March 31, 2009

Belkin Conserve Surge Protectors


Admit it. You leave your computer on when not necessary, you keep your DVR on for the clock, and you often forget to unplug appliances because you use their LEDs as nightlights. Belkin has released Conserve Energy-Saving Surge Protectors to cut back on that standby power. The remote switch turns devices on or off with one switch click, while routers and other devices can be plugged into Always-On outlets. Choose between an
8 Switchable and 2 Always-On model
or a 10/2 Protector for home theaters.

Via Belkin

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March 30, 2009

Zemote Turns iPhone Into Remote Control


Turn your iPhone or iPod touch 2.0 or higher into a wireless keyboard, touch pad and remote for your HTPC or desktop with Zemote from Zigzix. Utilizing your WiFi network, you simply have to install the receiver application, then it will automatically find your computer. Control your mouse with its motion sensor. Download Zemote at the App store for $3.99 if you have a PC with Windows XP/Vista.

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March 26, 2009

Onkyo Unveils New HTiBs


Onkyo has two new HTiBs with HDMI receivers with Pass-Thru, Deep Color and x.v. color. They also have 5 - 7 surround sound speakers, 4 DSP gaming modes and come in black or silver. The 7.1 channel HT-S5200 offers 130W per channel amps, a 10" subwoofer, iPod dock and charging station and is Sirius XM ready at a price of $599.00. The 5.1 channel HT-S3200 has 110W per channel, 5 speakers and three HDMI inputs. It features an 8" subwoofer, DTS and Dolby Digital surround sound and a price of $379.00.

Via AV Guide

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March 20, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Free Blu-ray Player with Denon A/V Receiver Purchase


Denon must be feeling the results of the recession as they are offering a super deal. Purchase one of their qualifying Home Theater Receivers and you get their
DVD-2500BTCI Blu-ray Player
for free. Yes, we said this player will cost you nada. Of course the A/V receiver will set you back a bit of cash, but think of it as an excuse to set up that home theater you always wanted. The deal is available until April 30 or until supplies last. These are the included model numbers of the receivers:






Choose both items and the price of the player will be deducted at checkout.

Via Denon

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Panasonic Debuts New Blu-ray Home Theaters


We suspect the reason that the Panasonic Home Theater we found last week was such a deal may have been because they were readying their two new 7.1 channel Blu-ray systems. Both the SC-BT200 and SC-BT300 come with an integrated iPod dock, multi-channel sound card and 7 wireless ready speakers. Connect to the Internet for bonus content and play games on BD-Live. Included is a Smart Set-Up Guide with a graphical user interface. The SC-BT200 has a price of $599.95 and the SC-BT300 has a $699.95 tag. Both should be out next month.

Via PR Newswire

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March 18, 2009

Habey Releases Fanless Mini HTPC with Decoder


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 13, 2009

Philips Cinema 21:9 LCD, Ulta-Wide Viewing


Philips certainly gets our attention with their new Cinema 21:9, the perfect addition to any home theater. Because the 56" diagonal TV comes close to the 2:31:1 aspect ration of film, it gets rid of those irritating top and bottom bars. The HDTV includes auto-formatting to resize to 16:9 that can be disabled and their Ambilight technology. Available in select European countries in limited distribution, it has a MSRP for €4000 (~$5,000.00.) There are no plans to make it available in North America as yet, but one can hope.

Via Home Theater

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March 4, 2009

Panasonic Deluxe 5 Home Theater System


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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February 25, 2009

GenevaSound Comes Stateside


GenevaSound has finally become available in the U.S. This fine Swiss "furniture music" combines wood with all-in-one audio sounds. The system has a built-in slot-loading CD player, FM tuner and a line-in connection for all iPods and iPhones, as well as wireless systems, satellite radio, TVs and PCs. Inside the deluxe box are all-digital Class D amps with Geneva EmbracingSound signal processor that uses algorithms for excellent stereo sound. Not to mention it looks bitchin'. Their top of the line audio home theater will cost you $3,999.99, comes in black or white and will make the entire neighborhood green with media-envy.

Via Geneva Sound

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February 24, 2009

Control4 Table Top Touch Screen


We find it somewhat amazing that things we saw on TV and read in sci-fi books only a few years ago are possible now. Control4 has released its Table Top Touch Screen for whole house automation. With a simple interface, you can control your home theater, multi-room music, security, smart lighting, temperature control and more by Ethernet or WiFi. The screen has a 16x9 format and four customizable buttons and has optional access to online Rhapsody. Look for it to come out sometime this month. By the way, if you are not the tabletop type, the touchscreen is available in a wall mountable model.

Via Control4

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