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Samsung PN58C6400 Plasma HDTV
     Sat, Mar 19 2011 | 9:02A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Plasma was the first technology to bring us big flat screen TVs. They're still considered tops by videophiles. We take our first close look at a big 58" plasma 1080p TV from Samsung.
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

Icy Box IB-MP3011 Mediaplayer
     Tue, Mar 15 2011 | 5:30P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Mediaplayers, HTPC computers, etc. they're finding their way to more and more livingrooms throughout the world. Which one of them is of good quality, and should I spend more than 150$ on a unit?
  FULL STORY @ RBMODS

Western Digital WD TV Live Hub Review
     Mon, Mar 07 2011 | 1:45P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Sitting at the top of the WD TV line-up is the Live Hub and that's the one we're looking at today. Checking out the box, you can see the device and some of the main features. One of the bigger features is the 1TB hard drive that's embedded into the WD TV Live Hub. On the front of the box we can also see some of the other main features which include support with Blockbuster, Netflix, Pandora, Facebook and YouTube. Unfortunately not all these features are available outside of the US, but the ones that are like YouTube and Facebook work great. We'll get into all that a little later, though. Looking at the actual device, it's very sleek and while it's a little thinner than other devices we've seen, it's a little wider. You shouldn't have any problem finding a nice spot for it, though, and that's the most important thing. The device is fairly simple looking and there's not a whole lot going on with the front having a lit up WD logo along with a power button and USB port. Both sides don't have anything while the back has all our connectivity, which is pretty strong."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Logitech Harmony 650 Remote Control Review
     Sat, Feb 19 2011 | 4:01P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"As we collect more and more television-related gadgets, the number of remote controls expands until we find ourselves fumbling with four or five remotes trying to find the right one for the task at hand. That's where Logitech's line of Harmony Remote Controls comes in. They promise to control several devices to make watching TV, playing a DVD, or listening to music possible with one-click on one remote. We took a look at the Harmony 650 remote to see if it delivered on this promise."
  FULL STORY @ HARMONY

Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-Ray Player Review
     Thu, Feb 17 2011 | 4:01P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"After an evening of 3D Blu-Ray viewing compliments of Samsung's BD-C6900, I can see how integrating 3D Blu-Ray into any consumer's home theater system could be considered a good thing. But the real thing to point out with the BD-C6900, is 3D is not where this product ends. With a fully integrated WIFI connection and the additional movie, video and multimedia functionality, this Blu-Ray player is definitely approaching the gray area just before you enter the realm of the Home Theater PC."
  FULL STORY @ SAMSUNG

Patriot Box Office Media Player Firmware Update Guide
     Tue, Feb 15 2011 | 5:45P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Right now, you can get the Patriot Box Office for under $80, and for a player that can play almost every format without a hiccup, it is well worth it if you are shopping for a set-top box. The newest firmware P61-R2 brings a totally new interface to the Box Office. The GUI features something called the “IMS” (Internet Media Service) that contains applications for video streaming, RSS news updates, audio/radio streaming directly from the internet..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

HDI Dune HD Smart D1 HDD And Network Media Player Review
     Tue, Feb 15 2011 | 4:01P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new HD Smart series of media players by HDI Dune are physically smaller versions of the Dune HD Max which can be paired with matching HDD or BD extensions to create your dream machine.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

 
Samsung UN55C6500 55 inch Series 6 LED TV
     Fri, Feb 11 2011 | 9:01A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A TV is an investment that lasts you a long time. While the warranty is generally only 1 year you will easy get many years of good use. The Samsung 55C6500 is one of those investments. The 55C6500 is a big TV that’ll make all your friends jealous. It however is not big enough that it becomes difficult to carry or assemble. I was still able to manage the job myself.
  FULL STORY @ SAMSUNG

Patriot PBO Core Box Office Media Player
     Fri, Feb 04 2011 | 12:01P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"For many computer enthusiasts, dedicating a machine just for HTPC isn't a big deal but not everyone wants to spend extra money or hassle setting up a purpose-built computer. This is where media players come in. The Patriot PBO Box Office is a multimedia playback device that interfaces between your television and any digital media you may have stored, such as on an external USB drive or networked computer. It supports full HD video up to 1080p, Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound, UPnP streaming, IMS and custom RMS feeds and a whole slew of popular video, picture and music file types. In other words, there's not much that the PBO can't play."
  FULL STORY @ OCIA

Samsung PN58C7000
     Thu, Feb 03 2011 | 9:00A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Samsung PN58C7000 is a 58-inch 3D plasma HDTV with excellent picture quality, both 2D and 3D, and it allows you to tweak the image settings to your heart's desire. There's also Internet connectivity with lots of applications to enhance your experience. However Samsung decided to leave out something that most others include: a pair of 3D glasses.”
  FULL STORY @ ENTERTAINMENT

Panasonic Viera TC-P50GT25
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 9:02A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Panasonic Viera TC-P50GT25 is a 50-inch plasma 3D HDTV that has excellent 2D and 3D performance, Internet connectivity and good quality THX sound. The color quality and black levels are also among the best we've seen. And it won't break the bank, but it is slightly unattractive looking and doesn't have built-in Wi-Fi.”
  FULL STORY @ ENTERTAINMENT

ASRock ION 3D 152B Intel Atom D525 HTPC with NVIDIA 3DTV Play
     Mon, Jan 17 2011 | 12:02P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Over the past couple of years we have tested our fair share of ASRock nettop systems. You may remember them as they have developed over time. The small black or white rectangle boxes with loads of goodies packed inside a small box. We started with the ION 330 which was more or less a basic system with the home theater capability, then we moved onto the ION 330HT which was designed more for the home theater user in mind and then this year the Core 100HT-BD which again saw new HTPC improvements and faster performance. Fast forward a little and we see the release of the ION 3D Series from ASRock. Don’t let looks deceive you; it looks pretty similar to all previous nettop systems from ASRock, but what is going on inside the attractive and small case is what is important. As the name implies, the ION 3D comes with 3D playback support. This is thanks to the inclusion of the NVIDIA GT218-ION graphics chip that is NVIDIA 3DTV Play capable."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Asus O!Play HD2 HD Media Player Review
     Tue, Jan 11 2011 | 9:02A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Why would you watch your favorite videos on your computer monitor when you can get a full 5.1 surround sound HDTV experience in your living room? This is partly why the whole idea of a media player has really caught on in recent years. Many folks don’t want to bother with the time, complexity and expense of a HTPC, but these little media-playing set top boxes are so convenient and inexpensive. One of the latest to join the pack is the Asus O! Play HD2 HD media player. This is far from a virgin effort on the part of Asus to enter this market, so it comes with some definite improvements over its predecessors. Is this enough to warrant an upgrade?
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

Samsung PN50C7000 50 inch Plasma TV Review
     Mon, Jan 10 2011 | 4:00P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For anyone looking to jump into the 3D market but don’t necessarily have the biggest budget on the block, the Samsung PN50C7000 is a great place to start. At 50? diagonal you won’t be complaining about a small screen, and if you are then you can step up to 64? behemoth. The PN50C7000 brings to your house exceptional picture quality. The black level performance is the best I’ve seen and the colors are both accurate but vivid and lifelike. The integrated apps brings a ton of extra features to the table that not all competitors have, and best of all they’re free!
  FULL STORY @ SAMSUNG

Seagate Introduces GoFlex for Mac External Drives
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 1:47P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
2011 International CES — Addressing the personal preferences of the Mac community, Seagate (NASDAQ: STX) today introduced a new collection of GoFlex™ for Mac external drives designed to make it easy for those who use Mac OS X and Time Machine to backup, shuttle, or share their digital content.

These new portable and desktop solutions are HFS+ formatted out-of-the-box, making them fully compatible with Apple Time Machine® backup software, while maintaining the ability to work across both Microsoft® Windows® and Mac OS X computers. A truly unique feature, GoFlex for Mac drives can also be used with computers running Windows by simply downloading an HFS+ driver for Windows from Seagate.com, which will provide full read-write access to the drive from a Windows computer.

Each GoFlex for Mac product comes bundled with FireWire® 800 and USB 2.0 adapters and cables—the most popular interfaces for Apple computers — but also delivers the flexibility to change the drive’s interface to USB 3.0 or powered eSATA for use with Windows computers. The GoFlex™ interface cables help deliver the speed, performance and connectivity people need, as well as to help safe guard their investments against changing technology. To deliver a fresh look that fits seamlessly with today’s Apple product line, each 2.5-inch, ultra-portable drive in the family features a durable, soft-touch, metallic finish, which is also designed to withstand scratches, fingerprints or other marks incurred from travel.

The new line-up of GoFlex™ for Mac external drives include:

  • GoFlexTM for Mac ultra-portable drive — This 2.5-inch portable drive is now designed specifically for use with Apple’s Time Machine right out-of-the-box, easily go back in time to access changes or file updates were before they were made. MSRP $199.99 for 1TB, and $249.99 for 1.5TB.
  • GoFlexTM for Mac Limited Edition ultra-portable drive — The GoFlex™ for Mac Limited Edition ultra-portable drive packs 1TB of storage into the standardized 2.5-inch form factor, making it the slimmest high-cap drive available on the market today. With a depth of 12.5mm and shorter in length than an iPhone, the GoFlexTM for Mac Limited Edition is perfect for use with GoFlex TV or GoFlex Net. MSRP $199.95 for 1TB.
  • GoFlexTM Pro for Mac ultra portable — This 7200RPM, 2.5-inch drive delivers advanced performance for those professionals who place high demands on their storage, such as graphic artists, musicians, videographers or photographers. Using the included FireWire 800 cable to achieve transfer speeds up to three times faster than USB 2.0. MSRP $149.99 for 500GB; $179.99 for 750GB.
  • GoFlexTM Desk for Mac drive — This 3.5-inch high-capacity external drive includes a flexible design that can sit horizontally or vertically to fit your workspace. Back up files using Apple’s Time Machine. Optional software displays the drive’s real-time capacity with lights on the dock and includes other useful tools. MSRP $219.99 for 2TB; $279.99 for 3TB.
  FULL STORY @ BUSINESSWIRE

Samsung BD-C6500
     Tue, Jan 04 2011 | 9:03A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Samsung BD-C6500 is a new Blu-ray player with fantastic image quality and has some great Web-connected features, like Netflix streaming. Samsung also designed the menu system to be very user-friendly with very little flaws.”
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE

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