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Onkyo Announces New 7.1 and 5.1 HTiB Systems

Written on Feb 11, 2011 by Charles Jefferies and filed under Featured, News, Onkyo

Onkyo has announced two new home theater in a box (HTiB) systems: the 7.1-channel HT-S5400 and the 5.1-channel HT-S3400. The receivers feature four HDMI inputs and one output plus support for 3D video.

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Sony Blu-ray Home Theater System Now Available, 3D Coming

Written on Mar 10, 2010 by Charles Jefferies and filed under News, Sony

Sony’s latest Blu-ray home theater system is now available, the BDV-E570. This 5.1 system offers a 3D Blu-ray disc player, 1080p video playback, WiFi, and DLNA compatibility.

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Samsung Launches New Sound Bars

Written on Mar 10, 2010 by Charles Jefferies and filed under News, Samsung

Samsung today announced two new soundbars for its home theater lineup, the HW-C450 and HW-C451. They include a wireless subwoofer, up to 280W of power output, and a grill-less speaker design.

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Samsung Blu-ray Home Theater Pricing, Availability Announced

Written on Mar 10, 2010 by Charles Jefferies and filed under News, Samsung

Samsung today announced the availability of its new Blu-ray home theater systems it announced at CES 2010. Five new models will be available this March, April, and May for prices ranging from $499.99 to $999.99.

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Building a Home Theater PC Part 2 – Selecting and Installing the Components

Written on Feb 22, 2010 by Jesse Raab and filed under News

The choice of motherboard, CPU and case all went hand in hand for me. The difference in price between a microATX Zotac board with a Wolfdale 5300 and a similar Zotac board with a dual core Atom processor was minimal. I chose to go with the slightly more powerful machine thus giving me a little more headroom for any CPU intensive tasks I have such as watching fullscreen HD Flash video on Hulu.

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Building a Home Theater PC – Part 1

Written on Feb 11, 2010 by Jesse Raab and filed under News

Digital content is coming into the living room from many directions. Large digital media libraries mixing sources from Internet streaming to movies and music stored locally are becoming the norm for many people. I resisted this trend longer than most I assume, despite my interest in all things gadgety. About a year ago I began my transition to the digital age in earnest.

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MvixUSA Intros 1080p HD Media Center and PVR

Written on Jan 27, 2010 by Charles Jefferies and filed under News

MvixUSA today introduced its Ultio Pro hard disk-based media center capable of HD media playback in up to 1080p resolution and personal video recording (PVR). It has an embedded torrent client, samba server, UPnP functionality, and can record TV programs from cable and satellite.

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ZVOX Intros New Soundbars

Written on Jan 26, 2010 by Charles Jefferies and filed under News, ZVOX Audio

ZVOX today added three new soundbars to its lineup. All three feature optical and coaxial digital inputs, traditional analog inputs, Dolby Digital technology, and built-in powered subwoofers. Read on to learn more.

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Coby to Launch 3D Soundbar

Written on Jan 15, 2010 by Charles Jefferies and filed under News

Coby Electronics is planning to launch a soundbar featuring 3D sound technology from Sonic Emotion, a Swiss provider of 3D sound solutions. The technology can create a 3D sound experience off of just stereo input and stereo speakers.

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Review: Asus O!play HDP-RI

Written on Jan 14, 2010 by Jesse Raab and filed under Reviews

The Asus O!play HDP-RI is not a brand new streamer, but I was recently able to test this device in my home theater systems and found it certainly holds its own against other streaming devices. From the moment I opened this box up I sensed Asus had delivered a quality device.

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