July 2, 2009

Mvix to Release Ultio Media Player


Mvix is about to release their latest media player. The Ultio MX-800 is hard disk based and will reproduce up to 1080p video. Pre-equipped with a network port, it features a samba server and UPnP implementation. View movies or photos or listen to music as it supports most HD codecs including AVC-HD and FLAC. Stream content with integration with services like PlayOn or Tversity for such sites as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, CNN and ESPN. It also has 2 USB 2.0 slaves for extending storage, adding media cards or USB drives. Look for the Ultio sometime this week with a decent price of $169.00.

(Thanks, A. Jay)

Via Mvix

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Curtis Mathes Blu-ray Player


Curtis Mathes has kindly released a less expensive Blu-ray Player. The
CMMBX130 has an MP3 player, photo viewer, USB card reader and can upscale to HD. Watch movies, view family photos or listen to CDs. At a price of less than $160.00, use it to start your own home theater system as it has Coaxial Digital, 5.1 Channel, Component Video, HDMI, Optical Digital, Stereo Audio, Audio, Composite Video and S-Video outputs.

Via Curtis Mathes Blu-ray Player

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June 17, 2009

Surge Protection on a Budget


The first surge protector we bought a couple of decades ago was incredibly expensive, but now you can get one for next to nothing and with color coded inputs for the electronically challenged. DigiTV's DC-SP6500 Power Station can be used for Phone, Fax, and Home Theater Equipment. The 6500 Joule Surge Protector has 7 outlets and a circuit breaker for additional AC adapters. The device has a 6 ft. heavy duty cord and child safety lock and will definitely not cost you your first born.

Via DigiTV

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June 16, 2009

Monster Home Theater Controller


It may look like your basic remote, but this July, Monster will release their MCC AV50 Home Theater Controller. With Web-based setup, this is simplicity at its best as it only needs touch commands like "play a DVD."

The company has also collaborated with chipmaker RedMere with the result being SuperThin Cables. Using MagniEye technology, HD signals are sent directly through the cable and need no external power supply. The cords are only 3.5mm in diameter, about 65% thinner than normal HDMI cables. Available in 4, 8 and 16' lengths, the cables will be priced from $89.95 to $119.95.

Via Gearlog

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June 15, 2009

Philips Unveils Wireless HD Link


Philips is offering its own Wireless HD Link to neaten up your home theater. Connect to your cable box, satellite receiver and Blu-ray player. With a range of up to 75 ft., it can replace all your cables and send 1080p video to your HDTV. Available in Q4, the link will set you back $799.99.

Via Chip Chick

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June 12, 2009

Freakin' Friday! It's Home Audio Month


We didn't even know that the site had special months, but it might be a good idea to check out Amazon as it has declared June Home Audio Month. In addition to a deal of the week, such as this week's $350.00 off Denon's AVR-989 805-Watt 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver, there are substantial savings to be found like:

Via Amazon Hot Deals

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June 5, 2009

Freakin' Friday! - DIY Outside Home Theater


We're all for anyone who can build a better mousetrap outdoor home theater, especially at a minimal price. After seeing one for huge price of $3,499.00, the inventive Dave Banks came up with his own screen for $122.75, used his own DVD player and got an old projector and speakers from work.

The material cost list for his screen:

  • (3) five gallon buckets @ $2.78 ea = $8.34
  • (2) sacks Sakrete @ $4.37 = $8.74
  • (1) jar PVC cement = $3.76
  • (2) eye bolts @ $0.52 = $1.04
  • (4) anchor stakes @ 2.16 ea = $8.64
  • (7) 10' sections 1.5" PVC pipe @ $3.16 ea = $22.12
  • (1) 10' section 2" PVC pipe = $4.18
  • (1) bag, 100 ct 14" zip tie = $9.87
  • (1) 100' nylon rope = $6.24
  • (8) 1.5" wye fittings @ $2.23 ea = $17.84
  • (2) 1.5" 90 degree elbows @ $0.61 ea = $1.22
  • (1) 1.5" cross fitting = $2.63
  • (2) 1.5" tee fittings @ $1.57 ea = $3.14
  • (1) 5' x 9' piece of blackout cloth $24.99

Total material costs: $122.75 We then decided to make our own search and here are our results if you start from scratch.

Total: About $250.00.

Note that we went for inexpensive. If it rains, the movie should be canceled. But for that little amount you can toss in a couple of lawn chairs and some
and still have a total around $300.00. We figure we can always attach the cloth with clothespins to our backyard fence. We may be thrifty, but we can also wield a mean twist tie.

Via Wired

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June 1, 2009

Teufel System 5 THX Select 2 Home Theater


Teufel has a new home theater to brag about. The System 5 THX Select 2 has 3 loudspeaker models, S 500 FCR front loudspeakers, 2 S 500 D dipoles in the rear and 2 300mm S 5000 SW subwoofers that go as low as 25Hz. The company claims the 5.2 system has incredible sound and is good for rooms up to 50 sq. meters. The Select 2 System will be available next month for £1400 (~$2,263.00.)

Via Pocket-lint

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May 27, 2009

Injuries Rise Because of Flat-Panel TVs


A recent report, published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has stated that almost 17,000 children were rushed to ERs after heavy or unstable furniture fell on them. Those injuries had risen 41% since 1990. Forty seven percent of them were caused by televisions, many bigger flat-panel TVs. To kidproof your house, have your plasma mounted by experts, or make sure you use a Plasma TV Standthat is stable and can handle a toddler who thinks it is a jungle gym.


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May 19, 2009

LG Home Theater Includes iPod Dock


LG Korea has a new 5.1 Home Theater that comes with an iPod dock located on a Blu-ray player. The HB954TBW is compatible with all iPods and is available in Korea for 1,299,000 KRW (~$1,029.00.) We expect that in the future, a dock will be an automatic add-on to most home systems.

Via Akihabara News

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