Category: Video

Pioneer adds two new Elite receivers to its 2012 lineup

Engadget: Pioneer’s 2012 AV receiver lineup is growing by two with the new VSX-42, priced at $450, and the $650 VSX-60. Both feature six HDMI inputs on the back, Ethernet, video scaling, optional Bluetooth ($99) with A2DP, AirPlay, DLNA, Pandora and iOS or Android apps. (more…)

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Yamaha RX-V573 and RX-V473 receivers include AirPlay integration, 4K passthrough

Engadget: We don’t spend a whole lot of time focusing on home theater receivers ’round these parts, but we do likeAirPlay, and we’re especially fond of audio devices that boast compatibility with the iOS wireless streaming tool out of the box. (more…)

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Onkyo intros a new pair of TX-NR AV receivers, prices start at $999

Engadget: Shortly after introducing its entry-level TX-NR515 and TX-NR616 receivers, Onkyo is taking the wraps off of a fresh pair of souped-up, pricier AV boxes. Both part of the TX-NR family, the TX-NR717 ($999) and TX-NR818 ($1,119) are carrying on the 7.2-channel audio tradition seen on their lower-priced siblings, while a Qdeo processor handles all video upscaling duties — yes, 4K included. (more…)

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Toshiba announces a quartet of new Blu-ray players

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What Hi-Fi: While TVs were high on the agenda today, with Toshiba unveiling a substantial line-up, the company has also announced a quartet of new Blu-ray players at its 2012 launch.

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2012 Panasonic Blu-ray players promise sonic superiority

What Hi-Fi: As previewed in our CES story last month, Panasonic has confirmed its 2012 Blu-ray player and system line-up will include a range of audio-boosting options, including support for FLAC music files and a flagship model using Burr Brown DACs.

Panasonic has also applied a new digital jitter-reduction technology designed to improve both sound and vision performance. DVD upscaling should additionally benefit from Panasonic’s new DVD Super Resolution Processor, while colour depth is also said to be enhanced.

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Onkyo debuts new entry level receivers, HTIBs for 2012

Engadget: For 2012, Onkyo is expanding its lineup with four new entry level receivers and two HTIB all-in-one packages. The receivers all pack the brand new InstaPrevue (PiP preview of each HDMI source with fast switching) and MHL, while the three networked models are the first with access to MP3tunes cloud stored songs, as well as a number of other services including Spotify. (more…)

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Samsung outs compact BD-ES6000 Blu-ray player, less compact ES6500, get down with UltraViolet

Engadget: We’ve reached a point where Blu-ray players can’t really add a whole lot more functionality. Size, then, is the next frontier, and Samsung’s showing another player with a “slightly larger-than-a-disc” form-factor. (more…)

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Harman Kardon touts new soundbar, compact theater systems

iPodNN: Audio-maker Harman Kardon has introduced two new home theater sound systems, the SB 30 and the BDS x70 family, in anticipation of next week’s CES show. The SB 30 is a wireless subwoofer packaged with a soundbar speaker array. The BDS x70 series is a compact all-in-one component sound system available in several configurations with either 2.1-channel or 5.1-channel audio. (more…)

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Yamaha intros BDX-610 Blu-ray home theater system

Electronista: Yamaha has introduced its latest home theater system, the BDX-610, which pairs an A/V receiver with six speakers. (more…)

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WiFi Direct and DLNA get friendly, make streaming media a little bit easier

Engadget: DLNA and WiFi Direct are both pretty sweet technologies on their own but, together, they offer the promise of simple, wireless media streaming without the need for that pesky router middleman. (more…)

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This Projector Will Turn Your iPad into Your Personal Home Theater

Gizmodo: There are already plenty of reasons why you wouldn’t own a TV, especially if you stream to your iDevice regularly. The Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD projector lets you give your iPad the big screen treatment in your living room. (more…)

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IFA 2011: Sony’s £80 BDP-S185 Blu-ray player breaks cover

What Hi-fi: Sony’s IFA press conference may have focused on its new Tablet range (more of that later), but this budget £80 BDP-S185 Blu-ray player has also caused a stir – it’s been officially launched after quietly hitting shops at the weekend (as revealed in our Forum thread here).

Bringing Blu-ray playback down to a highly affordable level, the new player also incorporates Bravia Internet Video for streaming the likes of BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm and Demand 5. (more…)

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