Home Theater

VCR manufacturing ends in Japan this month

VCR manufacturing ends in Japan this month

Any child of the '80s will have fond memories of watching their favorite movies on VHS tapes. You may even remember when VHS and Betamax battled it out to determine the format winner, very much as Blu-ray and HD DVD did years later. While the VCR has been obsolete for many years as far as a format for buying and renting movies with DVDs having replaced the cassette wholesale, VCRs were still being made. That is ending this month.

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IMAX home theaters are a thing, but they start at $400k

IMAX home theaters are a thing, but they start at $400k

Can’t muster up the energy to travel to your nearest IMAX theater? IMAX will build you a top notch private home theater, but it’ll cost a pretty penny: the prices start at $400,000, and that doesn’t appear to include access to the movies themselves, which can run another $30,000 or more per year. These home theaters have proven popular in both China and the Middle East, and now they're picking up traction in Europe and North America, too.

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Epson Pro Cinema projectors support 4K resolution

Epson Pro Cinema projectors support 4K resolution

Epson has unveiled several new projectors and all of them support 4K resolution to allow users to watch movies in UHD with support for high dynamic range in some models. The first of the new projectors is the Pro Cinema 6040UB and 4040. These two projectors have the same features save the 6040UB meeting ISF Certification standard with independent image calibration tools. Red and green pixels can also be turned off for adjustments without a special filter.

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2016 Vizio SmartCast M-Series TVs with Android remote now shipping

2016 Vizio SmartCast M-Series TVs  with Android remote now shipping

Vizio has announced its 2016 line of SmartCast M-Series displays for home theater fans are now shipping. The entire M-Series range features Ultra HD resolution, high dynamic range, and a fancy 6-inch tablet remote control. That remote control runs the Android operating system and has the Vizio SmartCast app integrated.

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Sony debuts new audio gear for the ultimate home theater setup

Sony debuts new audio gear for the ultimate home theater setup

Sony unveiled a number of new home audio products back in January at CES 2016, and now, as the gear is hitting store shelves, the Japanese tech giant has revealed pricing and additional spec details. All the gear is related to improving a home's audio setup, whether it be from movies and TV or various music services. The new lineup includes speakers, A/V receivers, TV sound bars, and audio & video players.

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JmGO View packs a 180″ screen into a small package

JmGO View packs a 180″ screen into a small package

The idea of portable projectors has been around for a while. Several companies make them, but the hardest part is making something portable that can actually show a decent-sized picture that's not washed out. Plus, you're stuck using your phone's speakers for audio. That might be alright for a business presentation in conference room with the lights off. But JmGO thinks they've got something better.

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DreamScreen brings DIY backlighting to any TV

DreamScreen brings DIY backlighting to any TV

For a bunch of years now, Philips has made some of its TVs with a feature called Ambilight. This feature used colored LEDs on the back of the TV to backlight the wall or surface behind the TV to match the image seen on the screen. That means if your screen was green, the wall behind the TV glowed green as well.

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Sony LSPX-P1 portable ultra-short focus projector throws big image

Sony LSPX-P1 portable ultra-short focus projector throws big image

Sony has unveiled a new portable projector called the LSPX-P1 that is a portable ultra-short focus projector designed to throw big and clear images from very close to the projection surface. Sony says that the projector can throw an image 80-inches wide from only 22-inches from the projection surface.

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JmGO View is an Android-powered projector capable of 180-inch images

JmGO View is an Android-powered projector capable of 180-inch images

With CES 2016 only a few short weeks away, Chinese manufacturer JmGO is planning to use the event to make its debut in the western market, specifically with its new View projector. The device has a beautifully simple design to it, possibly taking a page from Apple's book with its circular shape, aluminum alloy casing, and only a single button on it — used for powering on and off.

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sProjector packs 1000 lumen brightness and up to 180-inch image

sProjector packs 1000 lumen brightness and up to 180-inch image

The big problem with most of the tiny projectors out there is that they lack the brightness needed to be usable in all but the dimmest rooms. A new projector has turned up called the sProjector and this small pico projector has 1000 lumens of brightness.

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Sony brings 4K to home theaters with new projectors

Sony brings 4K to home theaters with new projectors

4K resolution content is quickly becoming the new battle cry of the entertainment industry as well as TV makers. But those thin yet unmovable 4K panels aren't the only way to enjoy video content at home. There are also home projectors, and even more sophisticated home theater models and now Sony is introducing three models that all project that Ultra High Def resolution. The new Sony VPL‑W5000ES, VPL-VW665ES, and VPL-VW365ES home theater projectors promise 4K viewing in the comfort of your home, with some added features on top.

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Vizio 65 and 120-inch Reference series TVs now available

Vizio 65 and 120-inch Reference series TVs now available

Vizio has announced that its high-end Reference series TVs are now available to purchase. The Reference series TVs are the first complete HDR solution with Dolby Vision playback technology integrated. The Reference series includes the 65-inch RS65-B2 and the 120-inch RS120-B3.

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