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SV Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
More details are now available on Samsung's new lineup of home-theater-in-a-box systems. Three systems are being unveiled, and all three have Blu-ray players with BD-Live capabilities. In addition, they'll have streaming capabilities to...
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Debbie Stampfli Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
Now that 240 has been designated the lucky number of this year’s CES, multiple companies are showcasing their own versions of the technology. VIZIO’s version comes in the form of its XVT series. The 55-inch VF551XVT LCD HDTV ($2,000) features 240Hz technology coupled with 1,000,000:1 Mega Dynamic Contrast with local dimming.
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Debbie Stampfli Posted: Jan 09, 2009 1 comments
Always ready to keep the home theater industry on its toes, Anthem has introduced a new and improved version of its popular AVM 50, the AVM 50v. The full-featured surround processor stands out in the crowd with added HDMI inputs and improved audio and video processing. Its processing abilities are increased through Sigma Designs VXP digital video processing and two dual-core Digital Signal Processing (DSP) engines for audio processing.
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Debbie Stampfli Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
SIM2 and Entertainment Experience are joining forces to unveil a new combination product that promises to give home theater aficionados the experience they’ve been craving. The All-in-One Digital Entertainment Media System combines SIM2’s Grand Cinema C3X 1080 (pictured) or HT5000E 3-chip DLP projector with an Entertainment Experience Media Center.
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Debbie Stampfli Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
For those days when your significant other tells you to turn the volume down, Audio-Technica has a new set of headphones that will make your home theater experience a much more private one. Its latest bunch of headphones are easy on the ears and eyes, and they come in both in-ear and on-ear varieties.
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uavGary Altunian Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments

Las Vegas is very visually deceiving. Buildings, signs and objects are so large in Las Vegas they appear much closer than they really are. Case in point: The Las Vegas Hilton is next door to the LV Convention Center, but walking from one to the other can take 20-30 minutes or more . Last night I attended an event at the Wynn, which is next door to the Venetian. A friend suggested we walk rather than drive. After convincing him that was a mistake, we drove from one parking garage to the other and the distance turned out to be more than 1/2 mile. I have nothing against a good walk except when carrying my laptop computer and the tons of literature collected at the show. Gotta go, it's time to walk the convention floor, which is over 1.5 million square feet! Despite the saying that "Everything is bigger in Texas", the Lone Star state has nothing over Las Vegas.

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SV Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
The question many TV manufacturers are asking at CES 2009 is, "How thin is thin enough?"   LG demonstrated their AMOLED technology, which is a scant .85 millimeters thin, or about .033 inches for us non-Metric heathens. This 15-inch TV is...
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
When I asked Samsung to demonstrate their HT-BD8200, the world’s first sound bar to incorporate a Blu-ray player, someone came rushing over saying, "Don’t touch that!" They finally conceded and allowed me to film a bit of video of...
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
I’ve been a big fan of the CELL processor for a while. Here is a demo of a Toshiba prototype TV running 8 simultaneous full HD channels. Because of the processors super-computer speed, it can easily record all 8 channels at once, along with...
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uavKim Wilson Posted: Jan 09, 2009 2 comments

It may sound glamourous to you, having the opportunity to come to CES, see all the latest new CE toys, and write about it for you. Yes, it can be fun and the best part for me is interacting with friends and colleagues I don't get to see year round. Days start early and usually end very late. However, this year I did't need an alarm clock to get me up in the morning, no matter how tired I might have been the night before. We are staying at the Hyatt Place, a wonderfully remodeled hotel, a bit off the beaten path, which is quiet and tranquil compared to the large themed hotels with casinos. But there is always a catch. It is right in front of McCarren airport and each and every plane flies directly over us. Fortunately, McCarren has a curfew from midnight to 6am. So there is a small window of opportunity for uninterrupted sleep but you can set your clock by that first flight of the morning.

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