Cinderella Man DVD Released Today

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

cinderella man dvd release
Cinderella Man comes out on DVD today. A great flick with Russell Crowe and Renée Zellweger.

This film earns an 8 out of 10 stars by picky viewers like you and me at the

Plot Outline: The story of Depression-era fighter and folk hero Jim Braddock, who defeated heavyweight champ Max Baer in a 15-round slugfest in 1935.

Rated PG-13 for intense boxing violence and some language.

Runtime: 144 min
Country: USA
Language: English
Sound Mix: DTS / Dolby Digital / SDDS

Highly recommended.

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DirecTV MPEG-4 Questions Answered

Filed Under: HDTV Local, Cable, Satellite

direct tv hd dish
HDBeat give us the answers for our most pressing questions about DirecTV’s switch to MPEG-4.

MPEG4 requires new equipment for the new tech, but allows for better compression of the digital signal.

Who can get the MPEG4 signal?
Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, San Francisco and Atlanta.
More are coming, they’re rolling out by each market.

Why equipment do I need?
The H20 receiver coupled with the 5 LNB satellite dish.

Can I use the H20 with the older HD dish?
Yes, but you won’t receive the new MPEG4 channels.

Will the new dish work with older boxes?
No. Don’t go to this dish unless you get the receiver as well.


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MT400 – New DLP Projector from Toshiba

Filed Under: Front Projectors, Home Theater News

Toshiba MT400 dlp projector

Just have announced a new DLP home theater projector, the MT400. It is a widescreen 16:9 unit with the Matterhorn 576p DMD chip from Texas Instruments.

“The days of high-quality DLP Home Cinema projectors being unaffordable are over, thanks to the MT400, Toshiba’s latest dedicated 16:9 DLP home cinema projector.

This affordable home cinema projector has been designed and configured specifically for the consumer market. Thanks to the acclaimed Matterhorn 576P DMDâ„¢ chip from TI, its native Wide PAL resolution (1024 x 576) perfectly matches the format of our European broadcast TV and DVD, avoiding the need to rescale and therefore delivering exact and undistorted pictures from the source.

Its 3000:1 contrast ratio and 6-segment colour wheel produce exceptional picture quality and life-like tones, while the TrueVision De-Interlacer and Scaler ensure a smooth, enhanced visual performance.

The MT400 features excellent connectivity, including component video, S-Video and composite video inputs for increased versatility. An all digital DVI (Digital Visual Interface) connector is also included that is HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) compatible via an adapter. Both HDMI and DVI have the capacity to support high definition video formats, 720p, 1080i and even 1080p.

The MT400 has the looks to match its performance with a stylish silver and pearl exterior to complement any home, while the low operating noise will ensure the projector remains unobtrusive when in use.

Weighing just 2.8kg the MT400 is highly portable and can be easily transferred between rooms. Its lightweight design is coupled with compact dimensions (298x101x275mm) so it is also easy to store when not in use.”


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LG LRM-519 Digital Media Recorder First Look

Filed Under: Misc - Other

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Designtechnica take a first look at the new LF LRM-519 Digital Media Recorder, a DVR and DVD recorder in one unit.

The main job of this piece is to record TV shows on it’s 160 GB hard drive from the listings of Microsoft’s Program Service.

“Like a Tivo, the LRM-519 can pause and rewind up to 90 minutes of live television as well as fast forwarding and rewinding recorded programs. This programming can be burned onto a DVD via the LRM-519’s load tray and supports DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW and DVD+R Double Layer. LG’s device can also playback DVD movies as it is a progressive scan player.”

The LRM-519 can also serve as a digital media hub by allowing devices which have USB connections, such as digital cameras and MP3 players, to connect so their content can be accessed through the DVR. Media file formats supported through this method include WMA, JPEG and MP3. External USB hard drives can also be attached to expand storage memory options for recorded television programming. Through the LRM-519’s Ethernet port, the DVR can connect to a home network, wired or wirelessly, to access and share TV shows, photos and music with a Windows XP-based PC.

Interesting entry by Microsoft and LG, I will enjoy seeing how this thing pans out.

LG LRM-519 Digital Media Recorder Page 1 – First Looks – Designtechnica

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Rear Projection Sales Up in October

Filed Under: Home Theater News, Rear Projection

Rear projection sales were up 3% in October, even though there was a 2.7% drop in shipments.

The average street price jumped 5.5% for the month, according to Rosemary Abowd, vice president of PMA. The key reason for this large increase was the dramatic growth in the proportion of sales coming from the 1080p resolution microdisplay-technology segment, which moved from 13% in August to 24% in September, and then jumped further to 32% in October, Abowd noted.

It seems the numbers are a reflection of the shift to larger displays with newer technology, like the Sony SXRD units.

“The portion of 50-55 inch models went from 32% to 36%, and accounted for 40% of the total revenues, up from 34% in September. The growing popularity of LCOS (liquid-crystal-on-silicon) models, including D-ILA from JVC and the premium-priced SXRD from Sony, also helped boost street prices.”

Rear Projection Sales and Shipments in October

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InFocus ScreenPlay 777

Filed Under: Front Projectors, Home Theater Reviews

infocus 777 projector

Here is another high end projector beauty, this time from InFocus. The 777 is their new flagship model, and she is one slick looking machine.

CreativeMac give this home theater masterpiece the highest marks of 10 out of 10. Here are their final remarks:

“Summing up, the InFocus ScreenPlay 777 is the standard against which we will judge all other projectors coming into our facility for evaluation. Well, at least for the time being. There are native 1080p projectors on the way, but until they can reach the 777’s $15,000 price point, this is as good as it gets. For the money, this projector represents a remarkable value. Highest recommendation. 10 out of 10 stars.”

Wow, that’s pretty strong. Those Mac freaks pros know image quality. Let’s see, if I can get that 2nd mortgage…

Here is another Infocus 777 Review from last month.

InFocus ScreenPlay 777 Review

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Sony “Ruby” VPL-VW100 Review

Filed Under: Front Projectors, Home Theater Reviews

Sony Ruby VPL-VW100The high end projectors are dropping in price, and the newer models are becoming available.

Henning over at HD Blog has found an extensive look at this new SXRD projector from Sony. I have been waiting for a review on this machine.

“This projector really impressed the testers: there were no major weaknesses! They were first impressed by the great colour representation. Then they were impressed by the contrast ratio, which is among the best of any projector ever built. The level of detail is amazing due to the 1920 x 1080 resolution and lack of pixel structure. The lack of digital artifacts was amazing – no noise on dark scenes, no false contouring, no rainbow effect (of course, there’s no colour wheel!) etc. ”

Sounds like a winner, if you’re shopping in this price range. Review: Sony VPL-VW100


Panasonic TH-42PX50U Review: Almost Picture-Perfect!

Filed Under: Home Theater Reviews, Plasma and LCD Displays

Panasonic TH42PX50U plasma HDTV

Here is another review of this popular Panasonic 42″ Plasma. There is also another earlier review here. This time, Businessweek gives this unit a once over, and stamp her with 4 out of 5 stars.

Here’s the rundown:
The Good
Excellent picture, with near-3-D imaging

The Bad
Visual “noise” when transitioning from black to lighter colors

The Bottom Line
One of the best plasmas in its class, with a relatively low price

“While there are some noticeable omissions from the Panasonic TH-42PX50U that make it less than ideal for people worried about future connectivity, it’s an outstanding performer in terms of image quality — and at a price that won’t break the bank. Few would be unhappy adding it to their home theater, or using it as a second set in the bedroom.”

Yep, this is easily one of the most popular 42-inch plasma screens available. It’s not perfect, but it would be a great way to get into the home theater game now, without having to sell your children.

I have seen this unit priced very competitively online:

Full Review (warning – popups)


Best A/V Receivers

Filed Under: Audio, Home Theater Reviews

The HTguys give us their picks for best A/V Receivers in four (USD) price ranges:

– less than $500
– from $500 to $1000
– from $1000 to $2000
– and greater than $2000

And we’re off…
Less than $500

Pioneer VSX-1015TX
7.1 Channel A/V Receiver with THX Select 2 Certification ($370 to $499)
7 channel x 120 watts
THX Select 2 Certified
DTS-ES Discrete, DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital EX, and Dolby Pro Logic II x

Video Conversion up-converts S-Video and composite video into component video
Good priced entry level unit. Has support for WMA9 audio decoding. No multi zone support. Decent set of features for the price.

Harman Kardon AVR-240
7.1 Channel A/V Receiver with Logic 7 Processing ($350 to $599)
7 channel x 50 watts (high-current amplification)
Logic 7 processing

192kHz/24-bit digital converters
EzSet+ to automatically set system speaker levels
Sleek styling
This is an entry model from a very high quality company. They measure 50 watts per channel with all channels driven at full power.

$500 to $1000
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Best DVDs of 2005

Filed Under: Media - Movies - Games

I came across a decent roundup of the best DVDs for this year, so far. It’s probably not exactly the list I would pick (maybe I’ll take the time later), but a good selection still.

These were not necessarily chosen as best flicks for their content, but for an excellent home theater experience. (Excellent sound, good digital transfer, crisp and immersive video, etc.)

Batman Begins

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


The Incredibles


Sin City Recut & Extended Edition

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith


Titanic Special Collector’s Edition

War of the Worlds

Rent these movies online at Netflix – free 2 week trial. Movies mailed to you with free return mailer enclosed. Great service!

Best DVDs of 2005

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