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LG DVS450H is stylish but standard-definition

LG DVS450H is stylish but standard-definition

With Blu-ray players slowly taking on the market and their prices coming down to more affordable levels, LG has opted to go the standard-def route. And while that may seem counterintuitive, they've offered up a unique design that is sure to catch the attention of consumers looking for something new but who are still a bit leery about the whole Blu-ray thing.

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Pioneer Elite rolls out new reference series Blu-Ray player, BDP-09FD

Pioneer Elite rolls out new reference series Blu-Ray player, BDP-09FD

Here goes another flagship Blu-ray player way out of my price range. Pioneer Electronics has rolled out a reference series Blu-ray player with industry's most advanced audio/video components. The new Elite BDP-09FD features Blu-ray Bonusview and supports all HD audio codecs via bitstream or internal audio decoder. BD-Live is now a standard feature which was missing from their last line-up, BDP05FD and BPD51FD.

Sharp Blu-ray players lack Profile 2.0

Sharp Blu-ray players lack Profile 2.0

Sharp is now known for having the Blu-ray player with the fastest load times, but now the company is adding two new models to the current line up. The BD-HP21U and the BD-HP50U also have this quick start feature, but they haven't received the same updates as some other company's players out on the market. One perk, however, is the low price.

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Denon low cost Blu-ray player is not that affordable

Denon low cost Blu-ray player is not that affordable

Denon Electronics has announced that they will begin shipping a lower-cost Blu-ray Disc player next month. The new DVD-1800BD only supports Bonus-View (profile 1.1) and bitstream of all HD audio codec including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio but guess what. It is retailed at $749! But for that price, they will kindly throw in Burr-Brown DACs for two channel analog output. Nice!

Epson EH-DM2 all-in-one Portable Projector, DVD & Audio

Epson EH-DM2 all-in-one Portable Projector, DVD & Audio

Epson have announced a new all-in-one projector, the EH-DM2, that couples a 1200 lumen projector with a DivX-capable DVD player and integrated 8W stereo speakers.  Intended to be highly portable, the EH-DM2 does not appear to be high-definition - Epson only say it supports an "HD compatible" resolution - rather it's targeted at the entry-level crowd who want a way to enjoy their movies and home media on a bigger screen.

Sony BRAVIA Theater BDV-IT1000: Blu-ray & DVD upscaling in a box

Sony BRAVIA Theater BDV-IT1000: Blu-ray & DVD upscaling in a box

Sony has given the indecisive and easily confused a straightforward way to upgrade to Blu-ray, surround sound and network media, with the announcement of the BRAVIA Theater BDV-IT1000 home cinema system.  Built around a main unit with Blu-ray, DVD upscaling, 1080/24p picture resolution, Deep Color and x.v.Colour, and packing 700W of amplification, the BDV-IT1000 setup introduces Sony's latest super-slim speakers with finger-sized full-range drive units.

JVC NX-BD3 is all-in-one Blu-ray system

JVC NX-BD3 is all-in-one Blu-ray system

The Blu-ray format is struggling a bit to catch on in the mainstream and it will continue to do so until prices drop considerably. However, the emergence of several home-theatre-in-a-box systems as of late shows promise for things to come. And the JVC NX-BD3 is one such system that might help pull more consumers into the Blu-ray fray. 

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Groqit scans barcodes, keeps your purchases in your pocket

Groqit scans barcodes, keeps your purchases in your pocket

Sometimes it's hard to remember if you have already purchased a product or not, especially when you're out window shopping or if you have an extensive DVD library. However, now you can keep track of all of your purchases, whether it be DVDs, books, CDs or what have you. Groqit makes keeping track of your product purchases a snap.

Groqit works by scanning and reading the barcodes on your purchases and storing them in the device's 128MB storage. You can also create categories within the device to better manage your purchases. And don't worry about running out of room. This pen-shaped device can store more than a million barcodes.

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