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Video Players

Samsung HT-BD2 Blu-ray Home Theater at KES 2008

Still remember the Samsung Cheapest Blu-Ray Home Theater that we mentioned several months ago? Good news for you because Samsung has recently unveiled this Blu-ray home theater during KES 2008. The system provides 7.1-channel HD receiver speaker system with high-quality audio format Dolby True HD and master DTS-HD support. Available in piano-black design and blue LED accents, the HT-BD2 utilities Anynet+ technology which uses a single HDMI cable to connect to a HDTV and allows a remote to control both devices. This home theater system also supports 24fps movies and 1100W of total output power with a subwoofer, four towers, a center channel, and two satellite rear speakers. [AVING]

$275 Blu-Ray Player At Sears

by Stephen on September 14, 2008

Sylvania Budget Blu-Ray Player

Sylvania has recently introduced their latest entry-level Blu-ray Player. You get to enjoy Blu-Ray cinematic experience at Full HD 1080p resolution on your compatible HDTV, or upconvert your existing DVDs to 1080p resolution. The player also features Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD, Linear PCM, and HDMI ver. 1.3. Support It is on sale this week for $279 and hopefull on Christmas it will be well below $250. We’ll keep you posted. [Sears]

Panasonic SA-BX500 AV Receiver

by Johan on September 4, 2008

Panasonic SA-BX500 AV Receiver

Here is a new AV receiver from Panasonic. Dubbed as the Panasonic SA-BX500, the AV receiver feature a 7 x 130-Watt amplification, HDMI connectivity (3 inputs, 1 output), HDMI-CEC in VIERA Link form, and support for Dobly TrueHD and DTS-HD MA. The cool factor of this device is that it can simulate 7.1-channels of surround in 5.1-channel systems. The Panasonic SA-BX500 AV receiver will be released in October for $799. [MarketWatch]

TiVo Has Launched “150 Hours Hi-Def” 1 TB DVR

by Stephen on September 4, 2008

TiVo Hi-Def XL DVR 1 TB

TiVo has launched a brand new premium DVR at this year’s CEDIA show. TiVo® HD XL Digital Video Recorder comes with a huge 1 TB hard drive, capable of storing 150 hours of high definition television. It also features an eSATA port on the back to add an extra 60 hours of HD recording with external drives. Another cool thing is that you will be able to download recorded shows to Mac using the TiVo Transfer program in Roxio’s Toast 9 Titanium and use H.264 compression to convert the recording into smaller files viewable with iPod or iPhones. The TiVo HD XL box joins the existing TiVo product line, and is available online today for $599.99 at www.tivo.com. [PCMagz]

Panasonic DMR-BR630V Blu-ray DVR / VHS Combo

Panasonic has come up with an unlikely hybrid – VHS Video Tape and Blu-ray Disc Recorder. The 630V features 6x BR-discs write speed, 320GB hard drive inside, digital and analog TV tuners and an SD slot. Now is the chance for VHS loyalists to be able to secure their low-res collections into Blu-ray discs. The model will be released in Japan this October for around $1,450. Probably expensive due to the small portion of people who stick with VHS. [SlashGear]

Yamaha BD-S2900 Ships Earlier And Cheaper

by Stephen on August 24, 2008

Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-Ray Disc Player

Another good news related to Blu-ray realm, Yamaha’s BD-S2900 Blu-ray player is in stock and ready to ship next monday, August 25th. This exciting new player features 1080p/24fps-compatible HDMI video output with 12-bit Deep Color support that allows a whopping total of 68.7 billion possible colors. You also get to have 1080p playback for regular DVDs, photos and personal video data. Apparently Audioholics is the first Authorized Yamaha Internet Dealer to have the new Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-Ray Player In Stock. The previous news had it the player will hit store as early as November. This time the player will also be available for $1000 or a couple of hundred dollars cheaper than we had expected. [AudioHolics]

Sony’s Blu-ray Player Gets Cheaper Next Month

by Stephen on August 23, 2008

Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray Player

The rumor has it that Sony will be cutting the price of its budget Blu-ray player (BDP-S350) down to $299 on sometime in September. This will give larger segment of the market to consider the standalone Blu-ray player over PS3. Even before the intended cut, BDP-S350 which also feature very good regular DVD upscaling, was already relatively inexpensive compared with other standalone units. Sony’s Competitors are ready to cut their prices late September as well. Funai and its labeled brands (includes Philips/Magnavox, Sylvania and Insignia) is planning to cut the price of their players by $50 to $249. [HDGuru]

Pioneer’s Latest Blu-ray Player Specs Leaked

by Stephen on August 23, 2008

Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD Blu-ray

Pioneer’s Latest Blu-ray player specs have been leaked on the internet. The rumor has it that Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD will be the best Blu-ray player available in the market, surpassing even PS3 performance. The BDP-09FD is the first Pioneer unit to support Profile 2.0 and BD-Live with 4GB of internal storage. It will also cater for more conventional media, like CDs and DVDs, making it one single box for all. Each one of the units 7.1 analog outputs is equipped with their own digital to analog converters. Video comes by the way of one of the industry’s leading image processors and is fed over two HDMI 1.3a jacks. Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD will be available soon enough with price on the upper ante of $2200. [CrunchGear]

Watch Movies On Your Hard Drives On HDTV

by Stephen on August 19, 2008

PopcornHour A-110 / B-110

Popcorn Hour has just revealed their latest addition to the media tanks, A-110 and B-110. Interestingly, rather than built to replace the original A-100, the two streamers have significant differences to be of interest to different segment of buyers. The new A-110 features DTS decoding on SATA drive, so if you want to still use IDE drive instead, you may want to stick with A-100. The B-110 is a somewhat more expensive but a good start for AV system builders. With support for HDMI 1.3a, optical and coaxial S/PDIF connectors ensures that the user will not be lacking in connectivity options to their AV Receiver/TV. A-110 MSRP is $199.00 ($36 more than A-100), while B-110 is $199.00. [PopcornHour]

Watch Regular DVDs In High Definition

by Stephen on August 18, 2008

Toshiba XD-E500 Upscaling DVD Player

On Monday, Toshiba released a new DVD player that improved the look of DVDs on high-definition TVs better than previous models. Earlier this year, Toshiba losed the battle with Sony Corp. with their Blu-ray disc, over Toshiba’s HD-DVD. Toshiba has stopped making HD DVD players. The XD-E500 is launched to cover the still largest market of regular DVD supporter. The XD-E500 not only upconverts standard DVD to 1080p resolution, but also enhances your viewing experience thanks to three user selectable modes: Sharp for added edge detail, Color for richer blues and greens, and Contrast for enhancement of details in darker scenes. The XD-E500 will sell for MSRP of $149.99, twice the regular up-converting players, but it is less than half the price of a Blu-ray player. [Toshiba]