• CES 2008: Samsung HT-X810 self-contained, wall-mountable speaker system

    [photopress:HT_X810__2.jpg,full,center] Product Name: Samsung HT-X810 Home Theater Sound Bar
    Description: A wall-mountable speaker system
    Price: TBA
    In-store date: MAy
    Site: Samsung home theater
    Why it’s cool: Look at it! That’s 99 percent of the reason why it’s cool. Add in a built-in upconverting DVD player, complete integration with their HDTVs and a host of Bluetooth… Read More

  • CES 2008: Samsung launches new HDTVs with 3D DLP technology

    Product Name: Samsung Series 6 DLP HDTV
    Description: New HDTVs with built-in 3D DLP technology and lots of crazy multimedia connectors
    Price: Varies
    In-store date: April – June
    Site: Samsung TVs
    Why it’s cool: This new 3D DLP tech allows you to use polarized light and special glasses to see two different things on one screen. Think of two dudes playing Halo on the same TV without… Read More

  • CES 2008: Samsung continues the Onslaught of HD with new 1080p, flash-RAM-based camcorder

    [photopress:SC_HMX20C__1.jpg,full,center] Product Name: Samsung SC-HMX20C
    Description: 1080p flash-based tiny-ass camcorder
    Price: N/A
    In-store date: May 2008
    Site: Samsung digital memory camcorders
    Why it’s cool: We’ve been taking our video here at CES with the 720p cousin of this new camera. It’s a breeze to use, the video looks great, and it’s light enough that our… Read More

  • Toshiba makes watching DVDs easier with a cornucopia of options

    Toshiba realizes their folly with HD DVD so they’re trying to make up for it with a wide variety of DVD players, portable DVD players and LCD TV/DVD combos. First up is the 22-inch widescreen LCD with 1680×1050 resolution and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. Response time is a blazing 5ms with HDMI and PC inputs as well as a thin chassis depth of 2.95-inches. It also supports WMA, MP3… Read More

  • Vudu XL: 1TB of storage added to set-top-box

    Vudu uses the press coverage of CES to announce the Vudu XL, a $1,000 set-top-box that provides instant access to movies. Specifically, the enhanced XL model adds one terabyte of storage to the already attractive package. The added storage is supposed to entice consumers to use Vudu not just as a movie rental box, but as a box used to begin and maintain a movie library. In my day, we called that… Read More

  • GeekBrief.TV #287

    CES has started so I’m working on a Sunday. I start Brief 287 with my thoughts about Warner Bros. breaking up with HD DVD. The USB Missile Launcher has been updated with a Webcam, so if you’re needing someone shoot foam missiles at you, Brando’s making it possible. I’m looking forward to CrunchGear’s live coverage of the Bill Gates keynote. They have a… Read More

  • XM's Sound System, Compact Sound System: First new ones in a while

    [photopress:xm_sound_system.jpg,full,center] XM Satellite Radio is showing off new sound systems for the first time in quite a while at Le CES this week. Two, to be exact: the $100 XM Sound System (pictured above) and the $150 XM Compact Sound System (after the jump). More like an iPod speaker+dock than a stand-alone radio, both the Sound System and the Compact Sound System work a variety of… Read More

  • CES 2008: Interactive Toy's Beerbot!

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=beerbotmov.mp4.ff.flv Product Name: I call it “Beerbot”, but it’s the RC Cooler
    Description: Remote controlled robotic beer keg
    Price: N/A
    In-store date: N/A
    Site: http://www.interactivetoy.com/2008/products-page.htm
    Why it’s cool: It is a robot that brings you beer. Who needs a girlfriend? Read More

  • CES 2008: Love in the BLOLGER lounge

    See Peter blog. Blog Peter, blog. See Matt Hickey code video. Transcode, Matt, transcode. See Mike Kobrin get made fun of for his name. Cry, Mike Korbin, cry. Feel John’s scratchy meat beard. Funny John! You can’t eat all the cookies at once! Read More

  • LG debuts 24 LCD HDTVs at Vegas, 720p/1080i slowly going away

    [photopress:lgces2k8tv.jpg,full,center] LG opens up this year’s CES with several new LCD HDTVs—the entry level LG30 series to the top level LG75 series—ranging in size from 19 to 52 inches; 17 of the 24 (!) models are 1080p. (My quick advice: stay away from anything that’s not 1080p from now on.) Several of the top models feature 120MHz technology, which gives images… Read More

  • Pioneer's New AV Receivers Rock the High-Def

    Product Name:Pioneer VSX-518-K, VSX-818V-K, VSX-918V-K and VSX-1018TXH-K
    Description: Pioneer just updated its AV receiver line with the VSX-518-K, VSX-818V-K, VSX-918V-K and VSX-1018TXH-K, all of which sport plenty of high-def goodness. The high-end VSX-1018-K supports HDMI 1.3 and does on-board decoding of HD audio formats like Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, and… Read More

  • CES Unveiled: Hannspree monitors, GPS, digital frames

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=hann.flv Product Name: Hanns-G IT
    Description: 19-, 22-, 25-, 28-inch MFM LCD monitors that are HDCP compliant with HDMI inputs. They all boast extraordinarily fast response times (5ms, 8ms) and wide viewing angle. The 25-inch model features 102 percent of the NTSC color gamut.
    Price: Starts at $599
    In-store date: Q2 2008
    Site… Read More

  • Zenith DTT900 converts digital TV signals to analog, extends life of older TVs

    Zenith has come out with an affordable digital-to-analog TV signal converter box, the DTT900. The box, which makes it debut at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, takes the digital TV signal that broadcasters are required to use come next year and converts them to an analog signal, useable on older TVs. The digital signal that broadcasters will have to use starting… Read More

  • High-Def Heaven: Panasonic, SiBEAM, and WirelessHD

    Product Name: Wireless High-Def Connectivity
    Description: Panasonic announced a partnership with SiBEAM to create the first wireless high-definition HDTV system based on the WirelessHD standard. The system comprises a plasma TV set, a receiver, and a movable rack into which you can shove a Blu-ray player or HD-DVD if it still exists by the end of the week or HD camcorder. It’ll use… Read More

  • CES 2008: Straight outta the Blogger's Lounge

    We’re blogging today live from the Blogger’s Lounge at CES. And apparently we bloggers have bad breath, as every table has piles of these breath mints, which they refill from time to time. Thanks for making us feel at home, CES! Also, a CES employee came and snapped photos of us blogging for the CES blogger’s blog. That’s what we call “meta”. Read More

  • Compact Flash + SATA = FLATA hotness

    I’m glad to see a significant change in this arena; I always hear about quality differences in CF cards for my Canon, citing better speeds on the “Extreme” versions of such and such a brand, but in the end the interface is growing to be the limiting factor. I shoot rapid fire RAW shots all the time, and having my motor drive be limited in the frequency and length of the… Read More

  • Toshiba announces four REGZA LCDs, one AV500

    Product Name:AV500, REGZA: CV510, RV530, XV540, XF550 Description: The AV500 series ranges from 19- to 42-inches and features 720p resolution. DynaLight ups the dynamic backlight control for the blackest black you’ve ever seen and has built-in ATSC/QAM digital tuning. Each model includes HDMI and PC inputs. Read More

  • JVC Everio G Series Camcorders

    Product Name: JVC Everio G Series Camcorder
    Description: The new Everio camcorders will come in blue, red, silver, and black and include 30- or 60GB hard drives. It has a 7-megapixel CCD and includes a 2.7-inch LCD with unique touch sensitive bezel. Read More

  • Pioneer In-Dash Navigator and Media Control Center

    Product Name: Pioneer AVIC-F500BT
    Description: Pioneer launched the AVIC-F500BT an hybrid in-dash navigator and media controller that links your MP3 player, cell phone, and Bluetooth devices while helping you figure out where you’re going. The pre-loaded mapping data from Tele Atlas covers the entire United States, Canada, Alaska and Hawaii, and you can view them on the 5.8-inch… Read More

  • Toshiba says HD DVD is not dead

    Well, Toshi responded by saying that HD DVD is not dead and all that jazz. They’ll probably just stick to the porn industry to save the format. Read More

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