The guys at Monster had a great new audio technology to show us when we met up with them at CES. It won’t come across in this video, but the sound that their SuperDisc DVDs put out is incredible. We demo the technology in this episode.
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Dave Mathews of Sling Media spent a few minutes talking to us about the SlingCatcher, the soon-to-be-arriving content catcher from the company that brought us the Slingbox. The SlingCatcher focuses on catching the content available on your home network, be it on computers or other Sling Media products, allowing you to display that content on your television. Check the video for the full scoop.
Ubicod has been awarded a CES 2007 Best of Innovation in Home Network honoree with its HDTV STB (set-top box.) Get the Internet anywhere in your home, remotely record your home entertainment center, utilize its live TV playback function, or plug it into your PC or laptop. You can also transfer multimedia files to other A/V devices and create a UTV photo slide show. Just don’t ask it to play the violin. The STB supports ATSC (U.S., Canada, Korea, Taiwan) and DVB-T/s (Europe,) and utilizes MPEG-4 encoding.
In episode 004 of Unboxing Live, we check out the Sumo Lounge Omni and Otto bean bags. This things are huge, comfortable, and virtually indestructable - all qualities we admire in a good
bean bag. The variety of colors available is wide, so you should be able to find something that fits your style over at the SumoLounge website.
Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!
We have been big fans of Logitech’s Harmony line of universal remote controls, which means we are glad to see the release of the Harmony 670 remote. Improving upon the 659 by moving the DVR navigation controls to the center of the unit and color coding the one-touch activity buttons, the Harmony 670 is the mid-range peanut unit in the Harmony line. The remote features a monochrome screen and backlit keypad. Even better, this remote ships with the Harmony 7.0 software, which aims to make setting these bad boys up even easier than before. We will believe it when we see it.
What confuses us is that the 670 retails for $149.99 USD. We figure, at that price, why not just spend the extra $30 and get the Harmony 720, which gives you a larger, full color screen with rechargeable battery and charging cradle? But, whatever.
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Talk about getting plastered! NXT has announced the US debut of Amina Technology Ltd’s In-wall loudspeakers. With a combination of high definition audio reproduction and some serious designing, these 16” speakers can be placed within any wood or metal stud-work wall. Sounds are recreated in a less directional, more evenly based way than traditional cone speakers so that no matter where you sit, you get the same great sound as everyone else.
The AIW5 can handle 80 watts of continuous power while generating 105 db of sound after applying plaster. Check with Amina for pricing and special sizing. The loudspeakers will be formally introduced at Denver’s CEDIA Expo 2006 starting September 13. In the meantime, think about all that room you will have for your next party.
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We got some quality hands-on time with the forthcoming TiVo Series 3, TiVo’s first HD-capable DVR. The Series 3 unit has some cool new features, including a single-color, two-line OLED LCD display on the front of the unit that shows you what’s being recorded on each tuner. We interviewed Bob Pony of TiVo (TiVoPony on the TiVo Community forums) about what we can expect in the Series 3, so be sure to check out the video interview above. The quick and dirty is that it features built-in ethernet, an external SATA port for expanding your TiVo’s capacity, and that it will ship with a 250 GB hard drive. (Note: Bob incorrectly states in the video that the shipping capacity is 300 GB. He corrected himself after we had finished shooting.) No official release date exists, of course, but they’re saying “in the second half of 2006.” We will have a downloadable version of this video up shortly.
Follow the jump for our personal impressions on the Series 3.