HDMI

  • Medusa HDMI hub: Curiously named, ordinarily equipped

    [photopress:medusahdmi.jpg,full,center] The difference between this Medusa HDMI three-port hub and others like it is primarily, if not entirely, size. The former makes due with a square-shaped body, while the latter—lots of them, at least—gimps along in the shape of a rectangle. Spec-wise, nothing doin’. It supports HDMI 1.3 and 1080p. That’s all you need from a hub… Read More

  • Sony's new photo printers do HDMI

    [photopress:DPP_FP95_1.jpg,full,center] Sony loves the idea of watching your photos on your TV. Bravia-series HDTVs come with Memory Stick readers, so if you also have a Sony camera or camcorder you can do just that. And now its launched these cool little photo printers with HDMI-out so you can view the contents of any memory card on any HDMI TV. We call it magic, and we’re afraid… Read More

  • RTcom's HDMI switcher makes your home theater HD on the cheap

    RTcom's HDMI switcher makes your home theater HD on the cheap

    RTcom’s HDS-41Rv13 HDMI Switcher is now available and don’t worry, it’s 1.3 compliant. It’s chock full of features like the ability to support, 36-bit Deep Color, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Blu-ray compatible, backwards compatible with all DVI devices and a slew of others. You know the drill by now. Unfamiliar with HDMI? Then check this out. RTcom’s… Read More

  • Onkyo debuts pair of entry-level HDMI-handling AV receivers

    [photopress:onkyos.jpg,full,center] Onkyo makes good home theater gear, and today we get word of two new affordable receivers. They’re coming out in April, and they seem pretty sweet, as far as how they spec out. The TX-SR576 and 506 both come in black or silver, feature daul audio zones, 5.1 Dolby and DTS, and multiple HDTV inputs, including 3 HDMI inputs and two component video inputs. Read More

  • The Orientation: High-Definition Multimedia Interface

    The Orientation: High-Definition Multimedia Interface

    It’s been a while since my last Orientation, but we’ve all been traveling around for various events and such over the last month so it’s been a little hectic. To get things back on track, we’re going to talk about High-Definition Multimedia Interface, better known as HDMI. The Super Bowl is coming up as well as March Madness and some of you just got a brand new HDTV for… Read More

  • DVI slowly going the way of the buffalo

    DVI slowly going the way of the buffalo

    Omigosh DVI, I can’t believe you’re leaving already. You JUST got here! Stick around for a bit, huh? I won’t miss your prohibitively expensive cables and the constant fear of pending your fragile pins every time I move my monitor around on my desk, but I’ll miss the feeling of knowing that you transmit a relatively clean, all-digital signal. If only there were a… Read More

  • HDMI cables make great Apple TV alternatives

    [photopress:cheapappletv.jpg,full,center] Granted, Apple may have dropped the price of its Apple TV while simultaneously adding much needed features (like HD support), but I have a less expensive alternative you might enjoy. Head over to Monoprice, and buy a cable that’s compatible with your computer’s video out port. Connect that cable from your computer to your TV and you’ll… Read More

  • Philips Simplifies Home Theater

    Philips Simplifies Home Theater


    Product Name: Philips HTS6100 and 6515D
    Description: These two new home theater systems try to help you minimize clutter in your living room. The HTS6100 is a soundbar-style speaker with a built-in DVD player, iPod dock, and USB input as well as a separate subwoofer. (It’s a cheaper and smaller version of the company’s HTS8100.) The HTS6515D is a home theater in a box, with a… Read More

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

    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 2008 could see launch of yet another pesky format war

    CES 2008 could see launch of yet another pesky format war

    Regular readers will know how much we loathe the Blu-Ray/HD-DVD wars and wish that they, like the War on Terror or the War on Drugs or the War on Baby Seals, would end soon, as there can be no clear victor. That’s why we give a sideways glance at the new format war brewing that could see CES 2008 as the first battlefield — the format for wireless HD content. Not wireless as in… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: XtremeMac's XtremeHD HDMI switcher

    CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: XtremeMac's XtremeHD HDMI switcher

    I really love home theater stuff. I’m a nerd for it. And that means that, perhaps like you, I’ve run out of HDMI ports for my gear. My TV has but one, and I’ve got three different devices that vie for it, much the same as how girls vie for my attention. The solution is the XtremeHD HDMI switcher by the geniuses over at XtremeMac. Looking very much like my Apple TV, the… Read More

  • Xbox doesn't have HDMI? Adapt it, friend

    Xbox doesn't have HDMI? Adapt it, friend

    Did you buy one of those Xbox 360s when they first came out? You know, the ones without HDMI? But you’re all about HDMI now, and think it’s way cool? But you don’t want to buy a whole new Xbox just to get HDMI? Am I pigeon-holing you enough? In short, there’s now a plug-in HDMI adapter for the Xbox, and it’s $90, which is far too much if you ask me. And, since… Read More

  • Honeywell's HDMI-to-Cat5 converter: Eat the rich

    Honeywell's HDMI-to-Cat5 converter: Eat the rich

    If you’re remodeling the beach house this year, do be sure to pick up these HDMI-to-Cat5 converters. Essentially, they allow you to keep a electronics room somewhere in the house and then connect your TV straight into the wall to get red hot HDMI hi-def content no matter where you are. This is actually a really good idea. It lets organizations have a centralized AV office and stream… Read More

  • Breaking: Belkin announces 2-to-1 HDMI switch

    Breaking: Belkin announces 2-to-1 HDMI switch

    False alarm. It’s certainly not groundbreaking, but it does clean up the clutter and takes care of that one HDMI slot problem. Luckily for me, my roommate’s Vizio has two HDMI ports, though I only use one for the 360 Elite. The HDMI 2-to-1 Video Switch does what’d you’d expect it to, which is what now, class? That’s right. It allows you to hook up two HD devices… Read More

  • LG BH200 combo HD DVD / Blu-ray player will be expensive

    LG BH200 combo HD DVD / Blu-ray player will be expensive

    Currently, Circuit City is listing LG’s much-anticipated BH200 combination Blu-ray / HD DVD / DVD player for $799.99. That’s an expensive player with a price reminiscent of the first HD DVD and Blu-ray players to hit the market. Sure, it can do 1080p, DVD upscaling and play both formats, but with Toshiba’s A2 HD DVD player going for $198 at Wal-Mart and the PS3 going for $399… Read More

  • Sony introduces 80GB digital photo album

    Sony introduces 80GB digital photo album

    Maybe I’m alone on this one, but does anyone actually sit there with a group of people, connecting a device to an HDTV so everyone can view photos on a 42-inch screen? Do feel free to let me know if you do. For those of you who are into that sort of thing, Sony has announced a device that is sure to keep you from sleeping at night until its release. The HDMS-S1D Digital Photo Album is… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Premium hackity hack

    Xbox 360 Premium hackity hack

    Anything proprietary burns my biscuits. Lately it’s been Samsung phones and the multiple cables I need for charging and headsets and whatever else. The Xbox 360 and its proprietary business is a crock as well, but it’s the best console out there and M$ is losing money over every console sold. You can’t really blame them for trying to make a few bucks here and there. Read More

  • Daewoo Unveils Its First Blu-ray Player

    Daewoo Unveils Its First Blu-ray Player

    During IFA, Daewoo, maker of all things cheap and imported, announced it would be dipping its feet into the waters of the Blu-ray market with its first player, the DBP-1000. Sleek blue looks aside, the player is slim and supports full BD-R specifications. It can access live content, output in 1080p via HDMI, upscale DVDs and photos to full-rez, and can playback DivX files. The DBP-1000 can… Read More

  • How To Spot An HDMI-Equipped Premium Xbox 360

    How To Spot An HDMI-Equipped Premium Xbox 360

    Oh you didn’t know? Microsoft decked out the Premium Xbox 360 with an HDMI port, giving you one less reason to shell out the extra cash for an Elite 360. (I’d save for the new Halo 3 360, but that’s just me.) How do you spot the HDMI-equipped Premium? Um, it says that it has an HDMI port. Also, you’ll find the word “Zephyr” on the box. Class… Read More

  • Cooler Xbox 360s With HDMI On The Way

    Cooler Xbox 360s With HDMI On The Way

    Finally! Microsoft is addressing problems with broken and overheated 360s by supposedly releasing a new model soon that will feature built-in HDMI, 65nm CPUs, and quiet DVD drives. Also, heating issues that cause some 360s to break will be fixed, I’m guessing via an improved fan or something. Either way, this is a win for anyone with a 360 or planning to purchase one. No word yet on… Read More