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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 07, 2008 2 comments
Formerly known under the informal project name of Blackbird, the THX Media Director has emerged from R&D and we got a sneak peak. Metadata are authored into Blu-ray (or whatever) discs. The player might handle the metadata with a firmware upgrade or you might need a new player. Your surround processor, possibly the Lyndorf pre-pro certified for this purpose, then uses the metadata to adjust aspect ratio, color temp, picture mode, surround processing, and all those other settings that are either a bear to deal with or you (well, other people) might not be knowledgable to fool with. If this thing flies, it'll bring high-end home theater performance out of the tweaker ghetto. (Pictured, two early THX Media Director certified products, top: Anchor Bay DVDO VP50 video processor. Bottom: Lyngdorf D-1 surround pre-pro.)
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uavKim Wilson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 0 comments

Sound Bars are all the rage and with good reason. Not everyone wants to fill their room up with large speakers and run all the necessary cabling for surround sound. However, it would be a shame for new flat panel owner's to miss out on the important element of sound with their high def images. So SoundBar's are sure better than relying on the internal speakers of the TV. Plus they are faster and easier to set up so I can definitely see the attraction for the average consumer.

Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 07, 2008 0 comments
The big news for Squeezebox fans is that the Squeezebox Duet moves functionality from the box to the remote. Isn't it pretty? Look for it in late January or early February. Hand model: Pamela McCracken.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 07, 2008 0 comments
The Polk SurroundBAR360 is an all-in-one flat-panel-friendly audio solution with DVD receiver and horizontal speaker. Inside the speaker are 5.1 channels, and yes, that does include an onboard sub. Look for it in April for $1199. Polk also showed a new budget speaker series, the TSi, with prices ranging from $250/pair for the stand-mount TSi 200 to $900/pair for the TSi 500.
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uavKim Wilson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 1 comments

THX is sure not sitting around and living off their existing licenses. Like everyone else they are looking for the next Big Thing. Here at CES, they are touting a new THX technology called Media Director that is meant to simplify home theater set-up and operation. MD turns movies, music and video games into, what THX calls “smart content” that can communicate information about AV settings directly to your home entertainment products. The technology lets consumers tap into and maximize the features and modes of their electronics. More than ever consumers are faced with an overwhelming amount of playback and set up options on their gear and its no wonder they are confused, tending to use the out of the box settings. THX hopes to take a lot of that confusion and frustration out of the process.

Adrienne Maxwell Posted: Jan 07, 2008 0 comments
Hitachi is very excited about their new statement product, the Ultra Thin LCD. "1.5" is both the brand and the depth (in inches) of these new LCDs, available in screen sizes of 32, 37, and 42 inches. The 37- and 42-inch models have a 1920 x 1080 resolution, while the 32-inch model has a 1366 x 768 resolution. In traditional Hitachi form, the line is divided into three series: The Director's Series and V Series are HD monitors only, with HDMI 1.3 and RGB inputs but no internal tuners. The S Series comes with an outboard Audio Video Center that includes ATSC/NTSC tuners, three HDMI 1.3 inputs, and two component video inputs. The Audio Video Center can be purchased separately, as well. All of the models use Hitachi's In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel to improve viewing angle and Reel120 120-Hz technology to reduce judder.
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uavKim Wilson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 0 comments

No sign of Capt. Jack Sparrow but the Black Pearl was the center piece of Blu-Ray's extravagant display, showing off what appears to be the dominate high definition format.

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SV Staff Posted: Jan 07, 2008 0 comments
As an extension of the 3D capabilities Texas Instruments displayed at the 2007 CEDIA Expo, TI demonstrated an incredibly exciting new possibility, which might end up making DLP the hard-core gamer’s best technological friend. Traditionally,...
Chris Chiarella Posted: Jan 07, 2008 1 comments
This summer, look for Belkin’s FlyWire system to wirelessly connect HDMI source components to your HDMI-enabled TV. (Other, lesser connectivity standards are supported as well.) The two-box bundle is prematched, so installation and configuration of the sending and receiving units shouldn’t cause unbearable grief, and the results that they showed at their booth were flawless, even amid God-knows-how-many competing wireless demos in the South Hall. No firm price has been set yet, but expect to fork over between five and six hundred clams.
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uavKim Wilson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 0 comments

Here's our own Fred Manteghian blogging away in the press room. I was wondering how he was getting some of his entries up so fast until I discovered he uses his Blackberry to get online while he's still on the show floor. Way to go Fred, use that technology !

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