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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

 
QNAP NMP-1000P Media Player Review
     Sun, Jan 02 2011 | 9:00A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we have for review the QNAP NMP-1000P universal media player device. If this sounds and looks familiar, it's because we have previously reviewed its predecessor, the QNAP NMP-1000 which was a very capable media player that could play a wealth of formats. Tim’s main points of argument were the cost and size of the player. While neither of those changed with this revision, there were a couple of items that have changed which make this an even more attractive unit. As you may expect, this NMP-1000P from QNAP is on our Media Player Comparison Guide if you would like to compare with other players on the market. As it is one of the highest end players available, we will look to see if the $400+ retail price is appropriate and worthy of your hard earned dollars.
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

brite-View CinemaTube Mini/CinemaGo Media Player
     Sat, Oct 23 2010 | 9:04A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The brite-View CinemaTube Mini is media player stocked full with connections, including HDMI, composite, optical out, two USB ports, and an eSATA port. The CinemaGo variation of this device adds on a USB Wireless-N adapter. While the CinemaTube supports the typical FAT32 and NTFS drive formats, it also has HFS+ support for you Mac users out there, though it should be noted that this support is “read-only”, so some of the features of the device that require writing to an attached drive would be unavailable on those drives. Video and audio support is right on. The CinemaTube Mini played everything I threw at it with great quality. The only exceptions involved the APE lossless audio codec (it’s not a very well-known codec, so I don’t fault it for that) and a few different QuickTime files. Practically every set top player I’ve tried them on has choked, so I’ll chalk it up to a format that is either just not compatible all around, or involves a part of the codec that manufacturers are not privy to. Even problematic MKVs that I had played through went without any hitch whatsoever, which leads me to believe that the issues I’ve had with them on other players is more of a codec support issue than actual problems with the encoded video information itself."
  FULL STORY @ CINEMAGO

News: WDs TV Live Hub media box
     Sun, Sep 12 2010 | 4:23P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
WD`s TV Live Hub media player has a terabyte of network-attached storage and works with just about any media file under the sun. We check one out to see if it`s any good in the living room."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Samsung PN50A650 650 Series 50 Inch 1080P Plasma
     Mon, Dec 01 2008 | 4:03P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"To sum this TV up, the picture quality for a mid-range TV is amazing, the connection choices can be compared to a HD buffet and the icing on the 1080p cake is that this is a great looking TV that looks a lot more expensive than its price tag."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX520 - A New Touch
     Tue, Apr 29 2008 | 9:49P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Panasonic's Lumix series of compact digital cameras have been a popular choice amongst consumers, and its popularity will rise even further with their first touch-screen enabled Lumix DMC-FX520. Find out why we liked it and if you should grab one.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREZONE

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