Home Theater

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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Samsung speakers round out your home theater ecosystem

Samsung speakers round out your home theater ecosystem

Two new speaker sets have been shown this week by Samsung Electronics America, bringing about one that bows outward and another that bows inward. The Shape M3 Wireless Audio-Multiroom Speaker adds to the "Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom ecosystem" with its smaller form factor. The Samsung HW-H7500 Curved Soundbar, on the other hand, stands alone as a compliment to your massive curved TV.

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Blumoo review: complete control from your smartphone

Blumoo review: complete control from your smartphone

Something familiar will happen to you tonight. You’ll sit down on your couch, go to turn on the TV — and curse. Probably loudly. Those remotes, all five or more, are strewn about your living room. Under a bag of chips, between the couch cushions — or who knows where. Your remotes just don’t behave. You could suffer this indignity indefinitely, or you could just get a Blumoo.

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Epic Star Wars home theater designed by TPM master

Epic Star Wars home theater designed by TPM master

Behold, the ultimate Star Wars home theater. This beast was designed by The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones lead designer Doug Chiang, and resembles several different bits of the Star Wars Universe.

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Casio XJ-UT310WN LampFree projector boasts 3100 lumens

Casio XJ-UT310WN LampFree projector boasts 3100 lumens

Casio has rolled out a new projector that is aimed at the education market where short throw projectors are the standard. Casio's new offering can certainly be used in other markets if desired. The projector is called the XJ-UT301WN and it is billed as the world's brightest LampFree Ultra Short Throw projector. Native resolution is 1280 x 800 and it has an aspect ratio of 16:10.

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Pioneer VSX-80 home theater receiver aims at custom installers

Pioneer VSX-80 home theater receiver aims at custom installers

Pioneer makes a lot of home theater gear covering a range of prices and feature sets. The company makes its Elite line, which are high-end receivers that are aimed at custom installers typically. Pioneer has announced two new entry-level Elite receivers for customer installers called the VSX-44 and the VSX-80.

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NEC launches M332XS and M352WS short throw projectors

NEC launches M332XS and M352WS short throw projectors

NEC has rolled out a pair of new projectors that fall into the M Series short throw projector range. Short throw projectors are able to provide a large viewable image from closer to the projection wall or surface. The two new projectors include the M332XS and the M352WS models.

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Yamaha YAS-103 sound bar supports Bluetooth streaming and smartphone app control

Yamaha YAS-103 sound bar supports Bluetooth streaming and smartphone app control

Yamaha has been making sound bars and other audio products for a number of years. The last audio gear we talked about that wore the Yamaha a brand were the YSP-1400 and YAS-152 sound bars last September. Yamaha is back with another new sound bar called the YAS-103.

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LG’s new Sound Plate brings big sound in a slim package

LG’s new Sound Plate brings big sound in a slim package

LG has a few interesting sound bars here at CES, or should we say sound plates. LG’s Sound Plates offers robust sound to go along with the minimalist design. A bit deeper than some sound bars, the LG Sound Plate brings a much smarter design than we’ve seen in a long time, and can even be offered up with a DVD player.

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