What can be more fun than tooling around in your new electric Smart car? How about a home cinema projector in your front bumper? Aside from its low price (starting at ~$13,000) and small size, the Fortwo is economical with a 60kW magneto-electric motor. And soon it will come with a movie screen in a bag car theater that includes surround sound, a glass roof and an appropriate name (Forstars.) Find a nice, quiet wall or garage door and an iPhone can connect by Bluetooth. Somehow we find the idea of the concept car comforting and it if only had a microwave for popcorn, going out to a movie could be affordable again.
From a top of the line $1,700, 65" home theater display to their L4200U, Toshiba has redesigned much of its HDTV line. The budget friendly 19, 24 and 32" have Audyssey sound, dynamic picture control, auto-brightness and game mode. And, as a special gift, automatic volume adjustment means no more overly loud commercials.There are two HDMI inputs as well as USB and VGA ports for simplified connection. Prices start at $349.99.
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.
Seems odd that the CES runs early in the year, when having it before the holidays might help electronics companies get potential buyers and journalists/bloggers all fired up. Although this may be the last year for some of them to party in Vegas, many of them came out full guns products blazing.
Sony brought out a gazillion new devices, well, almost that many, including its new line of Bravia HDTVs, some with 3D, Blu-ray players, two with built-in Google TV, and home theaters with Blu-ray as well.
Life is pretty sweet when you can get an entire home theater at a price of less than $200.00. The Sony BRAVIA DAV-DZ170 Home Theater System provides everything you need for those holiday sights and sounds. With 1000W 5.1 channel surround sound, it has DVD upscaling via HDMI and sync controls so that only one remote is needed. Included in the set-up is a built-in DVD player and hookup for iPod or MP3 player with front USB port.
Look, it's an entire Blu-ray Home Theater system for a decent price. LG's LHB336 includes 3D, Smart TV, a 1100W amp, upscaling of video and Dolby Digital Plus. In addition to being Internet ready, the system works with iPhone/iPod, USB 2.0 playback and Simplink Connectivity. All for a Freakin' Friday price of less than $300.00.
Time was when a home theater seemed only for the Steven Spielbergs of the world, but prices are dropping, allowing almost anyone to get a decent one for less than $500.00. Case in point, Panasonic's SC-BTT370. The home entertainment system has 5.1 Channel audio, 3D and Blu-ray video. Other features include 2-way tabletop speakers, VIERA Cast for Netflix and Skype, built-in Wifi and a 3D effects controller that lets you adjust the depth.
Look, it's the Millennium Falcon! Not quite, it is a Star Wars themed 10,000 square ft. home theater in a Honolulu mansion built by Custom Home Systems. The room has hidden electronics and speakers, so all that is visible is a 107" screen. The company used Crestron 6" Touch Panels to coordinate everything, including cueing up a film, adjusting the temperature, controlling surveillance cams, dimming the lights and playing tunes from a docked iPod.
Best Buy is covering all electronic bases this holiday season. They are offering an Insignia Internet Connectable Blu-ray Disc Player for $99.99 that comes with remote and $5 CinemaNow Gift Card. Add to that a Dynex 32" Class / 720p / 60Hz / LCD HDTV for $279.99 and the Collector's Edition Avatar Blu-ray Disc for $34.99. We call that bonding family fun for less than $400.00. Free shipping is included.
Kmart is offering 5 - 10% discount on online shopping this week. Most of their electronics are marked down to begin with and they are offering such deals as 10% off any Home Theatre System with the purchase of a TV, 15% off any TV Wall Mount with the TV purchase, discounts on cell phone carriers and activation, and all HP computers and printers are on sale. You get free shipping on purchases over $60.00 and another 5% off their prices, including sale items.
Those who recently bought or have plans to soon buy a Windows PC may have noticed that SRS 5.1 now comes with Microsoft Silverlight. This surround sound format acts as a managed code add-on for creators and developers who want to incorporate HDTVs, A/V receivers mobile phones and of course your trusty PC or laptop.
With "surround everywhere" as its slogan, it has multi-channeled and front rendered sound steering, full bandwidth, backwards compatibility with legacy matrix decoders and stereo, including over bit rates as low as 96kbps. Yeah, we were kind of blown away the first couple of times we used our new VAIO laptop and heard great sounds out of those itty bitty speakers. Look for it to expand to other devices in the future.
South Korea continues to manufacture new electronics, this time in the form of a Blu-ray player that also supports DVDs. Inkel's VR-654BD has a built-in 7.1 channel A/V receiver to make it easy to hook up with your home theater system. Also featured are USB 2.0 connectivity, DB Live 2.0, an FM tuner and DivX and XviD file compatibility. The player should arrive sometime this month in So. Korea at a price of ~$600.00.
In honor of its 25th anniversary, the "Back to the Future" trilogy will be released in Blu-ray on October 26. Included in the pack are BD-Live and U-control features. Can't wait that long? A wide screen trilogy is already available at a super price with outtakes, bloopers, deleted scenes and interviews with its stars.