Archive for January, 2009

Liberty Wire & Cable Issues New 2009 Installation Products Catalog

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Solution-Rich, Reference-Level Guide Delivers Thousands of Products for Residential and Commercial A/V Professionals in Easier-Than-Ever Format (more…)

Video Mount Products Features New DVR-LB1 DVR Lockbox at EH Expo Spring 2009

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Jan. 29, 2009 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the residential, commercial, CI, pro, and security audio/video markets, is proud to announce it will feature its new DVR-LB1 DVR Lockbox at the Spring 2009 Electronic House Expo, held in Orlando, Fla. from March 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center, booth 941. The DVR-LB1 is now shipping.

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Adrian Wittenberg reports on Japan’s electronics scene…

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

It’s no secret that innovation in electronics often begins in Japan and trickles down to the rest of the world. I recently packed my bags to enjoy the culture and the food, and to get a glimpse at some of the current trends in the industry.

Whenever I go to Tokyo, I always spend a good couple of hours in the Akihabara district because the streets are littered with electronic shops that offer everything from cellular to high end A/V equipment.

Here’s a promo booth for Sony’s Blu Spec CD which takes some of the manufacturing processes used in Blu-ray disc creation and applies them to this new high end CD audio format. There’s already a fair amount of titles available at this time.

I stopped by a couple of media shops to see how prominent Blu-ray media was. There were plenty of titles to choose from both in imported titles from the U.S. as well as Japanese originals. Blu-ray is fairly pricy in Japan with most titles priced at around the equivalent of fifty U.S. dollars.

Blu-ray recording is also very big in Japan as many consumers are recording HD television and movies to Blu-ray disks. In fact, many of the Blu-ray players available in Japan double as media recorders with full featured downloadable program guides.

Here, for example, we see Sony’s BDZ-x100 Blu-ray player that features a 1 Terrabyte hard drive, dual tuners for television recording, network communication with other Sony products, and playback of all the latest HD audio codecs. Blu-ray players are expensive in Japan just like they are in the U.S. but the trend is for an all in one solution. Think Blu-ray, plus media server, plus Tivo, plus BD burner. I’m hoping to see these kinds of player/recorders show up in the states relatively soon now that the big digital switch is right around the corner.

In this image is Sony’s gorgeous XR1 LCD display. This display features Sony’s 120hz MotionFlow frame interpolation as well as their Triluminous technology which provides a wide color gamut as well as multi-zone backlighting techniques.

As more and more folks convert their music collection for storage on portable MP3 players or hard drives we can expect to see more innovative products that capitalize on this concept. Both Sony and Panasonic have introduced hard drive based mini-Juke box players.

Here Sony’s NAS-M95HD is elegant, stylish, and just plain cool with tons of storage and a very nice display.

Customization is also very big in Japan, so a lot of the focus from Manufacturers is put on style and appearance as can be seen in this image of various Laptop case designs.

As many people in Japan spend their recreation hours in their homes with their family, the demand for home entertainment products is massive and as such, manufacturers will continue to take risks and create innovative products for having fun in the home environment.

Centronics’ 50th Anniversary ’09 Catalog Now Available

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
STEVENSVILLE, Md. Jan. 27, 2009 — Centronics, Inc. (centronics.com), a leading distributor of audio, video, and accessory products for the security, commercial, and residential markets since 1959, is proud to announce that its 2009 product catalog is now available online as well in print formats. (more…)

NuVo Technologies’ Wireless Control Pad is Now Shipping

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

New handheld device offers dealers increased installation flexibility, as well as a compelling reason to revisit existing clients. Users enjoy unprecedented control over NuVo’s Grand Concerto and Essentia E6G multi-room audio systems. (more…)

Sooloos Introduces RackMount Models for Seamless Installation

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

New York, New York, January 22, 2009—Sooloos LLC, manufacturer of innovative, functional, server-based home entertainment systems and recently acquired by Meridian Audio Limited, is pleased to introduce, at no additional cost, new RackMount options for its existing line of media servers. (more…)

Want to go on tour with Simple Plan?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Enter Sennheiser’s Stagemeister roadie competition

OLD LYME, Conn. – January 2009 – Audio specialist Sennheiser is getting the new year off to an exciting start with the Sennheiser Stagemeister Contest. One lucky winner will accompany Canadian pop-punk band Simple Plan for one week on their summer tour, helping to prep the stage, conduct sound checks, tend to the bandmates and their instruments, and essentially create an unforgettable performance for the audience. Residents of the U.S. and Canada can enter to win via the specially-dedicated website, www.sennheiser-stagemeister.com, until March 31, 2009. (more…)

Pantel’s Entire Outdoor Weatherproof LCD HDTV Line Now Shipping – Featured at CES ’09

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

GARDEN GROVE, Calif., Jan. 20, 2009 — Pantel (www.panteltv.com), the worldwide leader in outdoor weatherproof TV solutions, is proud to announce that its complete line of new 20-, 32-, 42-, 52-, and 65-inch screen sizes are now shipping. Pantel featured its entire line at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas, Nev. from Jan 8-11. (more…)

Easy listening: Sennheiser presents its new HD models

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

OLD LYME, Conn. – January 2009 – Why not take your good mood along with you wherever you go? Whether you’re on the subway, out in the street or at home, Sennheiser’s three new headphones guarantee you’ll have a smile on your face wherever you are. The stylish HD 218, HD 228 and HD 238 Precision were launched at the 2009 International CES in Las Vegas. (more…)

Bowers & Wilkins Debuts XT Line’s New Cornerstone

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Super-Slim Aluminum Tower Re-refined

Since its unveiling a couple of years back, Bowers & Wilkins stunningly slim XT Series loudspeakers have proven an ongoing hit among consumers as sensitive to style as to sound. Nevertheless, at the British company acknowledged worldwide as a leader in high-performance loudspeakers, continuous refinement and ongoing development are a way of life, so the XT Series now receives an updated cornerstone model. (more…)

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