Philips is setting some lofty goals. According to them, TV went from black and white to color, and now high def to 3D. Come on, who doesn't love 3D? Theaters full of people trying to look cool while wearing hideously funny-looking 3D glasses. Arms waving around trying to touch images that seem to be floating right off the screen.
If you're the kind who struggles trying to make your home theater as unobtrusive as possible, Sony's got something just for you. Size does matter in some cases, and in this case, smaller is better. The new Sony HT-IS100 is a 5.1 speaker system,with built-in amplification and decoder. The tiny speakers measure just 1.7-inch square — smaller than a golf ball.
Don't get me wrong.I love high-quality sound performance. I live for it, and making things sound good is what I do, day in, day out. I used to think that there shouldn't be a limit on how much someone should pay for sound quality. Well, I have seen the limit.
I was so content when I designed the wiring in my new home ten years ago. Dual LNB DirecTV dish with two wires — going to the home theater, the other to the living room. Shortly after, DirecTV launched their boxes that accepted two sat feeds, for watching and recording multiple channels. My perfect system was obsolete.
It's that time again. Time when the battle between red and blue isn't referring to HD DVD vs. Blu-ray, but red states vs. blue states, as John McCain takes on whoever steps out from the democratics. But this isn't a political blog, but this is a blog about technology.
So, you've got a great home theater setup. The best display your money can buy. Speakers that sound so good they make you cry. Yet, you still watch your streaming Netflix movies on your crappy computer — with a coffee-splattered screen and speakers the size of a floppy disc. What's wrong with you?
Okay, we'll be the first to admit it. The new Cisco Tuning Adapter isn't the most glamorous new product out there, but the STA1520 will certainly make TiVo owners quite happy. Kinda like how a fuzzy old bathrobe ain't exactly sexy, but it does serve a purpose.
Just last week, we reported about the somewhat dismal adoption of Blu-ray among consumers. We said it seemed that $300 was the magic number that would entice more folks to whip out the credit card and go Blu. Seems like Wal-Mart was taking notes.
Dish Network keeps dishing out the hits. They just revealed their latest DVR at a retailer conference, complete with a full array of Slingbox features. The 722s (the "s" identifies this unit as the Slingbox version of the previously released 722) is an HD DVR complete with a new user interface and a Yahoo-esque browser.
Sharp just announced three new Aquos products that are Blu-ray players with built-in high-def DVRs. Although these sound like fabulous new combo units, is this really all that great? The three models have different DVR storage capacities.