March 18, 2009

Habey Releases Fanless Mini HTPC with Decoder

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Habey has a new performance Atom N270 system with a 1080p HD platform. The BIS-6550 has a built-in HD AVC/VC-1/MPEG-2 hardware decoder for playback of HD as well as Blu-ray. The fanless system includes media interfaces VGA, HDMI, Composite and S-Video out, built-in CF socket, SD reader, two SATA II ports, four USB 2.0 ports and one Gigabit Ethernet. An HD TV tuner and wireless card are optional.

Via Habey U.S.A.

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March 11, 2009

Sony's (New and Old) Surround Bar Systems

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Sony has unveiled their new Surround Bar System. The HT-CT500 has 400W power, 3 HDMI ports, a Walkman interface, FM tuner, Dolby Digital and DTS support. The 50mm deep component can be mounted or placed on a stand. Expect the system to come out in June in Japan for ¥60,000 (~$620.00.) If you cannot wait and are seeking something similar, Sony also has a HT-CT100 Sound Bar with Sub-Woofer for less than half that price.

Via I4U

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March 9, 2009

Sonos System Wins iF Gold

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Sonos has just been awarded an iF (Internal Forum Design) Gold Award 2009 in Germany. There were only 50 companies that received the award, so it is no wonder that they are so excited. Other products that won included Royal Philips' Sound Bar Home cinema system, the
Macbook Air
and the Sony Cybershot DSC-T77. A full list of winners can be found on the link. Our congrats to Sonos.

(Thanks, Thomas)

Via iF (translated)

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Vue - Simplified Home Networking

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Avaak Vue Personal Video Network is surely one of the most state of the art systems going. Mount their 3" high cams anywhere in your house and they will deliver battery powered, wireless images to the base station without a PC. You get access to them on a password-protected site even if you are not home. Not only can you move the cameras around, you can take video or stills and upload them to social networking sites.

The Vue is run by FrameMesh, a low-power 2.4GHz system that enables the cameras to only operate when you are watching. Developed by the military, one FrameMesh network can support up to 50 cameras. Look for the Vue in May at a price of $299.99 for a base station, two cams and mounting gear. Service is free for the initial year and $20.00 after that, and extra cams are $99.00 apiece.

Via Vue Zone

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March 5, 2009

HDMI Digital Viewer Displays Media on Your HDTV

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Make everyone suffer through the equivalent of home movies with the Hi-Den Vision HDMI 1080p Digital Photo Viewer. The HD-0301 lets you show off photos, video clips and MP3 music files on your HDTV. The device supports most flash memory cards with its CompactFlash Type I/II slots. Use the front USB port for larger files on a portable hard drive. There is also an extra connector for another HDMI gadget, such as your DVR. The view comes with a $59.99 price.

Via Hi-Den Vision

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March 4, 2009

Panasonic Deluxe 5 Home Theater System

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We do so dig hunting around for bargains. The
Panasonic SC-PT760 Deluxe 5 DVD Home Theater System
is a case in point. The DVD/CD home theater system comes with their Whisper-Mode Surround for super sound at low volumes. It handles up to 5 discs and comes with 1 center speaker, a Kelton subwoofer, 2 tallboys, and 2 surround speakers. Of course it features Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic and DTS decoders and has 1080p up-conversion to your HDTV. The SC-PT760 also has an integrated iPod dock/charger and Viera link display for control at a price of $314.70 with free shipping.

Via Panasonic Deluxe 5 Home Theater

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March 3, 2009

Russian Intelvision Home Media Center

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Intelvision Engineering, located in Saint Petersburg, Russia, has unveiled a home media center that is compatible with both Beckhoff I/O modules and controllers as well as KNX/LON/RS232/485/TCP/IP devices. Here is what is included in the package:

  • Beckhoff CX controller server side (INTELVISION PLC runtime)
  • Configuration Program (for PC) - to configure I/O, Logic, timers, groups, ext.devices (MediaCenter, IRTrans, Moxa, Kramer etc.), ext.interfaces (RS485, lon, knx, enocean, etc.)
  • Visualization library - dll for MS Blend with a large amount of additional elements (dimmers, relays, command senders, buttons, IR, bells, video (Axis,) etc.)
  • Native iPod Touch/iPhone software

That's a lot of media attention. Look for it to come stateside further down the road.

Via Automated Home

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CasaTools Multi-Room Music Server

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CasaTools has unveiled their XL Music Servers that can receive up to 9 music sources by touchscreen, depending on the model. Pre-loaded with their CasaTunes software, the device has a 250GB hard drive that can hold over 1,600 albums or 20,000 songs. Additional music can be added via CDs, iPod, or Internet downloads. Add to that external streaming from AM/FM, satellite and SHOUTcast. Their XLi has four internal music sources and can be used in up to 6 rooms. The XLe comes with 5 sources and can control up to 12 rooms. Add 4 external boxes and you have 48 rooms of tunes. The XL Server can also be controlled from your computer and will be available sometime this quarter at a price starting at $1,499.99.

Via CasaTools

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February 26, 2009

URC PSX-2 Does More Than Your iPod Can

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The Universal Remote Control's PSX-2 is more than your average dock. It has hundreds of IR codes that not only cover every one on your iPod or PMP, but has some that aren't, such as alpha searches and EQ command settings. Connect to a TV and get metadata like cover art, songs, album and artist. Shortcut keys have access to genres, playlists, music videos and podcasts and there are 12 different shuffle options. An HD video output means you can hook it up to your HDTV and it can sync with your computer on a home network. URC also has an optional wireless keypad and touchscreen that can be used en lieu of a television making your house even more connected. The PSX-2 will debut with a $399.00 price, high for a normal dock, but not so bad for a super-system.

Via Ubergizmo

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February 25, 2009

Sentry Combines Old and New Tech

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Sentry's SoundBox
combines retro with modern technology. The wood cabinet houses and AM/FM radio, digital alarm clock, backlit display and a handy pop-up cradle input for your iPod or MP3 player. There is also a calendar with date and day. The SoundBox comes with a recently reduced price of $35.99.

Via Sentry Soundbox


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