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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Oct 16, 2007 Published: Sep 17, 2007 0 comments
Part IV: Impressing the neighbors.

Well, all the parts are in, and it's time to build the beast. If you missed it, check out last month's GearWorks for all the doodahs and pieces for this all-new HTPC. If you're using this as a guide on how to build your own HTPC, let me give a few tips to start.

Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Oct 09, 2007 10 comments
CEATEC (See-Tech) is a yearly trade show in Tokyo, Japan. For the most part it is either a preview of what the Japanese manufacturers are going to show at CES, or what they’re hoping to come out with in the near future. Then there’s the rest of the massive building that has parts like LEDs, IR transmitters, and all the bits that are in the products you buy.
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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Oct 01, 2007 0 comments
Greatest flat panel ever.

Forgive my dipping into hyperbole for the caption, but there really wasn't another way to go. It's not just the fact that the PRO-110FD creates a beautiful image. It's that the image it creates is such a step above every other flat panel on the market that it is not even comparable. There's that hyperbole again. I'll stop and let the performance speak for itself.

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Sep 23, 2007 0 comments
A pair of pretty Panasonic plasmas.

I wish I could say I had some clever reason for reviewing two nearly identical plasmas. Perhaps there was, but it's lost to me now. A few months ago, Panasonic asked me if I wanted to review the TH-50PZ700U, so I said sure. Then, a month or so later, they asked me if I wanted to review the TH-42PZ700U, so I said sure. It's not all magic here, folks. Sometimes this kind of excitement just happens.

Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Sep 10, 2007 Published: Aug 10, 2007 0 comments
Part III: Starting Over

It was way back in the June 2005 issue that I built an HTPC from scratch—I mean really from scratch, as in out of wood. For those of you who may have missed it, you can find it at www.hometheatermag.com under the GearWorks section. It was a great experiment, and it basically worked. I haven't felt any effects of the RF radiation of 3.6 gigahertz (there was no shielding), and the minimal amount of innards-securing hasn't been an issue. (At 54 pounds, it does not get moved much.)

Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Sep 08, 2007 0 comments
Planar, the biggest company you’ve never heard of, has really hit the ground running at CEDIA this year. Fresh off their purchase of the fabled Runco brand, Planar showed off several new 1080p projectors.
Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Sep 08, 2007 0 comments
Mitsubishi announced the HC6000, an update of the HC5000. They seem to have addressed all the issues we had with the 5000, such as the slow iris, and tiny menu size, but kept the things we liked, like the HQV processing and the low price. In fact, that got a bit lower, the HC6000 is “under $4000” and should be available in the middle of October.
Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Sep 08, 2007 0 comments
Here’s a better pic of the Sharp BD player, the BD-HP20U, that I talked about many posts below. Turns out the “10 seconds on” is not exactly true, that’s if the player is already on and ready to go. From what they were telling me, it will still turn on quickly from off, but not that quickly.
Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Sep 08, 2007 0 comments
It’s $999, has HQV processing, plays Blu-ray and HD DVD. What else do you need to know? Oh, the model number probably. BD-UP5000. Look for it before the end of the year. What a coincidence it’s the same price as the product in the post below…
Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Sep 08, 2007 0 comments
Behold the BH200. This time there is full HD DVD support, 1080p/24/30 and 60. It’s available in mid-October for $999. No multi-channel analog outputs though…

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