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Shane Buettner Posted: Jan 09, 2007 1 comments

Now that's a bookshelf speaker! The ICS designation indicates that this speaker is designed with in-cabinet use in mind, Snell's ICS 1030 LCR speaker is a work of art. Literally. Snell works with a talented artist and will paint any scene the customer wishes on the grill to make the speaker disappear into its environment. The speaker pictured here is obviously painted like a set of books and the effect is nothing short of striking.

Shane Buettner Posted: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments

Microsoft's Kevin Collins staged a couple of impressive demonstrations of interactivity features upcoming from HD DVD.

Shane Buettner Posted: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments

Tough talk isn't confined to the Blu-ray camp when it comes to sales forecasting and some impressive data on current titles.

Shane Buettner Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments

Sony announced that James Bond will make his high-definition debut on March 13 when <I>Casino Royale</I> lands on Blu-ray Disc. The disc will be Sony's first to be encoded with MPEG-4/AVC compression and yet will be a dual-layer 50GB BD.

Shane Buettner Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments

In addition to a wealth of impressive title announcements, the Blu-ray association adopted the sternest language I’ve yet heard in offering some very compelling sales numbers and statistics to state its case that Blu-ray will be the decisive winner of the format war. According to the BDA’s stats, the war is already over in Japan with Blu-ray scoring 96% of the high-definition player market there.

Shane Buettner Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments

On the heels of the HD DVD announcements I Blogged on last night, Warner and Paramount announced many of the same titles on Blu-ray as well, many of which will be new releases day and date with DVD..

Shane Buettner Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments

Following LG Electronics’ release of the Super Multi Blue Blu-ray/HD DVD combi player come rumblings among members of the press that the player might not be a full HD DVD player. Scuttlebut has it that the player will not be compatible with HD DVD’s HDi interactivity layer, which is the logic layer that supports the cutting edge interactivity features that run in full motion with HD video.

Shane Buettner Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 2 comments

Although specific products and dates weren’t attached, Denon had a static technology demonstration that revealed that AVRs in its 2007 line will feature integrated Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio lossless audio over HDMI 1.3. These AVRs will be loaded with compelling features throughout the line including advanced video processing at the high-end and myriad connectivity options for portable music players and streaming content. In addition, a separate pre/amp and power amplifier system was shown as well.

Shane Buettner Posted: Jan 08, 2007 0 comments

The Blu-ray Association’s CES press conference featured numerous pieces of fascinating information and significant new title announcements that I’ll comment on in subsequent Blogs, but perhaps none carries as much weight as Disney’s announcement that Pixar’s <I>Cars</I> and both <I>Pirates of the Caribbean</I> films will be released by Summer ‘07.

Shane Buettner Posted: Jan 08, 2007 0 comments

Samsung demonstrated its new LED-based LCD flat panels with "Local Dimming." LEDs have the ability to turn diodes completely off in some areas of the screen when needed, current LCDs can't accomplish as their backlights never really turn off. The result is superior blacks and contrast, which is quite evident here, as the conventional LCD on the left is clearly lower in contrast with this low light level material than the LED model on the right.

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