gamut.

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Connection is super simple and you are given HDMI and RCA cords so it's not necessary to buy anything further. Even the remote battery is included. The M2TV is very small and sleek and will fit in the smallest of areas.


I always figure if you need extensive usage of the guide that comes with something, it's much too complicated. Thankfully, this is not the case here. After connection, the M2TV loads up very quickly. The main menu gives you a choice between movies, music, photo, settings and file copy.


Selecting movies shows what's in there and can be run in preview or full screen. Both video and sound were extremely impressive. The remote includes the ability to play in slo-mo, zoom, repeat, ff/rew, instant replay and more. Subtitles can be added in several languages.

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When viewing images, you can select one at a time or build a slideshow with a timing of 2 seconds to 2 minutes, music background and transition effects in the Setup portion. Another fun trick is the ability to turn your images 360º and you can adjust the contrast, brightness, aspect ratio, etc. When playing music, you again can adjust by remote as you do with video.

The M2TV also allows for updating. Visit the site to download the latest version.


If you are the type that makes slideshows or likes to watch downloaded content without using up your hard drive, this is the device for you. We have reviewed electronic gadgets that need extra parts, will not compensate if you do not have HD or have other issues, but frankly about the only aspects we didn't like were very small lettering and the noise it made. We know, picky picky, but here's hoping the next model, which may feature WiFi, is quieter and doesn't need a magnifying glass to read the photo details.

(Thanks, Tony)

Via MediaGate

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