One of the things that has caused flame wars on various home theater forums for years is whether you need high-end cables to get the best picture quality available. Some want to spend extra money on super thick and expensive cables while others claim that there is no different in image quality compared to a cheap Wal-Mart cable. The HDMI Licensing LLC has just announced a new Premium HDMI Cable Certification Program.
Epson has trotted out its latest home theater projector that aims at folks needing performance at a lower price point, the new projector is called the Home Cinema 640 and it has 3x higher color brightness than other competitors in its league. The 640 has 3200 lumens of color and white light production. It is a 3LCD projector and can throw up to a 300-inch image.
Curved displays notwithstanding, the physical design of televisions hasn't really changed, except to get thinner and thinner. They are simply rectangle screens with a minimal border frame. Well, Samsung has come up with something different, and it's inspired font design: the Serif TV, as in a serif typeface, or one with those little ligatures on the letters. The TV is the result of a collaboration with French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and is said to have originated from the capital letter "I" in a serif font.
Do have a lot of money burning a hole in your pocket? Like a whole lot? Well, it probably still won't be enough to afford Sharp's just announced 8K TV. Announced in Japan, Sharp seems to be just jumping past the whole 4K thing and will begin selling the 85-inch LV-85001, said to be world's first production 8K TV, next month. The price for this ultra-high resolution beast? An incredible 16 million yen (about $133,000).
The cheapest way to get the largest image possible in your living or media room is to go with a projector and a screen. The catch is that traditionally to get a large image, you need a large space to get the projector far enough away to throw that big image on the screen. LG has a new projector called the MiniBeam PF1000U that is designed to let you have a giant 100-inch image in a very small room.
Sony has unveiled a new line of home theater projectors at IFA 2015 that includes units supporting 4K resolution that also support 3D playback. There are three new projectors in the line and they will come in black or white colors. The 4K projector models include the VPL-VW520ES and VPL-VW320ES. Both projectors use long life lamps with up to 6,000 hours of performance.
Philips has just announced a pair of multi-room speaker offerings, the Izzy BM5 and Izzy BM50. Aimed at keeping all aspects of music playback simple, from connecting multiple units to controlling each individually, the Izzy units let users hear music from a number of sources, including mobile apps and CDs, without the need for a WiFi connection. Only a single speaker need to connect to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, and then Izzylink handles getting audio to all the units in the house.
Yamaha has just announced it's getting into the multi-room audio system market with its new MusicCast system, complete with support for several lossless music formats. The company says it is introducing MusicCast with integration into more than 20 products, including all but one of their receivers for 2015, along with sound bars, monitors, and speakers. The system will support streaming from a number of sources via WiFi and Bluetooth.
Panasonic has pulled the wraps off a new projector at InfoComm 2015 and it has very high resolution. The projector is called the PT-RQ13KU and it is the first projector capable of resolutions higher than 4K to be offered by Panasonic. The native resolution for the projector is 5120 x 3200 and it features Panasonic's Quad Pixel Drive technology.
There are all kinds of devices out there that want to usher your old tech into the new digital world. Some, like Blumoo, just want to let you control your TV from your smartphone. Some want to connect your car, and others want your home to be some sort of eerie automated cubby. Twenty just wants to save you from buying new speakers. The digital amplifier connects to existing home audio solutions (or desktop speakers!), and offers Bluetooth connectivity with your handheld gadgets.
DTS makes things you can hear, but not touch. Though you may not realize it straight away, that great sound coming from your smartphone, tablet, or home theater system may be due to DTS. The Lamborghini Tauri phone is the latest to have DTS, signaling their high-end engagement with customers. Now, DTS is teasing something new for us, though details are a bit tight. DTS:X is a new, object-based codec for use in various hardware components, and will come out in March 2015.