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CEDIA Expo 2010 Show Coverage, News and Products

CEDIA Expo 2010 Show Coverage, News and Products

We like Atlanta, but we can't wait to get back to Denver in 2013. CEDIA is ripe with new product announcements about flat screen LCD TVs (yeah!), 3D TV (meh), and LED lighting technology for projectors and display (woohoo!) For us, it's just a smorgasbord of entertainment goodness and pure, unadulterated, AV fun. This year we are presenting the latest technology and AV product updates as we get them and we will be sure to post tons of show photos as well as we cover the show live from September 22-26.

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Denon Remote Control App for '11 Series First Look

Denon Remote Control App for '11 Series First Look

We'd love to tell you that you could (theoretically) throw away your Denon remote if you have a "Network 11" receiver but that just isn't the case. The app is free and it works over your network (which is cool) but it has only very basic functionality at this time. If you have a AVR-4311CI, AVR-A100, AVR-3311CI, or AVR-991, download it now (update your firmware if it isn't working on the latter two). If you are on the fence about a purchase of one of Denon's newer or older receivers, this shouldn't really sway your decision. Likely as not you'll still be using the remote from time to time.

The Denon app is free and it works over your network but it has only very basic functionality at this time. If you have a AVR-4311CI, AVR-A100, AVR-3311CI, or AVR-991, download it now.

— October 11, 2010 02:10 in Universal Remote Reviews

PSB Speakers Imagine T Tower Speaker First Look

PSB Speakers Imagine T Tower Speaker First Look

The PSB Speakers Imagine T tower floorstanding speakers look to be quite a lot of speaker for the $2000 a pair asking price. We recently conducted a single-blind $1500-$2000 Floorstanding Speaker Shootout and really wish we could have had the Imagine T speakers represented. From an aesthetic standpoint, they are quite something to behold. We like all the thought that went into the design (especially the included outriggers). The PSB Imagine T's are rated from 42Hz to 20kHz on axis with 1.5dB of variance and as low as 38Hz at -3dB. At 30 degrees off axis you'll see a 10Hz drop off on the top end from the 1.5dB variance on-axis response but everything else is the same. This is a remarkable figure (especially considering the price) provided it can be realized in room.

The PSB Speakers Imagine T tower floorstanding speakers are easy on the eyes, have remarkable rated response, and are affordable for any true Audioholic.

— October 08, 2010 03:30 in Tower Speaker Reviews

Emotiva PMA-7350 7-Channel Amplifier First Look

Emotiva PMA-7350 7-Channel Amplifier First Look

The PMA-7350 - a seven channel, 350 watts per channel monster of an amp is the flagship in Emotiva's new Pro line. Of course, with amplifiers it is what is on the inside that counts and the Emotiva PMA-7350 has a massive 3.3kVA toroidal transformer pushing out 350 watts into 8 ohms. The amp is stable into 4 ohms and is fully safety compliance for worldwide sale. With such a large amp pushing such power, you'd expect a lot of heat or fan noise. The PMA-7350 is completely convection cooled (no fans) thanks to it's class H design. This means silent operation without having to worry about your amp cooking the rest of your gear (let your Xbox 360 do that). While $3k may be a bit stiff for the Internet Direct crowd, it's practically a bargain for the custom install consumer.

The PMA-7350 - a seven channel, 350 watts per channel monster of an amp is the flagship in Emotiva's new Pro line. The PMA-7350 has a massive 3.3kVA toroidal transformer that is stable into 4 ohms.

— October 07, 2010 07:45 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Integra DTR-80.2 9.2-Channel Receiver Preview

Integra DTR-80.2 9.2-Channel Receiver Preview

The new THX Ultra2 Plus certified, 9.2 channel, Integra DTR-80.2 has 145 Watts per channel, individual power supplies for the audio and video components, 8 in 2 out HDMI 1.4a, four zones, and 11 pairs of binding posts. It is installer friendly and packed with all the latest features including Audyssey MultEQ XT32, DSX, Dynamic Volume, and Dynamic EQ, Dobly TrueHD, Volume, and PLIIz, and DTS HD and Neural Surround Decoding. There is video out for Zone 2, sub pre-outs for Zones 2 and 3, and a powered Zone 4. There is HDMI video upscaling to 1080p/24 with HQV Reon-VX, ISF calibration features on all video inputs, and OSD overlay on all video outputs. All this, and more, is available for the MSRP of $2800.

The new THX Ultra2 Plus certified, 9.2 channel, Integra DTR-80.2 has 145 Watts per channel, individual power supplies for the audio and video components, 8 in 2 out HDMI 1.4a, and four zones.

— October 06, 2010 01:50 in AV Receiver Reviews

Integra THX Certified DBS-50.2 Blu-ray Player First Look

Integra THX Certified DBS-50.2 Blu-ray Player First Look

At $700 MSRP, the THX Certified Integra DBS-50.2 certainly isn't breaking the bank. With HDMI 1.3a, physically separated circuits, Marvell Qdeo upscaling and quality components, there is little not to like. While some consumers will wonder at the lack of 3D support, others won't care. With DLNA 1.5 and THX certification, integrated Netflix, CinemaNOW, and Blockbuster streaming, and 297 MHz/12-Bit Video, 192 kHz/24-Bit Audio DACs, and 7.1 channel analogue outputs, there is something for everyone.

At $700 MSRP, the Integra THX DBS-50.2 certainly isn't breaking the bank. With HDMI 1.3a, physically separated circuits, Marvell Qdeo upscaling and quality components, there is little not to like.

— October 05, 2010 06:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Bryston BDP-1 High Resolution Digital Music Player Preview

Bryston BDP-1 High Resolution Digital Music Player Preview

Bryston introduced a new product category with their new BDP-1 high resolution digital music player which focuses on performance and ease of use. he Bryston BDP-1’s sole function is to give music aficionados the ability to enjoy their library of high-resolution digital music files (resolutions of up to 24-bit/192kHz are supported) residing on a USB storage device, which in turn is directly connected via standard USB cable or thumb drive to the BDP-1 digital music player. Optionally, the BDP-1 can be connected to a home network using a router and Ethernet connection solely to enhance operability via network-enabled devices such as a computer, Apple® iPhone™ or iPad™, which can then provide access to playlists, album artwork, etc.

Bryston introduced a new product category with their new BDP-1 digital music player which focuses on performance and ease of use. It even have networking functions to interface with an Apple IPad.

— October 01, 2010 14:15 in AV Gadget Reviews

Emotiva PMC-1 7.1 Media Processor-Controller First Look

Emotiva PMC-1 7.1 Media Processor-Controller First Look

What happens when the manufacturer of budget products decides to pull out all the stops? The Emotiva PMC-1 Media Processor/Controller has a lot of features that dealers and custom installers will find attractive. With seven HDMI 1.4 inputs (with Audio Return Channel) and two outputs, RCA and balanced outputs for 7.2 channels, 7.1 channel analogue inputs, and a host of installer-friendly features, the PMC-1 is sure to get a lot of attention. A lack of specifics about the feature set and a complete lack of analogue video inputs or outputs has us concerned. We'll keep you posted as more details are released.

The Emotiva PMC-1 Media Processor/Controller has seven HDMI 1.4 inputs (with Audio Return Channel) and two outputs, RCA and balanced outputs for 7.2 channels, 7.1 channel analogue inputs, and more.

— September 30, 2010 09:20 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

LG 60PX950 THX Certified 3D Plasma First Look

LG 60PX950 THX Certified 3D Plasma First Look

LG front-and-centered its new PX950, the "world's first THX Certified 3D plasma TV". It was given the red carpet treatment at the booth and to be honest it looked pretty good in terms of black levels and picture quality. LG is one of the only company's that seems to be thinking this whole 3D thing all the way through. What we mean by that is that they are the only company we experienced that has rechargeable 3D glasses, for instance. Everyone else makes you reach for a screwdriver to replace the CR2025 (or similar style) batteries every 75 hours of use. Of course, with the current crop of Blu-ray movies, that would have you watching the 3 Blu-ray discs that are available about 15 times!

LG front-and-centered its new 60PX950 "world's first THX Certified 3D plasma TV". It was given the royal treatment at the booth and it looked pretty good in terms of black levels and picture quality.

— September 29, 2010 12:26 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

LG BD590 Network Blu-ray w/250GB Review

LG BD590 Network Blu-ray w/250GB Review

Blu-ray players like the LG BD590 Network player have come down in price considerably and now it seems the fight is on for features and market share. LG has tackled this problem by filling its new BD590 with all of the network features you could want, including built-in 802.11n wireless, Netflix, VUDU, Pandora, YouTube and more. But they went a few steps further, adding USB connectivity for removable drives and even an internal 250GB hard drive. You can use the drive to transfer files from USB or discs (like a CD) to the internal storage and thus copy movies, music and photos to the drive for easy playback. The on-screen display then lets you recall specific files, or play back an entire folder or the contents of the drive. This essentially turns your LG Blu-ray player into a media server that can be used by the whole family.

LG's BD590 Blu-ray player includes 802.11n wireless, Netflix, VUDU, Pandora, YouTube and more. But they went further, adding USB connectivity for removable drives and even an internal 250GB drive.

— September 29, 2010 07:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

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