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CES 2009

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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
Here's the skinny on that special set for special people.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
Strictly speaking, we should be telling you more about NAD's first Blu-ray player, and you've already heard about its a/v receivers, but the Viso Two HTiB got our attention with stylish looks. It's a DVD (and DVD-Audio) player with built-in 50-watt stereo amp and Dolby Virtual Speaker (and Dolby Headphone). Price is $1299 if you want something really cool looking to play your old DVD library in the bedroom. But what's that underneath?
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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
Here's as closer view of the satellite in the systse described above. That's a ring radiator tweeter you see here, a tweeter design that's been popular in new speaker systems over the past couple of years.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
With networked TVs and media sharing devices we can get online content from partners like YouTube, Netflix, CBS.com, etc. Now Boxee offers a software solution that creates an easy meny to find online content that works on computers including Macs and Linux-based operating systems. What’s really cool is that you can put the software on a flash drive and add it to an AppleTV. This adds the capability of watching many online streaming video partners including video streaming like Netflix, Hulu, CBS.com and MTV to the previously limited partners on AppleTV.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 09, 2009 3 comments
In other Dolby news, Dolby Volume, tamer of blaring ads and dodgy surround levels, is coming to Toshiba Regza TVs in both the U.S. and Europe, as well as in a Harman Kardon receiver. It's also built into the cool Airfonix transmitter/receiver device pictured above, which accepts two-channel sources both RCA and XLR. Dolby's mobile strategy is (of course) Dolby Mobile, which manipulates the soundstage in cells and other portable devices. Dolby Axon provides surround-like effects in online voice gaming applications. And Dolby Digital Plus is now being used in Italian as well as French television broadcasts.
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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 09, 2009 1 comments
Will we ever see HD resolution higher than 1920x1080 for the home? Do we need it? While Samsung didn't answer that question, it did show two UHD prototype sets, this plasma and a larger LCD, both doing 4K by 2K. Vaporware? For now, probably, but nice to know that some are thinking about it.
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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
No, this is not a typo. LHX isn't a take-off on THX, but rather the designation for LG's top of the line flat panel LCD sets. See the vital stats above. Note the wireless capability. Wireless HD video is one of the big stories at CES this year, with most of the major manufacturers showing their own wireless solutions (generally for their top of the line sets) and add-on wireless devices from vendors such as Gefen and Radiient. But before you take the plunge, be sure that the wireless capability you're about to buy does not apply additional compression to the HD source.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
Wireless speaker connection is coming, as an option, to (nearly?) every speaker model in the Pure Acoustics Line -- now that's going wireless. It consists of a receiver mounted in the top of the speaker plus a dome-shaped transmitter. Note that we're not talking about self-powered speakers or room-to-room tranmission, just in-room.
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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2009 1 comments
All this, 5 speakers in the package, and a high gloss finish, too. It's a joke, right?
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
By the way, iThing is my lonely protest against having to type both iPod and iPhone in blog after blog. The Marantz IS301 is a wireless Bluetooth dock package consisting of four pieces: dock, cradle, receiving station, and card remote. You can detach the wireless dock from the cradle, with your iThing in it, and wield them as though they were a remote control. The cradle is hardwired via dual CAT5 (one for audio, one for video) to the receiving station which has the usual jacks to connect to a receiver.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
The desktop control panel at the Mirage includes an HDMI input. That is the kind of forward-looking hotel room design we like to see.
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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
The folks from Scandyna bring you these cute little critters. Should have called them Papa bear, Mama bear, and Baby bear.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
This is the whole player dissected, with all its parts laid out -- the disc drive, the power supply, the DACs, everything. Awesome.
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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
Turn your back for a second and they're here again. Mutating everywhere. Be Afraid. Be very Afraid.

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