Matt Burns

Matt Burns
Matt is a Senior Editor at TechCrunch. Matt Burns is a family man first and attempts to be a writer second. Born and raised in the heart of the automotive world, only cars eclipse his love of gadgets. He previously wrote for Engadget and EngadgetHD before moving into the party house that is TechCrunch. His passions include emails, run-on sentences and following through with action items developed during a conference call. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Integra rolls out the surprisingly affordable DBS-6.9 Blu-ray player

    Integra tends to put out very nice, abet pricey AV equipment, so the CE companies first Blu-ray players low price surprised the CEDIA out of me. According to one of their product minions, the DBS-6.9 is going to hit all Integra distribution channels for $599. Expect the normal Blu-ray tech of HDMI 1.3a output, bitstream compatibility, and unfortunately Profile 1.1. Sorry, no BD Live… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch: live pics of the $1,199 Profile 1.1 Yamaha Blu-ray player

    I don’t get it. A ‘new’ $1,199 Blu-ray player that doesn’t support the latest Blu-ray standard. The player leaked out a few weeks ago, so there really isn’t anything here but some gadget pr0n. It might look nice, but without BD Live, who in their right mind will buy it? Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Toshiba XDE upconverting DVD player

    Once upon a time, there was a high definition format called HD DVD. Now, HD DVD was developed by a company called Toshiba, and that company put its heart and soul into this format. Evenutally though, the format died off by the big blu-ray monster. Toshiba was very sad and didn’t want anything to do with the winning format. So do you know what they did? They developed the XDE-E500… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch: Sony Booth Tour

    New Blu-ray players, 1080p projectors, super-thin LCDs, and everything had the Sony name on it. Must be the Sony booth. Gallery after the jump. Read More

  • Sony's Blu-ray Disc Mega Changer

    All we know is it’s coming next year and it holds 400 Blu-ray discs. Are there even 400 Blu-ray titles out? Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Logitech’s Squeezebox Boom

    Logitech announced the Squeezebox Boom last week and I spent sometime poking and prodding it today. It looks great; clean and simple with a rubberized texture finish. The remote is simple and rests in a on top of the player. As for the controls though, it’s kind of clunky. I wanted to use the large, middle knob more, but the buttons flanking the knob controls it more. Granted… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Pioneer BDP-09FD Elite Blu-ray player

    Pioneer has one killer Blu-ray player on their hands. The BDP-09FD is a monster and thanks to the geeky venue that is CEDIA, the CE company had the player naked for all the world to peep. It’s shipping to videophiles sometime in the 4Q for a whopping $2,200. Read More

  • Conversation about Sharp's new Blu-ray Profile 1.1 players

    Me, “So who is going to buy these ‘new’ Sharp Profile 1.1 Blu-ray players?” Cute Sharp girl, *laughs* “I think Sharp hopes someone will.” Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch Hands-on: LG BD300 Blu-ray Netflix player

    For a low price of $399, a consumer can get both a BD Live-enable Blu-ray player with a Netflix streamer. Plus, after a little hands on time, I think LG has a winner with the BD300. The player loads quick, the picture is Blu-ray good, and the menu simple. Read More

  • Good Morning JVC!

    8:30 this morning, I jammed myself into a small theater lobby with a bunch of morning breath sporting, traditional AV journalist. Not a great way to start the morning. Last night, Sony gave me crab legs, beef medallions, with an open bar, but this morning, I get a continental breakfast. Yum. Read More

  • JBL On Air WEM-1 frees speakers into the wild

    For years, speakers have been tied down by awful speaker wire. The cabling restricts placement and can even manage to form nasty webs, but not any more. JBL is freeing any speaker, regardless of brand or make, from their bonds with the new AIR WEM-1 wireless speaker module. The 2.1 channel transmitter receives the signal via RCA audio jacks, or the 3.5mm input, and sends it info over… Read More

  • Still no word on Panasonic's Blu-ray players price

    So today, during the Panasonic press conference, a big-wig put on his dog and pony show about the latest and greatest Panasonic Blu-ray tech. It really wasn’t anything new for us, ’cause we heard ’bout both the BD55 and BD35 last week, (Quick refresher: BD55 – BD Live, 7.1 analog out, DiVX & BD35 – BD Live) but no word on price yet. I don’t get… Read More

  • Sharp's limited edition XS1 LCD coming stateside

    So far, CEDIA hasn’t been full of surprises and keeping with the same lackluster tradition, Sharp announced the XS1 LCD today. The same LCD that we peeked last week at IFA. The 65-inch LC-65XS1U-S and 52-inch LC-52XS1U-S are the same micro-thin TVs, powered by the same 10-bit processors and featuring the same 1,000,000:1 contrast ratios, but this time with a US release date of… Read More

  • Nothing like patting yourself on the back, eh Sony

    So yeah, last year there was that HD DVD format kicking around and then suddenly *poof* it’s gone. Blu-ray sales go up and Sony feels great! Read More

  • New Panasonic AE3000 projector sports impressive contrast ratio

    Remember Panasonic’s AE2000, along with the first-gen AE1000, 1080p projectors? Panasonic is updating some of the specs and the third generation should make for an impressive unit. First off, the brightness is being increased from 1500 to 1600 lumens. There is new, proprietary digital processor to better handle movement and increase clarity. Panasonic even threw in a lens memory mode… Read More

  • Panasonic VIERA PZ850 flagship plasmas launched

    Panasonic knows plasma TVs and the latest high-end lineup shows why. The 30,000:1 native contrast ratio, Digital Cinema Color, anti-reflective screen, four HDMI inputs, and four sizes ranging from 65- to 46-inches are sure to tickle AV guys funny; until they see the $7k price for the big boy though. Maybe Panasonic’s implementation of IPTV will justify the cost. Touted as VIERA… Read More

  • Tru2Way capable HDTVs coming before Christmas

    Remember way back when Cable Card 2.0 promised us all the frills of a cable box, but with the actual damn box? Tru2Way, or OCAP in geek speak , is finally going to delivery guides, VOD, and even 3rd party apps. Cable Labs and Panasonic have been working on this open standard for years and both companies just announced availability before Christmas in Panasonic HDTVs. What TVs, we… Read More

  • LG's BD300 Netflix Blu-ray player priced

    We already knew almost everything about LG’s innovative Blu-ray player, the BD300. We knew that it streams Netflix, is BD Live capable but we didn’t know the price. Well, Lucky Goldstar was shooting for under $500 and it managed to bring the player in at a nice $399. Not to bad if you consider the Roku Netflix box is 100 bones by itself. Should be on the market within a month. Read More

  • CrunchGear is bust'n down CEDIA '08

    Finally. With all the build up of product leaks and anticipated releases, I thought CEDIA would never come. The show official opens tomorrow, but here’s a sneak peek.  Read More

  • Back to School: Dorm room HDTVs and entertainment

    Picking the right TV to pimp out your dorm is important. You don’t want to be the poor kid, sporting a tube TV but then again, you don’t want to spend all that open house cash just on a plasma. I’ve got a few solutions that will work nicely with your understandably low budget. Read More