Archive for March, 2008

Microsoft Announces 2008 Ultimate Install Contest

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Custom installers once again will answer the call to prove whose residential project design based on Windows Media Center is the best yet. (more…)

New Atlantic Technology In-Wall Speaker Delivers LRT™ Technology at Lower Price Point

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

NORWOOD, MA (3/13/08) — Atlantic Technology has introduced the IWTS-4LCR, an in-wall loudspeaker that inherits much of the technology and installation simplicity of the company’s high-end in-wall designs, but at a significantly lower cost. The speaker represents the lowest price point yet to incorporate the company’s highly regarded Low Resonance Tweeter (LRT™). LRT technology delivers much wider midrange dispersion than conventional in-wall speakers for greater placement flexibility, but without the acoustic and mechanical drawbacks of more conventional “pivoting tweeter” designs. (more…)

Meridian Readies HD Projector, Digital Video Processor

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

March 13, 2008, Orland, Florida—Meridian Audio Limited has chosen the 2008 Electronic House Expo (EHX), held March 13-15 in Orlando, Florida, to debut its latest high-definition video projector, the MF10. Meridian, a British firm long accepted as a world leader in advanced digital audio and video technologies for music and home-theater systems, has already established itself at the top of the high-end projector market; with the new model, this position is sure to be enhanced. (more…)


Thursday, March 13th, 2008

I was flipping channels the other night, and stumbled across a program about DIY projects gone awry (which proves that I really will watch anything in HD). The particular episode dealt with a homeowner who tried to create his own theater space, complete with front projector and drop-down screen. Although I missed the beginning of the show, I saw the show’s hosts patch drywall and demonstrate how to stain molding.

The program went off the reservation for me when the hosts fixed up the ceiling height, wall-to-wall shelving that the homeowner had installed to house the components and the front speakers. By the time the experts were done, the shelf was completely enclosed, with no noticeable ventilation. The three front speakers were all mounted – laying on their sides – in the front shelf, at ceiling height, and pointed straight ahead. I surmise that the sound from those speakers flew above the listeners’ heads (except for first reflections bouncing off of the ceiling).

I’ll concede that the hosts were dealing with a difficult installation; the homeowner had installed a drop-down screen that lowered over a large opening between the dining room and living room. So there really wasn’t a front wall for speakers, but for goodness sakes, why not put the speakers on swivel-mounts pointed towards the prime listening spot? Or use rotating in-ceiling speakers? In other words, what the hosts did was clean up the visual appearance of the room, while arguably taking a poor A/V setup and making it worse. It was on a par with the proverbial “put the flat screen above the fireplace” mistake. But it sure looks nice, doesn’t it?

Projectiondesign Introduces First Dlp Projectors With 1920 X 1200 Wuxga Technology

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Ideal for computer centric applications

Ridgefield, NJ (March 12, 2008) – Norway’s projectiondesign announces the introduction of the first ever 1920×1200 WUXGA high resolution DLP® technology projectors.

WUXGA stands for Widescreen Ultra eXtended Graphics Array and has a display resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels (2,304,000 pixels) with a 16:10 screen aspect ratio. WUXGA resolution is being packaged in the F10 and F30 series projectors and is set to be the highest resolution display available in the market at this level. As a resolution much sought after and requested by end users, custom installers and systems integrators, it is an ideal fit for computer centric applications rather than the more common 1080p, which tends to be more focused on video centric applications. (more…)

Press Release: Boston Acoustics Begins Shipping Computer Speaker Systems

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008


Boston Acoustics Begins Shipping Computer Speaker Systems

— New Systems Feature Sleek Curved Cosmetic, in Two High-Powered Systems
That Lets Users “Make it Their Own” –

Peabody, MA, March 12, 2008 — Boston Acoustics, Inc., a world-renowned manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers and entertainment products, has begun shipping two new stylish solutions for experiencing exceptional audio performance from a desktop or laptop computer, media player, or any other portable device with an auxiliary output. The new systems, Models MM 220 (SRP: $99.99) and MM 226 (SRP: $179.99), offer an easy and affordable solution for enhancing a computer user’s enjoyment of multimedia content, from extensive libraries of digital music to gaming and streaming video, as well as for expanding the music experience with powerful room-filling sound. With their sleek curved cosmetic, both speaker systems reflect Boston Acoustics’ new Play Smart™ attitude, combining extraordinary performance, sonic accuracy, and “hip-smart” product design. The full product line is expected to be available by the end of March. (more…)

Daily Blog – Brian Florian – March 12, 2008: I’LL BE GETTING AN OPPO DV-983H DVD PLAYER, AND HERE’S WHY.

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I’m going to get an Oppo Digital 983H DVD player for myself.  As you’ve read here at Secrets, it is an excellent DVD player, actually the best ever made probably.  Now why would I want to have anything to do with standard definition?  Shouldn’t someone in my possition be chanting “HD or bust!” ?

First off, I have a pretty decent movie collection on DVD which I shall continue to enjoy.  Most of the titles I own are not yet avalable in any form of HD (and may not be for some time).  But there is another reason to keep top-notch DVD equipment “in-play” so to speak.

I remember almost 10 years ago when DVD was brand new.  I might not have been the first one in my town to get a player, but I was one of the first.  I bought into DVD when a “cheap” player was $700 and Blockbuster was not yet on the DVD band wagon.  The only place I could rent movies was the one, very small, specialty AV store in town who had only the more obvious new releases, and only one copy each at that.  Those of us in town with DVD players would literally put ourselves on a waiting list at the store to rent a given title.  I did a LOT of movie buying in those days.

The point here is that back then on many a weekend we would pass up a movie we might have been really interested in because it was not available to us on DVD.  Instead we rented a movie we maybe weren’t particularly interested in just because it was on DVD.

Life is too short for that nonsense.

Granted, we now live in a world of NetFlix (or here in Canada) and they’ve got all the Blu-Ray you could want but I still like going to Jumbo Video and picking out a movie or two for the night, based on what I feel like watching at that moment.

Well, Jumbo and Blockbuster have maybe a couple dozen titles right now, and only one copy of many of them so pickings are slim to say the least.  If the Blu-Ray version is there, great, but I’m not going to pass on a potentially good movie just because it isnt.

For me this next little while is going to be a Blu-Ray “buying” period but when it comes to a movie I just want to rent, DVD is “it” (for now at least) and frankly, when piped through a good processor/scaller like the one in Oppo’s 983H, its perfectly watchable on my 1080p TV.  No, its not as good as HD, but good enough to enjoy the movie, and certainly closer to HD than VHS was to DVD, which of course is a big part of why HD-on-disc has had such a slow takeoff, but that’s a subject for another day.

New Product: Marantz Ships HDMI Switcher

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008


— Multi-Zone Switching Capabilities for Today’s High-Resolution Sources — —

MAHWAH, NJ, March 11, 2008 – Marantz America, a renowned manufacturer of advanced home entertainment solutions, today announced that its ultimate-quality HDMI version 1.3a Switcher (Model VS3002, SRP: $349.99) is shipping to retailers. The VS3002 (shipping in February 2008) is designed to provide increased switching capabilities for virtually any A/V Recei ver or Preamp/processor when used with today’s most advanced HDMI based video sources, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVD video formats. (more…)

AVAD Moves into New Headquarters

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

New Space Boasts Advanced Technology and More Expansive Facilities to Better Serve Installation Professionals

Van Nuys, Calif. – March 11, 2008 – AVAD LLC, America’s leading distributor of custom home electronics, has announced its relocation to a new corporate headquarters in Van Nuys, Calif. Located within one block of the previous facility, the 40,000 square-foot complex features 5,000 square feet of showroom space along with state-of-the-art training and display areas, a customer lounge and sufficient warehouse space allowing AVAD to provide the industry-best “just in time” inventory fulfillment its dealers rely on. (more…)


Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Revolutionary Supernova One and Supernova Epic Screens among the Highlights of Sapphire Marketing’s Home Theater Event

COSTA MESA, CA – March 11, 2008 – dnp, the world’s leading supplier of optical projection screen technology and developer of the first-ever optical front projection screen that allows viewing in brightly lit environments, announced its participation in the Boston Roadshow hosted by Sapphire Marketing March 13th and 14th. (more…)

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