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.
What Hi-fi: Pioneer has taken the wraps off its first 2011 Blu-ray player, the £170 BDP-140, and more models will be revealed at the IFA Show in Berlin later this week.
The BDP-140 offers SACD and 3D Blu-ray playback, an ethernet port for connecting to your home network, and DLNA certification. The optional Pioneer AS-WL300 wireless LAN converter enables wireless hook-up to your network if required. (more…)
What Hi-fi: The latest addition to Onkyo‘s home cinema line-up is the BDP-SP809, a £500 Blu-ray player complete with 3D capability, network streaming and THX certification.
On sale next month, the new model has twin HDMI outputs, and uses Marvell’s Odeo processing technology to de-interlace and upscale non-HD to content to 1080p. It can also play DivX HD, MP3 and WMA content on CD and DVD, and also has a USB port to allow playback of audio and video files from a suitable device. (more…)
Techfavor: Open your new experience and enjoy your new imagine of the power of Samsung 3D Home Theater. Comes with a 13.1 x 16.9 x 2.4 inches of dimension, 1330-watt SamsungHT-D6730W Home Theater System, built-in WiFi means you’re ready to connect right away.
Including with the amazing 7.1-channel, 1330-watt SamsungHT-D6730W Home Theater System. Treat your eyes to captivating 3D depth and clarity – even upconvert existing 2D titles to 3D. Advanced “3D audio depth” technology lets you experience the sounds that accompany the sights. Advanced Vertical Surround adds an extra level of sonic bliss.
Samsung Smart TV also puts the power of the entire internet at your finger tips: browse websites, search content online and on yourTV, and access Samsung TV apps.
Engadget: Bang & Olufsen‘s new BeoVision 4-85 isn’t just another run-of-the-mill 3D TV for the unwashed masses. It’s a really pretty 3D TV, for the refined and the opulent. The 85-inch plasma screen comes encased in a high-grade aluminum frame, and combines anti-reflection coating with automated image controls, to guarantee crystal clear, Full HD viewing at any time of day. B&O’s first foray into the 3D/Full HD realm also features a BeoLab 10 central loudspeaker, which uses Acoustic Lens Technology to deliver consistently high-frequency sounds, regardless of where you’re sitting in relation to the speaker. And, much like its 103-inch brethren, this 85-incher comes with a motorized stand, which automatically elevates and tilts the screen to ideal viewing position whenever the system is turned on. Once you’ve finished marveling at the BeoVision 4-85′s robust design, you can turn it off and watch in awe, as the display magically lowers itself to “within inches” of the floor (where, incidentally, you’ll also be able to find your jaw). No word yet on the price of this experience, but we’re gonna go out on a limb and assume that it’s pretty steep. The beast is set to be unleashed in Moscow tomorrow, but you can check out an appropriately slick
car commercial video on the BeoVision 4 family, after the break.
Akihabaranews: Introduced at CES 2011, the HT-D6750W is Samsung new premium Full HD 3D 7.1Ch Home Theater. Launched today in Korea and set to be available later this Week in Europe and soon in North America the HT-D6750W is the company ultimate one-box solution with Samsung’s AllShare DLNA, Smart Hub including Twitter as well as some VoD internet services, 3D Blu-Ray Playback and 2D to 3D conversion, iPod cradle and Wireless rear speakers!
Offering a stunning 1300W 7.1Ch total output, this Wi-Fi monstrous HT-D6750W Home Theater comes with gorgeous 1,320mm-high towers and a elegant slot-in Blu-Ray player.
Engadget: Toshiba’s focus at CES was glasses free 3D displays, but it highlighted more conventional HDTVs today at an event in Rome. Its new TVs and laptops all tie in to Toshiba Places, which sorts out access to different types of apps for video, social networking, music and other areas and is ready to launch this month. Separating Toshiba from the competition is a slew of new technology and the top of the line 55ZL1 model checks all the boxes: Seven core CEVO CPU for image processing, a Pro-LED512 panel that is the world’s first with 512 zones of dimming among 3,072 LEDs, Personal-TV facial recognition that picks up on which user is watching then personalizes to their preferred settings and active shutter 3D glasses.
The edge lit LED VL863 series will come in 47- and 42-inch versions featuring LG’s FPR passive glasses 3D and four pairs of glasses, while the 32- through 46-inch UL863 drops 3D for built-in WiFi and Personal-TV. The SL863 series is the final step down, nixing built-in WiFi. Prices weren’t listed but the new models should be shipping soon, until then you can find more details in the press releases linked below — no word on the US-bound models yet.
The BDP-S780 slots into the 2011 Sony range above the already-announced BDP-S380, BDP-S480 and BDP-S580.
The BDP-S380 delivers Full HD 3D images from Blu-ray discs, has bult-in wi-fi and Skype, includes 2D to 3D upconversion and has Advanced IP Content Noise Reduction Pro technology to improve picture quality on low-quality web content.
The player can be operated via a smartphone using the Media Remote application.
Also joining Sony’s 2011 range are the BDV-L600 (above) and BDV-EF200 (below) Blu-ray in a box systems.
Both are 3D compatible, and include Bravia Internet Video with YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Sky News and LoveFilm.
Virtual surround sound is delivered courtesy of Sony’s S-Force Pro 3D technology, and like the BDP-S780 standalone player the 2.1 systems incorporate IP picture noise reduction.
The Sony BDV-EF200 comes with a built-in iPod dock too. Prices on all three models to be confirmed.
This system utilizes the fact that dispersion of light by fog has directionality. It projects different pictures, from different angles, onto a cylindrical fog screen. In this way, the 3D form of objects can be recognized from the motion parallax, which is how the view of objects changes depending on the viewpoint.
If the fog screen can be made larger and the number of projectors increased, it’ll also be possible to provide a large-format, 360-degree display.