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Gefen HDMI Over Coax Extender Preview

Gefen HDMI Over Coax Extender Preview

Gefen and Pulse~LINK today introduced the world’s first consumer electronics product that incorporates Pulse~LINK’s CWave UWB HDMI-Over-Coax technology. For the first time, consumers will be able to extend the reach of HDMI from room to room over their existing in-home coax cabling. Gefen and Pulse~LINK demonstrated the HDMI-Over-Coax technology today.

Gefen and Pulse~LINK showed that consumers can extend the reach of HDMI from room to room over existing in-home coax cabling. Gefen and Pulse~LINK demonstrated the HDMI-Over-Coax technology today.

— January 06, 2008 23:05 in AV Gadget Reviews

AMIMON’s WHDI Technology Preview

AMIMON’s WHDI Technology Preview

AMIMON Inc. has partnered with a leading consumer electronics manufacturer to demonstrate a wireless HDTV with embedded WHDI technology capable of receiving uncompressed 1080p 60Hz HD video streams wirelessly.

AMIMON Inc. has partnered with a leading consumer electronics manufacturer to demonstrate a wireless HDTV with embedded WHDI technology capable of receiving uncompressed 1080p 60Hz HD video streams.

— January 06, 2008 23:05 in AV Gadget Reviews

InvisibleSHIELD iPhone Screen Protector

InvisibleSHIELD iPhone Screen Protector

Who says the War in Iraq isn't good for anything? The small company, Zagg, Inc created a new product called invisibleSHIELD from material originally developed to protect military helicopter blades from wind, sand and the wear and tear of high-speed travel. They've customized this material and made it available for nearly all handheld electronic devices on the market. The ultra-thin, ultra-tough film is guaranteed to keep the design and structure fully intact without the bulk of other electronic device casings.

Who says the War in Iraq isn't good for anything? The small company, Zagg, Inc created a new product called invisibleSHIELD from material originally developed to protect military helicopter blades

— January 06, 2008 19:05 in AV Gadget Reviews

Shiro VJ MP4 Player

Shiro VJ MP4 Player

Shiro Corporation, a Singapore company with some advanced MP3 and MP4 players, introduced three new portable audio and video products at the 2008 CES which really caught our eye. First off was the sleek and elegant Shiro VJ. It features a large 2.4” TFT LCD with 320x240 resolution and 262K colors which makes video and photo viewing practical and enjoyable. This player will stream video directly from AVI and WMV files, with or without DRM. Although slender in size, VJ can support up to 8GB of built-in memory and has a Micro-SD card slot that allows you to pack in more content (up to 8GB last I checked). With built-in high speed USB connectivity, transferring video, music or image files from your computer to your player is fast and easy.

Shiro Corporation, a Singapore company with some advanced MP3 and MP4 players, introduced three new portable audio and video products at the 2008 CES which really caught our eye. First off was the

— January 06, 2008 19:05 in AV Gadget Reviews

Digital Foci Image Moments Photo Frames

Digital Foci Image Moments Photo Frames

Digital Foci, Inc. introduced 3 new digital frames to its line of popular but pricey “Image Moments” digital photo frames. The new models include “Image Moments 15” with a large 15-inch screen and 16.2 million colors; “Image Moments 8” with an 8-inch screen and LED Backlight and “Image Moments 6” with a 5.7-inchhigh pixel density screen. These new digital frames feature 200MB of internal memory (~1,500 photos) and built-in memory card slots to let you display and share photos in sharp, vibrant colors on their high-resolution digital LCD screens.

Digital Foci, Inc. introduced 3 new digital frames to its line of popular but pricey “Image Moments” digital photo frames. The new models include “Image Moments 15” with a large 15-inch screen and

— January 06, 2008 19:05 in AV Gadget Reviews

Escient Vision Series Preview

Escient Vision Series Preview

Escient stunned us by showing off its highly anticipated Vision Series Media Management products which will begin shipping in February, 2008. These new products provide users with the ability to play and import all their movies, videos, music, and photos using the front-panel drive and home network. If you read between the lines you'll see why we might be excited. It looks like the days of including a DVD changer in an Escient system may be over. The Vision Series products including two versions of an all-in-one server/player, ModelsVS-100 and VS-200, as well as the VC-1 networked audio/video zone player. All ship with HDMI 1.3 and there is also the large-capacity VX-600 media server which removes the need for an external DVD changer. All told, the new system provides consumers with an elegant new solution for managing, accessing and enjoying movies and music throughout the home, all via the intuitive Escient interface.

It looks like the days of including a DVD changer in an Escient system may be over. The Vision Series includes ModelsVS-100 and VS-200, as well as the VC-1 networked audio/video zone player.

— January 06, 2008 18:05 in AV Gadget Reviews

Impact Acoustics 6x2 Component Video Matrix Selector (Model# 40697)

Impact Acoustics 6x2 Component Video Matrix Selector (Model# 40697)

The Impact Acoustics 6x2 Component Video Matrix Selector (Model# 40697) is an incredibly versatile unit that can be used in several different applications. The video switcher looks good, is very easy to set up and operate, and works exactly as it should. If you have high-def displays in both your bedroom and den, for example, you could use the switcher to route different video to both. The kids could be playing with their new Nintendo Wii in the den, and you could send your HD-DVD player video to your bedroom. At $179.99, it is a great deal no matter how simple or complex your setup.

The Impact Acoustics 6x2 Component Video Matrix Selector (Model# 40697) is an incredibly versatile unit that can be used in several different applications.

— December 26, 2007 17:20 in AV Gadget Reviews

Planet Waves DIY Custom Cable Making Kits Preview

Planet Waves DIY Custom Cable Making Kits Preview

Planet Waves has introduced kits that not only provide you with the cable and the connectors, but with a solder-less “screw” solution! Basically all you need to do is cut the cable, twist on the connector, and fasten the set screw. Wow, that sounds easy right? Too easy. You’ll end up with a bunch of cables that won’t work and you’ll have no way of knowing which right? Wrong again. With each of the new Planet Waves kits you’ll be provided with a tester so that you’ll know before you ever plug anything in that the cable works.

Planet Waves has introduced kits that not only provide you with the cable and the connectors, but with a solder-less “screw” solution! And it comes with a tester so you'll know they work.

— November 27, 2007 12:05 in AV Gadget Reviews

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare - XBox 360 Review

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare - XBox 360 Review

Have you been murdered recently? I mean, like actually shot in the face or blown up by a nuclear holocaust? If so, then I doubt you are reading this right now. But, if you would like to experience those things without real pain or the sting of death, then you should be playing Call of Duty 4! My statement might seem a little tongue-in-cheek, but it’s closer to the truth then you can realize from just reading a review. If you have a good home theater, then your time spent with CoD4 is beyond gaming entertainment, it’s a moving emotional experience.

Have you been murdered recently? I mean, like actually shot in the face or blown up by a nuclear holocaust? If so, then I doubt you are reading this right now. But, if you would like to experience

— November 20, 2007 19:35 in AV Gadget Reviews

Oppo HM-31 HDMI 3/1 Switcher Review

Oppo HM-31 HDMI 3/1 Switcher Review

Oppo's HM-31 is what I like to call "full featured." What's full featured to an HDMI switch? How 'bout it does everything you expect it to plus some? How 'bout it has every custom integration option you'll ever need? How 'bout it looks so nice that you'll want to upgrade the components sitting near it? Sure it's just an HDMI switch but when it does so many things right, it's easy to get excited about it.

Oppo's HM-31 is what I like to call "full featured." What's full featured to an HDMI switch? How 'bout it does everything you expect it to plus some?

— October 31, 2007 09:10 in AV Gadget Reviews

Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere Compact Speakers for iPod Review

Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere Compact Speakers for iPod Review

Lately I find myself traveling quite a bit, which means lots of time in hotel rooms away from my home theater. I take my iPod for the flights, but in my room I tend to just turn on the TV, or if I am working, just play music through my laptop speakers. Logitech has just released a new portable speaker system designed for iPod called the Pure-Fi Anywhere, and after testing it over the past month I can tell you that it is worth considering if you are looking something that sounds big, yet can be packed in your carry-on.

Lately I find myself traveling quite a bit, which means lots of time in hotel rooms away from my home theater. I take my iPod for the flights, but in my room I tend to just turn on the TV, or if I

— October 27, 2007 07:41 in AV Gadget Reviews

Lair PS3 Game Review

Lair PS3 Game Review

Lair is a game which received much fanfare. It is, in fact, a game which has already been reviewed by several primary gaming magazines. While those sources focused on gameplay, we felt that the elements of audio and video quality were sorely lacking – at least in any sort of objective sense. As we unwrapped the Blu-ray packaging and inserted the game into the PS3 we realized we were going to be in for one heck of a sensory experience.

Lair is a game which received much fanfare. It is, in fact, a game which has already been reviewed by several primary gaming magazines. While those sources focused on gameplay, we felt that the

— October 24, 2007 09:00 in AV Gadget Reviews

The Orange Box Review - Half Life 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2

The Orange Box Review - Half Life 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2

Welcome to the Orange Box! The box is actually the standard Xbox green with a very orange label. If you actually want an orange box, you'll have to buy the PC version for $10 less. Now that the colors are out of the way, the "Orange Box" contains not just one or two titles, but five! Half Life 2, Half Life 2: Episode 1, Half Life 2: Episode 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 are all part of this deluxe game package. It really feels more like 3 games, as all of the Half Life 2 games follow the same story.

Welcome to the Orange Box! The box is actually the standard Xbox green with a very orange label. If you actually want an orange box, you'll have to buy the PC version for $10 less. Now that the

— October 22, 2007 15:46 in AV Gadget Reviews

TomTom GO 720 Portable Car Navigation System Review

TomTom GO 720 Portable Car Navigation System Review

If you haven't checked out the latest portable GPS offerings, you are missing out. In the last couple of years, the technology has really reached a saturation point that has brought in-car navigation to the masses, and the prices continue to fall while features and quality rise. TomTom is one of the leaders in portable GPS units, and I was thrilled at the chance to review one of their latest offerings, the GO 720.

If you haven't checked out the latest portable GPS offerings, you are missing out. In the last couple of years, the technology has really reached a saturation point that has brought in-car

— October 19, 2007 23:37 in AV Gadget Reviews