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SV Staff Posted: Dec 15, 2008 0 comments
Looking to make sure your new home theater is up to spec? The International Telecommunication Union, an agency within the United Nations, has finalized a standard - a global standard - for wiring that covers cable, phone, power, and all your home...
Kris Deering Posted: Dec 15, 2008 0 comments
Price: $299, $399 At A Glance: Full complement of onboard audio decoding • Exceptional video processing • Bonus View and BD-Live compliant • Plays back DVD at 1080p/24

Hot on the heels of the DMP-BD50 (HT, September 2008), Panasonic has debuted two new players, the DMP-BD35 and DMP-BD55. Despite the DMP-BD50’s recent release, these two players replace the current DMP-BD30 and DMP-BD50 models. These new players are identical except for their analog audio outputs. The DMP-BD35 only has a two-channel analog output, while the more expensive DMP-BD55 supports 7.1 channels of analog audio. All the other features are the same, so for this roundup, I’ll fuse these two players together in regards to performance unless otherwise noted.

Panasonic slimmed down its players this time around, and the new lineup reminded me a bit of the Sony BDP-S350 in form and stature. The chassis is slightly shorter than the last generation and isn’t quite as deep. The disc tray is now located in the center, and there’s a small flip-down panel on the bottom right with Play, Stop, and Pause buttons, along with the SD card slot. Aesthetically, the new player has the same design cues as the previous line, with a tinted front-display readout and a hidden disc tray. It still retains that bright blue LED right below the tray, but you can turn it off through the Setup menu’s display options.

Kris Deering Posted: Dec 15, 2008 0 comments
Price: $599 At A Glance: Slow disc loading and operation • Great build quality • Improved HD and SD video processing • Full 7.1 analog and digital audio support

Pioneer unveiled its first non-Elite Blu-ray player with the BDP-51FD. At first glance, its large chassis and high-gloss appearance might make you think it’s an Elite line player. However, this player is the first of the classic Pioneer line.

The BDP-51FD is a Profile 1.1 player that supports Bonus View features but lacks a LAN connection and BD-Live support. At $599, I was a bit surprised that it lacks BD-Live or an upgrade path to BD-Live, but the rest of the feature set is pretty impressive.

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user Posted: Dec 15, 2008 0 comments
For the third consecutive holiday season, Panasonic is making its Viera Concierge service available not just to existing owners of Panasonic HDTVs--but also to those just thinking of buying one. Call (888) 777-1170, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. ET. On Saturdays and Sundays the hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. You may also visit the Viera Concierge website for chat room assistance.
Al Griffin Posted: Dec 14, 2008 0 comments
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 12, 2008 0 comments
That's right.  The Peltz Theater, part of the Museum of Tolerance/Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles, was just completely renovated. The multi-million dollar improvements include a 308-channel audio system. Plus five subwoofers....
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 12, 2008 0 comments
Sure, plenty of manufacturers are following the latest ENERGY STAR 3.0 standards. We applaud everyone for their efforts. The planet thanks you. However, JVC is taking it a few steps further. Further than they have to. JVC's latest LCD TVs are...
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 12, 2008 0 comments
It's that time of year when lists start coming out. Kind of like New Year's resolutions -- unavoidable this time of the year. However, there are two lists that are quite interesting.The first is one right here at Sound & Vision....
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 12, 2008 0 comments
Interesting news in my mailbox this morning. Remember the Sharper Image? You know, the snazzy electronics and gadget retailer who went belly-up earlier this year?  (Along with my extended warranty on my digital camera, to say nothing about...
Kim Wilson Posted: Dec 12, 2008 3 comments

As cool as it may look, not everyone wants to hang their new flat panel TV on the wall. Omnimount, manufacturers of sophisticated TV wall mounts also offer entertainment centers to accommodate your flat panel, AV components, media, and more. The sleek and elegant Link Series furniture offers contemporary finishes and a modular design that is sure to compliment any decor.

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