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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  • 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

  • Harman Kardon AVR 7550HD 7.2 receiver announced

    I just got an email about Dolby Volume making its way into Harman Kardon’s latest receiver. That fact in of its self is news, but this receiver had yet to be announced and the email included most of the upcoming specs. We know now that the AVR 7550HD is going to be a 7.2, 110-watt receiver, capable of upscaling video sources to 1080p, and then shooting them over HDMI 1.3a. Plus, we… Read More

  • Review: Printstik mobile printer

    The Printstik aims at a small, niche market that demands printing. Most of us have moved past the daily task of printing, rather opting for paperless solutions. There is the traveling salesman and mobile general contractors though, people that still need to print will away from their desk. Therefore, the Printstik was developed. The tiny, self-contained printer does give up print quality, but… Read More

  • HD Radio finds its way into high-end AV receivers

    We just got word that HD Radio is finding some friends at the CEDIA Expo. The hybrid-digital format hasn’t exactly been a smash hit, so hopefully the format’s new buddies will provide a boost in confidence. So far the high-end Interga’s DHC 9.9. DTR 8.9, and DTR9.9, along with the McIntosh TM2 and Yamaha RX-V1900, RX-V3900, RX-Z7 models are going to have the HD Radio module. Read More

  • AMD bringing back 'FX' microprocessors

    Sometime in the middle of next year, AMD has plans to bring out code-named Deneb FX microprocessors aimed right at the enthusiast market. You might recall that AMD once had competitive high-end chips, the Athlon 64 FX, but eventually, those were out preformed by Intel options. This time around, AMD might have the upper hand with these quad-core, 45nm chips, with speeds up to 2.80GHz and 3.0GHz. Read More

  • Nintendo DS gets Metallic Silver option

    Remember way back when the Nintendo DS launched; the original, not the Lite. ‘member what color it was? Yeah, silver, and now the same metallic silver is making a come back on the DS Lite. So if your Polar White model is getting a bit grimy, you can pick up the new color after September 7. Read More

  • Dell Laptops raking in cash

    Even though Dell saw a decline in profit during the second quarter, the companies laptops are selling great. That division of the PC maker experienced 26% more revenue than last year which partially helped in the companies overall 11% revenue gain. So when a company sees such a decline in profit from $746 million to $616 million while the revenue gains, that indicator can tell a story of… Read More

  • Gamer glasses coming soon

    Truckers have driving glasses, hunters have shooting glasses, and now gamers can have custom lens too. Currently, Gunnar Opitks have glasses geared towards heavy computer use (Halogen pictured above) but word is that the company is going to have custom lens just for gamers. The idea is that the glasses will of course reduce eyestrain, but also fit better with headphones. Gunnar Optiks specs… Read More