The Portable Video Enlarger and DVD Player works with 5G video iPods. With an 8 ½-inch, 16:9 widescreen LCD, it can charge your player while in use and has an AV port for TV output. Slide your iPod into the front and it is protected with a clear plastic cover. Other features include rechargeable batteries for 3 hours of video or 4 hours of audio and dual headphone jacks. The player supports DVDs, VCDs, CDs, MP3 CDs, and iPod video/music files, comes with remote and AC/DC adapters and carries a price of $269.95.
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Momitsu is releasing perhaps the first region-free standalone Blu-ray 2.0 player. The BDP-899 can play DVDs and Blu-ray discs that have been purchased anywhere. The player is BD-Live ready, has HDMI Deep Color and upscales DVDs to 1080p HD. Playing back MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, Xvid, MP4 HD, WMV9, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, JPEG2000 and GIF formats, details are sketchy as to whether it is already region-free or if a code must be entered to accomplish the task. The BDP-899 is available for $349.99.
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Studio FRST has come up with an interesting prototype TV. The 16943 displays video in aspect ratios of both 16:9 and 4:3 so that whatever you are watching is properly framed. At a size of 618 x 840 x 120mm, there is a DVD player slot in the side. Placed on a glass stand, the idea is certainly interesting, especially as it would eliminate some of those annoying bars, and the name obviously fitting, but we are not sure that we could adjust to the jarring shape.
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Chinavasion has a portable DVD player with TV that will handle most disc formats. It has a 9-inch LCD swivel screen, an analog TV tuner, and SD and USB card slots. It also features an 8 bit Nintendo emulator and gamepad, can display photos and play music. The 251 x 42 x 195mm device comes in black, has 2.5 hours of viewing per battery charge and comes at a $133.50 price.
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Denon has unveiled what they say is the first universal SACD/DVD/Blu-ray player. The DVD-A1UD has a Pure AV Direct, 32-bits/192kHz D/A converter, 7.1-channel analog outputs, an SD/SDHC card slot, and two HDMI 1.3 outputs. The player is compatible with DTS-HD Master Audio / Dolby TrueHD audio format and although not BD-Live ready, Denon says there will be firmware in the future for upgrade. Look for a ¥546,000 (~$584.00) price.
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Being both an early adopter, someone without a bunch of money, and a gadgetophile is a hard combination to pull off. Back in 1999, that was me as a teenager, and the thing I wanted most that year was a standalone DVD player. Sure, I had the DVD-ROM drive in my Sony Vaio desktop computer, but my monitor was only 15-inches back then, and I had a 28-inch television. Who wouldn’t want to watch DVDs on their awesome 28-inch television, with ghetto stereo sound?
That year, my girlfriend at the time decided she would surprise me with a Sony DVD player. If you weren’t in the market for DVD players back then, allow me to fill you in. Those $25 deals you are seeing this holiday season on players at Target and Wal-Mart? Yeah, prices have fallen exponentially. My first DVD player sold for $399.99. A serious token of her love, most certainly. I mean, I certainly wouldn’t have gotten a DVD player otherwise.
I immediately snapped up The Usual Suspects and a couple of other titles that I don’t even remember. I didn’t even care, I was just all about the slick new piece of technology.
What about you? Any fond memories of holidays past, where you gave or received an awesome gift? Let us know in the comments
Walmart is trying to keep that economy flowing with their 12 Toys of Christmas. The list includes the hot Elmo Live for $59.88 (which is really not that terrific a deal as Fisher-Price’s MSRP is $60.00,) Fisher-Price’s Portable DVD Player for $149.88, the EyeClops Night Vision Infrared Stealth Goggles for $68.88 and Air Hogs Zero Gravity R/C Mini SUV for $25.00. Shop early. We found the Air Hogs already sold out online and you have to actually hit Walmart in the real world to get an Elmo.
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Gefen’s HDMI Switcher sends HD video from 4 1.3 video sources, such as DVDs players and satellite systems at 340MHz up to1080p on your TV. Control is done by the included remote and it remembers the current selection. If you add another source and that one loses power, it goes back to the previous device. It also features lip-sync pass through, XV color support, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master support, and CEC pass through. The switcher, which is HDCP compliant, comes with a MSRP of $199.00.
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ViewSonic’s N2201w LCD has PC monitor capabilities and a built-in DVD player. With 1080i HD and a resolution of 1680x1050, the 22-inch screen has a response time of 5ms and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Compatible with ATSC/NTSC/QAM digital TV, it has HDMI 1.3 and composite inputs. The N2201w is available for $429.00. While we like the idea of combining components, we know from experience that if you buy something that combines them, half of it will break down before the other and getting it fixed will be expensive and a pain.
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Slide your 5th gen iPod into the front of this DVD player and you can watch video on a 8 1/2-inch, 16:9 widescreen LCD, about 2 3/4 larger than what is shown on the iPod. There is a clear plastic cover for protection, dual headphone jacks, and an AV port for TV output. At a size of 10 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 6-inches and a weight of 2 3/4 lbs., it comes with both AC and DC adapters, and a remote. Supporting DVDs, VCDs, CDs, MP3 CDs, and iPod video/music files, think $269.95 price with an expected ship date in the next week or so.
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