Yamaha RX-V2600 and RX-V1600 Receivers

Filed Under: Audio, Home Theater News

yamaha rx-v1600

More CEDIA coverage – these receivers caught my eye. They have HDMI switching and upconverting features:

The RX-V2600 can convert 480p signals to HD resolutions (720p, 1080i), and is the first and only receiver in its class to offer the benefits of superior up-scaling technologies. These models also include HDTV (720p/1080i) compatibility via a component video upconversion feature, which can upgrade composite and s-video signals to component video format for ease of installation.

Also some interesting “zone” features for multi-room installs. Get your groove on all over the house.

For multi-room custom installations, power amp channels can be assigned in two ways:

* The first uses five channels for the Main Zone and two channels for Zone 2, for enjoying 5.1-channel sound in the main room.
* The alternative would be three channels for the Main Zone and two channels each for Zone 2 and 3, allowing users to enjoy music in all three rooms without the need for extra amplifiers. Music can even be heard in Zone 4 by using the Speaker B output function.

This unit comes with extra remote for another room. A man can never have too many remotes. High tech equipment that women aren’t qualified to handle – we just can’t get enough.

Great features at a mid-range price:
RX-V2600 to retail at $1,399.95
RX-V1600 to retail at $1,099.95

Units to be available in October.


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DLP 1080p Chips for Projectors Arrive!

Filed Under: Front Projectors, Home Theater News

The news from CEDIA begins!

texas instruments 3 chip dlp

Texas Instruments at CEDIA today announced and showcased 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080) chipsets for the front projection market.

DLP 1080p resolution chips will be made available to customers for both single-chip and 3-chip applications, enabling incredible detail for the ultimate HD viewing experience.

Bring on the 1080p goodness from TI! T and I, much better than that other acronym T and.. well you get it.

Press Release

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Home Theater Calibration Discs

Filed Under: Home Theater Reviews

AVIA, Digital Video Essentials, and Sound & Vision

I noticed a decent review of the 3 popular HT calibration DVDs. The conclusion pretty much sums it up:

Each of these calibration discs fits a different type of user. For the beginner, Sound & Vision’s offering is more than enough to help you get your feet wet and perhaps pique your interest in the more advanced discs.

The AVIA Guide to Home Theater is an excellent mid-range disc, with an enormous selection of test patterns and a helpful description for each, extending its usefulness from the new home theater owner to the experienced projector user.

Finally, Digital Video Essentials offers updated versions of many of AVIA’s most useful test patterns, and its introductory material, while sometimes steeped in jargon, is still the most up-to-date of the three discs. And it sells for a much more attractive price than does AVIA at the moment.

Discerning htdudes should go for the DVE disk. If you already have DVE, Avia is a good addition.

Full Write-Up

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HD-DVD Launch Delayed by Toshiba

Filed Under: DVD Players, Home Theater News, Media - Movies - Games

Article – HD-DVD Launch Off Til ’06

The next-generation DVD format known as HD-DVD won’t be launched in the United States until early next year because of a lack of coordination between partners handling the hardware and software, a Toshiba official said Friday.

Hmmm, now that sounds pretty bogus. “Lack of co-ordination between hardware and software partners.” Huh?

And then:

The consumer electronics company, which is the major backer of the HD-DVD format said, however, that technology will be launched in Japan before the end of 2005 as planned.

So, let me get this right. Hardware/software coordination is going to hold off the US HD HVD release, but they’re moving right along with it in Japan? Can somebody explain how these two statements line up? I mean, does the software need to be translated into English to work on this continent?
blu ray vs hd dvd scales
Ok, I was pulling for this format, but this is really stupid. The biggest thing in this industry hd-dvd had going for it was lead time. Now they bungle that.

The scales continue to tip in favor of Blu-Ray. Let justice be done!

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Wife Friendly Home Theaters

Filed Under: Misc - Other

bella online

Several popular home improvement shows have produced some great episodes regarding home theaters. If you missed seeing them on television, you will be able to read the printed version online. Many of the stories have excellent video clips which help you visualize the topic and solutions being discussed.

Having trouble convincing your wife-unit that the Home Theater ceiling and walls needs to be flat black? While many men will agree that no colors or plants or shiny stuff is needed, our women just might not see it that way. Those of use who have learned to go beyond “Why!?” and know to simply take the information provided and move on with it, here are some great ideas for home theaters that won’t disturb your feng shui.

Bella online, “the voice of women” ssshhhh it’s ok, have rounded up 5 tv broadcasts for you. Good luck men!

List of 5 shows with transcripts/videos.

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First 65-inch 1080p Plasma HDTV from Panasonic

Filed Under: Home Theater News, Plasma and LCD Displays

panasonic 65 inch dlp plasma

Panasonic, the leading brand for which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is known, today announced it will launch the world’s first 65-inch 1080p (progressive) high-definition (HD) plasma TV TH-65PX500 / TV-65PV500 on November 1 … in Japan.

In line with a bunch of other new “firsts,” Panny’s upcoming 65″ DLP plasma offering, the Panasonic TH-65PX500 (TV-65PV500) , is sure to please. “The high-end model of the VIERA TV line has two built-in digital and two built-in analog tuners.” Wow, 4 tuners – how many PIPs is that?

No mention of a US release here, come on Panny where is the love?

Press Release

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bubsdaddy “Deck Theatre” – Outdoor Home Theater

Filed Under: Misc - Other, Projector Screens

bubsdaddy Deck Theatre
I’ve seen a lot of posts about outdoor theaters lately, and this is one of the best I’ve seen – if not the best.

A true DIY project with a terrific end result:

After constructing my “Woods Theatre” I decided to try out the Parkland Plastic for a deck screen. I bought a 4′ x 8′ sheet of Parkland from Menards for $13. I bought 8 firiing strips and painted them black. I used black wood screws to fasten a frame to both sides of the Parkland. I cut the length of the Parkland to 85″ for a 16:9 screen. I use bungee cords to secure the screen to the rails of my deck.

I may just have to get into this outside (hmmm, does that make sense?) thing yet.

More photos and discussion:
My “Deck Theatre” – AVS Forum

More photos and forum just for backyard theaters:
BackYard Theater

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Talks on single next-gen DVD format Over

Filed Under: Media - Movies - Games

TOKYO – Japanese electronic maker Toshiba has given up on negotiations with a rival camp led by Sony Corp. to agree on a unified format for next-generation DVDs, a media report said late Tuesday.

Well, I figured this was coming. So much for unity in the world eh? Now, who’s going to be the next betamax?


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Quote of the Week

Filed Under: Misc - Other

From signature of mnbees at avsforum:

“Life is what we make of it. Make it better with HT. ”

Right on! Nothing improves the quality of your life like your own Home Theater. Of course I could be biased…

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PCHDTV.com HD-3000 HDTV PC Tuner Card Review

Filed Under: Home Theater Reviews, HTPCs (Computers)

pchdtv hd-3000

$170 HD-3000 PCI high definition television tuner card supports over-the-air HD broadcasts and even some HD cable, as well as standard US television.

Note: The tuner is officially supported only in Linux, but the company graciously includes experimental drivers for Windows too.

I’m not sure I’d want to depend on linux guys for windows support (especially experimental support), but if you like your htpc box with penguin style, this card is worth a look.

Full Review at Newsforge

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