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HT Staff Posted: Dec 19, 2012 0 comments
From a Wi-Fi-enabled Blu-ray player you can control with your smartphone to a $900 video projector that's so bright you won't have to black out your windows, we present a handful of the latest products, including one that would make a sweet gift.
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HT Staff Posted: Sep 27, 2003 0 comments
We won't even begin to suggest that $10,500 is just pocket change that everyone has lying around. However, when you realize that Dwin's TransVision 3 projection system features both a projector and a video processor, the word value might come to mind. The company says that the separate-component design offers greater installation options and reduces double video-signal processing. The 720p DLP projector uses Texas Instruments' Mustang/HD2 DMD technology and Prism Free Optical light-path architecture for maximum picture contrast. The Carl-Zeiss zoom lens allows for a throw distance from 1.41 to 2.1 times the screen. Meanwhile, the digital video processor accepts 10 video inputs: two DVI with HDCP, two RGB, two S-video, two component, and two composite. It also delivers 720p DVI signals to match the projector's native resolution.
Dwin Electronics
(818) 239-1500
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HT Staff Posted: Apr 03, 2003 0 comments
Canton's Movie CD-1 5.1-channel speaker system is a shining beauty of a package. It consists of a center channel, four matching satellites for the left, right, and surround channels, and a 100-watt subwoofer that's rated down to 38 hertz. The CD-1 satellite measures just 5 inches tall and 4 inches wide and deep and has a frequency response of 80 Hz to 25 kilohertz. The center channel features drivers in a D'Appolito array and a tapered cabinet that allows you to tilt the speaker toward the listening position. All of the speakers have a gleaming aluminum finish, and the sub is finished in a complementary matte silver. The system costs $1,099 and comes with mounting brackets for all four satellites. The optional LS-90 speaker stands are available for $125 per pair.
(612) 706-9250
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HT Staff Posted: May 01, 2003 0 comments
You gotta love value, and V Inc.'s offering of a 46-inch plasma display for only $3,999 represents a value indeed. The Visio P4 display has a native resolution of 852:480, and it's compatible with 480p, 720p, and 1080i HD formats. It comes with an integrated 181-channel NTSC/PAL tuner, an attractive stand, and a fanless cooling system, which should provide you with nice, quiet viewing. The Visio P4 offers a good compliment of video inputs, including RGB, component, S-video, and composite, as well as a DVI connection. You'll also enjoy this 16:9 plasma's motion-adaptive deinterlacing, 3:2-pulldown recognition, and four adjustable aspect ratios. There's not much that the Visio P4 doesn't have on board, except, of course, a hefty price tag.
V Inc.
(714) 962-4848
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HT Staff Posted: Feb 28, 2005 0 comments
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HT Staff Posted: Apr 11, 2005 0 comments
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HT Staff Posted: Oct 20, 2003 0 comments
ELAN's new VIA!2 wireless touchpanel is perfect for controlling wholehouse audio, home theater, security, temperature, lighting, drapes, and just about any other wireless solution you could ask for. (Now, if only it could load and unload the dishwasher...) It uses an 802.11b wireless transmission method and comes with both the VIA!2 server and docking station. The 7.8-inch LCD touchscreen and large, easy-to-read buttons and user screens make the VIA!2 both intuitive and user-friendly. Using ELAN's VIA!TOOLS Windows-based software, you can complete the setup process in hours using simple point-and-click methods. ELAN says that the VIA!2 will last for 670 hours in hibernate mode, 24 hours in standby mode, or 6 hours in operation mode. The $3,500 price tag also gets you the Server Station, which can turn the unit's commands into IR or RS-232 commands for controlling other home devices. Look for this handy device in the first quarter of 2004.
ELAN Home Systems
(859) 269-7760
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HT Staff Posted: Mar 04, 2005 0 comments
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HT Staff Posted: Mar 15, 2004 0 comments
When only the best will do, use Nordost's new line of A/V power cords, specifically their flagship product, the Valhalla. This power cord is designed for use with just about all of your components: preamps, power amps, CD players, SACD and DVD players, video projectors, and other display devices. According to the company, its line of power cables offers improved signal speed, better power transfer, and increased thermal efficiency. The Valhalla boasts a propagation speed of 90 percent. Like the company's other models, the Valhalla power cords use 99.9 percent oxygen-free copper conductors for better power transfer and performance. The Valhalla also uses 70 microns of extruded silver over the conductors. Two meters will cost you $2,500, and additional 1-meter increments are $500.
Nordost Corporation
(508) 881-1116
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HT Staff Posted: Feb 21, 2005 0 comments
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