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Harman/Kardon Technology Store Opens in Longon

Friday, February 29th, 2008


Harman/Kardon is one of the leading providers of automotive, consumer, and professional electronics. Today, Entertainment Lounge has announced the opening of their new store that will be located in the heart of London England. The company has teamed up with four major manufacturers, including Harman/Kardon, JBL, Infinity, and AKG, to display the latest technology. The new concept store will have three floors of state-of-the-art electronics that guests can play with and buy. The 3rd floor will feature a ‘Play lounge’ which will include a 100 inch, diagonal, projection screen, a Play Station 3, and a Nintendo Wii game system. Harman/Kardon was the only audio/visual company to be voted ‘Cool Brand’ of 2007/2008.

[via PR Newswire]

Econo Extender Kit

Friday, February 29th, 2008


Another company has announced their design for an adapter that can transmit HDMI signals through a Cat5 phone cable. MuxLab designed the Econo Extender Kit which allows HDMI equipment to transmit signals through two Cat5 phone cables. The extender kit can transmit signals up to 200ft away and still be able to deliver full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The Econo Extender Kit comes with two devices, one to recieve and one to transmit. Their is no information about price.

[via Hiddenwires]

How to Buy a Projector Q&A

Friday, February 29th, 2008


Electronic House recently wrote a Q&A article that talks about how to buy a projector. This helps explain key factors needed in order to select the best projector for your room. It also talks about benefits that projectors have, in relation to price range. One of the questions asked was about the difference between single-chip and three-chip projectors. The Electronic House Staff answered by stating, “Generally more affordable and compact, single-chip projectors offer value solutions and the entry level as well as very high performance at higher price points.” They continued to say, “For high-end home theaters or extreme viewing applications, three-chip DLP projector provide great output levels. Large three-chip projectors will provide a greater sense of depth and fidelity with extremely accurate color spectrum, more advanced signal processing and grayscale performance that provides increased image detail and subtlety.”

[via Electronic House]

Sony VPL-VW40 at Annual Product Show

Friday, February 29th, 2008


Sony hosted their annual product show in Las Vegas this week, were they showed off many of their new products they have, or will be releasing this year. Among all the Blu-ray, HD products was the Sony VPL-VW40 SXRD projector. This model isn’t that bright with 900 ANSI lumens, but the 15000:1 contrast ratio makes up for it. It also features full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and two HDMI inputs. The projector uses Sony’s Bravia technology to deliver sharp, clear images. The VPL-VW40 is one of the best HD projectors you will find for under $3000.

[via DVICE]

BenQ MP771 Projector

Thursday, February 28th, 2008


BenQ has recently announced the release of their new short throw projector, the BenQ MP771. This projector features XGA (1024 x 768) resolution and 3000 ANSI lumens. The projector’s main feature is its ability to project a 74 inch, diagonal, display from only 3 feet away. The MP771 also comes with 3D color management, which allows users to fine tune any of the six colors (R, G, B, C, M, Y) individually. This allows users to set the image to their own personal preference. The MP771 is now available to order and is priced for about $1200.

[via Hardware Zone]

Epson EMP-DM1 Projector Review

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008


The Epson EMP-DM1 is one of Epson’s more portable projectors. With a built in DVD player and two, 8 watt speakers, this projector does not need extra connections in order to enjoy a favorite movie. The reviewers at nudjit.com had the pleasure of reviewing this projector. The EMP-DM1 features 1000 ANSI lumens and a 300:1 contrast ratio. It also provides WVGA (854 x 480) resolution. The reviewers noted how easy it was to set up the projector. The built in DVD player saved them a lot of time by reducing the amount of connections needed. They also pointed out how the color balance didn’t need adjustment after it was set. The two main problems that the reviewers had with the EMP-DM1 were the noise and brightness. Their final thought was, “If you have a spare room and are looking to setup a small home cinema then i’d recommend you buy this projector without hesitation. It’s incredibly affordable, packs some fantastic features and can be transported very easily if needed.”

[via nudjit.com]

Mini Projectors Might Bring “Visual Pollution”

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008


With all the hype and excitement of having projectors in mobile devices, it is expected that someone will raise a red flag. Martin Raymond, founder and director of the Future Labratory, recently talked about some concerns that could come with having cell phone projectors. His thought is that the ability to project images where ever you want will, “intrude into other’s personal space.” He calls this intrusion “visual pollution” and is concerned that people will showing images that will be offensive to other nearby people. He went on to say, “So actually, in the guise of something that seems quite sensible, we’re going to see a lot more laws and legislation to prevent us from airing our films in public.”

[via BBC News]

Micro-Projectors Expected to be Big when Released

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008


With so many manufacturers working on their version of the micro-projector, many researchers are thinking that projectors in mobile phones will start to be a common sight. They predict that by the year 2012 there will be about 50 million mobile phone projectors sold. At the Mobile World Congress show, many companies, including Texas Instruments, Microvision, and Explay, were exhibiting their designs for a micro-projector. All of these models were able to display full color, vibrant images, and screen sizes that would be ideal for watching a television show or other images. Even though none of these projectors have been released yet, the companies are already redesigning smaller models that will be able to  display high quality images.

[via Cellular News]

Dnp Supernova Epic Projection Screen Now Available

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008


Dnp Denmark has recently announced the release of their new home theater scree. The Supernova Epic was designed for serious home theater owners. The screen features state-of-the-art screen fabric that allows viewers to watch their favorite images with the lights on. The Supernova Epic is able to accommodate both 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. The screen also comes with motorized curtains that hide the sections of screen that are not being used. The Supernova Epic allows images to be displayed with 100% neutral color. The screen will be available in March, but the company is offering a special demo pricing program that is currently available. The screens can range in sizes up to 156 inches, diagonally. You can also order custom sizes by special order.

[via Ecoustics]

Presidential Home Theater

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008


This very red home theater is fit for a president. That is because this home theater is in the White House. Designed by Laura Bush, in 2004, this theater was modeled after the old movie palaces at the turn-of-the-century. The room was originally used for press meetings during the Reagan administration. The new look includes eight rows of theater style seats. The front row has comfy looking reading chairs with matching foot stools. Unfortunately there is no information about the system used to power this presidential theater.

[via Gizmodo]

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