Home theater

  • Philips uWand Motion Controller Makes Another CES Appearance, Plays Fruit Ninja [Video]

    Philips uWand Motion Controller Makes Another CES Appearance, Plays Fruit Ninja [Video]

    The Philips uWand is no stranger to CES. It’s been at the show in the past, and as a prototype it has been around for even longer, but this time around it got an updated look and feel, along with refined control that now puts it pretty much at one-to-one sensitivity, and makes for a satisfying experience when playing games on the motion-enabled set top box it’s paired with. Read More

  • You And Your iPad Get Held In A New Way

    The iPad has a lot of potential. I’m sure all you geeks out there would love to touch screen everything. Well that’s just what’s going on right now, with the iPad at the base of it all. Take, for example, this home theater chair from Elite Home Theater seating. They are taking iPad integration to the next level. Read More

  • Review: Orb Home Theater Speakers

    Short version:
    While you may not have heard of this brand, if you are looking for a complete home theater setup or even stereo setup, complete with powered sub, for $1k or less, you will likely be impressed with Orb. Try them in your home for 30 days. Read More

  • Review: Harman/Kardon HKTS 20BQ 5.1 speaker system

    Short version: Harman/Kardon makes great speakers, and this set is no exception. If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive home-theater speaker system, you can definitely do much worse then the HKTS 20BQ. This is a complete 5.1 system in a box, and includes everything you need to get your system rocking. The speakers have great response throughout the range, and the 8 inch… Read More

  • Create your own view of the world with the WindowWall

    I love the show Leverage. Partly because it’s filmed in my home town of Portland Oregon, and partly because of the high tech gadgets that they use. For example, the briefing sequences use a wall of LCD TVs. The each TV can show an individual shot, or can be combined into one massive display, which just looks like fun to me. Well, you can buy your own, better version, with the WindowWall. Read More

  • Ballmer hints that new Xbox styles may be coming

    And lo, from the Ballmer came the words, and the words were about the Xbox, and they did ponder the words as to what they meant. And then the idle speculation started, and people started posting stuff on the internet, and it just got silly. But judging from (and speculating from) some comments that Ballmer said at a recent UW speech, there’s a pretty good chance that there may be some… Read More

  • Sony opens 3D Experience in Vegas

    Well, TV manufacturers are definitely embracing 3D for the home. Obviously it’s going to require the networks to jump in too, as evidenced by Sony and CBS building the “Sony 3D Experience” in the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Read More

  • ViewSonic announces 3D ready projector


    ViewSonic announced the latest addition to their family of projectors recently, the PJD6531w. What makes this particular projector interesting is the fact that it displays at 120Hz, enabling it to be used to display those newfangled 3D movies that are so hot right now. The PJD6531w runs at 1280×800, and supports up to 1080p. The fact that it runs in 120Hz means it’ll work with… Read More

  • Sears starting to take pre-orders on 3D TVs

    Get ready, the 3D revolution will be televised. Sears has started offering pre-order pricing on Samsung’s 3D televisions, with some models expected to be available in stores later this month. Sears is also starting to advertise a Blu-ray player with 3D glasses as well. Read More

  • JVC has two more sound bars from you to pick from: TH-BA3 and TH-BS7

    Didn’t Nickelodeon used to give away JVC boomboxes and whatnot on its game shows back in the day? (I’m primarily talking to twenty-somethings here, yes.) Imagine you were a contestant on Double Dare, and you manage to find the flag inside the big nose filled with goo, and you win this, the TH-BA3. It’s a sound bar, which are a heck of a lot easier to incorporate into a… Read More

  • Victor JVC announces a very pretty, very thin home theater sound system

    Victor JVC has announced [JP] a new home theater sound system for the Japanese market today, consisting of a set of two speakers (SP-FT1/FT2) and the corresponding amplifier (AX-FT1/FT2). And the system is very pretty, mainly because the speakers are just 30.8mm thin and weigh 0.85kg each. Read More

  • A great photoset of high-end home theaters

    I don’t know about you all, but I love me some home theater pr0n. I could stare at the pictures and read equipment lists all day long – sometimes I do, but don’t tell Biggs. Read More

  • Best Buy cuts salaries, yet looks to product demos to drive high-end home theater

    With retail electronics stores closing down faster than the backwards-spinning water in an Australian toilet bowl, Best Buy is now trying to figure out how to compete with remaining high-volume, low-price super retailers like Wal-Mart. And while trying to take on Wal-Mart’s ultra aggressive pricing isn’t necessarily in the cards, “Best Buy supposedly intends to create… Read More

  • Asus Eee Keyboard: what your home theater system has been missing

    OMG. This is without a doubt my favorite gadget I’ve seen or heard about all day. This beauty is a fully functional PC that features wireless HDMI, a full QWERTY keyboard, and a mini secondary touchscreen. No specs, pricing or availability info yet, but click on for more pics. Read More

  • Vudu announces the XL2, now more rack mountable

    Unless you’re in the biz of installing home theaters or you’re a hardcore home theater buff then you might as well pass on this Vudu news. The XL2 is a 1U rack-mountable doodad with a 1TB drive and is only available to order through a Vudu-certified custom installer or so the press release leads us to believe. Well, the goodness doesn’t stop there, folks. XL2 also offers IP… Read More

  • Who turns their garage into a home theater (other than these guys)?

    This is a trend, turning garages into home theaters? Might as well, right—the car business won’t be around much longer, so you’ll need to do something else with all that space. To that end, Electronic House has put together a small gallery of some of the best garage home theaters money can buy. I liked this one the best, designed by some dude named Bjorn Kristensen. For one… Read More

  • Epson intros entry-level 720p projector, Home Cinema 700

    At $800 the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 700 projector isn’t bad, but it’s not great either. It’s an entry-level projector so we’ll keep that in mind. The 700 can throw up a 270-inch image with a resolution of 720p and 2000:1 contrast ratio. The light output is 2000 lumens and life expectancy is estimated at 4000 hours in low light and 3000 hours in high light output mode. Read More

  • Onkyo announces THX-certified 7.1-channel speaker system

    Today, the HT-S9100THX system was announced and it has its sights set on HD theater buffs across the country. The 7.1-channel system (130W/channel) includes THX’s Loudnes Plus technology and comes with four HDMI v1.3a ports. The more HDMI ports, the better, I say. Audyssey and Faroudja handle onboard audio and video processing. Faroudja’s DCDi Edge technology bumps all… Read More

  • Samsung's most advanced Blu-ray player announced today

    Launching this October for $499.99 is Samsung’s BD-P2500 Blu-ray player and its most notable feature is probably BD Live otherwise known as BD Profile 2.0, but it’s also backwards compatible with Profile’s 1.1 and 1.0. 1GB of internal flash memory is onboard for BD Live content. It also features Hollywood Quality Video processing, Dolby Digital Plus and TrueHD… Read More

  • D-Link networked DivX media player now available

    DLink’s DSM-330 is now available for $299. It connects to your home networks via Wi-Fi or Ethernet and can play back high definition DivX content on your TV using DivX Connected functionality, which basically streams DivX, Xvid, WMV, DV, MPEG-1, and MJPEG video content (various audio formats too) from your computer and also harnesses your CPU’s horsepower to make all the pretty menus. Read More