We have already heard the details of some of the Panasonic line of 3D TVs between CES and other announcements. Panasonic has offered up more details of its 3D TV push that is ready to start this year with the Wall Street Journal reporting that Panasonic will offer US consumers big discounts on its sets to push adoption.
Every speaker I have ever owned have been in square or rectangle boxes that looked basically the same on the outside whether they were $20 Walmart specials or multi thousand dollar high-end speakers with tweeters made from unicorn horns and fairy dust. You can get speakers that are as much sculpture as they are for music and home theater on one of the cooler looking concept designs I have seen is the Pendolo.
George Lucas pimped out my childhood Star Wars heroes on just about everything he could, I guess it stands to reason Marvel Comics would look to license its litany of childhood heroes to companies looking to cater to geeks who grew up with comic icons like Captain America and The Hulk. A company I have never heard of called RTC23 has unveiled a line of licensed Marvel Comics TVs.
Pioneer has all sorts of home theater gear from AV receivers to HDTVs and stereo equipment. Most of the Pioneer gear is often higher-end equipment with larger price tags. Pioneer has unveiled a couple new AV receivers today and one supports the iPhone. The new receivers are surprisingly affordable and include the VSX-520K and the VSX-820-K.
There are plenty of strangely shaped speakers on the market for the home theater and music fan who doesn't mind spending some big bucks. Some of the really high-end home theater speakers are designed to be more like sculpture than a box just for sound.
When I was younger there was a video store locally that had this sweet video wall. The wall would change from playing new release films on all six screens at once to playing individual trailers on each separate screen. It was very cool and I wanted it badly. I always wondered how the video wall worked and Gefen has a new device called the 8x8 Crosspoint Matrix that will let you do that today with eight screens in HD resolution.
One of the things I don’t like when I watch movies on my HDTV is that they have the black bars at the top and bottom. Sure, the wide aspect ratio and black bars are better than full screen versions, but I would really like to get widescreen without the black bars. A company called Panamorph has unveiled a custom lens just for JVC projectors that eliminates those annoying bars from your movies.
Gefen makes all sorts of gear for connecting your TV, home theater, and computer to various other components. The company has announced an interesting new device at CES that is two products working together to make setting up surround sound in a room easy. The products are the GefenTV HomeTheater Audio Processor and surround sound speakers.