The Dark Knight will be released Dec. 9 in both a standard and Limited Edition box. Both versions are in widescreen 2.4:1 1080p video with 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio. The deluxe set includes 2 discs, a Bat-Pod display case, art galleries and movie extras such as behind the scenes. You can pre-order at Amazon now for $47.95, temporarily marked down from $64.99.
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Panasonic has come up with 3 DIGA Series Blu-ray disc players/burners. With built-in HDD, each has a dual digital TV tuner, a USB port, an HDMI output, a SD/SDHC card slot, and supports DTS-HD Master/ Dolby NR TrueHD/Dolby Digital plus codecs. Available September 1, the DIGAS have a writing speed of 6X in AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) format. Select between the DMR-BW930 model with 1TB, the BW830 with 500 GB, or the BW730 that holds 320GB. Prices start at € 900 (~$1,328.00.)
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Panasonic has unveiled its new 3rd generation Blu-ray player DMP-BD50. It features DolbyTrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, PIP, and BD-Live to connect to the Net. The company has included an SD card slot for viewing images on an HDTV from video or still cam with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a VIERA link to control to home theater components with one remote. Available this spring, save your quarters as this one will set you back $699.95.
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Pioneer has released their Home Theater System with lots of fun components. The HTS-LX70 has 4 multi-directional satellite speakers, a 7.06-inch dual-drive subwoofer, decoder for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and 3 HDMI 1.3 inputs. XM/Sirius ready, it also features 2 audio inputs. There is an illuminated LCD touch panel remote, but sadly no player to go with the $1,800.00 package, although the system is pictured with one.
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Asus has released its M70 notebook with lots of features for Blu-ray fun. The WUXGA widescreen has 1920x1200 pixels with a 16:10 resolution, Al Light for auto-bright adjustment, and Splendid Video Intelligence Technology to improve its picture. The notebook also features a fingerprint scanner, Dolby sound from Altec Lansing Speakers, and a built-in 1.3M pixel swivel webcam. The touchpad can be converted to a control deck for music or video. Contact Asus for price and availability.
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You can now play your Xbox 360 games in 1080p HD with the Mad Catz HDMI Conversion Kit. Plug the adapter into the back of your Xbox, run the HDMI cord to your HDTV and voilà, you have a converted signal. All cables are in the kit, including one for an optical audio port which supports stereo and multi-channel surround sound and Dolby Digital and DTS. You can plug and play with your new gadget for $89.99 with a five year warranty and plenty of customer assistance on their site.
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It’s Pioneer’s turn to out a new Blu-ray player with their Elite BDP-95FD. It features a 1080p 24 frames per second reproduction rate and outputs audio formats including Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital+, and DTS-HD. It also has a simple graphical user interface for simple navigation. The player is compatible with Windows/XP/Vista/Media Center, as well as Linux and Mac with software. Its remote can control other CEC-enabled products. Look for the player next month with a $1000.00 price tag.
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We stopped by the Dolby booth while at CES to take a look and listen to their latest and greatest technologies. Of course, we had the film crew in tow, and were able to capture a full tour of their booth. Check the video to find out the latest from Dolby, as well as some innovations that are coming down the pike.
Recently, Asus has been pushing very hard in the mobile computing market. Earlier this year they released a new Lamborghini line of laptops and now Asus has decided to jump on the HD-DVD bandwagon with its new W2P laptop. The 7.25lb monster sports a new Mobility Radeon X1700 with 256MB of dedicated GDDR3, an ever so important HD-DVD drive and and HDMI port for simple connection to your HDTV. To complete the multi-media package, the unit also comes with an analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC) tuner built in along with a Dolby certified sound system. The system also comes with the normal bells and whistles of todays high end laptops including Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi, Ethernet and a Modem. The system will likely come with Windows XP Media Center Edition standard, but with its specs, and new Radeon chip, this system would make for a great HD gaming system, and would be very well suited for XP Home or Professional. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.
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