The list of applications for your iPhone is becoming more and more fun, and in many ways, useful. Sure it's great to be able to practice guitar licks from your iPhone, but what if you could control your home automation system? ...
The Consumer Electronics Show may not start until Thursday (Wednesday for us press folks), but LG has decided to get a head start on product announcements. In a move clearly designed to complement its Netflix-streaming <A href="http://www.ultimateavmag.com/hddiscplayers/lg_bd300_network_blu-ray_play... Blu-ray player</A>, LG announced today a new line of LCD and plasma TVs with broadband connections and embedded software that will allow them to display streaming Netflix content directly. Currently, there are 12,000 titles to choose from, 300 in high definition—clearly an underwhelming number, but one that is certainly going to increase as quickly as Netflix can encode them.
Dynaudio is, first and foremost, an audiophile speaker company, but one that also makes superb home-theater speakers. Wait, that implies it makes separate audiophile and home-theater lines, which is not really true. Dynaudio speakers excel with music and home theater.
Price: $1,759 At A Glance: Integrated Blu-ray drive and amps • Skinny stand-mount front speakers, wall-mount surrounds • Basic HTIB sound in a convenient package
Do You Know the Way to Blu?
Audio manufacturers in the home theater sphere fall into two distinct groups. The most distinguished calling cards belong to the audio specialty brands. If you say you’re using B&W speakers with an Outlaw receiver, fellow audiophiles will immediately nod their heads. They know what you’re talking about, and they know you know what you’re talking about.
Price: $350 At A Glance: Netflix streaming • Fast load times and operation • Bonus View and BD-Live capable • Limited video processing, advanced audio decoding
LG Breaks New Ground
LG has been one of the most innovative companies out there championing Blu-ray. Early in the format war, LG tried twice to provide a solution for consumers with combo Blu-ray/HD DVD players. While its first attempt didn’t support HD DVD’s full capabilities, the follow-up BH200 was a fully functional player for both formats. It was Bonus View capable and offered Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, and 24p playback for both formats. It remains a solid player today, and I have one in
Consumers want green TVs. Or, to be more realistic, greener ones. So who's got 'em? For that, you've got to hunt for Energy Star certification. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a new and tighter spec for TVs, so the Energy Star certification you want is version 3.0.
One of the main things record producers strive for is to effectively communicate the emotional content of the music. It begins with trying to make a recording that's as universal as possible, one that sounds good on any playback format.