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JVC Xiview LT-42WX70 – 42″ Monitor Targets DSLR Users

Home Theater
May 26, 2009 No Comments


This is an interesting play when it comes to LCD’s. What makes the new JVC Xiview LT-42WX70  42″ 120Hz 1080p LCD TV monitor different is that it targets digital imaging professionals that are using digital SLR cameras, “allowing them for the first time to see the subtle colors, details and textures of their images faithfully reproduced”. 

How it does this is by featuring expanded color space capacity encompassing 100 percent of HDTV broadcasting’s (sRGB.904) color space and a coverage rate of 96 percent for Adobe RGB — a color space for still photographs taken on high-definition digital SLR cameras.

The unit is pretty slim and lightweight at just 1-5/8 inches deep and features a stylish black leather-like texture on its slim bezel that also helps to reduce glare. The flat rear panel is completely finished in metallic silver without any visible assembly screws or vents.  The JVC LT-42WX70 is available now and is priced at $2,399.95.

JVC – LT-42WZ70

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Netflix Now Officially On Windows Media Center

Home Theater
May 20, 2009 No Comments



Netflix is now on Windows Media Center.  You can find it listed under the TV + Movies section, titled Netflix. The video part of the application is powered by Silverlight which means they are not using the native MCML architecture??  I never understood why there was a whole different UI markup language for MCE, but I digress, the great thing about this version of Netflix player is that it also allows you to search and queue!   

However, the biggest issue is that it does not work on Windows Media Extenders!  I guess that’s why all the manufactures are dropping out.   I just don’t understand the reasonings behind things like this…  MSFT creates a pretty cool architecture, gets manufactures to create the products, then on the software side there are all sorts of limitations.   First, it was you cannot stream DVD’s due to legal issues, fine.  Now, you cannot play Netflix via extenders… why?  Because it’s in Silverlight?

Here’s more on MCE supporting Silverlight – Windows Media Center Brings Netflix To Consumers Using Silverlight

[ Via Gearlive: Netflix officially comes to Windows Media Center ]

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R.I.P. – Windows Media Center Extenders [WTF?]

Home Theater
May 18, 2009 1 Comment

Linksys DMA 2100 Windows Media Extender

Oh the shock and awe… what is happening to my world?  Seems like I’m picking all the wrong technology lately.  First HD-DVD, now Windows Media Center Extenders.   Apparently, everyone (Linksys, HP, Niveus, D-LINK, Samsung) that makes an extender is dropping their product line.  That leaves loud, noisy XBOX 360’s to connect to our Media Center’s remotely.  Good thing I stocked up on these when they were down to $50.   

Does this mean CE devices (televisions and devices) will come standard with this technology or is MSFT killing this platform — please say it isn’t so!!!!  As Patrick Norton from Tekzilla would say, “I’m going to go weep softly in a corner now.”

Engadget – Linksys discontinues Media Center Extenders, hardly anyone notices 

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Russound RNET Touchpoint TCH1 – Control Via iPhone/Touch

Electronics, Home Automation, Home Theater
May 8, 2009 15 Comments

Russound RNET Touchpoint TCH1

If you have a Russound RNET capable (Russound CAA66, CAM6.6, CAV6.6, MCA-C5 or ACA-E5 multiroom controller) whole house audio system and would like to add control via your iPhone or iPod Touch, then you need the new Touchpoint TCH1.  

“Russound’s RNET Touchpoint allows for direct access and remote control of a multiroom audio system from an Apple iPhone™ or iPod touch®. The Touchpoint provides two-way Radio Frequency remote control of any zone in a Russound RNET enabled multiroom audio system with two-way metadata feedback.”

The unit retails for $599 and can be purchased through your authorized Russound installer/dealer.  If you don’t have a dealer,  Mavromedia is an authorized Russound dealer.

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Mark Levinson Nº502 Media Console

Home Theater
May 6, 2009 No Comments

Mark Levinson no502

I was just sent an email about the Mark Levinson Nº502 Media Console.  I must say, the back is even more beautiful than the front!  I don’t have to go into much detail about Mark Levinson products since if you have heard of them, then you know what this company is about.   Check out all the details here.  Oh, and  if you have to ask how much, then you can’t afford it.

Mark Levinson – Nº502 Media Console

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PS Audio PowerPlay 8000 – The Web-Based Control Power Conditioner

Home Automation, Home Theater
May 6, 2009 No Comments

PS Audio - PowerPlay 8000

If you are looking for a Power Conditioner that is web enabled, then check out  PS Audio’s PowerPlay 8000.  This unit has a full web based control that not only allows you to power cycle (reboot) or turn on/off your devices but also monitor the health of the power to them.  PowerPlay will report all of its status including THD, line voltage, current and everything you need to know about the quality of your AC power, tracked daily and available on your own custom web page.  The PowerPlay 8000 also features multiple IR commands, scheduled vacation times, event logging and even email alerts!   The unit retails for $999 and is available now.

For more information and screenshots of the web interface check out:
PS Audio – PowerPlay 8000 

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