February 20, 2009

Marantz BD7003 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Player


Marantz has joined the Blu-ray market with their BD7003. It also handles DVDs, audio CDs, including those with MP3 and WMA content, photo CDs in JPEG or Kodak format and DivX6 video. It has a front panel SD card reader to allow custom playlists from your home theater system or photos on your HDTV. Add to that Dolby sound and HDMI output. Marantz products may cost a bit more than most, but at $549.99 they are confident enough to offer a 3 year warranty.

Via Marantz

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February 18, 2009

ServiceLive - You Choose the Price


Sears has opened a ServiceLive beta site. The coolest thing about it is that you choose the price you are willing to pay to the provider and only need to cough up the funding when the job is completed. This doesn't just apply to the usual appliances. It includes wireless networking, PC repairs, home theater installation and audio and TV repair. Sears claims that all of the providers undergo criminal, civil and vehicle background checks. And if you are handy at any of the above, you can join ServiceLive by putting your profile on their site with no obligation to accept gigs you don't want. You only need to pay them a 10% finders fee if you accept.

Via Service Live

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February 17, 2009

Kharma International Visionaire 1 Media Rack


Kharma International, the high-end media product makers, have entered into the realm of A/V with their Visionaire 1. The media rack houses a 5.1 - 7.1 channel system, a large plasma screen and lots of space for your equipment and accessories. Made of polished aluminum and leather, it also comes with a remote. The extravagant system is available to those who can handle its €100,000 price (~$128,572.00.)

Via Born Rich

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February 16, 2009

VIZIO Sound Bar

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VIZIO has recently released a Universal Sound Bar and wireless subwoofer system for those with home theaters. Compatible with almost any HDTV, the VSB210WS features SRS TruSurround HD for better sound and TruVolume for limiting noise levels. The 39.95 x 4.82 x 4.33" system has four 3" high-efficiency mid/bass transducers, two 1" high-performance aluminum neodymium tweeters, a 2.4Ghz wireless subwoofer with 6.5" long throw and a high excursion driver. The system will be a decently priced $349.99 and comes with remote.


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February 5, 2009

Grand Cinema HD - Theater on Your PC

Turn your PC into a home cinema with the Grand Cinema HD. Plug one side of the digital media streamer into your USB and the other into your TV HDMI port. Connect 7 of them to your computer, (if you have enough TVs and USB ports) and you will end up with a 9960x720 resolution and great sound. No price yet but if the company thinks you can afford 7 of them, they had better not be too expensive.

Via Akihabara News

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January 30, 2009

Thermaltake Literally Downsizes Home Theater


Thermaltake has released a slim SD100 Mini (Mini-ITX) and SD200 (Micro-ATX) digital media chassis. Each features a piano coating exterior, and smaller internal structure and thermal modules. We like the looks of them both and appreciate the more minute size and easy flexibility of positioning. The SD100 is only 318 x 268 x 70 mm with a weight 2.7 kg while the 200 is 393 x 367 x 99 mm and has a weight of 5.2 kg. No price or availability date has yet to be announced.

Via Fareast Gizmos and XT Review

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January 29, 2009

VUDU Offers Free iPhone and iPod touch Applications


VUDU is at it again. To keep us all interested, they are now offering iPhone and iPod touch owners a free download for browsing selections. So instead of taking up your valuable weekend time, you can search, rent or buy your choices on your lunch hour, coffee break or while on the tram on the way home. The deal includes HDX titles 1080p for screens that are 40" or more at no extra charge.


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January 24, 2009

Who Needs 5 Remotes When One For Less Than $20 Will Do?


We just got AT&T's cable system with its interesting and almost too confusing remote. Add to that our TV, VCR and DVD player, and that makes for 4, count 'em 4, remotes. Come digital crossover time, that makes 5. With universal ones so inexpensive these days, we decided to do some shopping. Our results were overwhelming.

The One For All URC 4110 4-Device Remote has oversized keys, menu, mute and channel keys, a built-in sleep timer, 30 min. memory back-up and a price of only $11.87 $9.91. (Prices went down since our posting.)

Philips also has one with big buttons. Their
PM3S Universal Remote
takes up to 3 devices at a price of $8.99 $8.47 with battery saver, sleep timer and code search set-up.

Have a home theater system? Sony's
RM-VL600 Remote
can handle up to 8 devices, has a learning function for programming from other remotes and a price of $19.99 $22.94 (This one went up.)

Finally, we found the RCA 3-Device Universal Remote for only $2.87 $2.85! It features channel recall, button selected station recall, and code library with code saver function if your batteries fail.

We are gathering our other remotes for drawer storage as we speak.

Via Remote Controls

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January 15, 2009

Turn Your BlackBerry Into a Universal Remote


How cool is the AV|Shadow? It turns your BlackBerry into a universal remote control. We are talking TV, DVD player, stereo system, settop and satellite boxes, TiVo, Apple TV, and your home theater system. Place the Bluetooth Shadow beside your other electronics, plug it in and set it up via your smartphone or on Unify4Life's site. Other members of your family with a BlackBerry can be added on as well. Use default or customize buttons, then simply search, put them on a calendar or add to your favorites list. The $99.99 price includes software, their SoundStreaming technology and 1 year of UnifyGuide.

Via Unify4Life

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September 23, 2008

Panasonic Introduces the SA-BX500: HDMI Home Theater Receiver


A properly wired home just isn't complete without a super-duper home theater system. Pansonsonic has just announced the SA-BX500 HDMI Home Theater Receiver which is the starting point for that super-duper system. The system sounds pretty sweet and according to BigPictureBigSound.com:

For multi-channel sources, the BX500 offers HDMI 1.3a-compatible HDMI audio decoding, with support for PCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio and DTS-HD Master Audio. If you're limited by your listening environment to only five speakers, but you still want to reap the benefits of 7.1-channel surround, the BX500 can create virtual rear channel or virtual side channel speakers using proprietary 7.1ch Virtual Surround technology. Of course, the receiver also features support for true 7.1-channel mode, with all seven channels driven at 130 Watts/Channel An optional wireless kit (SH-FX67) allows you to add wireless speakers, either to the surround speakers or to a separate room


We're really jazzed about the fact that the SA-BX500 comes with 3 HDMI connections. Sounds like a pretty capable system that has a sweet price-point that comes in under $800.

At BigPictureBigSound.com

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