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Samsung offers pricing and availability on new Blu-ray home theater systems

Samsung offers pricing and availability on new Blu-ray home theater systems

Samsung is into home theater in a big way with all sorts of products including some of the most popular HDTVs around. Samsung is set to start selling its 3D TVs and will offer product demos in Sears stores this summer. Samsung has unveiled the pricing and availability on some of its new home theater systems that were on display at CES to go along with its new TVs.

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Sony BDV-E570 Blu-Ray Home Theater System Available Now, 3D in Summer

Sony BDV-E570 Blu-Ray Home Theater System Available Now, 3D in Summer

3D is making a huge push, hoping that the technology will be widely adopted by everyone sooner than later. Sure, there are still some people out there that refer to 3D as an old, recycled gimmick, but that's not stopping all the major companies from doing everything they can to try and get it not only into movie theaters around the world, but also into your home. Enter Sony, who have just made available their BDV-E570 Blu-Ray home theater system, which comes with a nice little surprise this summer.

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Sony, LG, Panasonic & Samsung new Blu-ray players hit Best Buy

Sony, LG, Panasonic & Samsung new Blu-ray players hit Best Buy

Looking to buy a new Blu-ray player, but wanting to wait until the CES 2010 haul arrived on shelves?  Well, the shelves may not be particularly well organized at this point, but according to Dave Zatz the newest models from Sony, LG, Panasonic and Samsung have all arrived at his local Best Buy.  That's eight new Blu-ray players, prices kicking off at $180 and all packing network connectivity for streaming.

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Intel Sandy Bridge chips packing PCI Express 3.0, super-frugal battery life possible?

We're hearing increasing amounts about Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge platform, the 32nm chip architecture expected to begin production in Q4 2010, and now a few new tidbits have us even more excited.  According to Hardmac's sources, Sandy Bridge will not only include native USB 3.0 support but PCI Express 3.0, for faster intercommunication with GPUs and other components; meanwhile we should apparently expect some healthy battery life improvements.

LG HDTV roadmap leaks: 3D LX9500 from mid-May

A leaked spreadsheet has tipped LG's upcoming HDTV range, together with various different A/V components.  According to the document - which now looks to have been closed down - the LG LCD and plasma HDTVs the company announced back at CES 2010 will begin to arrive in March and April this year; of most interest, perhaps, is that the company's 3D LX9500 HDTV will ship in the second week of May.

PS3 3D gaming due Summer 2010

Remember how we told you the Sony PS3 was compatible with the Blu-ray Disc Associations finalized 3D specification back in December 2009?  If you've been wondering when exactly that 3D technology would actually arrive on the console, the answer is sometime this summer.  Pocket-lint grabbed John Koller, director of hardware marketing for SCEA, and pestered him into confirming that Sony are currently developing 3D stereoscopic games that are scheduled to arrive alongside the company's 3D LCD HDTVs over summer 2010.

Gateway FX, SX and DX Series desktops get Intel Core i3/i5/i7 updates

Gateway FX, SX and DX Series desktops get Intel Core i3/i5/i7 updates

Gateway has given its desktop range a shot of Core i3, i5 and i7 in the arm, with new FX Series gaming machines, SX Series small-form-factors and DX Series multimedia machines all getting Intel's latest processors.  Of the three, the FX models are the most interesting; inside their glossy tower casings there's up to a 2.8GHz Core i7 processor, ATI Radeon HD5850 1GB graphics and up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, with prices kicking off at $1,299.99.

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Sony VAIO E Series: Core i3/i5 overshadowed by color

Sony VAIO E Series: Core i3/i5 overshadowed by color

As painfully garish color schemes go, Sony's new VAIO E series will take some beating.  The company has taken a 15.5-inch notebook with an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and up to a 500GB hard-drive, and clad it in a variety of hues and finishes; they'll even sell you a matching (or eye-wateringly contrasting) keyboard skin.

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Samsung’s 3D Blu-ray player available for $399 preorder on Amazon, then dropped

Samsung’s 3D Blu-ray player available for $399 preorder on Amazon, then dropped

All the discussion and demoing at this year’s CES over three-dimensional viewing technology is finally manifest in the form of the Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-ray player, which just popped up for preorder on Amazon today….and unceremoniously dropped off the site a few moments ago.

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Oppo announces affordable solution for HD playback, BDP-80 Blu-ray Player

Oppo announces affordable solution for HD playback, BDP-80 Blu-ray Player

Oppo makes some high-quality disc players, but often buyers must stuff also swallow the hefty prices that accompany its products.  However, the company has announced the arrival of the BDP-80 Blu-ray player, a much more affordable companion to its highly-reviewed BDP-83 (which has been recently involved and reported here in a Lexicon design scandal).

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Lexicon BD-30 reviewed: an Oppo BDP-83 at 7x the price

Lexicon BD-30 reviewed: an Oppo BDP-83 at 7x the price

Take a look at the guts of these two Blu-ray players; can you spot the difference?  If your answer is "no, Chris, I can't" then pat yourself on the back, since as far as Audioholics can tell, there is no difference.  That would be fine, if the Oppo BDP-83 (on the left, and which has an MRSP of $499) hadn't been used as the donor machine for the Lexicon BD-30 (on the right, and which has an MRSP of $3,500).

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VIA Vinyl Envy VT1730 USB 2.0 audio controller drips connectivity

VIA Vinyl Envy VT1730 USB 2.0 audio controller drips connectivity

It used to be that you'd need a day-pass to a professional recording studio if you really wanted to do justice to your Human League tribute album, but these days you can do it all in your bedroom.  VIA's latest - the VIA Envy VT1730 USB 2.0 Audio Controller - takes things to the next level, offering 8 channels of 24-bit/192kHz recording or playback with a single USB 2.0 hookup to your host computer.

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