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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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Review: Lenovo IdeaCentre D400 Home Server

Written on Nov 18, 2009 by Brian and filed under Reviews

With the mass of media files most of us are collecting across various computers, it’s getting more important to find a way to not only preserve that repository, but to also make it consumable on just about anything, including computers and home theaters. Lenovo has an offering to solve just that pain, the IdeaCentre D400 Home Server. The D400 features up to 8 terabytes of storage space across four disks, auto-backup options for networked computers, easy file transfer and a host of other features that make it not only easy to use, but perhaps more importantly, easy to forget about.

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Review: ZVOX 430 Sound Bar

Written on Nov 5, 2009 by Thomas S. and filed under Reviews, ZVOX Audio

The ZVOX 430 Sound Bar follows the path less taken, giving users a simple to use sound system with no compromises in quality. Where most manufactures find ways to cut costs, either by using an over abundance of plastic or cheap components, ZVOX holds nothing back in their wood enclosure speaker systems. The end result is an easy to setup speaker system that brings other “full-size” systems to their knees.

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ViewSonic VMP70 Media Streamer Released

Written on Nov 5, 2009 by Brian and filed under News

ViewSonic is now in on the media streaming bandwagon. The VMP70 offers 1080p output over HDMI. It’s a direct connect media player though, so while it will handle anything you connect via network or USB, it has no additional services to offer. The retail price of $129.99 puts it slightly more expensive than similar offerings form Western Digital, Netgear and the dozen or so other competitors.

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Roku SD and HD-XR Media Streamers Released

Written on Oct 27, 2009 by Brian and filed under News

Roku has released two new models of their popular media streaming boxes. The first is the Roku SD, at $79.99 it’s designed to be a value offering in the streaming space. The Roku HD-XR offers HD streaming via HDMI. Both models offer WiFi, the SD bringing in 802.11 b/g and the HD-XR using 802.11n. Roku now has three options for those who want to easily stream content from Netflix, Amazon and MLB.tv.

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Review: Logitech Harmony 700 Remote

Written on Oct 21, 2009 by Brian and filed under Reviews

Most home theaters suffers from excessive remotes; until you invest in a universal remote. Logitech has been the preeminent leader in the universal remote space for some time, but their product offers to this point have been aimed more at the power home theater user. The Logitech Harmony 700 addresses the more mainstream space, those have a traditional home theater setup.

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Review: Samsung HT-BD1250T

Written on Oct 19, 2009 by Thomas S. and filed under Reviews, Samsung

The Samsung HT-BD1250T is an all new Blu-ray home theater system that now includes full Netflix and Pandora streaming integration. Starting at an MSRP of $549.99, Samsung includes all major components to get a home theater up and running, including a near-endless supply of streaming movies when paired with a Netflix account. With such a huge stack of features in one small setup, is there anything this HTIB can’t do?

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TV Guide iPhone Application Released

Written on Oct 15, 2009 by Brian and filed under News

There are several TV Listings applications in the Apple App Store, but this branded version from TV Guide is fairly comprehensive. In addition to TV Listings, the app includes TVGuide.com’s entertainment news, episode recaps and daily TV hot lists.

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Blockbuster on Demand Coming to TiVo DVRs

Written on Oct 14, 2009 by Brian and filed under News

TiVo has partnered with Blockbuster to bring their On Demand video rental service to TiVo subscribers. The service is available now and rentals run from $2.99 to $3.99 for new releases. On the flip side, Blockbuster stores will now stock TiVo DVRs.

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Hot Deal: Free Sony BDV-E300 Home Theater System

Written on Oct 13, 2009 by Brian and filed under Sony

Amazon and Sony have teamed up to offer a great home theater deal that’s valid through October 17th. Order one of three qualifying LCD HDTV panels from Sony (as cheap as $977) and get the Sony BDV-E300 home theater in a box system for free ($410 value). This is a tremendous offer that expires soon.

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Western Digital Launches WD TV Live HD Media Player

Written on Oct 13, 2009 by Brian and filed under News

Western Digital has launched the latest in their media player lineup, this one is the WD TV Live HD. The device features networking and of course HDMI output for content on connected devices like USB drives, or via networked and Internet-based sources.

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