Home Theater

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 640 rocks 3200 lumens of brightness

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 640 rocks 3200 lumens of brightness

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.

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Samsung Serif TV is inspired by font design

Samsung Serif TV is inspired by font design

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.

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Sharp to sell world’s first 8K TV for $133k

Sharp to sell world’s first 8K TV for $133k

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).

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LG MiniBeam PF1000U projector needs only 15-inches to throw a 100-inch image

LG MiniBeam PF1000U projector needs only 15-inches to throw a 100-inch image

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.

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Sony unveils 3D compatible 4K home theater projector line at IFA 2015

Sony unveils 3D compatible 4K home theater projector line at IFA 2015

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.

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Philips Izzy challenges Sonos in multi-room music

Philips Izzy challenges Sonos in multi-room music

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.

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Yamaha debuts MusicCast multi-room audio system with support for lossless formats

Yamaha debuts MusicCast multi-room audio system with support for lossless formats

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.

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Panasonic PT-RQ13KU 4K+ projector has 5120 x 3200 resolution

Panasonic PT-RQ13KU 4K+ projector has 5120 x 3200 resolution

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.

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Griffin Twenty review; the digital Bluetooth amp for all

Griffin Twenty review; the digital Bluetooth amp for all

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.

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DTS teases DTS:X for home theaters, available in 2015

DTS teases DTS:X for home theaters, available in 2015

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.

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Sony WiFi sound bar passed through FCC, likely headed to CES

Sony WiFi sound bar passed through FCC, likely headed to CES

HiFi and wireless didn’t really mix until Sonos came along to keep your various rooms uncluttered but still sounding great. There have been others who are jumping into the WiFi game, but none have the cache Sony does. In what seems to be a natural progression, Sony’s latest sound bar has passed through the FCC, and details it’s wireless prowess. It also pinches from Sonos’ design, bringing the long bar with a mix of speaker material and plastic to your living room.

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Pioneer brings new ‘Elite’ Blu-ray players to market

Pioneer brings new ‘Elite’ Blu-ray players to market

Pioneer is announcing two new Blu-ray players today, both of which build on their legacy of top-end home theater devices. Both the BDP-85FD and BDP-88FD are “designed to be the ultimate reference players for today’s audio and video enthusiast”, according to Pioneer.

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