Next month, custom solution provider Triad Speakers, Inc. will begin delivering dealers its DesignerSeries invisible speakers. When installed, the speaker's flat surface can be plastered over with a 2mm skim coat of plaster and paint, texture or wallpaper and becomes completely invisible. The transducer, which functions much like a magnet and voice coil in a traditional loudspeaker system, is attached to the aluminum honeycomb core which serves as the vibrating element to generate sound waves. The principle is similar to that of a piano or guitar wherein the strings are amplified by the soundboard. The panels require only 25.5 mm of mounting depth; they are designed to fit easily between the wall studs in typical home construction. The DesignerSeries consist of three monaural and two stereo versions. The models use either one (small rooms), two (small/medium rooms) or four transducers (large rooms) each per panel providing 95, 99 and 105 dB maximum loudness respectively. All are capable of frequency response from 100Hz - 20 kHz and must be used with dual channel analog 120Hz filters with limiters. For deeper bass response, a Triad InWall Subwoofer may be added. MSRP for the monaural versions (small, medium and large rooms) are $550, $750 and $1,050 (each). MSRP for the stereo versions (small and medium rooms) are $740 and $1,040 (each).
HP has announced its new HP LD4200tm 42" LCD display with touch functionality. The LD4200tm is aimed at businesses for displaying interactive graphics, text, video and advertisements and feature full 1080p resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio (3000:1 DCR) and 178 degree viewing angle. The HP LD4200tm 42-inch wide-screen LCD monitor starts at $2,799 and is expected to be available in December. HP also announced its L2105tm, a consumer level 21" multi-touch 1080p monitor retailing for $299.
The BeoVision 10 is B&O's slimmest 40-inch flat screen TV to date. The entire TV solution is covered by an elegant front glass with a sophisticated anti-reflection coating and framed by a high-gloss polished aluminum profile on both front and rear. The screen has an electric curtain and is based on LED-backlight, 200/240Hz LCD panel offering 1920×1080p Full HD resolution. It has integrated stereo speaker placed below the screen and covered by a fabric front. The BeoVision 10 is available now, priced at around $8,750.
The Patriot Box Office all-in-one media player can do full 1080P HD video with support for the most popular media formats (H.264, ISO, VOB, DivX, xVid, MKV, MOV, MPEG and more). The box includes three USB ports for any USB storage device, internal 2.5" hard drive (not included), UPnP streaming, 10/100 Ethernet connection and optional WiFi USB adapter. The Patriot Box Office will retail for $129.99 but if you pre order from Amazon you can get a $30 mail in rebate and a free WiFi adapter.
Amazon.com has implemented a same-day delivery service to recipients in seven U.S cities. Local express delivery will be available in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Seattle and Washington, D.C., according to the company, and will soon be extended to Chicago, Indianapolis and Phoenix. Amazon Prime members pay $5.99 per item for the service while non-member will pay based on the type of items shipped. Cutoff time by which products need to be ordered vary. In Seattle the cutoff time is 1:00 PM. In New York City and Philadelphia, it's 10:00 AM; in Boston, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore it's 10:30 AM; and in Las Vegas it's 11:00 AM.
Sonos' new ZonePlayer S5 is a wireless speaker system that does Sonos distributed audio but in a self-contained package that includes speakers and can be controlled via an iPhone application all for $399. The unit boasts a total of five drivers: a single woofer is flanked by two mid-range drivers and a pair of tweeters, each of which are powered by a dedicated digital amplifier. The ZonePlayer S5 will work with all existing Sonos remotes, ZonePlayers and Sonos' free controller application for your iPhone or iPod Touch.
GlideTV announced today its new wireless touchpad remote built especially for HTPC. The GlideTV Navigator features a click-able touchpad mapped to your TV screen for precise cursor control, one-thumb scrolling, single and double-click selection. Around that the remote has directional buttons for easy two-axis navigation and has dedicated media buttons and Esc, Enter, Back, and Function keys to control applications. Compatible with Windows PCs, Apple Macs, AppleTV, Sony PlayStation 3, Boxee and others. The $149 package includes a charging cradle and a USB receiver.
The Specimen Little Horn Speakers are made using high-density fiberglass and available in a variety of colors. The base is made using heavy, void-free Baltic birch plywood. The base houses the driver and acts as a compression chamber for the horn. A special inverted design enables the low frequencies to emerge at the top of the enclosure. An octagonally fluted horn carries them upward and lets them flourish into the room. The Little Horns can be used with almost any stereo system, and are also uniquely suited to low-power (10-watts or less per channel) single-ended triode (SET) tube amplifier. The Little Horn Speakers come with a choice of Fostex full-range drivers providing various performance levels, efficiencies, and power handling capabilities and is available for an indrutory price of $1500 for a pair.
The VIA VB8003 Mini-ITX board uses VIA's new VIA Trinity' platform and combines a 1.6GHz VIA Nano processor, VIA VX800 unified media system processor and an DX10.1 S3 Graphics 435 ULP onboard discrete graphics processor. The S3 Graphics 435 ULP also features the ChromotionHD™ engine, providing true HD quality 1080p playback on the latest HD standards including Blu-ray Disk, H.264, VC-1, WMV-9, MPEG-2/4 and AVS, at resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 pixels. The VIA VB8003 Mini-ITX board features a comprehensive array of on-board multimedia I/O, including two HDMI ports, a DVI port and a VGA port. By harnessing the power of both the S3 Graphics 435 ULP graphics processor and the integrated IGP of the VIA VX800 MSP, the VIA VB8003 can be configured to power up to four, independently configurable displays at resolutions up to and beyond 1080p.
CNET ranked the OPPO BDP-83 player above all other Blu-ray players currently available. The universal disc player is capable of handling Blu-ray, DVD, SACD, DVD-Audio and CD with CNET and others declaring it the best of the best when it comes to image quality and stability. Those looking for features like Netflix or Pandora radio might be disappointed because the player lacks any network connectivity but if you have another device for streaming media this might be the perfect fit player. AVS forums has a huge thread on the player here.
The Ceton Multi-Channel Cable TV Card enables Media Center PCs to play or record up to six live channels of HDTV at once and stream live HD channels or recordings to multiple HDTVs throughout the home, all from a single cable connection. Initially the Ceton Multi-Channel Cable TV Card will be available in a 4-tuner configuration, but they also plan to introduce an entry-level 2-tuner version for consumers as well as a premium 6-tuner version for specially pre-configured OEM PCs. The four-tuner version of the card will retail somewhere between $300 and $600 with a release date sometime in 2010.
Microsoft and CableLabs are finally allowing anyone to purchase and add CableCARD tuners by themselves to their Windows 7 systems. Previous to yesterdays announcement only authorized OEM builders could install CableCARDs into their builds. Microsoft also announced that, with Windows 7, it has increased the number of TV tuners that can be connected to the PC from two to four per tuner type, thereby allowing customers to simultaneously record or watch as many as four digital cable TV channels.
The new LG 15 inch OLED HDTV will go on sale in Korea in November, and will be available in the US and Europe sometime next year. The unit's design separates the screen from the tuner components almost like a folded up piece of paper showing off just how thin the actual display is. No word yet on pricing but LG will be displaying the unit at the upcoming IFA 2009.
The C-200, the followup to the popular PopcornHour media streamer is now available for pre-order for $299 directly from their webpage. The C-200 contains an upgraded Sigma SMP8643 667 Mhz processor, HDMI 1.3 out, two SATA slots, a drive bay for mounting your own HDD, DVD or even Blu-ray drive. It supports more than 30 codecs, including MPEG 1, 2, 4, AVI, H.264, Xvid, MKV, Windows Media and has a has a built-in download utility, eliminating the need to rely on your PC to download files from the Internet. Popcorn Hour also makes it easy to download and stream content directly from popular Internet sites like YouTube, Blip.tv, Revision 3 and dozens of other online content sources. Engadget has some videos of the Blu-ray interface and other features.
Iogear has just released it's Avior line of peripherals. The line includes wireless audio and video receivers, power-line stereo systems, switches and the usual audio/video cables. The Avior 4-Port HDMI Control Center can hook up four HDMI devices, ranging from Blu-ray players to computers, which can all then be accessed and switched through one 2.4GHz wireless keyboard with built-in trackball. The 4-Port HDMI Control Center is HDMI 1.3 and HDCP compliant and is equipped with IOGEAR's Display Emulation Technology which reads and remembers the monitor's parameters (EDID) eliminating any delays or change in video resolution when switching between, HDMI devices and computers.
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