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.
If you're looking for a 3D-capable Blu-ray player or Blu-ray equipped home theater system to go with your new Sony HDTV, it should come as little surprise that Sony have a few options on hand. The company has announced three standalone players together with three home theater setups, and they offer such niceties as WiFi (integrated on some models, optional on others) and - using a free Sony app from the Apple App Store - remote control from your iPhone or iPod touch.
Wall mounting a flat screen HDTV looks cool, but it presents certain challenges in many instances. The first is how to mount the TV securely and in a way that you can see the picture ideally. The other is how to get your HDMI and power cables ran to the TV.
Anyone who has perused a high-end home theater and audio store knows that home theater and home audio speakers come in staggering range of styles and prices. You can get the cheap stuff at Walmart or you can spend tens of thousands of dollars on premium speakers in the high-end. Epos has announced its new flagship line of speakers called the Encore 50 that will debut at CES this week.
Amplifiers are available in all sorts of price ranges and for all sorts of uses. Some use their home theater multichannel amp to listen to music and other audio purists prefer a dual channel amp for music listening. Creek Audio has announced a new amp called the Evolution 5350 that will work for both types of users.
I like surround sound as much as the next home theater fan, but the shape of my living room makes it pretty much impossible to have speakers in the back of the room without having them installed in the ceiling. The ceiling isn’t a great option either since my house is two story. That leaves me with a 2.1 setup that isn't exactly what I want.
Most of the HDTVS on the market today are attractive devices that are fairly thin. Many people like to get an entertainment center that is just large enough for the TV to save room. That means there is little room left behind for speakers on the entertainment center.
The economy is not that great but there are still many consumers who are buying electronics like computers and TVs. The catch is that the cheaper brands are tending to sell more robustly than the more expensive brands that were popular in years past. This is one of the reasons that the Vizio brand of LCD TVs is doing so well in the market despite the poor economy.