JVC has unveiled its new series of Active Speakers. The SP-A440 was built with 2 sets of 1.3-inch drivers for what should be excellent and simplified surround sound. Stands are included for turning the speakers into different positions and angles. At a size of 61.5 x 63.0 x 61.5 mm and a weight of 163g, they are available in black, red, silver and white, and come with an AC adapter, and input and connecting cords for $79.99.
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JVC’s components would be a fine start to create a home entertainment system. The EX-A10 features their Hybrid Feedback Digital Amp, decodes Dolby Digital and DTS Surround for two-channel output, and 3D-Phonic Surround Sound. The DVD player is compatible with most audio and video discs and can decode DivX, JPEG, MP3, and WMA files. Included in the deal is a sleep timer, display dimmer, 99 program tracks, and electronic bass/treble control. Two-way birch wood cone/dome speakers are part of the package and you know it is premium stuff when it takes two remotes to work. All this can be yours for $1099.95.
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JVC’s latest entry into the world of electronics is their “hand clap & gesture recognition” TV. Unveiled at the CEATEC 2007, you clap 3 times into its mic for a menu. A cam sitting atop the screen tracks your hand, thereby turning it into a tuner. Hook your finger and you click a button. There are also different clapping patterns for such features as volume control. There is no target date set for this prototype’s commercialization. While this is a definite advantage if you are one of those who had a “clap-on” signal for your remote control when it got lost, we are curious as to its response to a televised concert when the applause rolls around.
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You can now dispense with candles and electric radios near your bath. The JVC XA-AW33 Bathtime plays MP3s, WMAs, and WMA-DRMs. The PMP is waterproof, has a built-in 256 MB memory, hooks up by USB, has an NXT flat panel speaker, and gets up to 15 hours of playback time at a price of $239.00. It also comes with a stand if you simply want to sing in the shower. We dig the way that the company referred to its blue LED (at least in the translation,) “With music the relaxing space is produced.” We want our relaxing space to be filled with Mr.Bubble and strains of Barry White.
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Bathtime. Ahhhh, sounds like a soothing idea in these “crazy busy” times, right? Well who knew baths could be made even more relaxing? That’s why we’re fascinated with the
JVC XA-AW33 MP3 player, a device that not only plays music (up to 256 MB), but also creates waves to the beat of your tunes. Plus, the gadget emits a calming light show! We’re not sure if you can use bubble bath with this item, as we suspect mounds of bubbles might interfere with the waves, lights—or both. Unfortunately, the XA-AW33 is only available in Japan, so lets hope JVC calms us stressed out Americans down by bringing it stateside.
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We catch up with JVC and get the full scoop (or, as much of a scoop as they would give us) on their upcoming high definition Everio camera. We give you a video preview of the JVC Everio GZ-HD7 in this episode.
JVC has just given out the details on their HD Everio camcorder. Recording at a full 1920 x 1080i resolution, the GZ-HD7 Everio outputs at a full 1:1 pixel ratio to high definition displays, which in turn results in an even higher quality image. The camera also features three 1/5-inch CCDs, USB 2.0, iLink / FireWire / IEEE 1394, and HDMI. Everios are also known for their built-in hard drives, allowing for tapeless recording. This one doesn’t disappoint, as it includes a 60 GB hard drive - not a ton of storage for recording 1080i video, but definitely enough for the average consumer/prosumer. This all comes to you at the price of $1,799.95 USD, and is scheduled for an April 2007 release.
UPDATE: Check out our video look at the JVC Everio GZ-HD7.
Here at Gear Live, we are totally into JVC’s Everio camcorder line of handhelds. At a recent press event at IFA in Berlin, they provided a sneak peek into the future, showing off a consumer model Everio that records in “Full HD” at 1920x1080 resolution. The camera will record to an internal hard drive like other Everio cameras, and will sport a 3-CCD chip along with the option to record at 50 or 60 Hz for worldwide HD video compatibility. The camera is still unnamed for now, and pricing details have yet to be announced. Expect to see this one drop in Spring 2007.