Denon confirms autumn AV receiver range

Technology creep is a great great thing in AV receiver lineups and Denon's fall lineup really drives this point home. The have confirmed four new receivers for the fall lineup with some nice features for all price points. This years models will include a new style remote, fully automatic setup, and full iPod configuration. The four models are: AVR-1507, AVR-1707, […]

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Are Blu-ray and HD-DVD Discs Region Coded, Like DVDs?

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  About.com's Home Theater question of the week is – "Are the next gen formats region coded like the original DVD they are replacing?" The answer is yes for Blu-ray and no region coding for HD DVD. From the article:  While the North America, Japan, and Latin America employ an NTSC-based 30 Frames-per-second video system, most of the rest of […]

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Data over power line kicks into high gear

I am always very skeptical when a company claims great networking performance over powerlines. As we have found out in the past, the only way to achieve these lofty goals is to have the components networked in the same room. The new spec is supposed to be much more resistant from interference from other household products. There is nothing worse […]

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Slingbox Palm client coming soon

Slinbox recently introduced a new line up of tuners and placeshifters to the general public and now it looks they are going to release a client for Palm OS. With this final OS supported, you would be able to placeshift your content to just about any portable device out there. From the article:  Right now, you can use a Silngbox […]

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Best Buy: A Brief History of Integration

In October's issue of CE Pro, they report on the history of Best Buy's effort as a home integration company. It really goes to show you how big companies take multiple years to get an initiative going. 6 years later, you still wouldn't know that Best Buy is interested in anything else but selling you boxed CE goods. From the […]

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Coming To A Home Theater Near You

I didn't catch any great DVD releases this week, except for maybe X-Men 3: The Last Stand. As always, there are a few hundred titles that make it to DVD in a week, I try and pick the more popular ones. You can head over to movieweb.com for a complete listing. Also worth noting, there several concert DVDs hitting Blu-ray […]

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HP rolls out HD (DVD) for the holidays

I guess we know where HP stands in the next generation format wars. You can expect to find HP HD DVD drives in their m7600n desktop, the dv900t laptop and as an external drive. From the article:  Press Release:  We all know the story, HP went from being a "strong" Blu-ray supporter (like Samsung and LG) to pushing for changes […]

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Logitech Harmony 720 Review

The 800 and above series from Logitech are great universal remotes but suffer from the arm and leg syndrome. The 720 follows closely due to the technology creep that we have come to know and love in lower end models. The "activity" functions are the same but the looks and feel have changed quite a bit from the Harmony 880. […]

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Niles IntelliControl ICS Multiroom Audio System

Taking a cue from PC's, the Niles IntelliControl Multiroom Audio system is a 12 channel/6 Zone expandable audio distribution system. It uses cards to expand its functionality. Of course an iPod expansion card is available and other systems such as XM, line level inputs and traditional FM/AM radio are all available. Wisely, Niles has chosen Cat-5 cable for signals and […]

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