Archive for August, 2008

Boston Acoustics Introduces New Flagship Vista Series

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

— Four New Flagship Speaker Models Exquisitely Merge Art and Science for the
Ultimate in Listening, Enjoyment and Sophisticated Design —

Peabody, MA, August 5th, 2008 — Boston Acoustics, Inc., world-renowned manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, today announced the introduction of its new flagship line of loudspeakers, Vista. The four Vista models: VS 336 3-Way Triple 6-1/2” Floorstanding Loudspeaker (MAP: $1,699.99), VS 325C 3-Way Dual 5-1/4” Center Channel (MAP: $899.99), VS 240 2-Way 4-1/4” Bookshelf (MAP: $399.99), and VPS 210 10″ Class-D 500-watt High-Powered Subwoofer (MAP: $1,699.99), bring together superior sonic reproduction capabilities with exciting new dimensions in loudspeaker elegance and aesthetics. Several Vista Series models are currently available at selected independent stores across the country, with the initial four models in the Series all scheduled for rollout availability by the end of summer. In addition to the initial four models, two additional Vista loudspeakers, the VS 224 2-Way Dual 4 ½” LCR and VS 260 2-Way 6 ½” Bookshelf, are scheduled for market introduction this fall, both with MAPs of $699.99 each. For key specifications and measurements, see attached sheet. (more…)

Pinnacle Systems Solves Olympics Time Differences

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Pinnacle Systems Solves Olympics Time Differences with Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick and Pinnacle Video Transfer

Fans Can Watch Events Live on their PC, Record Them for Viewing Later or Transfer Them Directly from their TV to a Portable Video Device

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., August 1, 2008 – Pinnacle Systems, Inc., the consumer division of Avid Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVID), announced today two easy solutions that will enable consumers to enjoy watching the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games anytime, anywhere—in spite of the global time differences. With Pinnacle PCTV™ HD Pro Stick and Pinnacle™ Video Transfer, they won’t miss events like the opening ceremony, which begins in Beijing at 8:00 P.M. on Friday, August 8 when it is Friday, August 8 at 5:00 A.M in San Francisco. (more…)

Daily Blog – Sumit Chawla – August 1, 2008: Netflix: Watch Instantly

Friday, August 1st, 2008

 My HTPC is built and in use.  A few weeks ago while browsing my queue at Netflix, I noticed a few selections which had a “Play” icon next to them.  My wife and I found a selection to our liking and a few seconds later the movie started to play.  The movie played through its entirety without any glitches, this too over a wireless network.  The picture was a little soft, but then again I did not have the DVD of the movie we watched to compare against, so it could have just been the master.  Regardless, the instant gratification component was very satisfying.

The library is somewhat limited, but it has been expanding.  Movies in the “Watch Instantly” catalog can be viewed in addition to the rental discs you may have at home.  Unlike the rental contract which imposes a restriction on the number of rental discs outstanding at any given time, there appears to be no such limit here.  There is no HD content, and even if such content were present, some amount of buffering would be needed before the movie would start to play.  Netflix is now also offering a dedicated box made by Roku for people who do not have an HTPC setup.  Internet connectivity is, of course, still required.

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