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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Apr 13, 2006 0 comments
Before the first consumer players - that's right, players - have even hit the market, TDK has started shipping cartridgeless 25GB recordable and rewritable Blu-ray Disc (BD) discs to retailers and is thus claiming bragging rights as the first company to bring blank BD media to the market. TDK Vice President of Marketing, Bruce Youmans, went so far as to say being the first to introduce recordable BD discs "can be counted among the most significant product introductions in the company's distinguished 70 year history."
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Apr 11, 2006 0 comments
The editors of Home Theater magazine have announced the winners of the 2006 RAVE Awards (Recognition of Audio and Video Excellence). Open to all manufacturers, the RAVE Awards, now in its third year, recognize excellence in the manufacturing of superior audio and video components that have been reviewed and tested by the Home Theater staff and respected contributors over a 12-month period.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Apr 09, 2006 0 comments
Despite the fact that the laser was invented in 1958 - or so claim Bell Labs and Mssrs. Schawlow and Townes - "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation" devices can still wow even the most jaded technophile (especially when they're used to burn holes in things or otherwise cause spectacular, glowing destruction). Now Mitsubishi wants to harness the power of lasers for less destructive but still highly entertaining purposes.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Apr 05, 2006 0 comments
Axion says it's shipping the company's latest portable DVD system. Designed primarily for use in the car, although it comes with both AC and DC adaptors, the new AXN-6079 includes a small DVD player and two seven-inch widescreen LCD screens.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Apr 02, 2006 0 comments
Atlantic Technology's newest subwoofer is a piece of gear you'll want to hide away in a corner of your home theater - but not because it looks ugly. (I've seen it, and it doesn't.) The 10 CSB is specifically designed to be placed in corner for two very good reasons.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Mar 31, 2006 0 comments
HD DVD may be delayed here in North America, but that hasn't stopped Toshiba from rolling out the first commerically available HD DVD player to the Japanese market today.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Mar 29, 2006 0 comments
Panasonic says its first Blu-ray Disc (BD) player, the DMP-BD10, will be available this September for under $1,500 in the U.S.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Mar 28, 2006 0 comments
RCA is now shipping the impressively named LYRA X3000, the company's flagship Personal Multimedia Recorder that was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The new portable has a 3.6-inch TFT color LCD screen with 320 x 240 resolution, weighs less than eight ounces, and is 0.75 inches thick.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Mar 24, 2006 0 comments
Toshiba has decided that an HD DVD player without an HD DVD disc is like an anchor without a boat - or at least a product without a reason to buy it.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Mar 11, 2006 0 comments
TiVo officially announced revised, "simplified" pricing plans that will go into effect for new subscribers to the TiVo service beginning the week of March 13. Previously, TiVo subscribers paid for a TiVo box and the TiVo service separately. Under the new plan, new customers will be able to "bundle" the purchase of a TiVo 80-hour Series2 box and the service together for a price based on a one-, two-, or three-year service commitment.


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