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.

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  • 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

  • Review: Zv-100 ZvBox

    There hasn’t been a gadget that I was initially interested about more than the ZvBox. In my world of 250 press releases a week and thousands of random gadgets, that’s something. The device hijacks a QAM channel over your home’s coax network and streams digital media through it. Since most people already have coax ran, at lease close to their HDTVs, the concept is solid. Read More

  • Optical formats; oh how I love thee

    There was a time when the CD was the saving grace of the computer and media world. No longer would it take 22 floppy disks to install Windows 95. Oh no, just one magical disk. But as everything digital, things change overtime, and so optical formats are now loathe as the bastard child you wouldn’t dare get rid of, but can’t stand the sight of him nor his loser friends. Read More

  • German Custom agents spotted at IFA 2008

    Large, international tradeshows can showcase the absolute bleeding edge of technology. Sometimes though, said tech was developed with the unknown help of another company, so obviously, this can come to a breaking point at these tradeshows. According to The Register, German Custom agents have been busy this year at IFA.  A spokesman for German Customs told us: “We’ve raided… Read More