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Sony Presents New Product Line

sony imageAt the Sony dealer show in Las Vegas this week, several new product lines for home theater design were disclosed, including , networked Bravia HDTVs Blu-Ray players, A/V receivers, and Home Theater Systems. Though these exciting upcoming releases have been introduced, most of them will not be available for purchase until later this year.

The latest version of networked Bravia LCD HDTVs has been dubbed the W-series. The TVs from this series use Motionflow120Hz technology and the BRAVIA Engine 3, which both contribute to a smoother, clearer, sharper picture. Models include the 52-inch KDL-52W5100, 46-inch KDL-46W5100, and 40-inch KDL-40W5100.

Among the Blu-Ray players that were shown are a couple of stand-alone players, which range from $300-350. These models are the BDP-S360 and BDP-S560, which both deliver full HD 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema output and will be available summer 2009. Two other players are the DVP-FX730 and DVP-FX930, portable DVD players that are priced at $130 and $190 respectively.

The HT-SS360 is an integrated A/V receiver, which supports full HD 1080p video and high-resolution audio, costing $350 and available in May 09. In addition, the STR-DN1000 receiver ($500) is available July 09 and includes four HDMI inputs and three component inputs, analog connections, and S-Air technology. Other models of this receiver range from $150-300.

The newest Sony home theater systems include models BDV-E300 and BDV-E500W. These are Blu-Ray sony_davdz860w1home theater systems which boast wi-fi capability for using BD-live access and S-Air wireless audio compatible systems. They also feature Sony’s Digital Media Port which allows for music playback options for diverse accessories. The BDV-E300 costs $600 and is S-Air ready, but optional modules must be purchased separately. However, the BDV-E500W costs $800 and is integrated with various S-Air capabilities, which allow audio to be transmitted up to 164 feet away from the main system for rear surround sound speakers or up to 10 AirStation devices in the home. Three other home theater systems presented were the DAV-HDX587WC, DAV-HDX589W, and DAV-HDX285 systems, which range from $300-430, run on 1,000 watts, and include a five-disc DVD/CD changer.

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March 5, 2009 Posted by | General Information, New Products | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The CEC: Consumer Electronic Control

HDMI is a structural channel that simplifies cabling and provides the gateway to system-wide intelligence.  For HDMI nevocompliant devices, there is a “universal” remote that can be used, called the consumer electronic control (CEC).  This technology allows multiple electronic devices to be linked together for simultaneous usage by remote.  The remote can connect to a number of multiple devices that support the CEC technology.  This allows easy use of a fully furnished home theater system.  For instance, a camcorder and HD satellite supported television may be powered on/off at the same time with the push of only one button.  An HDTV remote will be able to select the correct input automatically on an A/V receiver and a television by simply pushing play on the DVD player.

Another fantastic use of the CEC is the “remote control pass through” application.  Instead of using a secondary device to receive the infrared signal so that devices behind opaque surfaces in the entertainment center can still be used, the HDTV remote may be used to control all of the other hidden devices as well.  Also, a CEC enabled HDTV remote can change channels on the set-top box tuner, without the need of a separate remote control.

There is no programming necessary, like with the traditional universal remote.  Also, the devices a consumer wants to sync up do not need to be made by the same manufacturer.  Any device that supports CEC technology will be compatible with the remote control.

February 2, 2009 Posted by | New Products | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pioneer Kuro LCD Released!!

pioneer-elite-kuro-signature-hdtvPlease welcome to the family a new member from Pioneer Kuro! Until recently, Pioneer Kuro has always been a plasma model, but a new Pioneer Kuro LCD flat screen has just been released. There is some questioning of this new edition by Pioneer Kuro fans, due the plasma version’s reputation for the deepest blacks available. See, the Japanese word “Kuro” means black, and how could an LCD live up to this name?

Check out the specs on this new model:

It will be available in three sizes; 46-inch, 37-inch, and 32-inch. With a resolution of 1080p, the performance of this LCD HDTV matches the visual experience of a plasma television screen picture. The brushed aluminum finish makes it a tasteful complement to any high class home theater system. Other features include a high-contrast front filter, 100Hz processor, 3 HDMI ports, a PC input that allows the screen to be used as a computer monitor, blu-ray compatibility, aluminum preset remote control, and KURO LINK for remote control usage of main functions with other Pioneer equipment.

The automatic backlight adjustment and ambient light sensor help control the color contrast for optimum viewing, also aiming to maximize the benefits of both LCD and plasma televisions. The Kuro LCD boasts a viewing angle of 176 degrees from top to bottom and left to right. Also, the 32 and 37 inch versions are mounted on a swivel that rotates 15 degrees for optimal viewing angle.

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The 32 and 37-inch Kuro LCD TV is now available in Europe, with the 46-inch on the verge of release. As a Pioneer dealer, we will keep you updated about any news of its debut in the United States.

January 21, 2009 Posted by | New Products | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fab Five: The Best New Home-Theater Products for 2009

CES is done for the year, and we’ve rounded up the top picks for you.  Enjoy! ces-2008-best-products

Control4-Equipped LG TV

LG’s got it: the first TV ready to work with Control4 automation systems and let users run their systems from their TVs.  For now, these sets are commercial, but we hear that a lot of LG’s products start commercial and migrate toward residential.

Pioneer VSX-1019AH Receiver

Head on down to your nearest Pioneer dealer today, folks.  Well, wait till spring, but this multizone Pioneer receiver features 7.1 channels with 110 watts per channel, four HDMI inputs, and you can control it with your iPhone (among other features).  They thought of everything, didn’t they…

Super-slim Sony Bravia

Sony’s lovely Bravia TVs will soon be available in a 9.9-millimeter depth.  That means it will sit almost flush with your wall.  The Bravia Wireless Link Module also allows viewers to transmit pictures wirelessly, eliminating wires hanging all over the place.  Sony’s also bragging about the Wide Color Gamut LED edge light, which provides more vibrant color and coveted blacker blacks.

Samsung Wall-Mountable Blu-ray Player

This sweet little baby will round out the wire-free look of your home theater design.  It mounts neatly on your wall, perhaps under the aforementioned slim Bravia, and keeps a low profile at 1.5 inches thick.  Netflix and Pandora streaming, a gig of flash memory and DVD upscaling are but a few of the nifty features.

Hitachi Gesture TV

The first time you wave at your new Hitachi Gesture and it turns on, it’ll probably be a bit of a sci-fi moment.  Look at TV, look back at hand.  Huh.  It worked.  The Gesture simply uses motion to respond, rather than a remote.  Though it’s still in the planning stages and not due out until 2011, it’s a good one to look forward to.

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January 16, 2009 Posted by | New Products | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Pioneer Releasing Four New Receivers

Pioneer is rolling out a line of four new audio receivers promising a whole new level of sound quality, compatibility and connectivity for your home theater system.

The model series VSX-1019AH-K Pioneer A/V Receivers will be available at your Pioneer dealer in April, 2009.
Price is typically the first thing on your mind. You can buy one starting at $200 and increasing at $100 increments to end at $500 for the top model. Not too shabby, ‘eh? pioneer-elite-av-receiver
What will your buck buy you?

With each of the new Pioneer models you get improved sound quality when you play your mp3s thanks to their Advanced Sound Retriever. Basically, that means data lost in compressed files (mp3s) is restored to exceptional quality.

I don’t know about you, but constantly adjusting the volume when switching between sources gets a little annoying. Pioneer’s Auto Level Control maintains a consistent sound level even when you switch from a CD, mp3, DVD, or BLU-RAY to television programming. That means, the sound level you selected for one medium is maintained even after changing to something else, no blaring commercials or too quiet movies. Less tinkering for you!

$200: The most basic of the new Pioneer A/V receivers. This offers deep color, 110 Watts x 5 @ 1 kHz, new home theater system remote, BLU-RAY ready and a front USB port, among several other features.
$300: Stepping up. This one includes everything you get for $200 and HD, Lip Sync, iPod plug and play, Sirius satellite radio (with on screen display) and a preset remote.

$400: Getting cooler. 120 Watts x 7, P.H.A.T. II @ 1 kHz, room calibration (sounds great no matter how you have your home theater sound system arranged), KURO link, Multi zone (you can watch a movie in your living room with surround sound and someone else can listen to a CD in another room).

$500: Now this is fantastic. Everything included for $400 and iPod multi zone, more inputs, Faroudja 1080p Video Scaler (makes analog picture better quality on your screen) and a nifty remote.

This may sound like a lot to you, and it is. To get the most out of your money and your new Pioneer receiver, professional installation is suggested (though not required for you die hard do-it-yourselfers).

January 15, 2009 Posted by | New Products | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments