April 7, 2010
You're nothing if you don't have a branded iPhone app these days and as such, Bang & Olufsen has joined the party with BeoLink (iTunes link). The application, compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, enables users to communicate with the company's Master Link Gateway over a Wi-Fi connection and control home theater gear. As a value add, BeoLink can also be used to control home automation features such as door locks and outdoor lights. And, unlike the the company's Beo5 remote control, the BeoLink works both indoors AND outdoors.
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This is strange. A completely unknown company by the name of StreamTV has two 3D TVs listed on Amazon.com. Sized 37- and 42-inches, the StreamTV 3D TVs each allegedly have a built-in Blu-ray player, 500 GB hard drive, wireless keyboard with an integrated mouse, a web browser, a camera with video conferencing support, and the ability to turn 2D content into 3D without the need for any type of glasses. I must say I'm skeptical.
The 3D StreamTVs can also supposedly download and stream content and have some sort of video gaming capability with an included game controller. Oh, and wait, over 500 free TV channels is also said to be a feature.
Apparently shipping May 7, the 37- and 42-inch StreamTVs will cost $4000 and $6000, respectively. I'll believe this when I see it.
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April 5, 2010
Should you buy a demo TV at your nearest Best Buy (or other electronics retailer) or spring out the big bucks for a 2010 model? Well, it depends, according to the HD Guru. If you're looking for a higher-end model or something 3D-compatible, then you're stuck shelling out more for a 2010 model. But if you're okay with last year's features--which aren't all that bad, by the way--then you could probably swing a deal on a 2009 showroom model. But, points out HD Guru, just note how long that showroom TV has been running or you could pay a big price for an HDTV that has only 50% of its lifespan left!
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It appears rumors of a Google TV are somewhat true, as Swedish company People Of Lava have announced a new LED-backlit HDTV based on Android 1.5. This is the same operating system used on many cellphones and media tablets, fully open source, and supported by Google.
The People Of Lava set, called the Scandinavia, will first ship in a 42-inch display size followed by 47- and 55-inch units. All of the sets display 1080p resolution, ship with YouTube, Google Maps, a web browser and other web-connected features, run on a 833 MHz Arm Cortex processor, and include a wireless keyboard and optional USB slots.
The Scandinavia will also have access to an app store, much like the one available for Android cellphones, though this one won't be run by Google.
Surprisingly, the 42-inch Scandinavia will cost $2500--a ton of money considering the Android operating system costs People Of Lava nothing to license. Not sure I'd shell out that much money, even though an Android-based TV sounds pretty cool.
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April 3, 2010
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April 2, 2010
Toshiba's UX600 Cinema Series HDTV line seems to be the first that's officially Windows 7 compatible. In essence, this means that Windows 7's "Play To" feature can be used on a home network-connected PC to send music, video and pictures to the UX600.
Available in 40-, 46- and 55-inch display sizes, the UX600 Cinema Series features ClearFrame 120 Hz refresh rate, 1080/24p Cinema frame rate, 3, 000, 000:1 contrast ratio, 4 HDMI ports, an Ethernet port and a Wi-Fi adapter.
Learn more on Toshiba's webpage.
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Halden-Caviglia is attempting to turn the sleek HDTV into an artistic experience with its new Showcases. Basically fancy-looking cases that house a TV set, giving it typically antique look, the Showcases include dual speakers and an integrated amplifier, passive and fan ventilation to prevent heat damage, and an IR-repeater to ensure typical remote controls can access the TV inside.
Also included is a patent-pending wall-mounting system as well as a table-mounting system for those that prefer the tabletop TV-watching methodology. Showcases are able to fit most HDTV form factors between 42- and 65-inches (sized small, medium and large) and can be custom built to specifications. Cost? Between $7495 and $11495.
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March 30, 2010
Sony has announced the availability of its NX800 LED HDTV series. Features include edge-lit LED backlighting, Sony's Bravia 3 video processing engine, 240 Hz Motion Flow technology, Bravia Internet Video and widgets, Wi-Fi compatibility, a USB input, energy saving ambient light features, and a thin form factor with a 6-degree adjustable tilt mount. Available in the 46-inch KDL-46NX800, the 52-inch KDL-52NX800 and the 60-inch KDL-60NX800, the NX800 family is 3D ready and starts at $2299. The 60-inch version is available now while the 52-inch version is backordered until the end of the month, and the 46-inch version won't launch until mid-May.
Sony also announced the NX700 series, a bit of a step down with 120 Hz Motion Flow technology and a few less extras than the NX800. Of course you'll also pay less for the 40-inch KDL-40NX700 and the 46-inch KDL-46NX700.
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March 29, 2010
Although the Nintendo Wii is great for parties, it doesn't have the same appeal as the Playstation 3 or the Xbox 360. Not only because it doesn't have the same great games, but because it doesn't have the quality 1080p graphics nor does it look like it will anytime in the near future.
A company called VDIGI looks to fix this issue with the first HDMI connector designed for the Nintendo Wii to offer 1080p video upscaling. In fact, not only can the VD-W3 convert video, but it can also convert audio as well.
Available from VDIGI's online store, the VD-W3 costs $75 though that doesn't include the HDMI cable itself.
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High-end home theater equipment maker BeoVision is bringing its 3rd HDTV to the North American market this summer with the 40-inch BeoVision 10 HDTV. The set boasts an edge-lit LED design, 240 Hz frame rate, an integrated speaker, connections for a full surround sound system, and all the other fancy peripheral ports usually found on BeoVision models. The price for the 40-inch BeoVision 10, coming in summer 2010, will be $6248 for the screen only. Pay a bit more at $7675 and you'll also net an anti-reflective coating, a Beo4 remote and a wall bracket that can sit at a 45 degree angle from any wall. BeoVision is also said to be launching a 46-inch model later in 2010 as well.
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